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18 Jan 2018 description

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

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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.

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18 Jan 2018 description
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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.

18 Jan 2018 description

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.

18 Jan 2018 description

# 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).