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18 Jan 2018 description

Physicians for Human Rights Says Without an Investigation and Transparency, Repatriation Is a Nonstarter

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DeDe Dunevant
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Tel: (646) 564-3723

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

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."

18 Jan 2018 description
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

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.

17 Jan 2018 description

The number of victims from mines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) has risen by 58% in Myanmar, according to the Mine Risk Working Group. The risk of accidents is heightened for those living in rural areas and in poverty. “Documenting victims’ profiles and risk behaviours is essential for preventing further accidents”, says Danish Demining Group (DDG) Program Manager in Myanmar, Pascal Simon.

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
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.

15 Jan 2018 description
report BRAC

What you need to know today

  • A total of 655,500 forcibly-displaced Myanmar nationals have entered Bangladesh since 25 August (Source: ISCG report, 07 January 2018)

12 Jan 2018 description

This Situation Update describes events occurring in Thandaunggyi Township, Toungoo District during the period between January and March 2017, including livelihoods, healthcare, education, and development.

  • Due to unstable weather and a shortage of water in recent years, villagers in Toungoo District have faced significant livelihood challenges.

12 Jan 2018 description
report Human Rights Watch

(Bangkok) – Burmese authorities should not pursue a criminal complaint brought under Burma’s privacy law against a Facebook user for posts critical of a state chief minister, Human Rights Watch said today.

Parliament should promptly amend the privacy law, enacted in March 2017, to eliminate the provision criminalizing harm to reputation.

11 Jan 2018 description

Editorial

François Grünewald and Véronique de Geoffroy

11 Jan 2018 description

Réiseal Ni Chéilleachair & Dr. Fiona Shanahan

When we need help, we go local

When people are in crisis, they usually seek support from those closest to them, within their own families, social groups and communities. The continuity of presence and consistency of support, regardless of scale or statistics, is what often sets a local actor apart from an international actor. In protection work, local is key; it is where trust sits.

11 Jan 2018 description
report Airlink

Emirates Airline Foundation supports growing need for healthcare in swelling Rohingya refugee camps

WASHINGTON, DC – Nonprofit disaster response organization Airlink is answering the urgent need for medical workers in Rohingya refugee camps with new NGO partner Medical Teams International (MTI). Recent reports of highly contagious diphtheria, a spike in measles cases, and a lack of basic medical resources are prompting an urgent push for medical volunteers and preventative healthcare in what is now the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis.

11 Jan 2018 description

By YE MON

A disagreement over simple terminology is grinding peace talks to a standstill, according to Tun Zaw, a central executive member of the ethnic bloc United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC).

11 Jan 2018 description

Following today’s admission by Myanmar’s military that security forces and villagers summarily killed 10 captured Rohingya people and buried them in a mass grave outside Inn Din, a village in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

10 Jan 2018 description

Myanmar occupies a special place among the different contexts where localisation has had a major influence on the way aid practices have evolved. It was the focus of one of the case studies during the research project, “More than the Money: Localisation in Practice”, that Groupe URD carried out for Trócaire.

Introduction

10 Jan 2018 description

HI physiotherapist, Farhana, works in Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, which has become one of the largest refugee settlements in the world. Ibrahim is one of more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees who fled when violence broke out in Myanmar in August 2017 and one of many who sustained life-changing injuries. Farhana shares her experience of meeting Ibrahim and the progress they have made.