Bangladesh

Rohingya returns only ‘at their freely expressed wish’ – UN refugee chief

Returns of Rohingya refugees, forced to flee their homes due to widespread and systematic violence in northern Myanmar, “should only take place at their freely expressed wish” the United Nations top refugee official has stressed, amid concerns that conditions at places of origin are not yet conducive to safe, dignified and sustainable returns.

Atrocities in Myanmar should be brought before ICC – UN rights expert

The international community must not tolerate any more atrocities in Myanmar, and the Government should be brought before the International Criminal Court (ICC) to answer for serious rights violations, the UN expert tasked with monitoring human rights in the country, Yanghee Lee, has told UN News.

In an interview on the occasion of her annual briefing to the Security Council, Ms. Lee told UN News’ Li Zhang that the democratic space in the country is shrinking.

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News in Brief 25 September 2018

  • Ebola-hit DR Congo faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
  • UN urges Syria to allow aid to reach civilians displaced near Jordanian border
  • IOM ambulances provide boost to life-saving care in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp
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News in Brief 24 August 2018

  • Rohingya emergency one year on: thousands of lives saved, but challenges remain
  • DRC Ebola outbreak latest: response scaling up, but threats remain
  • Venezuela exodus is stretching neighbours’ patience, warns UN migration agency IOM
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News in Brief 13 August 2018

  • Report underscores need to respect human rights during Somalia elections
  • UN Mission welcomes progress towards Afghanistan elections
  • Rights experts call for immediate release of Bangladesh photographer
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Bangladesh: World Heritage Site threatened by ‘heedless industrialisation’ - UN expert

The Sundarbans forest, a which is the largest contiguous mangrove forest in the world and home to several endangered species, is being threatened by “heedless industrialization”, according to a UN rights expert, who on Tuesday, called on the Government of Bangladesh to halt the process. 

The world ‘must rally’ to support one million Rohingya refugees, UN Migration chief says

A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), on Tuesday.

New identity cards deliver recognition and protection for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees sheltering in Bangladesh will soon have credit card-sized plastic IDs – many possessing, for the first time ever, an individual identity document – providing another level of protection, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care

Simple shelters that are little more than huts with bamboo sticks and plastic sheeting for walls, and tarpaulins overhead, are serving a very important purpose for refugee women and girls forced to flee their homes to the vast refugee camps of Bangladesh. 

News in Brief 02 July 2018

  • UN chief ‘heartbroken’ over Rohingya suffering
  • Deadly attack in Mali condemned
  • Meet the new UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, actor Ben Stiller
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