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Plight of the Stateless Rohingya People A Timeline of their history and exodus

The Rohingya people have been living a ‘stateless’ existence for several years now. Originally residents of the Arakan region in Rakhine province of Myanmar, many have been forced to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh and even India due to persecution at the hands of the Buddhist majority government. Many Rohingya have…

Myanmar, Bangladesh establish joint working group for Rohingya repatriation

Following a meeting held in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Myanmar have established a joint working group to begin the repatriation of the Rohingya refugees that have taken shelter in Bangladesh, the Dhaka Tribune reported. The group will be comprised of 15 members from each country. Previously, Bangladesh had informed the United Nations that a joint working…

UN refugee chief lauds Djibouti’s new refugee rules

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, during his recent visit to Djibouti, lauded the country’s acceptance of more than 27,000 refugees from four neighbouring nations, UNHCR reported. He also a commended the Djibouti government’s move to consider all refugee camps as villages. “This is extremely important as it means that refugees will…

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Livin’ on a Prayer A look at the migrant crisis on International Migrants Day

Today, on International Migrants Day (December 18), CJP believes that it is vital to recognise the plight of both refugees and migrants, who often face similar struggles, though their legal definitions differ. According to the United Nations (UN), “Refugees are persons who are outside their country of origin for reasons of feared persecution, conflict, generalized…

40 Rohingya villages burned since October: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said that analysis of satellite images has found that Rohingya villages have been further destroyed in Myanmar’s Rakhine state during October and November. HRW said it has pinpointed 40 villages “with building destruction,” making the number of villages “that have been partially or completely destroyed” 354 since August 25, 2017.…

UN official says 8.4 million in Yemen “a step away from famine”

Jamie McGoldrick, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, recently issued a statement calling for “sustained and unimpeded humanitarian access” to the country, saying that “the lives of millions of people, including 8.4 million Yemenis who are a step away from famine, hinge on our ability to continue our operations and to provide health, safe…

UN migration body urges Facebook to curb People Smugglers

The United Nations’ migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has urged social media firms, including Facebook, to up their efforts in curbing people smugglers using their platforms, The Independent reported. IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle has said people smugglers frequently use Facebook for unlawful deals to take migrants to Libya, where they could potentially…

High Commissioner’s 10th Dialogue on Protection Challenges

The High Commissioner’s 10th Dialogue on Protection Challenges, which is aimed at discussing the proposed Global Compact on Refugees is taking place on December 12-13 in Geneva, Switzerland. In his speech opening the dialogue, Filippo Grandi, the United nations High Commissioner for Refugees cautioned that forced displacement has deepened a year after the New York…

Humanitarian groups warn of dire conditions at Greek asylum centres

Greek officials have indicated that the number have asylum seekers coming from Turkey to the Greek islands of Chios, Kos, Leros, Lesbos and Samos has quadrupled, and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has said that the situation in the camps is “beyond desperate,” The Guardian reported. MSF’s project coordinator on Lesbos, Aria Danika, said “entire families…are…

UN official calls for “realistic” approach to migration

Louise Arbour, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for International Migration, spoke at the stocktaking meeting on migration being held in Mexico. Arbour said the Global Compact for migration, which will be an intergovernmentally negotiated agreement, presents “an opportunity to reorient the often-toxic narrative against migrants towards a more accurate narrative on migration that…

Mexico to host Intergovernmental Conference on Migration

From December 4 to 6, Mexico will host a meeting of the Intergovernmental Conference to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, which will take place in Puerto Vallarta, El Universal reported. The meeting is a key step in the process to formulate the Global Compact for Migration, an intergovernmental agreement that will…

1,300 Myanmar tribals take shelter in Mizoram

Mizoram’s government has taken in 1,300 tribals, most of whom are Buddhist or Christian, who fled violence in Myanmar’s Arakan state and are in southern Mizoram, The New Indian Express reported. The district’s police chief told IANS that “the Myanmarese fled their homes after the Army clashed with the outlawed ‘Arakan Army’ militant outfit cadres…

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