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– Such cards are important ways to protect Rohingya identity and right to return to their homeland, says UNHCR DHAKA, Bangladesh (Burma Times) – All the Rohingya who fled a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar and took shelter in Bangladesh’s southern refugee camps need to get viable ID cards to ensure meaningful and safe repatriation, according to […]

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Appoints Four Members of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples GENEVA (Burma Times) – The Human Rights Council this afternoon adopted five resolutions in which it, among other actions, extended the mandates of the Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Mali for one year, and of the Special Rapporteur […]

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The Burma Times: More than 3,200 people were displaced last week in Myanmar following intensified fighting between the Arakan Army rebel group and the Myanmar Military in the northern Mrauk-U Township. With nine Myanmar police officers confirmed dead, and eleven more still held-prisoner, this latest clash with the Burmese military signals continued strife for stabilizing […]

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – BT: UN special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee holds a joint press conference with Rohingyas in Geneva, Switzerland on March 11, 2019. Two Rohingya refugees have arrived in Geneva from Bangladesh to address a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on Monday. The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee, will also deliver […]

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Fund aims to build basic infrastructure, improve community resilience and help prevent gender-based violence, bank says DHAKA, Bangladesh (BT) – The World Bank (WB) has approved $165 million to help Bangladesh provide relief to Rohingyarefugees in the country, the bank said in a statement. “The grant will help Bangladesh provide basic services and build disaster […]

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UN expert concerned over escalating conflict in Myanmar GENEVA (BT) – A UN expert expressed her concerns over the escalating conflict in northern and central Rakhine and Chin States of Myanmar on Friday, calling for the protection of civilians in the region. In a statement Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in […]

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UN commission releases report on human rights situation in Syria from Jan-June, 1M Syrians displaced internally By Merve Aydogan ANKARA (BT) – Unprecedented levels of internal displacement took place in Syria this year, a UN commission said Wednesday. In a 24-page report, the UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria highlighted the deteriorating human rights […]

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 Staffan de Mistura to meet senior officials from guarantor countries of Astana process on Sept. 10 GENEVA  – UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet senior officials from Turkey, Russia, and Iran to establish a Syrian constitutional committee on Monday. Efforts to establish a constitutional committee, which was agreed during the Syrian […]

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Rohingya in good health but exhausted, Malaysian naval chief says By Adem Salvarcioglu The Burma Times – A boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees reached Malaysian waters Tuesday, the country’s naval chief said. The Rohingya, who escaped persecution in Myanmar, included 19 women, 20 children, and 17 men. Adm. Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin told local media outlets that after the boat was intercepted, […]

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UN assistant secretary-general for human rights concludes 4-day visit to Bangladesh By Fatih Erel GENEVA (AA) – The UN assistant secretary-general for human rights on Tuesday decried the continued “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state and warned of a potential “genocide”. “Ultimately, the world cannot allow the authors of this brutal case of […]

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