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18 Jan 2018 description

Media Contact

DeDe Dunevant
Director of Communications
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New York, NY - 01/17/2018

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today expressed concern over an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled brutal violence in Myanmar.

18 Jan 2018 description

Japan has learned through hard experience the importance of investing in disaster preparedness, and it is using those lessons to help other countries. Japan experiences 20% of the earthquakes of magnitude 6 and higher that occur in the world, and it is exposed to uncountable natural disasters like typhoons and active volcanoes. Japan thus has a long history of awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction. Today, it is one of the few countries in the world where proactive disaster risk reduction measures are widespread.

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UNHCR is working to re-position and weatherproof up to 80,000 shelters in southern Bangladesh to withstand rains expected in March.

KUTUPALONG CAMP EXTENSION, Bangladesh – On a patch of dirt in this sprawling informal settlement, Rohingya refugee Hafsa, 55, and her husband Mohammed, 60, supervise the construction of a sturdy shelter in a race against time.

18 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

Aid restrictions leave tens of thousands stranded in a war that spans generations

MYITKYINA, 18 January 2018

Key Points

18 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

2017 saw a host of new and quickly deepening humanitarian crises from Southeast Asia to Africa. But behind this rising tide of forced displacement was an isolationist and xenophobic political backdrop that could render 2018 even worse, especially given the lack of diplomatic leverage and leadership required to resolve intractable conflicts.

Read more on IRIN

18 Jan 2018 description
infographic Myanmar Peace Monitor

Peace Process highlights

1) Due to battles between the KIA and the Tatmadaw in Tanai and Mansai townships, Kachin Peace-talk Creation Group (PCG) could not work for negotiating

2) Kachin IDP camps are in urgent need of repair, but due to a lack of funds cannot carry out the necessary assistance

3) Shan national-level political dialogue arranged for Langkho put off indefinitely due to the Tatmadaw's various obstructions

18 Jan 2018 description

The First Meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on the retrun of the displaced Rohingyas from Rakhine State, was held 15-16 January 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw. Foreign Secretary Md. Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation while Permanent Secretary Myint Thu led the Myanmar side.

18 Jan 2018 description

Reacting to the police shooting dead at least eight protesters in Mrauk-U in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: "Even if protesters were throwing stones and bricks, nothing can justify police apparently firing into a crowd of thousands. This is a clear case of excessive use of force in violation of the right to life."

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The Australian Government is providing further support to combat the outbreak of highly contagious and deadly diphtheria amongst Rohingya in Bangladesh who have fled violence in Myanmar.

There have been more than 2,500 cases of suspected diphtheria, including 1,900 children, in camps accommodating Rohingya. At least 30 people have died from the disease, which causes extreme swelling of the throat making it difficult to breathe and swallow.

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The United Nations in Myanmar is following with concern the reports of violent clashes between the police and protesters in Mrauk U in Rakhine State. We deplore the loss of life and injuries that have been reported. We urge respect for the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, and call for the security forces and demonstrators to act with restraint and to avoid further violence. We urge authorities to investigate any disproportionate use of force or other illegal actions that may have occurred in relation to this incident.

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GENEVA (16 January 2018) – The UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, will visit the country's neighbours Bangladesh and Thailand from January 18, vowing to fulfill her mandate despite the Government's refusal to work with her.

"I am determined to carry on - to the best of my ability - this very important task of helping the victims of human rights violations and abuses in Myanmar, as mandated to me by the United Nations system," Lee said, before departing on the 13-day trip.

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# IDP locations (shelter interventions) 6

# Shelters planned 408

# HHs still in need of shelter intervention 3,511

Shelter Cluster members are currently covering approximately 9 % of the shelter needs reported in Kachin and Northern Shan States.

18 Jan 2018 description
  • Number of IDP Locations: 165

  • Estimated number of IDPs: 99,036

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 39% of IDPs live in camps in non-Government Controlled areas (NGCA).

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report BRAC

What you need to know:

  • 655,500 people have arrived since 25 August

  • 9,000 crossed the border in the past week

  • 1.2 million require immediate humanitarian assistance, including earlier arriving Myanmar nationals and vulnerable members of host communities

17 Jan 2018 description

Myanmar (Burma) Prepares “Camps” for the Return of Persecuted Rohingya

17 Jan 2018 description

Refugees International notes with alarm reports that Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached agreement on repatriation of Rohingya refugees to begin as early as January 23. The two governments reportedly reached this agreement at a bilateral meeting of a Joint Working Group on Returns held on January 16 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar's capital.