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Strong global move must to resolve Rohingya crisis: BD FM

Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Friday said Bangladesh will take a tougher position over Rohingya issue saying the global leadership must resolve it quickly to ensure greater peace and stability in the region. “We tried our best, we worked as per your suggestions but finally it (repatriation) didn’t happen. We’ll make our position ... Read More »

‘Rohingyas refuse to go back’: Repatriation move fails again

Cox’s Bazar, Aug 22 (UNB) – Despite all the preparations, no Rohingya turned up on Thursday to avail of the “voluntary” repatriation offer given to them to go back to their place of origin in Rakhine State of Myanmar prompting the authorities to suspend the repatriation process for the day. While briefing reporters, Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul ... Read More »

Two Years On: MSF sees no solutions in sight for Rohingyas

Dhaka – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Tuesday said very little progress has been made to address the lack of legal status for the Rohingya in the region, or to address the underlying causes of the Rohingyas’ exclusion in Myanmar. A marginalised ethnic minority from Rakhine state, the Rohingya people have in recent decades been subject to mounting targeted state ... Read More »

GOB, UNHCR prepares to start repatriation of Rohingyas Aug 22

Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – The government and the UNHCR have taken all necessary steps to begin repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on August 22, an official said on Monday. Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner’s (RRRC) office and the UN refugee agency are looking into various aspects of preparation including safety measures. Myanmar ... Read More »

UN says 2nd attempt to return Rohingya to Myanmar planned

Bangkok, Aug 16 (AP/UNB) — Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, Bangladeshi and U.N. officials said Friday. Caroline Gluck, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, told The Associated Press that the Bangladesh government has ... Read More »

Plastic bottles sales banned at San Francisco airport

San Francisco, Aug 3 (AP/UNB) — San Francisco International Airport is banning the sale of single-use plastic water bottles. The unprecedented move at one of the major airports in the country will take effect Aug. 20, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday. The new rule will apply to airport restaurants, cafes and vending machines. Travelers who need plain water will ... Read More »

Take “more strenuous efforts” to take Rohingyas back: Japan

Dhaka, Aug 2 (UNB) – Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged the Myanmar government to take “more strenuous efforts” to take Rohingyas back from Bangladesh to their place of origin in Rakhine State. During his recent meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw, Minister Kono said the ... Read More »

Dhaka gives fresh list of 25000 Rohingyas to Yangon to check

Dhaka, July 29 (UNB) – Bangladesh on Monday handed a fresh list of 25,000 Rohingyas from around 6,000 families to Myanmar for verification before their repatriation to their place of origin in Rakhine State. With the latest list, Bangladesh has so far handed the names of around 55,000 Rohingyas to the Myanmar authorities and around 8,000 of them have been ... Read More »

How widespread is human trafficking in the US?

By Thalif Deen This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. UN, Jul 26 2019 (IPS) – The United States is no exception to the practice of modern-day slavery—a crime for which it is rarely held accountable at the United Nations. A rash of hidden ... Read More »

150 migrants feared dead after boats capsize off Libya coast

Cairo, July 26 (AP/UNB) — Up to 150 Europe-bound migrants, including women and children, were missing and feared drowned on Thursday after the boats they were traveling in capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, the country’s coast guard and the U.N. refugee agency said. A top U.N. official described the shipwreck as “the worst Mediterranean tragedy” so far this ... Read More »

UN Special Envoy discussed Rohingya repatriation with BD

Dhaka, July 24 (UNB) – Christine Schraner Burgener, the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General on Myanmar, on Tuesday discussed Rohingya repatriation issues with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque. The envoy arrived in Dhaka on Monday after visiting Myanmar from July 9-18. While in Myanmar, Burgener underscored the need for dialogue amongst all stakeholders – the Union Government, the ... Read More »

Rohingya crisis: Int’l Criminal Court team due Tuesday

Dhaka, July 16 (UNB) – A delegation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), led by its Deputy Prosecutor James Kirkpatrick Stewart, arrived here on Tuesday morning on a weeklong visit to Bangladesh to talk to senior government officials and representatives of international organisations over the Rohingya issue. They landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around 8:54am. The delegation will leave ... Read More »

Inclement weather affects 22,000 Rohingyas in camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 11 – An estimated 22,000 Rohingyas were affected since the beginning of July as rain and storm battered the cramped camps. The situation is worse in this monsoon compared to 2018. The total number of Rohingyas affected in July last year was 19,000. In a report, the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) said that at least 5,600 ... Read More »

Rohingya: Cox’s Bazar ecological balance at stake: Hasina

PM seeks global solution to climate change Dhaka, July 10 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the environmental balance of Cox’s Bazar is under threat as settlements are being established there for Rohingyas clearing hills and forests. “For this (Rohingya presence), the natural equilibrium is being destabilised in that area… settlements are being established in the area clearing ... Read More »

Docu-Fiction film “Jonmobhumi” on Rohingya screened at UNHQs

Dhaka, July 10 (UNB) – In commemoration of World Refugee Day, Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN has recently hosted the screening of a docu-fiction film on the forcibly displaced Rohingyas residing in the camps in Cox’s Bazar.  The event, held at the United Nations headquarters, was co-sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN and United ... Read More »

Rain induced floods, landslides, Rohingya children at risk

Dhaka, July 9 (UNB) – Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, Unicef said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. Unicef has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s ... Read More »

Monsoons must not wash away Rohingyas’ hopes: UN chief

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said they cannot allow the monsoons to wash away hopes of Rohingyas living in Cox’s Bazar camps.  “The horrific stories of suffering in Myanmar I heard from Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh last July remain vivid in my memory. A year later, their shelters are once again threatened by the ... Read More »

Rohingyas woes worsen as rains pound camps

Cox’s Bazar, July 8 (UNB) – Five days of heavy rains and winds have pounded Rohingya camps in the district displacing over 2,700, damaging over 3,400 houses and leaving two people dead, said IOM on Monday. “We’re only half way into the monsoon season and helped over 2,000 people in the past 72 hours. Our teams have been working round ... Read More »

Amend labour code to benefit workers: Bahrain Trade Union

The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions has in a statement called upon the Government of Bahrain to ratify the new convention of ILO No 190, and thus realize a precedence in the workers’ legislation, compatible with its precedence in amending Labor Code by introducing the new article against perpetrators of violence and harassment to the law. From GFBTU on ... Read More »