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22 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, the ICRC continued to respond to the most urgent needs of the vulnerable households and communities affected by incidents of violence or other situations in Bangladesh, working together with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS).

22 Feb 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A national-level commission investigating alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslim villagers during a crackdown in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state is preparing to issue a report on its findings to President Htin Kyaw.

Vice president Myint Swe, who chairs the commission, said in a statement on Tuesday that the commission had completed probes of violence against the stateless minority group that had reportedly occurred in 21 villages mentioned in a United Nations report on the crisis.

22 Feb 2017 description

‘Politics of demonization’ breeding division and fear

21 Feb 2017 description

"The kids love the concept that they're talking to a television"

By Adela Suliman

LONDON, Feb 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a university graduate, Korvi Rakshand wanted nothing more than to help break the cycle of poverty in his native Bangladesh by teaching children on the margins of society.

He rented a single room in a slum for his lessons and provided half a kilo of rice a day to parents as a way of encouraging them to send their children to class.

20 Feb 2017 description


As of 19 February, over 30,700 people remain displaced in northeastern Mindanao (Caraga region) by flooding triggered by a series of weather systems since 8 January. At least 2,100 people are in 18 shelters, while most are staying with relatives and friends. Local authorities and NGOs, with support from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are providing food and other relief items.

17 Feb 2017 description
report Human Rights Watch

Prime Minister Moving Ahead With Harmful Plan to Legalize Child Marriage

“Girls have no ground to stand on.”

Those were the words of the leader of a local women’s nongovernmental organization (NGO), describing the gender discrimination that affects every aspect of girls’ lives in Bangladesh.

17 Feb 2017 description

Switzerland - IOM reports that 12,381 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea in 2017 through 15 February – just under 9,500 to Italy, just under 2,000 to Greece, and 1,000 to Spain. This compares with 84,645 arrivals during the first seven weeks of 2016 – 90 percent of whom arrived in Greece.

17 Feb 2017 description

Thursday, 16 February 2017 13:21 GMT

1,000 Rohingya refugees identified as priorities for resettlement on medical grounds or because they have been separated from their family members

By Krishna N. Das

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Feb 16 (Reuters) - The United Nations' refugee agency has asked Bangladesh to allow it to negotiate with the United States, Canada and some European countries to resettle around 1,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the South Asian nation, a senior official at the agency said.

17 Feb 2017 description

Asylum seekers on Manus Island pressured to take amounts of up to $25,000 to return to their countries, or face deportation

  • Failed asylum seekers offered up to $25k to voluntarily go home

  • About 860 men held on PNG's Manus Island under Australian policy

  • Australia says "substantial assistance" offered to non-refugees

  • Increased urgency comes amid doubts about US refugee swap plan

By Colin Packham and Aaron Bunch

15 Feb 2017 description
report UN News Service

14 février 2017 – Le Bangladesh, la Côte d'Ivoire, l'Éthiopie, le Ghana, l'Inde, le Malawi, le Nigéria, la Tanzanie et l'Ouganda se sont engagés mardi à réduire de moitié la mortalité des femmes enceintes et des nouveaux nés dans les établissements de santé d'ici 2022 en rejoignant un réseau de santé créé avec l'appui de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) et du Fonds des Nations Unies pour l'enfance (UNICEF).

15 Feb 2017 description

A United Nations report released earlier this month detailed widespread human rights violations against the Rohingya population by security forces in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, some of which its authors claim may amount to crimes against humanity. The question now is, will it lead to any meaningful improvement in the plight of this ethnic minority?

15 Feb 2017 description

COX’S BAZAR: After hours of negotiations, the Nautical Aliya, carrying tonnes of aid to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, has finally been given clearance to dock at Chittagong sea port. Food Flotilla for Myanmar chief de mission Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said with the agreement reached after hours of meeting onboard Bangladesh’s F28 Naval Ship today, it is now back to the original plan.

15 Feb 2017 description

In 2016, the global Food Security Cluster, in collaboration with its partners 18frames, the German Federal Foreign Office and Welthungerhilfe, initiated a video project to raise awareness on coordination and partnership. We conducted interviews with national and international FSC partners in Bangladesh and Mali to better understand their views and needs towards strengthening local partnership and collaboration for improved coordination of humanitarian response. Despite the different contexts in Bangladesh and Mali, partners shared similar experience and stressed similar needs.

14 Feb 2017 description

New WHO and UNICEF-supported network to improve care for mothers and babies

Today, 9 countries – Bangladesh, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda – committed to halving preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns in their health facilities within the next 5 years.

Through a new Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, supported by WHO, UNICEF and other partners, the countries will work to improve the quality of care mothers and babies receive in their health facilities.

14 Feb 2017 description
  • 123.3 M required for 2017
  • 4.9 M contributions received, representing 4% of requirements
  • 127.4 M funding gap for South East Asia

All figures are displayed in USD

13 Feb 2017 description

70,000 Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar's Rakhine State to Bangladesh to escape a crackdown

By Ruma Paul

DHAKA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - A Malaysian aid ship arrived in Bangladesh on Monday carrying aid for hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Myanmar, many citing abuses by the Myanmar security forces.

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