In July 2020, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) organised a Virtual Workshops for NGOs: Refugee Protection in the Context of COVID-19 for local and international NGOs working with refugees at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The Virtual Workshop featured international and national/local speakers and facilitators who are refugee law experts, refugee protection researchers and humanitarian practitioners. The following resources and tools were developed for the workshop.


14 Principles of Protection for Migrants, Refugees, and Other Displaced Persons
In this video, Professor Jane McAdam, the Director of the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, speaks about the 14 Principles of Protection during COVID-19, which were developed by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. For more information on the 14 Protection Principles, please see here.

Key Protection Concerns in Cox’s Bazar Refugee Camps
In this video, Hasina Akhter Huq, the Area Director of Humanitarian Crisis Management Programme of BRAC, discusses the current key protection concerns faced by the Rohingya living in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps, Bangladesh, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Protection Monitoring and Protection Mainstreaming
In this video, Istiaque Ahmed, the Associate Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Bangladesh, provides an overview of protection monitoring and the importance of protection mainstreaming when working with refugees.

Protection Monitoring During COVID-19
In this video, Fojail Ahmed Nohel, the Senior Protection Monitoring Officer of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), discusses how they conduct protection monitoring at Cox’s Bazar refugee camps during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recognising Protection Needs, Vulnerabilities and Risks
In this video, Brian Barbour, the Regional Refugee Protection Advisor of Act for Peace and advisor to APRRN, provides an overview of how NGOs and humanitarian actors can identify protection needs, vulnerabilities and risks.

For the Bengali version, please see here.

Rumours, Stigma and COVID-19
In this video, Irene Scott, the COVID-19 Project Director of Internews, discusses the importance of understanding rumours and how to address rumours in COVID-19 response.

For the Bengali version, please see here.


Session 1: Protection Principles and COVID-19
Scenario and Analysis

Session 2: Protection Monitoring During COVID-19: Identifying Needs, Vulnerabilities and Risks; Referrals and Responses
Scenario and Analysis

Session 3: Countering Stigma and Discrimination during COVID-19
Scenario and Analysis


Vulnerability Screening Tool: Identifying and Assessing Vulnerability, A Tool for Asylum and Migration Systems
This screening tool on identifying and addressing situations of vulnerability is a UNHCR and IDC collaboration intended to help guide and inform frontline workers and decision-makers on the relevance of vulnerability factors to detention decisions, referrals to alternatives to detention, open reception facilities, community-based placement and support options in the context of asylum and migration procedures and systems.

14 Protection Principles for Migrants, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in the COVID-19 Context
English version
Bengali version