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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
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

# 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).

17 Jan 2018 description

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

17 Jan 2018 description

SITUATION

  • Burma has a population of approximately 53 million people comprising at least 135 ethnic groups. Armed conflict, inter-communal violence, high food prices and recurrent natural disasters continue to undermine food security in Burma.
    According to the UN, approximately 779,000 conflict-affected people living in Kayin, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine states are vulnerable to severe food insecurity.

17 Jan 2018 description

As at end December 2017, UN-coordinated appeals and refugee response plans within the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) required US$24.7 billion to meet the humanitarian needs of 105.1 million crisis-affected people in 38 countries. Together the appeals were funded at $13.8 billion, or 54% of requirements. Funding for the appeals in 2017 fell 46% short of requirements, with $10.9 billion outstanding.

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 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

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

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.