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17 Mar 2017 description

Nancy Lindborg

When the iconic democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi won her historic, landslide election in Burma (Myanmar), she was met by soaring expectations, as well as by the formidable challenges of violent conflicts, a stuttering economy and the significant constraints of sharing authority with a still-powerful military.

Not surprisingly, she has fallen short.

17 Mar 2017 description

Children as young as 10 years old are among hundreds of Rohingya Muslims detained on charges of consorting with insurgents

  • Previously unreported document details charges against 423 men and boys

  • All detainees charged under colonial "Unlawful Associations" law

  • Police say 13 minors - the youngest only 10 - are accused

  • Two special courts set up to deal with Rohingya detainees

  • Map showing where detainees are from: http://tmsnrt.rs/2mrugDe

17 Mar 2017 description

Myanmar - One in four people in Myanmar is a migrant, many migrating in search of work. In this environment of high mobility, IOM and partners this week launched the project Twe Let – Increasing the Developmental Impact of Labour Migration through Strengthened Governance and Partnership.

17 Mar 2017 description

FEATURE

Iraq

AFFECTED AREAS Mosul district, Salahuddin governorate

CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT Conflict

FIGURES About 43,000 new displacements between January and 5 March

CONTEXT

17 Mar 2017 description

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of India to act immediately to provide protection to Rohingya refugees living in Jammu. Since November 2016, Rohingya living in Jammu have increasingly been subject to a campaign of negative propaganda and actions by local right wing hindu political party leaders and residents. This includes forced evictions, slow genocidal and hate campaigns, demonstrations, and restrictions on Rohingya attending their places of work.

17 Mar 2017 description

Myanmar’s authorities must immediately act on the urgent calls made in an interim report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, Amnesty International said today.

“The authorities must immediately act on the Rakhine Commission’s recommendations to grant humanitarian access, end the media blackout in northern Rakhine State, and ensure the perpetrators of human rights violations are held accountable,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

17 Mar 2017 description

If resolution is adopted, the U.N. Human Rights Council would "dispatch urgently an independent international fact-finding mission" to investigate violations

*UN Human Rights Council to vote on EU resolution next week

*EU wants international fact-finding mission, govt cooperation

*U.N. Security Council to discuss Myanmar on Friday (Adds UN Security Council meeting on Fri in 7th para)

By Stephanie Nebehay

17 Mar 2017 description

# of IDP Locations (host families & Camps): 188

Estimated number of IDPs: 99,242

Displacement started in June 2011 due to the fighting between the Government and the Kachin Independence Organization. The majority of IDPs live in camps along the Myanmar-China Border. Approximately 43% of IDPs live in camps in non-Government Controlled areas (NGCA).

17 Mar 2017 description
report Radio Free Asia

A local militia in the northern Myanmar town of Waingmaw has started clearing out refugees who have been staying on its land since 2012 when they were displaced by hostilities between ethnic rebels and the government army, villagers and a lawmaker from Kachin state said Thursday.

The militia asked half of the 70 households on its land to move elsewhere because it needs the acreage for planting crops, the villagers said.

Soldiers then used bulldozers to destroy houses and other buildings used by the refugees, they said, prompting them to seek help from a state lawmaker.

17 Mar 2017 description

By Libby Hogan

All internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Arakan State should be closed down—that is the recommendation of the commission tasked with investigating the problems in the conflict-marred region.

Speaking at a press conference today in Rangoon, Commissioner Ghassan Salamé, a former Lebanese minister of culture and advisor to the UN secretary-general, unveiled 13 interim recommendations on behalf of the Arakan Advisory Commission.

16 Mar 2017 description

Myanmar, and especially Rakhine State, is part of the most disaster-affected regions in the world in terms of frequency, scale, and severity, and is particularly negatively impacted by tropical cyclones and floods. In 2015, cyclone Komen made landfall in Northern Rakhine State, resulting in massive floods and landslides, exacerbating the monsoonal flooding. Coupled with overall underdevelopment, reoccurring conflicts, and low resilience, the population in Rakhine State is extremely vulnerable to changes in weather patterns and are often ill-prepared to withstand the impact of disasters.

16 Mar 2017 description

Statement by Kofi Annan, Chair of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State (Interim Report)

MARCH 16, 2017

Let me make a few introductory remarks on our report.

First, we should accept that the nature of the crisis facing Rakhine state has changed due to the attacks of 9 October and the subsequent security operations.

16 Mar 2017 description
  • Following a series of attacks that occurred in Laukkai, Kokang Self-Administered Zone of North Shan State on 6 March, at least 30 people, including at least five civilians, are now reported to have been killed. Most of the residents of Laukkai town have been evacuated. An estimated 20 000 people crossed the Chinese border, while others including migrant workers, civil servants, NGO workers from other parts of the country have also left.
16 Mar 2017 description

The smell of rubber and other chemicals welcomes visitors when entering the small workshop of the Hpa-an Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Centre (HORC). Zaw Zaw Aung is weighing chemicals on a balance. He is surrounded by dozens of pots – some filled with zinc oxide, some with stearic acid. Gloves lie strewn around him. A white blouse hangs nearby. It looks like a laboratory.

16 Mar 2017 description

By Catherine Simonet, Eva Comba and Emily Wilkinson

This working paper provides an analysis of economic resilience at the national level, presenting a broad picture of changes in resilience to climate extremes over a 42 year period. It focuses on 12 countries in the Sahel, East Africa and Asia that are part of the UK Government funded resilience programme Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED).

16 Mar 2017 description
  • Annual household survey conducted in Muslim areas of NW Myanmar

  • 75,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence

  • Those marked off lists could face charges if they try to return

  • Myanmar says lists not finalised, not trying to expel Rohingya

  • Thousands of buildings in Rohingya areas marked for demolition

By Simon Lewis and Wa Lone

16 Mar 2017 description

WHO SEARO Press release 1644

New Delhi, 16 March 2017 - Health Ministers from countries in WHO South-East Asia Region which bear half the global TB burden, and WHO today signed a Call for Action for Ending TB, pledging to scale-up efforts and implement adequately funded, innovative, multisectoral and comprehensive measures to achieve the global target to end the disease by 2030.