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02 Jul 2016 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Saturday 7/2/2016 - 03:12 GMT | 368 words

A mob wielding weapons razed a Muslim prayer hall in northern Myanmar, state media reported Saturday, the second attack on a mosque in just over a week as anti-Muslim sentiment swells in the Buddhist majority nation.

Myanmar has struggled to contain bouts of deadly religious bloodshed in recent years, with bristling sectarian tensions and rising Buddhist nationalism posing a steep challenge to the new government led by Aung San Suu Kyi.

02 Jul 2016 description

I have just concluded my fourth official visit to the country as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. I would like to thank the Government of Myanmar for its invitation and for granting me an extended visit of twelve days. This has not only allowed to me to travel to Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States, but also to devote more time in Nay Pyi Taw to engage with different ministers in the new Government. I would also like to thank the United Nations Country Team for their assistance throughout my visit.

01 Jul 2016 description

Global Overview – Trends and Outlook

01 Jul 2016 description



ASEAN WebEOC Refresher Course and WebEOC Improvement Workshop


New Zealand Field Visit:
Leadership on Crisis Training
and Emergency Management Training
Leadership on Crisis Training


The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make in a Crisis

01 Jul 2016 description



Emergency aid and reconstruction measures supported by Switzerland directly benefit around three and a half million people a year.
Given their scale and tragic consequences, Swiss Humanitarian Aid has focused its attention on the conflicts in Syria and Iraq, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. (p. 8)


01 Jul 2016 description

The Humanitarian News Digest is a monthly compilation of links to reports, web stories, press releases, and other public products published online by international organizations with humanitarian operations in Myanmar. The content and views expressed in these publications do not necessarily reflect the views of OCHA.

01 Jul 2016 description

Assisted Voluntary Returns Peaked at 70,000 in 2015: IOM

Switzerland - IOM assisted 69,540 migrants from 97 host and/or transit countries and 156 countries of origin in 2015, as part of its Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programmes, according to the newly-released AVRR 2015 Key Highlights report.

01 Jul 2016 description

1 July 2016, GENEVA – The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) aim to reduce disaster losses in some of the world’s most hazard prone cities with the initial aid of a €6 million grant from the EU, over the next three years. Mr. Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development said: ”Strengthening disaster risk governance is an essential part of sustainable development and a key priority of the Sendai Framework.

01 Jul 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Five days after the Myanmar army arrested three ethnic Palaung men and 11 Shan villagers working in a cornfield near Lashio township in conflict-ridden northern Shan state, five of them turned up in shallow graves along with two other identified locals on Thursday, RFA’s Myanmar Service has learned.

Government soldiers detained the six women and five men on June 25 in Long Mon village near the sub-township of Mong Yaw where fighting erupted that day between the military and armed ethnic soldiers. They later released all the women and three of the men, local villagers told RFA.

01 Jul 2016 description

KAYAH State, which experienced deadly landslides in November last year, was provided with a disaster preparedness and response fund by a philanthropic organisation Wednesday.

The establishment of the K100 million-fund in Kayah State came after the KBZ’s Brighter Future Myanmar foundation’s establishment of such a fund in Rakhine and Chin states as well as in Sagaing and Magwe regions recently.

01 Jul 2016 description
report Irrawaddy


RANGOON — The Burmese government plans to repatriate 196 Burmese nationals displaced by conflict from refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border, according to Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The two countries agreed to cooperate on refugee returns during the visit of Burma’s State Counselor/Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand last week.

30 Jun 2016 description

4.2 M required for 2016
795,300 contributions received, representing 19% of requirements
3.4 M funding gap for the Bay Of Bengal Situation

30 Jun 2016 description
report Human Rights Watch

State Department List Adds Iraq, Excludes Afghanistan

30 Jun 2016 description


This update provides an overview of the progress made during nine months of the operation with focus on the latest three months considering that operations update no. 3 was an account of the first six month of operations.

30 Jun 2016 description
report Bangkok Post

By Wassana Nanuam

Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to set up a committee to examine related documents in preparation for the repatriation of war refugees residing on the Thai side of their common border.

Defence Ministry spokesman Maj Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanich said the agreement was reached during the visit by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to Myanmar.

Gen Prawit and his entourage arrived in Myanmar on Wednesday for a two-day visit.

30 Jun 2016 description

What is offshore processing?

Offshore processing (referred to by the Australian Government as “regional processing”) is the term used to describe the arrangements by which Australia sends people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to either Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where their refugee claims are determined. Australia is the only country in the world that uses other countries to process refugee claims.

29 Jun 2016 description


Wa is the Self-Administrated Division of Shan State, Myanmar, located on the Chinese border. It has a total land area of 35,000 km², with 599,068 inhabitants. It was formed in 1989 when the Communist Party of Burma fragmented into ethnic armed groups, and under the leadership of the United Wa State Army. Since then, it has maintained its own autonomy and governance mechanisms. There are 16 minority groups in Wa. The ethnic Wa accounts for 70% of total population, with Lahu and Shan as the 2nd and 3rd largest ethnic minorities.

29 Jun 2016 description

Change to food assistance: Since early 2016, distinct changes in type and level of WFP’s relief assistance have ushered in Kachin IDP camps. Firstly, cash-based transfer was introduced in order to enable IDPs to diversify their food choices. In this regard, 27,600 IDPs have transitioned to cash based transfers. Based on a recent market assessment, WFP intends to employ combined cash and food (rice only) transfer modality for the remaining 8,000 IDPs currently receiving regular food baskets.

29 Jun 2016 description


• 32 Rapid Response Teams (RRT)

• 9 Non-RRT Health Teams

• 18 non-governmental health partners: 5 Local and 13 International

• 9 townships supported with health service provision

Sittwe disease surveillance

Total number of consultations for Q1 is 66,444 with monthly average of 22,148.
The top three reasons for consultation are common cold, hypertension and acute respiratory infection (ARI).

Displacement situation