Bangladesh

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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UN chief hears ‘heartbreaking accounts’ of suffering from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh; urges international community to ‘step up support’

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres visited Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on Monday, declaring that “nothing could have prepared me for the scale of the crisis and extent of suffering” he witnessed there.

UN chief applauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees in need

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has applauded Bangladesh for giving a safe haven to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from their homes in Myanmar by systematic and widespread violence.

Rohingya women eye return to Myanmar with serious concern

Rohingya women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh who have escaped rape and deadly violence in Myanmar say they fear returning home because of ongoing insecurity and the fact that they have no status there, Pramila Patten, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on sexual violence in conflict, told UN News in this UN Gender Focus podcast.

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