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02 Apr 2019 description

Last week, in Asia, organized violence remained relatively static while demonstration events continued to decline. In South Asia, Afghan Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum escaped an assassination attempt by Taliban fighters in Balkh province while election violence continued in India and Bangladesh. In Southeast Asia, police reportedly killed 14 suspected New People’s Army members in the Philippines, though reports have emerged that those killed may have been unassociated farmers.

02 Apr 2019 description

GENEVA (2 April 2019) - UN human rights experts* condemned the Indian Government’s decision to deport three more Rohingya to Myanmar and urged the authorities to stop such forced deportations which are prohibited under international law.

The three Rohingyas deported, a father and his children, had been imprisoned since 2013, on charges related to lack of documentation. On 3 January 2019, India separated and forcibly returned five other members of their family to Myanmar.

02 Apr 2019 description
report Norwegian Capacity

Author: Lois Austin – Independent Consultant

1 Executive Summary

CashCap is an inter-agency project, managed by NORCAP, the Norwegian Refugee Council’s global provider of expertise to the humanitarian, development and peacebuilding sectors. CashCap has been deploying senior experts to provide inter-agency support with the aim of increasing the use and effectiveness of cash and markets programming in crisis contexts since 2016.

02 Apr 2019 description
report The Irrawaddy

By KYAW MYO

NAYPYITAW — A spokesman for the government said it would not comment on the military’s recent announcement that it will not extend the unilateral four-month ceasefire it started on Jan. 1.

The military, or Tatmadaw, announced the ceasefire in December in a move it said was aimed at fostering constructive peace talks with ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have not signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) or more limited bilateral deals with the military.

02 Apr 2019 description

Speakers at a meeting today, acknowledged the plight of the Rohingya refugees and highlighted the importance of ensuring their return to Myanmar in dignity and safety. They also urged national and international organisations to help host communities in Bangladesh to overcome the challenges caused by the influx of such a high number of people in the region and to contribute to the peaceful coexistence in Chattogram of all religious groups.

02 Apr 2019 description
report BRAC

OVERALL UPDATE:

  • 906,500 Rohingyas and over 460,454 people in host communities have been identified for support according to the 2019 JRP report.

  • UN agencies and NGO partners, including BRAC, launched the 2019 Joint Response Plan (JRP) on 15 February. The JRP appeals for USD 920.5 million to maintain priority response efforts. BRAC’s 2019 JRP funding target is USD 98.1 million.

02 Apr 2019 description
report The Irrawaddy

By LAWI WENG

Three people were killed and four were wounded by a bomb blast in Mann Lee Village, Namtu Township in northern Shan State on Saturday, according to local sources.

Ko Thar Oo, Mann Lee village leader told The Irrawaddy on Monday that the seven victims had been tending crops which are growing on the mountainside at the time of the blast.

02 Apr 2019 description
report Human Rights Watch

Ensure Formal Education is Available to All Migrant Children

(Bangkok) ­ The Bangladeshi government has expelled scores of Rohingya refugee children from schools in southeast Bangladesh since late January 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials have ordered secondary schools near the refugee settlements in the Cox’s Bazar district to dismiss Rohingya students, who lack Bangladeshi citizenship.

01 Apr 2019 description

Overview

The objective of ACAPS risk analysis is to enable humanitarian decision makers to understand potential future changes that would likely have humanitarian consequences. By exposing the more probable developments and understanding their impact, they can be included in planning and preparedness which should improve response.

01 Apr 2019 description

Introduction

The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim. To escape persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been fleeing to other countries for refuge since the 1970s. The largest migrations of this community took place in 2016 and 2017, when episodes of brutal suppression by the security forces of Myanmar caused more than 723,000 Rohingya to seek refuge in neighbouring countries.

01 Apr 2019 description
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Yangon, 31 March 2019– Today, the Government of Myanmar released seven children and 25 young people who were recruited under the age of 18 by the Armed Forces (also known as 'Tatmadaw'). This is the first discharge to take place in 2019 and underlines the importance of protecting children in the context of armed conflict and within the peace process.

01 Apr 2019 description
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Burmese version

As international NGOs supporting communities throughout Rakhine State, we express our deep concern with the continued fighting between the Myanmar Security and the Arakan Army Forces. This conflict is causing civilian casualties, displacing communities, and worsening the already precarious humanitarian situation in central and northern Rakhine State.

01 Apr 2019 description

Contents

1 The Reality of Aid Network

3 Acknowledgments

5 Preface

7 Political Overview

The Changing Faces of Aid: Encouraging Global Justice or Buttressing Inequalities?

The Reality of Aid Network International Coordinating Committee

31 Chapter 1: ODA, IFIs and the Private Sector

30 Mar 2019 description

Learning from the Traditional Ways to Solve Land Disputes in Myanmar

In Myanmar, we're learning more about how village leaders solve land disputes in the traditional way to help inform policy makers on the best ways forward to ensure protection of displaced people.

They say that good boundaries make good neighbours, however it is often difficult to determine where such boundaries lie. In rural Myanmar, disputes over boundaries are often solved through traditional methods, which include engaging the village elders and other customary authorities.

30 Mar 2019 description
report Mizzima News

Fresh fighting that erupted Wednesday between Myanmar forces and the Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP)/Shan State Army-North and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in northern Shan state’s Namtu township has displaced more than 200 villagers, RFA reported.

Government soldiers clashed with an alliance of troops from the SSPP and TNLA between the township’s Mong Mu and San Kha villages, villagers said.

29 Mar 2019 description
report United Purpose

Last year, Welsh organisation United Purpose secured just under half a million pounds to support the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Last week, United Purpose’ Wales based Global Director of External Affairs Hannah Pudner went to Bangladesh to see how donations are making a difference.

29 Mar 2019 description

SEAR/PR/1708

New Delhi, 27 March 2019: On this day in 2014, WHO South-East Asia Region was certified polio-free, proving wrong many public health experts who believed that the Region, which accounts for one-fourth of the global population, would be the last bastion for polio eradication. Five years on, the Region not only continues to maintain its polio-free status but is demonstrating how the polio legacy can effectively strengthen overall immunization and other programs.

28 Mar 2019 description

Refugees International is deeply concerned about plans announced by the government of Bangladesh to begin relocating Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char, an isolated island more than 30 miles off the coast of Bangladesh. Serious questions about safety and voluntariness of such a relocation remain unanswered. The timing of the proposed movements, ahead of the monsoon and cyclone seasons, is particularly troubling given the island’s recent vulnerability to flooding and location in the historical path of cyclones.