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Canada to Accept 800 Burmese Refugees


Canada says it plans to accept more than 800 refugees from Burma later this year.

Canadian Immigration Minister Monte Solberg made the announcement today to mark World Refugee Day. He says Canada looks forward to "helping the refugees rebuild secure lives and join Canadian society."

Solberg says the refugees, predominantly of the Karen ethnic group, have endured "terrible conditions" in camps across the border in Thailand for more than a decade.

The 810 Burmese refugees being resettled in Canada are among 140,000 people the UN says are living in nine Thai border camps.

Human rights groups accuse Burma's military government of violent attacks on the Karen people, including murder, rape, torture and forced labor.

Information for this report is provided by AP.

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