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26 Oct 2017 description
report UN General Assembly

GA/SHC/4211
25 OCTOBER 2017

While many claims of “terrible inhuman violent acts” in Rakhine State had been made in recent months, it was undeniable that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims had fled to Bangladesh following alleged attacks by militants, the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar told the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian, Cultural) today.

03 Apr 2017 description

INDONESIA

A landslide that struck Banaran Village of Ponorogo District, East Java on 1 April caused two deaths, injured 20 people and damaged approximately 30 homes. 26 people are still missing and around 300 people were evacuated. Local government has declared a two week emergency response and provided basic relief assistance. Heavy equipment has been mobilized in the search and rescue effort, and provincial and national government have provided support including for housing relocation assistance.1

26 people still missing

24 Mar 2017 description

Human Rights Council

MORNING

24 March 2017

Council Adopts 13 Resolutions, Extends Mandates on Iran, Myanmar, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, South Sudan, Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Torture and Migrants

23 Mar 2016 description
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Statement by UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, at the Bali Process Ministerial Conferenc

BALI, Indonesia – In a move welcomed by the UN Refugee Agency, Ministers of Bali Process countries today pledged to take a comprehensive regional approach to managing mixed migration flows by strengthening cooperation on search and rescue at sea, predictable disembarkation, temporary protection and legal pathways for refugees and migrants.

23 Feb 2016 description

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Andreas Needham – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at the press briefing, on 23 February 2016, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

A new UNHCR report has found that mixed maritime movements in South-East Asia were three times more deadly than in the Mediterranean last year – highlighting the urgency of greater life-saving cooperation among the affected States.

04 Dec 2015 description

As the resumption of dangerous sea journeys in the Bay of Bengal looms, countries in the region today affirmed that the only way to reduce loss of life at sea is by working together on comprehensive and sustainable approaches to mixed migration movements.

28 May 2015 description

Regional governments must take immediate action to save lives and address the root causes of the South East Asian migrant crisis, Amnesty International said ahead of a key summit in Thailand on Friday.

“The Bangkok summit is an opportunity to develop a genuine regional effort to address all the many dimensions of the crisis in line with international human rights law that must not be missed,” said Richard Bennett, Amnesty International’s Asia Pacific Director.

27 May 2015 description

1.1 A crisis largely ignored for more than 35 years

18 Mar 2014 description

IOM is working with Myanmar’s Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security to train 30 frontline labour officials on labour migration management and migrant workers’ protection. The officials will be posted at diplomatic missions within the Mekong subregion, the Middle East, and in East Asia.

The country has increased the number of frontline labour officials posted abroad to five. Embassies in Kuwait and Singapore now have new fulltime labour officials. Similar officials have already been posted to Thailand, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea.

17 Dec 2012 description

The newly formed Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had already adopted rules of procedure and targeted substantial issues for review, including the rights of minorities, marginalized communities and women and children, officials from the body told reporters at Headquarters today.

27 Apr 2012 description
report IRIN

CHIANG MAI, 27 April 2012 (IRIN) - Ethnic minority groups in Myanmar are calling on the international community to set stronger benchmarks or steps in the incremental removal of international sanctions, following this week's announcement by the European Union (EU) to suspend sanctions for a year, retaining only the embargo on arms sales.

12 Mar 2012 description

NTS VIEWPOINT

Myanmar’s national reconciliation process: A positive for the region?

29 Nov 2011 description

BALI / GENEVA (28 November 2011) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Monday that the next two years will be crucial to the development of regional and national human rights institutions in the ASEAN region, particularly in the light of developments under way in Myanmar, which will chair ASEAN in 2014.

13 Sep 2011 description

MORNING

13 September 2011

Hears Statements by Ministers from Myanmar and Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Human Rights Council this morning held an interactive dialogue with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on children and armed conflict, Radhika Coomaraswamy. It also heard statements by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar and the Minister of Justice and Human Rights of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.