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Myanmar: 1. Please provide background information on the nature of government and key administrative structures in Myanmar, including the basic history of the current governing regime, and information on the military intelligence in Myanmar. 2. Please provide information on the treatment of Chin Christians in Myanmar, with particular reference to whether they are prohibited from worshipping, whether they are prevented from erecting churches, and whether they are prohibited from celebrating Christian festivals, etc. 3. Please provide information on whether there is state or private discrimination against Christians and ethnic minority groups in Myanmar. 4. Deleted. 5. Deleted. 6. Is there any information to suggest that the military harass or discriminate against Chin Christian Ministers, or that the military authorities would torture, detain, or extract forced confessions from Chin Christian Ministers? 7. Please provide information on whether a Christian Minister who is regarded as being political is likely to be targeted by military authorities in Myanmar. 8. Deleted. 9. Deleted. 10. Deleted. 11. Please provide information on whether there are reports of the desecration of Christian crosses in the hills of Chin land. 12. Please provide information on whether immigration officials are reported as accepting bribes to permit Myanmar citizens to leave Myanmar to travel to the Philippines, or to extend passport validity in the Burmese embassy in the Philippines. 13. Please provide information on the extent to which information on the availability of protection visas in the Philippines is generally available within Manila. Please also provide information on the number of Myanmar refugees accepted by the Philippines from 2007 to 2010. Is there any information on the general level of awareness as to the availability of access to protection visas on the part of Christian pastors in Manila?

8 March 2011 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Myanmar: 1. Please comment on the treatment of ethnic Indians. Are ethnic Indians or Anglo-Indians targeted in Burma? 2. Are ethnic Indians or Anglo-Indians denied full citizenship rights in Burma? Do they face restrictions on their travel within Burma and on their career opportunities? 3. Are Anglo-Burmese targeted? 4. Are Anglo-Burmese denied full citizenship rights in Burma? Do they face restrictions to travel within Burma or career opportunities? 5. Are Christians, including Catholics, targeted in Burma? 6. Please provide information on the kidnapping of people by the army who then force them into slave labour, especially those who are Christian, or of Indian and Anglo-Burmese descent. 7. Is Thanpyuzat located in an 'insurgent area' in Burma? 8. Are those who return to Burma from Western countries targeted?

27 September 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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