‘Border-less world’ party to end soon

Extracts from Malaysiakini’s Charles F Moreira | Jun 20, 08

Well a globalist would say that in this age of globalisation and of the Internet, this is a ‘border-less world’ – where employers are free to hire the ‘best talent’ from anywhere in the global free market.’

A ‘border-less world’ indeed, in which employers (mostly capitalists) enjoy the benefits of freely sourcing the ‘best labour’ at the cheapest price anywhere and thus undercutting their own people to whom they must pay higher wages and benefits protected by labour unions and/or law.

A ‘border-less world’ indeed where as human beings we need passports and visas to cross national borders, while information, capital, water buffalos, dogs and cats don’t.

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No sanctuary for refugees in Malaysia

No sanctuary for refugees in Malaysia

K Shan’s opinion in Malaysiakini

K SHAN is a human rights activist.

Imagine waking up every night to the agony of domestic violence next door. You hear reports of abuses and often witness yourself the bruises suffered by the wife and children every time you walk past the house pondering what you can do to stop the violence.


One day, as the pressure mounts, the wounded and devastated victims come knocking at your door for refuge and protection. What would you do?

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Malaysia ‘among 10 worst places for refugees’

Malaysia ‘among 10 worst places for refugees’

Malaysiakini news, Jun 20, 08 2:48pm

Malaysia has been plonked among the 10th worst places for refugees, according to an annual report released to mark World Refugee Day today.

The World Refugee Survey puts Malaysia alongside nine other countries as 10 of “the worst places for refugees” in 2007.

The survey, commissioned by the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI), has Malaysia standing shoulder-to-shoulder with poverty-stricken Bangladesh, war-torn Iraq and authoritarian China for their violation of refugee rights.

“Bangladesh, China, India, Iraq, Kenya, Malaysia, Russia, Sudan, Thailand, and the countries of Europe collectively were all among the worst places for refugees last year,” said USCRI in its press release.

“Malaysia gave (protection) to some groups of Muslim refugees ( But NOT The BURMESE MUSLIMS), but detained, caned, and deported others,” said the 47th edition of the World Refugee Survey.

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By Norman Fernandez

Reading, Kosmo June, 19 I came across an article about KRU Films new movie Notti. According to the movie’s lead actress Fara Fauzana, she is to play the role of five characters. No doubt it may be daunting to play that many roles but it is not impossible or that it has never been done. Afterall, a Tamil box office currently playing in the cinemas has the lead actor taking on ten roles including one that of George Bush!

Anyway, it not her multiple roles that caught my attention but her revealation that among the roles she would be playing would be “Watak orang jahat pula melakukan kerja seperti membunuh dan menjual dadah. Itu adalah watak orang Cina”.

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A Memorandum On World Refugees Day, “the Decade of Failure”

A Memorandum On World Refugees Day,

“The Decade of Failure”

UNHCR recognized a Refugee who had been detained 6 times and deported 3 times, had sent a letter to us. Who refused to be identify for fear of various reflections. He wrote as

Dear The Sail’s Editor



As we celebrate refugees day, refugees all over the world face failure of their rights on daily basis.

However refugees Day comes and pass may have a little improvement to meet international obligation in recognition of the right to life and dignity that refugee protection is a fundamental rights both on humanitarian and human rights grounds.

But this year had landed by Nargis Cyclone victims about 1.5 million (correction 2.5 million), beside hundred of thousand people dead (may be possible upto 130000, 200000 to 300000 according to various reports.).

Burmese groups around the world had been calling humanitarian bodies to relief Nargis victims regardless of illegal Junta’. But, still remaining illegal Junta’s theory and Nargis victims dying by endangering life and health. At the same time, many of activists were arrested for their humanitarian supports and unknown numbers of activists had been flowed into refugee population. During the similar flow applies on ‘monk’s peace movement; referendum issues. It is the need to adopt a new sanction to illegal Junta’s establishing human rights violations..

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Condoleezza Rice and Women leaders: end sexual violence and release Suu Kyi

Condoleezza Rice and Women leaders:

end sexual violence and release Suu Kyi

The Earthtimes online News

New York – US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other high-ranking women government ministers on Thursday called for breaking the silence over sexual violence against women and girls in armed conflict. Rice presided over a UN Security Council session on issues of sexual violence, which has become more widespread and severe despite UN efforts against it. The council planned to adopt a resolution with recommendations and measures to fight sexual violence after it had heard more than 60 speakers.


The one-day debate at UN headquarters was attended by seven women government ministers, including Rice, South Africa’s Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Croatia’s Deputy Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor, Britain’s Attorney General Baroness Patricia Scotland and France’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Rama Yade.

Some of them called on Myanmar’s military government to set free opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been under house arrest for more than 10 years.

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Brown, Sarkozy urge immediate release of Suu Kyi

London (AP): Britain and France on Thursday demanded that Myanmar’s regime release pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she marked her 63rd birthday under house arrest.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that her release is essential. Suu Kyi has spent more than 12 of the last 18 years under detention, since her party swept national elections in 1990. Military rulers refused to honor the results.

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EU denounces call to flog Burma’s Suu Kyi

Members of the European Parliament have denounced Burmese newspapers that said detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi should be flogged.A resolution adapted on the Nobel Peace Prize winner’s 63rd birthday on Thursday says any such action is a crime against humanity.On June 11 official newspapers of the Burmese military regime called for the public flogging of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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From Zorro-unmasked’s blog

“Refugees show incredible courage and perseverance in overcoming enormous odds to rebuild their lives. Ensuring that they get the protection they deserve is a noble cause because refugee rights are human rights – and rights that belong to us all”. – Antonio Guterres, UNHCR High Commissioner.

“I am ZT. I came from Burma three months ago. I see almost everyday raids taking place around Kota Raya. I made me feel shocked since I saw the first time. I am not happy at all. You can imagine how a life of a fearing child could be happy…..

When I see Relas and Immigration people are chasing, beating and arresting our people from hidden place, I hate them.

They looked live the evils/devils as in the ghost movies.

They looked so cruel and inhuman.

I wish they disappear in the country.

They are dangerious to our refugee people. It will be so good if they are not seen anywhere.

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