Rohingya Refugee Crisis

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.

UN migration agency: young Rohingya girls, largest group of trafficking victims in camps

More than a year into the crisis in Cox’s Bazar, the number of Rohingya refugees has reached nearly one million, with young girls in Bangladesh refugee camps sold into forced labour accounting for the largest group of trafficking victims, reported the UN Migration Agency (IOM) on Tuesday.

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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News in Brief 25 September 2018

  • Ebola-hit DR Congo faces ‘perfect storm’ as uptick in violence halts WHO operation
  • UN urges Syria to allow aid to reach civilians displaced near Jordanian border
  • IOM ambulances provide boost to life-saving care in Cox’s Bazar refugee camp
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‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

Describing the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists last week as a “particularly outrageous” example of judicial harassment against the media there, “vague and over-broad” laws have made it impossible for the press to do its job in the country, without fear or favour, a new United Nations report has found.

Journalists’ conviction in Myanmar a message that press ‘cannot operate fearlessly’ – UN rights chief

Stressing that the legal process that led to the conviction of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar “clearly breached” international standards, the United Nations top human rights official called for their immediate and unconditional release.

News in Brief 27 August 2018

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Scale of sexual violence in Myanmar shocked me, says UN-appointed rights investigator

Veteran human rights investigator Radhika Coomaraswamy, member of the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar, said she was shocked by the horrific sexual violence perpetrated against Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya. She spoke to UN News following the release of the Mission’s report.

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Myanmar military leaders must face genocide charges – UN report

Top military commanders in Myanmar should be investigated and prosecuted for the “gravest” crimes against civilians under international law, including genocide, United Nations-appointed investigators said on Monday.