Myanmar

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.

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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Accountability for atrocities in Myanmar ‘cannot be expected’ within its borders – UN investigator

Continued denial of the facts and evidence of gross human rights violations by Myanmar is a clear indication of the country’s “lack of interest” in establishing a fully functioning democracy based on individual rights and freedoms, two United Nations independent experts have underscored.

Accountability a key pillar for reconciliation in Myanmar: UN Envoy

Accountability and inclusive dialogue are two important pillars for national reconciliation in Myanmar, said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener in a statement released on Saturday, adding that “credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability.”

Concern rising over fate of Rohingya refugees sent home by India: UNHCR

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) has voiced ‘great concern’ for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications.

News in Brief 27 September 2018

  • Human Rights Council launches judicial mechanism into Myanmar abuses against Rohingya
  • Central African Republic urged to do more to tackle ongoing clashes
  • Kofi Annan is the future, says youth rights campaigner at celebration of his life
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