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13 Dec 2018 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar authorities have launched an investigation into an apparent human-trafficking operation that recruits women as brides and surrogate mothers for Chinese men through advertisements on the streets of a major trading town on Myanmar’s border with China, an anti-trafficking official said.

Earlier this week, residents of Muse, a Myanmar border town in Shan state that serves as a trade hub between the two countries, reported seeing advertisements posted on lampposts and building walls.

11 Dec 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

• Over 178,000 children and caregivers have access to UNICEFsupported psycho-social programming through 2018 programming

• UNICEF has provided over 38,100 children 6-59 months and pregnant and breastfeeding women with micronutrient supplementation in 2018

• WASH support continues for over 51,667 people in Rakhine State with access to sufficient water

• Thus far this year, UNICEF Education programmes have provided emergency learning materials and recreation supplies for over 77,800 children.

11 Dec 2018 description

GENEVA (11 December 2018) – A UN human rights expert has expressed her dismay at the imprisonment of three ethnic Kachin activists for allegedly criticizing the Myanmar military during peaceful demonstrations in April.

“It is wholly unacceptable that Lum Zawng, Nang Pu and Zau Jet have been sent to jail merely for making statements about the military’s actions,” said the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee. “I am seriously concerned by the continual shrinking of the democratic space in Myanmar, and the culture of fear that now exists.”

11 Dec 2018 description

Introduction

“Since he began repeatedly raping me, I am afraid and feel insecure. He is not letting me go home. I feel shame because my neighbours are gossiping about me.”[1] These words ring true for many survivors of sexual violence in Southeast Myanmar, who face numerous obstacles to reporting their case and accessing justice.

10 Dec 2018 description
report European Union

The Council adopted conclusions on the situation in Myanmar/Burma. The Council expresses deep concern over the findings of the independent international fact-finding mission (FFM) of the UN Human Rights Council which conclude that gross human rights violations were committed in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, in particular by the Myanmar/Burma military (Tatmadaw).

09 Dec 2018 description
report Mizzima News

By Soe Thu Aung

Food supplies cannot be transported through Chinese territory to over 70,000 Kachin Internally Displaced People (IDPs) staying along the Sino-Myanmar border because of a war game being conducted by the army of the People’s Republic of China.

Rev. Dr. Hkalam Samson from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) said, “China bans our usual transport of food supplies to the IDP camps along the border. We can do nothing. Now the ban has been over two weeks so we have difficulties in supplying food such as rice and other basic foodstuffs to these camps.”

08 Dec 2018 description

Press Release: For Immediate Release

New York, 07 December 2018: The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Ms. Pramila Patten, signed a Joint Communique between the Government of Myanmar and the United Nations to address conflict-related sexual violence in Myanmar.

06 Dec 2018 description

Operational Updates

  • Rakhine: During October, WFP assisted over 96,000 conflict-affected people, including over 2,900 pregnant and lactating women and adolescent girls and 14,400 children under the age of five, from 242 Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu villages of Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships. In central Rakhine, over 136,000 people received various assistance from WFP including emergency relief and nutrition intervention.

06 Dec 2018 description

In Rakhine State, Myanmar, Oxfam and IHE Delft Institute for Water Education are developing the Tiger Worm Toilet from the household sanitation level (where it has been proven successful) to a phased application at communal sanitation level, appropriate for use in humanitarian camps. This will help meet the need for an economically and environmentally sustainable sanitation alternative to the commonly used pit latrine in humanitarian camps – particularly as camp longevity is increasing.

04 Dec 2018 description

Highlights

  • US, UK and United Nations warn against the Rohingya repatriation plan

  • Christians are under scrutiny as the persecution of religious minorities continues

  • EU commits $13.7 million to expand peace program in Shan and Kachin States

  • The global community calls for justice in wake of damning UN genocide report

Key Developments

04 Dec 2018 description
report Joint Peace Fund

Inclusivity in Myanmar’s peace process means not only the participation of different ethnic and religious groups but of all members of the community. This includes people with disabilities (PWDs) and people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, intersex, queer/questioning and asexual communities (LGBTIQA). The JPF is supporting iSchool-Myanmar work in Central Myanmar with these two groups to help increase their engagement in the peace process.

03 Dec 2018 description
report UNOPS

The United Kingdom, Sweden, United States and Switzerland have committed more than $215 million to improving the health of Myanmar’s most vulnerable people through the UNOPS-managed Access to Health Fund.

Myanmar’s health system continues to improve, but significant health inequities remain. People living in conflict-affected areas are likely to experience poorer health outcomes, while those living in remote or hard-to-reach places are also more likely to suffer.

01 Dec 2018 description
report UNOPS

Although healthcare has improved in Myanmar in recent years, the most vulnerable people still lack basic maternity and child healthcare, as well as healthcare for tuberculosis, HIV and malaria.

“For many people in Myanmar, simply accessing healthcare in the first place can be difficult,” said Andrew Kirkwood, UNOPS Director in Myanmar.

“Sweden’s contribution towards the Fund will help strengthen the national health system in Myanmar, and provide vulnerable groups with access to quality health services,” he said.

30 Nov 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Attacks by Burmese security forces in 2017 and early 2018 damage nearly 40 percent of villages in northern Rakhine

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches 232,000 people in Rakhine with emergency assistance in October

  • USG partners provide emergency food, health, nutrition, shelter, and WASH assistance to conflict-affected populations in Bangladesh and Burma

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

30 Nov 2018 description

Over 32,000 people have been temporarily displaced by fighting in 33 locations since January 2018, representing more than twice the number of people over the same period in 2017. Civilians have been displaced multiple times, increasing psychological trauma, especially for elderly people and disrupting children's education. There are now almost 106,000 displaced people in 172 camps in Kachin and Shan. The United Nations has not been permitted by the Government to deliver assistance to people in need in areas beyond Government control since June 2016.

30 Nov 2018 description

Of the organisations that applied for travel authorizations (TAs), all received TAs for field access in central Rakhine, albeit after submitting detailed and restrictive paperwork outlining their planned activities. The highest number of TAs were granted in Sittwe, Pauktaw and Mrauk-U. The most common TA duration is 30 days.

30 Nov 2018 description
report The Irrawaddy

By Lawi Weng 29 November 2018

YANGON–With sadness, we look on at the conflict between two ethnic Shan sides using their resources and efforts against each other instead of banding together in their fight against the common enemy– the Myanmar Army.

30 Nov 2018 description
report Joint Peace Fund

In 2012, hundreds of people in 80 villages and 11 village tracts in Than Taung Gyi township in Kayin State became squatters on their own land when the Government designated the area a military target practice area. Since then members of the community group Sar Mu Htaw have been working hard to help reclaim their rights to the land through customary law (the traditional legal system used by people on that land).