Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Opening Statement by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet 10 September 2018 Distinguished President, Director-General of the UN Office in Geneva, Excellencies, Colleagues and friends, It is an honour to be called to this mandate, to assist States to uphold the human rights of their people, in this year in which we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration is a commitment to values and policies that have delivered tremendous benefit to millions of people. This Council, my Office, and every Member State of the United Nations must continue to push […]

Oral update by Ms. Yanghee Lee, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council

Published by OHCHR on June 27, 2018 27 June 2018 Mr President, distinguished representatives, ladies and gentlemen, I am honoured to once again address this Council to present my oral progress report pursuant to the HRC resolution 37/32 on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. The resolution mandates me to “continue to monitor the situation of human rights” and to “measure progress in the implementation of the recommendations of the Special Rapporteur”. I note that the resolution also called on the Government of Myanmar “to resume without delay its cooperation with the Special Rapporteur in the exercise of the […]

In Briefing on Mission to Bangladesh, Myanmar, Members Describe Mass Rapes, Displacement of Rohingya

Published by United Nations on May 14, 2018 Recounting the haunting stories of Rohingya refugees they met during a recent mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar, Security Council members today described mass rapes, attacks on children and the razing of entire villages, stressing that the visit had “awakened their collective conscience” into robust and concerted action. The representative of Kuwait — one of the mission’s three co-chairs, along with the representatives of Peru and the United Kingdom — said Council members had arrived in Cox’s Bazaar on 28 April.  There, some 670,000 members of the Rohingya community had joined 300,000 already displaced in Bangladesh.  […]

House of Commons International Development Committee: Bangladesh and Burma: the Rohingya crisis — Monsoon preparedness in Cox’s Bazar – Third Report of Session 2017–19

Published by reliefweb on March 19, 2018 Download PDF here. Report Background We travelled to Bangladesh in early March 2018 as part of our inquiry into DFID’s work in Bangladesh and Burma1 commenced in October 2017.2 As part of the programme, we visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar to follow-up on our interim report on that crisis (published in January 20183). The scale of the displacement, the provision made by the Bangladesh authorities and the efforts of the various international agencies, NGOs and other organisations, have to be experienced at first hand to be fully appreciated.4 A new […]

Food Security Assessment in the Northern Part of Rakhine State, Final Report, July 2017

Published by reliefweb on July 5, 2017 FOOD SECURITY: In line with the previous remote emergency assessments, the survey confirmed a worsening of the food security situation in already highly vulnerable areas after the October 2016 incidents and subsequent security operations. Nearly one third of the population was severely food-insecure and in need of humanitarian assistance. Only 14 percent of women achieved minimum dietary diversity and none of the children met the minimum adequate diet. Income opportunities were scarce and households could not access sufficient food to cover their needs. About half of the markets were not functioning or were […]