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Hundreds of Myanmar refugees held a protest at the UNHCR, the United Nations agency for refugees, office in New Delhi on 19 June, demanding basic resettlement rights as guaranteed by the United Nations according to the daijiworld.com news portal on 19 June.
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While most Australians were happily tucking into bacon and eggs on Saturday morning, Jade Horrobin was finishing off the last of her week’s rations.
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As the news coverage of the migrant crisis in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea drops away, the UN has made a renewed call to harness the energy to solve the regional problem with a 12 June updated appeal.
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A fierce debate within the highest echelons of the United Nations over how to deal with Myanmar on the issue of the Rohingya is moving from behind closed doors into the public domain, casting doubts over whether the UN body has formulated a coherent strategy.
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In Chin state, the poorest state in Myanmar, only 6 per cent of children receive health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
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Myanmar’s armed forces discharged 51 child soldiers from its ranks on Thursday, bringing the total number of discharges this year so far to 93, the United Nations said.
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Vijay Nambiar, the United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Burma, met with Arakan ethnic leaders to discuss the Bay of Bengal migration crisis, according to those present on Wednesday. (more…)

Appalled at the two-year prison sentence handed down to U Htin Lin Oo on charges of insulting religion, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today urged the Myanmar authorities to release the columnist and guarantee freedom of expression and opinion in the country.
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Burma rebuked the UN on Friday after being called on to address the cause of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from its shores, saying it is being “singled out” for criticism at international talks.
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Governments meeting to discuss the migrant boat crisis in Southeast Asia’s seas should “exert pressure” on Myanmar as the “main source of the problem,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday.
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The United Nations Security Council on Thursday held its first closed-door briefing on the human rights situation in Myanmar, focusing on the dire situation of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, council diplomats said.
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A group of United Nations human rights experts today expressed alarm at the enactment of the Population Control Healthcare Bill in Myanmar, the first of four in a package of bills that seek to ‘protect race and religion’, according to a UN press release on 27 May. The bills are considered to be highly discriminatory against ethnic and religious minorities as well as against women.
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Mr. Vijay Nambiar, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar met with the Arakan Prime Minister and Arakan ministers to discuss the case of 208 boat people rescued by the Burmese navy in Burmese territorial waters.
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Mr. Vijay Nambiar the Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on Myanmar, Ms. Renata Dessallien the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Myanmar, and senior Representatives of the UN System in Myanmar visited Rakhine State on 22 May according to a UN statement.
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Twenty-seven international humanitarian aid and advocacy organisations have written today, 20 May, to the United Nations Secretary-General, urging him to give his “personal attention” to the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar (Burma) and to take “a personal lead” in negotiating for humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State.
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Some 2000 men, women and children are believed to be stranded on human traffickers’ boats off Myanmar’s Rakhine State coast and are in urgent need of help, the UN Refugee Agency said yesterday as it appealed to the government to intervene.
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As every crisis unfolds, the true nature of its players is inevitably revealed in the choices made and the actions taken. A large number of people fleeing Burma and Bangladesh to Southeast Asia presents governments and people of the region with an intricately complex problem, but we must choose to take responsible actions that will shape the legacies of this generation of leaders.
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International pressure to address a humanitarian crisis in Thailand has exposed another one in Myanmar. Now the world — and especially Southeast Asia — has no choice but to deal with both of them together.
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A wooden fishing boat carrying hundreds of desperate migrants from Myanmar moved farther out to sea on Friday after the Thai authorities concluded that the passengers wanted to continue their journey, instead of disembarking in Thailand, according to an aid group involved in negotiations over the vessel’s future.
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The flow of desperate migrants across the Bay of Bengal will continue unless Myanmar ends discrimination against its Rohingya Muslim minority, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Friday.
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