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16 Jan 2018 description
report UN Security Council

Summary

The present report, submitted pursuant to Security Council resolution 1612 (2005) and subsequent resolutions, covers the period from 1 February 2013 to 30 June 2017 and is the fourth report on children and armed conflict in Myanmar to be submitted to the Security Council and its Working Group on Children and Armed Conflict. The report provides information on grave violations against children in Myanmar and identifies parties to the conflict responsible for such violations.

16 Jan 2018 description

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is a global norm, unanimously adopted by heads of state and government at the 2005 UN World Summit, aimed at preventing and halting Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes Against Humanity. R2P stipulates that:

» Every State has the Responsibility to Protect its populations from the four mass atrocity crimes (Pillar I).

» The wider international community has the responsibility to encourage and assist individual States in meeting that responsibility (Pillar II).

16 Jan 2018 description

SG/SM/18855-GA/11999 16 JANUARY 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres’ remarks at the informal meeting of the General Assembly, in New York today:

Let me start by thanking all Member States, all of you for your support across our agenda.

16 Jan 2018 description
report ACTED

It takes about one-hour drive to get there from Mae Hong Son, capital of the homonymous Province, in Northern Thailand. A tortuous road running through rice fields, mountains, and an exuberantly green forest. After getting through the routine control at the military checkpoint, one finally reaches the Ban Mai Nai Soi Temporary Shelter.

16 Jan 2018 description
report ACTED

Jeh Meh and Neh Meh sit together, discussing about their future life out of the camps. Both of them are young refugee teachers. Both of them are now waiting for their resettlement from the camps to a third country to take place very soon.

16 Jan 2018 description

Commenting on the 16 January 2018 announcement that the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments have signed an agreement to begin the return of Rohingya refugees next week, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) emphasises that any repatriation must be voluntary.

‘The 650,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar during the past months must not be forcibly returned,’ underscored Claire Thomas, MRG’s Deputy Director. ‘Any repatriation process must be voluntary and only once the causes of their flight have been fully addressed.’

16 Jan 2018 description

Recent Crisis Raises Grave Protection Concerns

The United Nations Secretary-General, in his fourth report on the impact of armed conflict on children in Myanmar, documents progress in the Government of Myanmar’s efforts to end the recruitment and use of child soldiers, but notes that on-going clashes and the recent wave of violence in Rakhine add to the plight of conflict affected children in the country.

16 Jan 2018 description
report Freedom House

Key Findings

  • Democracy faced its most serious crisis in decades in 2017 as its basic tenets—including guarantees of free and fair elections, the rights of minorities, freedom of the press, and the rule of law—came under attack around the world.

  • Seventy-one countries suffered net declines in political rights and civil liberties, with only 35 registering gains. This marked the 12th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.

16 Jan 2018 description

This national action plan is the UK government’s 5-year strategy for how we will meet our Women, Peace and Security commitments under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 to reduce the impact of conflict on women and girls and to promote their inclusion in conflict resolution. It is part of wider efforts to ensure that the UK’s foreign policy consciously and consistently delivers for women and girls.

16 Jan 2018 description

Bangladesh – Human trafficking experts from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, are this week working with police in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to help them tackle the threat of human trafficking facing thousands of vulnerable Rohingya refugees living in local settlements.

16 Jan 2018 description

As of 30 November 2017, there are 128,377 internally displaced people (IDP) in 23 IDP sites in Rakhine State, including camps and host families. (source: CCCM)

16 Jan 2018 description

As of 30 November 2017, there are 165 internally displaced people (IDP) sites in Kachin and northern Shan States, with a total of 98,878 IDPs. (source: CCCM)
The two attached maps (A0 detailed poster format and A4 simplified version) show population by site and township in Government controlled areas and in areas controlled by armed groups or contested areas.

16 Jan 2018 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

16 January 2018

16 Jan 2018 description
report IRIN

The rise in man-made, protracted emergencies means millions are at risk of starving around the globe this year

It’s a difficult new year for the humanitarian system and those reliant on it: a near-record number of people are in need and yet a yawning funding gap will limit what assistance can be provided.

Read more on IRIN.

16 Jan 2018 description

Since 25 August 2017:

  • 655 500 FDMNs are estimated to have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as of 31 December 2017

  • There are around 124 national and international health partners providing services through 169 health facilities (including 7 hospitals) that are increasing in number as more partners are joining for strengthening emergency response

  • Cumulative number of clinical consultations provided until 27 December 2017 are 1 916 262

16 Jan 2018 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 15 January 2018

The European Union has adopted a new €5 million programme to support the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, strengthening its response to the crisis.

The new initiative aims at supporting the identification and registration of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, at facilitating the provision of humanitarian support, as well as at ensuring the better protection of particularly vulnerable individuals.

16 Jan 2018 description

As part of its response to the diphtheria outbreak among Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WHO is training local and international doctors, intensive care nurses and other healthcare professionals working in the camps.

“One of the main challenges is that diphtheria is an old infectious disease that many doctors have never seen,” said Dr Janet Victoria Diaz, Clinical Management Leader. “We’ve prioritized training health workers to ensure they know how to distinguish diphtheria from an ordinary sore throat and how to correctly administer diphtheria antitoxins.”

16 Jan 2018 description

Myanmar (Burma)

Atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority constitute crimes against humanity under international law. These crimes may ultimately prove to be genocidal in intent.

16 Jan 2018 description

Summary

We are examining DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma. This Report is the first output from that inquiry. It focuses on the culmination of decades of marginalisation and abuse of the Rohingya people of Rakhine State in northern Burma. This took the form of a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” perpetrated by the Burmese security forces over the latter half of 2017 causing the flight of over 650,500 Rohingya people into Bangladesh.