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News in Brief 2 June 2023

  • Time running out to save Myanmar’s Rakhine from hunger and disease post-Cyclone Mocha
  • Nicaragua crackdown on dissent must stop: OHCHR
  • Regulation needed to curb use of AI for surveillance, disinformation: rights experts
Bangladesh. The Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to safety in Cox's Bazar
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Myanmar: Conflict resolution at ‘total standstill’, military commanders must answer for crimes against humanity

Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said on Tuesday, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

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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.

Amid clashes between Arakan Army separatists and the Myanmar military - which is sending more troops to the area - Acting Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar, Knut Ostby, told Daniel Johnson that there could be a “quite immediate escalation” of the situation, before calling for all sides “to find a peaceful solution” to the crisis.

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Around 400,000 Rohingya living in 'dire' conditions within Myanmar: deputy relief chief

Apart from nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled across the Myanmar border, a further 400,000 are living in “dire situations” at home, without access to healthcare or education.

That’s according to Ursula Mueller, the UN’s deputy relief chief, and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), who spent nearly a week inside Myanmar earlier this month.

She told Matt Wells what she’d seen.