Archive for November 5th, 2014

05/11/2014

Number of Ethnic Rohingya Muslims Fleeing Myanmar Hits Record Levels — Crisis Will Take Years to Resolve

SITTWE, 4 November 2014 (IRIN)* — As the number of ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar hits record levels, the prospects for a lasting settlement of the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State look bleak.

Chris Lewa, the director of The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group which monitors Rakhine State, told IRIN the number of Rohingyas that have fled western Myanmar since 2012 has now topped 100,000.

“We have been monitoring these exits for years, and this is the most we had ever seen,” she said, adding that in late October up to 900 left in a single day. Lewa attributes the surge to multiple factors.

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05/11/2014

'To Neglect the Plight of More than 5 Million Palestinian Refugees Is a Risk that the World Cannot Take'

Human Wrongs Watch

Political action on the part of the international community is urgently required to tackle the fundamental issues that would determine the fate and plight of more than 5.1 million Palestinian refugees, the head of the United Nations relief agency tasked with their assistance said on 4 November 2014.

Palestinians search the rubble of destroyed homes in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), emphasized that as the 65th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of a resolution establishing his agency neared, Palestinian refugees – which amounted to just under one third of the world’s total refugee population – awaited a long overdue settlement of their problems, as well as the start of concrete negotiations to establish durable peace in the Middle East.*

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