Tag Archives: Rakhine

Myanmar: In cyclone-struck rural areas, poorest people face highest food insecurity risk

More than seven months after Cyclone Komen struck Myanmar, poor rural communities are still enduring increased levels of food insecurity, according to a UN report released today. In particular, people in the hardest-hit areas of Chin and Rakhine state – already vulnerable to begin with – are still suffering, which serves to highlight their vulnerability to withstand similar emergencies in the future. Continue reading

UNHCR’s protection chief completes visit to Myanmar with call for more support to Rakhine state

A top official of the UN refugee agency responsible for protection has called for more concerted support to resolve the plight of displaced people in Myanmar and those with undetermined citizenship. UNHCR’s Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Volker Türk, made his remarks at the end of a five-day mission to Myanmar on Monday during which he visited Yangon and the capital Nay Pyi Taw, as well as Sittwe and Maungdaw in Rakhine state. Continue reading

UN expert greets abolition of notorious border security force in Myanmar, Rakhine State and calls for accountability

Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, briefs correspondents on human rights in the context of upcoming elections in Myanmar, the first to be held in that country in more than two decades. 21 October 2010 United Nations, New YorkThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana, today welcomed the abolition of Nasaka, the notorious border security force operating in Rakhine State. He urged the authorities to investigate and hold accountable those members of the force responsible for human rights abuses. Continue reading

Myanmar authorities must do more to curb abuses against the Rohingya

A Rohingya woman and her child at a makeshift camp outside Sittwe in Myanmar's western Rakhine State. Photo: IRINThe fatal shooting of three Rohingya women is the latest example of law enforcement officials operating with complete impunity in western Myanmar, an independent United Nations expert today said, calling on Government authorities to investigate the incident. Continue reading

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fund

Relief operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state receive boost from UN emergency fundThe United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has made available $5 million in additional funding to provide life-saving assistance to some 69,000 people displaced by the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. This is the third allocation of funds from CERF for urgent humanitarian  Continue reading