Rohingya

Causes of Rohingya refugee crisis originate in Myanmar; solutions must be found there, Security Council told

Nearly six months after an outbreak of violence drove almost 700,000 minority Rohingyas from Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh, senior United Nations officials on Tuesday said it is time to address the root causes – including decades of repression inside Myanmar – so those who fled feel safe enough to return to their homeland.

News in Brief 13 February 2018

  • Myanmar urged to address statelessness issue to resolve Rohingya crisis
  • Refugees perish seeking safety in Uganda: UNHCR
  • Refugees, asylum seekers “grasping for hope” on Manus Island
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News in Brief 23 January 2018 – Geneva

  • Unhindered humanitarian access denied in Myanmar, feasibility of voluntary returns unknown
  • New UNICEF chief holds out hope for release of child soldiers in South Sudan
  • Live ammunition used in ongoing violence in the DRC; human rights monitor injured
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News in Brief 16 January 2018

“Greater unity and courage” needed in year ahead: UN chief

Countries across the world need to display “greater unity and courage” to tackle deepening crises and “new dangers”.

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News in Brief 20 December 2017

More coherent and coordinated efforts needed to combat evolving threats to international peace and security, says UN chief

The world is witnessing an increase in the type of threats to international peace and security, the UN chief said today.

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UN agencies scale up work in Bangladesh as Rohingya refugee crisis enters fourth month

As the Rohingya refugee emergency in Bangladesh enters its fourth month, United Nations agencies are scaling up their relief work to respond to a range of issues, including outbreak of diphtheria, lack of access to sanitation and sexual violence.

News in Brief 15 December 2017 (PM)

Rohingya refugees more vulnerable as cooler temperatures arrive: UNHCR

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Myanmar can draw on UN expertise in tackling Rohingya returns, Security Council told

The United Nations can help Myanmar to defuse inter-communal tensions and create an environment for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees, the Organization’s top political official said Tuesday, stressing that the country could also tap the UN’s capacities and experience in tackling other challenges, including democratic consolidation.

UN stepping up support to diphtheria vaccination campaign for Rohingya children in Bangladesh

A United Nations-backed campaign to immunize Rohingya children against diphtheria began on Tuesday in Bangladesh, following an outbreak that has resulted in nine deaths in the camps and makeshift settlements hosting these refugees from Myanmar.

UN rights chief calls for probe into attacks against Rohingya, says genocide ‘cannot be ruled out’

The United Nations human rights chief on Tuesday called for an international criminal probe into the perpetrators of the widespread and brutal attacks that have driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar since August, noting that “elements of genocide” against the minority could not be ruled out.