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Bangladesh: Bangladesh opens complex to house ‘climate refugees’

Bangladesh has opened a complex of 20 blocks for people who have lost their homes due to storms and floods. The South Asian country has faced a lot of devastation due to climate change and the nation is in the UN … Continue reading

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South Asia’s Weakening Resilience in the State of Pandemic

Before Covid-19, the Spanish flu was the deadliest pandemic that hit the world, including the South Asian countries. It was estimated that around 18 million people died in this region due to that pandemic in 1920. A century later, the … Continue reading

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Myanmar/ Burma: IDP Communities Struggling to Survive as COVID-19 Restrictions and Quarantine Measures Causing Destitution

IDPs in remote communities in southeast Burma/Myanmar are struggling to survive. COVID-19-related restrictions on the freedom of movement in these areas—often under the administration of multiple ethnic armed organizations (EAOs)—make it almost impossible for villagers to access livelihoods, generating looming … Continue reading

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Indonesia: EU Welcomes Indonesia’s Decision to Help Rohingya Refugees

The European Union (EU) has welcomed Indonesia’s decision to provide a safe-landing and humanitarian assistance to 99 Rohingya refugees stranded off the northern coast of Aceh last week.  The refugees claimed to have been adrift at sea for four months. … Continue reading

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IFC Helps Pacific Banks Build Resilience

Pacific: With funding support from the governments of Australia and New Zealand, the IFC is helping to strengthen the important financial sector at a time that economies are under huge pressure. IFC has held more than 35 virtual meetings and … Continue reading

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Afghanistan: Outcry in Afghanistan after Iran border guards accused of forcing drowned migrants into river

The drowning of at least 18 young Afghans allegedly forced at gunpoint into a river by Iranian border guards has caused a diplomatic strain between Kabul and Tehran and international calls for an investigation. Hanif Atmar, Afghan foreign minister, has … Continue reading

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News Release: Malaysia: Deploy Search and Rescue for Rohingya Boats, Ensure Safe Disembarkation

For full news release, please see here. (BANGKOK and COX’S BAZAR, April 17, 2020)—The Government of Malaysia should urgently coordinate regional governments to deploy search and rescue missions for boats of Rohingya refugees adrift at sea and ensure their safe … Continue reading

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URGENT STATEMENT: Global Response to COVID-19 Should Not Undermine the Right of Asylum

For the full PDF version of the statement please click here. The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) further reiterates our grave concern over the impact of border-closure measures implemented by governments around the world on the right to seek … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Briefing on Legal Framework for Refugees in Malaysia

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) jointly organised the Parliamentary Briefing on Legal Framework for Refugees in Malaysia on 24 October 2019, in collaboration with the office of the Speaker of the House … Continue reading

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