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Rohingya crisis one of the fastest growing in recent years, warns UN refugee agency

15 September 2017 – The humanitarian situation in parts of Bangladesh sheltering hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees continues to deteriorate, making the crisis one of the fastest growing refugee crises of recent years, according to the United Nations.


UNICEF scales-up relief for Rohingya facing critical 'shortages of everything'

14 September 2017 – Amid an acute shortage of humanitarian supplies for the thousands of Rohingya arriving every day in Bangladesh, having fled violence in Myanmar, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is undertaking a “massive” scale-up of its emergency operations to ensure that those most vulnerable are not endangered further.


UN chief calls for action on Myanmar and DPR Korea; launches reform initiatives

13 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today reiterated his call for Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state to be granted nationality or at least a legal status that would allow them to lead a normal life, while also urging the international community to help provide assistance for the nearly 380,000 people who have fled into Bangladesh.


UN and partners aiding ‘unprecedented’ flow of refugees from Myanmar

12 September 2017 – The flow of desperate Rohingya fleeing across the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh is unprecedented in terms of volume and speed, United Nations humanitarian agencies said today, amid calls for international support for the emergency response.


UN human rights chief points to ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar

11 September 2017 – The United Nations human rights chief today lashed out at the treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar which has led to more than 300,000 people fleeing to Bangladesh in the past three weeks, as security forces and local militia reportedly burn villages and shoot civilians.


UN scales up response as 270,000 flee Myanmar into Bangladesh in two weeks

08 September 2017 – The United Nations migration agency today confirmed that 270,000 people have fled violence in Myanmar for safety in Bangladesh over the past two weeks, and the number of new arrivals continues to increase.


DPRK's nuclear risk 'most dangerous crisis we face today,' warns UN chief Guterres

05 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today “unequivocally” condemned the latest nuclear and missile tests by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), denouncing them as “profoundly destabilizing for regional and international security.”


UN confirms nearly 125,000 people fleeing Myanmar's Rakhine for Bangladesh

05 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for the Muslims of Rakhine state to be given either nationality or legal status, and voiced concern about violence that has since late August forced nearly 125,000 people to flee and risk destabilizing the region.


Condemning violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, UN chief urges restraint

01 September 2017 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today urged restraint and calm in Myanmar's Rakhine state, cautioning that the situation may otherwise lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.


Myanmar: UN expert urges efforts to break 'worsening cycle of violence' in Rakhine

31 August 2017 – A United Nations human rights expert has expressed alarm at the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's Rakhine State, affecting not just the Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim populations but also other communities.