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Showing posts with label UNHCR. Show all posts
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Thursday, December 2, 2021

Rohingya, Justice, and Lessons from History

PV
December 2nd, 2021
Author: Progressive Voice

“The voluntary and dignified return of Rohingya will not be possible without addressing current human rights and humanitarian crisis stemming from the attempted coup by the Myanmar military. At the root of these crises is the military who continues to be able to enjoy blanket impunity.
 
                                       -“Wai Wai Nu, Women Peace Network
 

While the military junta continues its scorched earth offensives, particularly in Chin State, Sagaing Region, and Karenni State, a missed deadline to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding steps that Myanmar has taken to prevent ongoing genocide against the Rohingya reminds the world that the military’s brutal violence we see today did not begin with its illegal coup attempt of the 1st of February. The ongoing persecution of the Rohingya, highlighted by civil society organizations, should have been a tipping point to catalyze a more effective, coordinated international response.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

They Warned Their Names Were on a Hit List. They Were Killed

bdnews24.com
Hannah Beech, The New York Times
Published: 15 Nov 2021
The Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh, June 19, 2019. Adam Dean/The New York Times

At night in the refugee camps, with only a thin tarpaulin wall as protection, Mohammed waits for the men to come and kill him.


In less than a month, assassins have killed at least eight people in the Rohingya refugee settlements of southeastern Bangladesh, silencing those who have dared to speak out against the violent gangs that plague the camps. As with Mohammed, the militants threatened their victims before they killed, leaving their targets in a perpetual panic.

“I am living under the knife of a fearful and depressing life,” said Mohammed, a community organiser whose full name is not being used because of the documented risks he faces. “I came to Bangladesh from Myanmar because I would be killed there. Here, also, there are no guarantees for a safe life.”

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Bangladesh Cracks Down on Crime at Rohingya Camps, Nets Dozens of Suspects

Radio Free Asia - RFA
2021-10-12

Police launched the operation after the killing of refugee leader Muhib Ullah last month.

Bangladesh foreign secretary Masud Bin Momen (center) listens to a relative of slain Rohingya leader Muhib Ullah during a visit to the crime scene at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Oct. 9, 2021.

Courtesy Armed Police Battalion, Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh police have arrested nearly 40 refugees, including many suspected of involvement with illegal weapons and drugs, since they launched a crackdown against criminality at Rohingya camps after community leader Muhib Ullah was slain last month, an official said Tuesday.

Among the dozens of Rohingya refugees taken into custody as part of the crackdown, five are suspected of being linked directly to the Sept. 29 killing of Ullah, a prominent Rohingya activist, at his office in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar district, according to the authorities.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ၈ ေသာင္းေက်ာ္ ဘာဆန္ခ်ာကၽြန္း ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ဖို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္စီစဥ္

VOA
ဗြီအိုေအ (ျမန္မာပုိင္း)
09 ေအာက္တိုဘာ၊ 2021

ကုတုပေလာင္ ဒုကၡသည္စခန္း ျမင္ကြင္းတခု။ ၆ ေအာက္တိုဘာ၊ ၂၀၂၀

႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ၈ ေသာင္းေက်ာ္ ဘာဆန္ခ်ာကၽြန္း ေျပာင္းေရႊ႕ဖို႔ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္စီစဥ္

ကုလသမဂၢက အကူညီေပးဖို႔ သေဘာတူညီခ်က္ရခဲ့တဲ့ေနာက္ ဘဂၤလားပင္လယ္ေအာ္ထဲက ဘာဆန္ခ်ာ ကၽြန္း ဆီကို ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ ၈၀ ၀၀၀ ေက်ာ္ ပို႔ ေပးဖို႔ ဘဂၤလားဒက္ရွ္အစိုးရက စီစဥ္ေနပါတယ္။ လူ႔ အ ခြင့္ေရးအဖြဲ႔ေတြက စိုးရိမ္ေၾကာင္း ေျပာေနတဲ့ ၾကားက ဒီကၽြန္းေပၚက ဒုကၡသည္စခန္းကိုပို႔ေပးထားတဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္က ၁၉ ၀၀၀ ေလာက္ရွိေနၿပီျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Vaccination at Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps begins tomorrow

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
Mon Aug 9, 2021 
Rohingya refugee children at Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar. File photo: Reuters


Covid-19 vaccination campaign for Rohingyas in the refugee camps of Cox's Bazar will begin tomorrow, reports our local correspondent quoting the district's civil surgeon.

Md Mahbubur Rahman, Cox's Bazar district civil surgeon, told The Daily Star that the vaccination campaign will begin 11am tomorrow at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar. Syed Rezwan Hayat, the Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner (RRRC), will accompany him.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Rohingya Boat Capsize: UNHCR ready to support rescue work

The Daily Star
Unb, Dhaka
Mon Aug 16, 2021 

NHCR, the UN refugee agency, has said it is in contact with Rohingya communities both on Bhasan Char and in Cox's Bazar to support further rescue efforts following Saturday's boat capsize in Bay of Bengal.

On the morning of August 14, UNHCR was alerted that a boat carrying dozens of Rohingyas had capsized close to Bhasan Char island overnight.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

UNHRC adopts resolution emphasising justice and repatriation of Rohingyas back to Myanmar

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
Mon Jul 12, 2021
UN Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution on the "Human Rights Situation of Rohingya Muslims and other Minorities in Myanmar" today, calling on the international community to continue providing humanitarian assistance until they return to Myanmar.

The resolution also emphasized bringing all responsible for torture, crimes against humanity, and war crimes against Rohingyas to justice, while also acknowledging the ongoing criminal proceedings in the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

The UN’s refugee data shame, and what needs to be done

The Citizen
Oped
By ZARA RAHMAN
THURSDAY JUNE 24 2021
A Rohingya refugee holds ID cards, in Shamlapur refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 25 March, 2018. PHOTO | FILE

I saw this coming, and I wish I had been wrong.

Back in 2017, I wrote of the risks of the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, collecting biometric registration data from Rohingya refugees, noting that the data could be used to drive unwilling repatriation; that collecting such data may make refugees believe their access to aid depends upon providing such data; and that – once collected or shared – such biometric data is virtually impossible to get rid of.

Nearly four years later, a report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) says these worst-case scenarios have come true: A detailed database of the Rohingya refugee population has been handed over to Myanmar’s government, which drove them across the border into Bangladesh almost four years ago. The same millitary that conducted the (most recent) genocide against the Rohingya now holds the biometric data of the population it has tried to eradicate.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

‘Waiting for us to die’: Indonesia’s Rohingya refugees left in legal limbo for years

South China Morning Post
Eko Rusdianto  and Aisyah Llewellyn
Medan,Makassar
19 Jun, 2021
  • Makassar, in Indonesia’s South Sulawesi province, is home to thousands of refugees and asylum seekers – but legally, all are just ‘transiting’
  • Dwindling resettlement quotas in third countries mean some have been waiting to leave for a decade or more, as they battle with illness and depression
Reyas Alam visit the grave of Haji Mohd Shiraj, a Rohingya refugee who died in Makassar while waiting to be resettled. Photo: Eko Rusdianto

The number of people fleeing wars, violence, persecution and human rights violations rose for the ninth year in 2020 despite the pandemic, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency. About 20.7 million people are considered refugees under the UNHCR’s mandate. On World Refugee Day, This Week in Asia looks at the plight of Rohingya communities seeking temporary refuge in Indonesia and India.

Friday, June 18, 2021

UN put Rohingya ‘at risk’ by sharing data without consent, says rights group

the Guardian
Kate Hodal
@katehodal
Tue 15 Jun 2021

Refugees tell Human Rights Watch they fear forced repatriation and persecution after personal details passed on to Myanmar

People wait to be registered in a UN centre in Kutupalong camp. Photograph: Andy Hall/The Observer

The UN may have put hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees at risk of persecution or involuntary repatriation back to Myanmar after improperly collecting and sharing refugees’ personal information with Bangladesh, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is urging an investigation.

Over the past three years, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has registered more than 800,000 Rohingya refugees living in Bangladeshi camps in order to provide them with identity cards needed to access essential aid and services.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Bangladesh island gets UNHCR nod for Rohingya

ARAB NEWS
SHEHAB SUMON
04 June 2021
Bangladeshi authorities have shifted 18,000 out of a planned 100,000 people to the island to take pressure off Cox’s Bazar. (Reuters/File

  • The UNHCR had voiced concerns as to whether it was safe as the island is vulnerable to severe weather and flooding

DHAKA: The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recognized Bhasan Char as a potential location for the Rohingya seeking shelter in Bangladesh despite recent protests by some of the refugees living in the remote, cyclone-prone island.

Since December, Bangladeshi authorities have shifted 18,000 out of a planned 100,000 people to the island to take pressure off Cox’s Bazar, a city in Bangladesh that already hosts more than 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims, members of an ethnic and religious minority group who fled persecution in neighboring Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017.

Friday, June 4, 2021

In a change of heart, UN hints at engagement with Rohingya at Bhasan Char

bdnews24.com
Staff Correspondent,
02 Jun 2021
Discussions are going on between the United Nations and the government of Bangladesh over the global body’s engagement in managing the Rohingya relocated to Bhasan Char island, an official of the UNHCR says.

Raouf Mazou and Gillian Triggs, assistant high commissioners at the UN refugee agency, spoke to the media in Dhaka after a meeting with Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday following their trips to Bhasan Char and refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို ႏိုင္ငံတကာကူညီဖို႔ UNHCR ေတာင္းဆို

VOA
ဗြီအိုေအ (ျမန္မာပုိင္း)
03 ဇြန္၊ 2021
႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြအေရး ႏိုင္ငံတကာ အသိုင္းအ၀န္းက ဆက္လက္ ပံ့ပိုးကူညီေပးၾကဖို႔ ဒီသီတင္း ပတ္ ထဲမွာပဲ ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ႏိုင္ငံကို ၄ ရက္ၾကာ ခရီးထြက္ခဲ့တဲ့ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားဆိုင္ရာ ကုလသမဂၢ အဆင့္ျမင့္အရာရွိ ၂ ဦးက ေျပာဆိုလိုက္ပါတယ္။ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို ကာကြယ္ေစာင့္ေရွာက္ေရး၊ အဆင္ေျပေျပ ေနထိုင္ႏိုင္ေရး အျပင္၊ ဘ၀ေရွ႕ေရး ေရရွည္အတြက္ အေျဖရွာႏိုင္ဖို႔ ဦးစားေပး ေဆာင္ရြက္ၾကဖို႔လည္း ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားဆိုင္ရာ ကုလသမဂၢ လက္ေထာက္မဟာမင္းႀကီးေတြ ျဖစ္ၾကတဲ့ Gillian Triggs နဲ႔ Raouf Mazou တို႔က ဗုဒၶဟူးေန႔ ခရီးစဥ္ အဆုံးသတ္ ထုတ္ျပန္တဲ့ ေၾကညာခ်က္မွာ တိုက္တြန္းထားတာပါ။

Saturday, May 22, 2021

International aid for Rohingya in Cox's Bazar camps declines

AsiaNews.it
05/20/2021

Bangladesh is concerned about funding cuts to the refugee aid programme for Muslims who fled Myanmar. Donor conference comes up with only 35 per cent of what is required. UNHCR chief Filippo Grandi tells donors not to take for granted the host community’s patience, asks Asian donors to step up to the plate.

Dhaka (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued an appeal this week to fund the 2021 Joint Response Plan destined for Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshi camps. So far this year, funding is down.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Rohingya crisis: 2021 JRP appealing for $943 million to be launched Tuesday

Dhaka Tribune
Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan
May 16th, 2021
File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune


This must not become a forgotten crisis, UNHCR says, calling for renewed and strong international support


The international joint response plan (JRP) to look after the persecuted Rohingyas sheltered in Cox’s Bazar for 2021 will be launched in Geneva on Tuesday.

In the JRP, to be launched virtually due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the United Nations agencies and NGO partners will appeal for $943 million to meet the basic needs of the Rohingyas and the host communities.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Myanmar coup: ‘No sign’ of end to brutal crackdown on all fronts

UN News
Peace and Security
11 May 2021

Unsplash/Gayatri Malhotra, Protestors calling for democracy in Myanmar.

One hundred days since the Myanmar military seized power, the "brutal" repression of protesters has continued, despite all international efforts to end the violence, the UN rights office (OHCHR) said on Tuesday.

“The military authorities are showing no sign of letting up in their brutal crackdown on opponents in a bid to consolidate their hold on power”, spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists at a media briefing.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Islamic Zakat donations reached millions of refugees in 2020

TRT WORLD
02 April 2021

Compared to four years ago, Zakat funds increased in record numbers last year, helping more than two million refugees across the world, according to UNHCR.

The latest Islamic Philanthropy report of the UNHCR has shown that Islamic Zakat donations in 2020 saw a big increase compared to previous years, amounting to $61.5 million, reaching more than two million displaced people across the world.

Compared to the period of 2016-2018, when Islamic donations had reached more than 34,000 people, last year, both Zakat and Sadaqah, along with Sadaqah Jariyah, which are other forms of religious donations, helped nearly 2.1 million people in total.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Dozens of Rohingya camping outside UNHCR office in India detained

Aljazeera
Bilal Kuchay
11 Mar 2021

At least 88 Rohingya detained in New Delhi while camping outside the UN refugee body’s office in second such move in a week.
Rahima Kato, a Rohingya woman, displays identity cards of her family members issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at their makeshift camp on the outskirts of Jammu [File: Channi Anand/AP]


New Delhi, India – Dozens of Rohingya refugees have been detained while they were camping outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in the Indian capital, New Delhi – the second such move in a week.

“A total of 88 people have been detained,” an officer at Vikaspuri police station in the capital’s southwest told Al Jazeera over telephone on Thursday.

Saturday, March 6, 2021

UN: Boat with Rohingya refugees adrift without food, water

ARAB NEWS
AP
February 24, 2021
A group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, the UN said. (File/Reuters)


  • The UN and rights groups have said many of the refugees were ill and suffering from acute dehydration
  • Reports said about 90 refugees, including some children, started the journey to seek better lives

DHAKA: A group of Rohingya refugees is adrift in a boat in the Andaman Sea without food or water, the United Nations said Wednesday, as their families worried that many may have already died.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, or UNHCR, said it understands that some of the refugees died after the boat left southern Bangladesh about two weeks ago. It said it does not know the boat’s exact current location.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Japan, UNHCR sign $10m deal to help Rohingya

THE NATION
Anadolu
March 02, 2021


Japan and the UN Refugee Agency signed an agreement over the weekend to provide around $10 million for improving access to clean water at camps in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district, where more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees have been taking shelter following a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017.

The funds will be used to support the improvement of water supply and distribution systems for Bangladeshi host communities and Rohingya refugees in the Teknaf upazila, or administrative region, of Cox’s Bazar, the Japanese embassy in Dhaka and UNHCR said in a joint statement.
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