Myanmar

New Myanmar Rakhine violence could escalate rapidly, warns top UN relief official

Securing access to thousands of people affected by fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a priority for the United Nations, the organization’s top relief official in the country told UN News on Wednesday.  Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar, Knut Ostby, spoike with UN News's Daniel Johnson.

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The most popular audio tracks from UN News for 2018

In this special edition of our Lid Is On podcast series, we’re bringing you a roundup of the most listened-to audio of 2018 here at UN News. 

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‘Empty lands in Myanmar’ await Rohingya return: UNDP director

Since late August 2017, more than 725,000 mainly-Muslim Rohingya have left Rakhine state, across the border into southern Bangladesh, fleeing widespread and systematic ethnic violence. But they left behind at home a ‘vast land not being cultivated’, with an estimated 70% reduction in agricultural production just in Maungdaw District alone, said the UN Development Programme’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Haoliang Xu, in a recent interview with UN News.https://www.unhcr.org/

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UN agencies welcome green light for Rohingya projects in northern Myanmar; urge ‘more effective access’

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, on Monday announced that they had received the Government go-ahead to develop community projects in Myanmar’s Rakhine province, and called on authorities to provide “more effective access” to the area.

News in Brief 11 December 2018

  • Progress made in UN talks to end Yemen war, Envoy lauds ‘positive and serious spirit’
  • UN launches appeal for 5.6 million Syrians living outside war-torn country
  • Dismay at prison sentences for Myanmar activists
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News in Brief 16 November 2018

  • UNICEF adds voice to concerns over Rohingya return to Myanmar
  • Afghanistan alert – widespread drought affects 3.5m people
  • Libya hospital attack just one of a rising number, warns WHO
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UNICEF welcomes Bangladesh statement that Rohingya will not be forced to leave

UN Children’s Fund UNICEF on Friday welcomed confirmation from the Bangladesh authorities that Rohingya refugees will not be returned to Myanmar against their will, amid reported ongoing rights violations there.

‘Terror and panic’ among Rohingya who may be forced to return to Myanmar – UN rights chief

There is “terror and panic” among Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, who are at imminent risk of being returned to Myanmar against their will, the United Nations top human rights official has said, warning that the returns would seriously endanger the lives of those sent back.

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.

Halt ‘rushed plans’ to return Rohingyas to Myanmar, pleads UN expert fearing repeated abuses

A United Nations human rights expert has implored Bangladesh to shelve “rushed plans” to repatriate Rohingya refugees back across the border into Myanmar’s Rakhine State for fear that without safety guarantees from the Burmese Government, persecution and horrific violence could begin all over again.