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23 May 2018 description

NEW DS & Ecodev Report Urges Government of Myanmar to Establish a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank

A new report released today by Displacement Solutions and Yangon-based Ecodev urges the government of Myanmar to immediately establish a Myanmar National Climate Land Bank (MNCLB) to prepare the country and its people for massive climate displacement.

You can access the full report here.

21 May 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • USG provides more than $94 million in additional support to crisis-affected populations in Burma, Bangladesh

  • USAID Administrator conducts official visit to Burma, Bangladesh to observe ongoing relief efforts

  • Relief actors conduct preparedness activities ahead of cyclone, monsoon seasons in Burma, Bangladesh

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

07 May 2018 description

Escalation of conflict in Kachin state between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and the Myanmar Army has resulted in over 5,000 people being internally displaced since the beginning of April. High levels of cross-sectoral needs are reported among those newly displaced and protection of the civilian population in conflict-affected areas is of major concern, due to ongoing violence and reports of indiscriminate shelling. Over 2,000 IDPs are stranded in the forest, unable to access assistance.

Anticipated scope and scale

05 May 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

  • During the month of April, increased fighting in Kachin State displaced an estimated 5000 civilians.

  • Access to people in need in conflict-affected areas remains extremely challenging.

  • Between 24-26 April, UNICEF delivered 3,601 hygiene kits benefitting over 20,600 people in Muslim, Rakhine and Hindu communities in Maungdaw District.

  • UNICEF is working with interagency colleagues to update the preparedness and response planning for the upcoming cyclone season with a focus on Rakhine State.

03 May 2018 description

2017 IN REVIEW

HUMANITARIAN CONTEXT

Humanitarian situation in 2017

30 Apr 2018 description

Summary

On May 2, 2008, Cyclone Nargis struck Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta and swept across the region toward Yangon. By the time the storm had passed, it had killed over 140,000 people, tearing apart families, destroying homes, and shattering livelihoods. In the months and years following Nargis, communities, supported by the national and international aid community, worked to rebuild their lives and repair the devastation that the cyclone had caused. Homes were rebuilt, paddy field walls repaired, and new fishing boats purchased.

08 Apr 2018 description
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(Yangon/New York, 8 April 2018): At the conclusion today of a six-day mission to Myanmar, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller called for strengthened humanitarian action based on the rights and needs of all communities, in line with international law and humanitarian principles.

06 Apr 2018 description
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ND-Burma 2017 report on the human rights situation finds military continues to block justice for abuses

04 Apr 2018 description

by Mona Christophersen and Svein Erik Stave

Over the last five years Myanmar has gone through fundamental changes as it transitions toward peace and democracy. This transformation provides Myanmar with a unique opportunity to build a peaceful and inclusive society and advance on the path to sustainable development and sustaining peace. Yet at the same time, Myanmar remains submerged in conflict and lacks national consensus on the future of the state.

26 Mar 2018 description

The suffering of civilians and forced displacement of ethnic minorities by Myanmar’s military goes beyond the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in the west of the country. In northern Myanmar, nearly 100,000 people continue to live in displacement camps in Kachin and northern Shan States. Most were first displaced by fighting between the Myanmar military and the Kachin Independence Army in 2011, and many have been displaced multiple times, including in recent months.

16 Mar 2018 description
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Myanmar: reverse laws and practices that perpetuate military impunity – new ICJ report

Myanmar’s government must take concrete action to counteract decades of military impunity for human rights violations, the ICJ concluded in a report published today.

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).

06 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Situation in Numbers

  • 319,000 Children in need of humanitarian assistance (37% of total people in need)

  • 863,000 People in need (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

  • 129,000 IDPs in Rakhine (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

  • 107,000 IDPs in Kachin and Shan (2018 Humanitarian Needs Overview)

Highlights

03 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

PURPOSE OF THE REPORT

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) recognises that disasters are driven both by environmental and humancreated hazards, and are mediated by the socio-economic characteristics of individual locations; therefore, resilience to natural and human-induced hazards is an integral part of the concept of sustainable development. The Child Centred Risk Assessment (CCRA) provides a detailed and extensive view of risk across the country and serves as a decision-support tool for the Government of Myanmar (GoM) and its partners.

28 Feb 2018 description

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

27 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Rooted in national principles and priorities

21 Feb 2018 description

Key points

(1) Literacy among young people (15 to 24 years old) is now high, at 94 per cent, but focussed efforts are needed, particularly in Shan and Kayin, to achieve universal literacy.

(2) Among young adults, aged 25 to 29, nearly 3 in 10 (27.8 per cent) never attended school or failed to finish primary school. This provides strong justification for a policy to make primary school free and compulsory.

13 Feb 2018 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Abdullah is a father of eight from Buthidaung, in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

Fleeing to Bangladesh in September last year, he became a refugee for the third time.

The first was in 1978, when he came to Bangladesh as a young boy, and the second in 1991. That time he remained for three years, and then returned to Myanmar as part of an organised voluntary repatriation operation, anxious to recover his home and his four acres of land.

13 Feb 2018 description

*Kristian Stokke, Roman Vakulchuk, Indra Øverland *

Report commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 2018

Executive summary