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Rohingya crisis needs lasting solutions, renewed commitment amid COVID-19 pandemic, UN refugee agency

© UNHCR/Areez Tanbeen Rahman August 2020 marks three years on from the last exodus of Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar and sought sanctuary in Bangladesh.     Three years after violence in Myanmar forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas to seek refuge in Bangladesh, the international community must adapt its assistance to the critical needs of those displaced […]

‘Urgent need’ to scale up search and rescue in the Mediterranean

UNHCR/Alfredo D’Amato An overloaded boat of refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe, as seen from the deck of an Italian Coastguard ship, in the Mediterranean Sea. (file photo)   UN agencies have called for search and rescue to be stepped up in the central Mediterranean, in the wake of a tragic shipwreck that claimed the […]

Mauritius oil spill highlights importance of global maritime laws: UN trade body

IOM Staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and experts assess the oil spill impact at Bois des Amourettes, Grand Port in Mauritius.     The devastating oil spill off the east coast of Mauritius has highlighted the need for global adoption of international legislation that govern the seas and protect small island states and their vulnerable marine ecosystems against ship pollution, UN trade body UNCTAD has stated.  The grounding […]

One million flee escalating violence in Burkina Faso

© UNHCR/Sylvain Cherkaoui Internally displaced Zeinabou Sawadoga, 42, is surrounded by family in the grounds of her relative’s courtyard in Kaya, Burkina Faso where she is now seeking shelter.     Mounting violence in Burkina Faso has forced more than one million people to flee their homes: 453,000 so far this year alone, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, […]

Jordan: Closing teachers’ union, detaining officials, ‘serious’ rights violations

UN News/Jing Zhang A street scene in Amman, Jordan.     Jordan must reverse the decision to close a 140,000-strong teachers’ union and detain its leaders, independent UN human rights experts said on Wednesday, while also urging the authorities to lift gag orders prohibiting public discussion of the case.  The Government closed the Jordanian Teachers’ Syndicate last month, reportedly in retaliation for criticizing the […]

Interception, no solution to address migrants crossing English Channel

UNICEF/Geai A boy walks through a migrant camp in Calais, northern France. According to estimates, about 900 migrants and asylum seekers are sheltering in the area, many without toilets or washing facilities.    Intercepting boats full of migrants attempting to cross the English Channel, is not the solution to deter them from attempting to reach the […]