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13 Mar 2018 description

Cox’s Bazar – When a poor, rural farming community finds itself in the middle of the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world – doubling its population in just a few months – it’s not just the new arrivals who need support as food prices soar and infrastructure is overloaded.

13 Mar 2018 description

Tokyo – The Government of Japan has donated USD 30.5 million to support IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in its 2018 operations – assisting vulnerable migrants such as displaced persons, refugees, returnees and affected communities, in the midst of various conflicts and crises continuing around the world. With this donation, Japan will also support increasing the capacity of various governments in their humanitarian border management efforts.

13 Mar 2018 description
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(Dhaka, 13 March 2018) From 7 to 13 March I visited Bangladesh to assess the situation of the Rohingya population who have crossed the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh since the most recent incidents of violence in northern Rakhine state in October 2016 and August 2017. During my visit, I had the opportunity to meet Bangladeshi authorities, civil society actors and members of the diplomatic community. I also visited refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, where survivors I met shared horrifying stories of what they have endured.

13 Mar 2018 description

Mr. President, Special Rapporteur, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen,

The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar is pleased to provide this oral update on its work, as required by Council decision 36/115. We are focusing on establishing the facts and circumstances of alleged human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar, in particular in Rakhine, Kachin and northern Shan States, since 2011.

12 Mar 2018 description

The crisis caused by escalating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 25 August 2017 has led to suffering on a catastrophic scale. The speed and scale of the influx have made it one of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

12 Mar 2018 description


The vast majority of those returned to Turkey are nationals from countries other than Syria. The majority are Pakistani nationals (41 per cent of total). Syrians constitute 17 per cent of the total number of those returned, and are followed by Algerians, Bangladeshis and Afghans.

In total, 258 Syrians have been returned to Turkey to date. 15 of them have been returned on the basis that their asylum claims were found inadmissible at 2nd instance.

11 Mar 2018 description
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Camps 14-16, Chakmarkul, Shamlapur, Unchiprang
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Kutupalong Expansion
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Leda, Nayapara, and Jadimura areas
11 Mar 2018 description

Following an outbreak of violence on 25 August 2017 in Rakhine State, Myanmar, a new massive influx of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh started in late August 2017. Most of the Rohingya refugees settled in Ukhia and Teknaf Upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, a district bordering Myanmar identified as the main entry areas for border crossings.

10 Mar 2018 description

UNHCR and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) launched a project to prevent dangerous encounters with elephants, which have resulted in at least 10 deaths in Kutupalong settlement. The highly congested site lies on one of the migratory routes for Asian elephants.

Nobel Peace laureates Mairead Maguire of Northern Ireland, Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, and Iran’s Shireen Ebadi visited refugee settlements in Bangladesh to raise awareness about the plight of Rohingya refugees. The laureates’ visit took place as part of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

09 Mar 2018 description

Human Rights Council
Thirty-seventh session
26 February - 23 March 2018
Agenda item 4
Human rights situation that require the attention of the Council

I. Introduction

1. The present report, submitted pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 34/24, covers developments in Myanmar since the previous reports of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, to the Human Rights Council in March 2017 (A/HRC/34/67) and oral progress report in June 2017; and to the General Assembly in October 2017 (A/72/382).

09 Mar 2018 description

In the early hours of 25 August 2017, the Myanmar military launched “clearance operations” in Rakhine State, ostensibly in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya armed groups on Border Guard Police outposts.

This resulted in an estimated 688,000 mainly Rohingya people from Rakhine State fleeing into Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh. The speed and scale of displacement resulted in a critical humanitarian emergency; together with previously displaced people, this took the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh to more than 900,000.

09 Mar 2018 description

Berlin – Since IOM, the UN Migration Agency, began collecting data through the Missing Migrants Project in 2014, it has recorded the deaths of 1,234 women, more than half of whom died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean. This figure represents less than five percent of the total number of migrant deaths recorded during this period by the Project, which is based at IOM’s Data Analysis Centre in Berlin.

09 Mar 2018 description

Key Highlights

  • Along with the distribution of 14,254 Upgrade Shelter Kits (USKs), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and shelter upgrade orientation sessions have been provided to 7,525 families. Other IOM monsoon preparation activities are summarized on page.

09 Mar 2018 description

AM By Papua New Guinea correspondent Eric Tlozek
Posted Wed at 12:51am

Rejected asylum seekers from Manus Island are being told it is too dangerous for them to return to their countries of origin, but they are also not allowed to stay in Papua New Guinea.

Key points:
Many were scared to submit refugee claims at the start, some received legal advice not to
UNHCR says many of the negative assessments need to be reviewed
About 100 negative status men can't be deported because their countries of origin won't allow it

08 Mar 2018 description

As part of International Women’s Day, we look at how a mobile application developed by the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) has been piloted for Rohingya women in Cox’ Bazar. ETC CONNECT piloted by BRAC, an international non-government organisation (INGO), allows two-way communication between refugees and aid workers, digitally registering and helping humanitarian organisations respond to information requests and confidential complaints.