Bangladesh

Bangladesh: UN rights chief urges transparent probe into writer’s death, review of law under which he was charged

The UN's top human rights official on Monday called for transparent investigation into the death in custody of a writer in Bangladesh, who was held in pre-trial detention for nine months for publishing an article and sharing social media posts critical of the Government’s COVID-19 response. 

Rohingya refugees: UN agency urges immediate rescue to prevent ‘tragedy’ on Andaman Sea

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), on Monday, called for immediate efforts to search and rescue a group of Rohingya refugees, who have been adrift on the Andaman Sea for over a week.  

Migrating online: The digital tools preparing refugees and migrants with an economic lifeline

Whilst the global economy has taken a battering during the COVID-19 pandemic, online commerce has thrived. A UN-supported initiative is helping refugees and migrants around the world to access the tools and customers they need to build their businesses and improve their livelihoods.

UN steps up support for thousands left homeless after fire at Rohingya refugee camp

UN agencies have stepped up efforts to help thousands of Rohingya refugees left without shelter after a devastating fire tore through a crowded refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh on Thursday. 

News in Brief 16 December 2020

  • Desert Locust ‘re-invasion’ threatens millions across Horn of Africa 
  • Independent expert decries shrinking space for China’s human rights lawyers  
  • Bangladesh cartoonist must be released on medical grounds, urge rights experts 
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Cartoonist must be released on medical grounds, urge rights experts 

An ailing Bangladeshi cartoonist who has been detained for allegedly spreading fake news about the country’s response to COVID-19, should be released immediately, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Wednesday. 

Transfer of Rohingya refugees to Bay of Bengal island ‘must be voluntary’: UN refugee agency

The head of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), has voiced concerns over the reported relocation of some Rohingya refugees by Bangladeshi authorities, to an island off the country’s coast, in the Bay of Bengal. 

Bangladesh urges greater international action on Rohingya status

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh has called for stronger international action to help Rohingya refugees in the country to return to neighbouring Myanmar. 

Inaction has been fatal, says UNHCR, as dozens of Rohingya refugees perish at sea

Dozens of Rohingya refugees are believed to have died in the Andaman sea after spending more than 200 days afloat, owing to a “collective unwillingness” of countries to take them in, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said. 

Address root causes of the Rohingya refugee crisis, urges UN chief

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for greater attention to the Rohingya refugee crisis – which entered its fourth year – and for addressing the root causes of the conflict.