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Race against time to protect Rohingyas: UNHCR envoy

Dhaka – UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett on Wednesday warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingyas from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Blanchett, on completion of her Bangladesh visit, called for urgent action to support UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – and its partners, working with the government of Bangladesh, to avoid ... Read More »

Bahrain’s new standard contract for domestic workers

On September 2017, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) announced that all recruitment agencies in Bahrain must adopt a new mandatory contract for domestic workers from 1 October 2017 onwards. Under the new contract, employers seeking to hire a domestic worker must declare, among other things, the nature of the job, work and rest hours and weekly days off. Read More »

Getting Syrian refugee students to school safely

By International Organization for Migration Mar 12 2018 (IOM) – Seven years of war in Syria has not deterred Ameena from being fully involved in her children’s education. The mother of four and her husband Abu Hamzeh fled their hometown of Homs for the safety of Jordan’s Azraq Refugee Camp. Read More »

More Europe is more freedom

Will the period of postings be shortened from 24 months to 12 (with a potential 6-month extension) as proposed last week by the negotiators on behalf of the European Parliament, the Council and Commission? The current talks between European Parliament and EU Council on amendments to the Posted Workers Directive may well be concluded during the current Bulgarian Presidency. The ... Read More »

Wake up and stop Rohingya abuses

Feb 27 (The Daily Star, Bangladesh) – No one would realise better than a woman how it feels when a child is snatched away from the arms of a mother and slaughtered, a man is murdered before the eyes of his wife, or a girl is raped. That is what happened to countless Rohingya women back in Rakhine State of ... Read More »

Monsoon season threatens more misery for Rohingyas

By Naimul Haq Dhaka, Feb 28 2018 (IPS) – More than half a million Rohingya refugees crammed into over 30 makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar in southeast Bangladesh face a critical situation as the cyclone and monsoon season begins in a few weeks’ time. The United Nations and international and local NGOs, along with the Bangladeshi government, have issued emergency ... Read More »

Nobel laureates appalled by Rohingya miseries

They listened to the horrific tales from Rohingya women and hugged each other. Tears were rolling down from eyes of both the visiting Nobel Laureates and Rohingya women. A mood of grief and sorrow descended on the no man’s land along Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Tuesday. Read More »

Rakhine a human slaughterhouse of recent times:UN

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has described Northern Rakhine in Myanmar as one of the most prolific ‘slaughterhouses’ of humans in recent times.He said not enough was done, early and collectively, to prevent the rising horrors in Rakhine and other places. Read More »

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Bangkok, Feb 24 (AP/UNB) — Myanmar’s parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August. Read More »