Refugee Solidarity Network

July 27 – August 2, 2020

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Camp Conditions:
• The coronavirus pandemic is aggravating tensions between Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh, with local NGOs calling for the emergency response to better include host communities, not just Rohingya in the camps.
• Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has opened another Covid-19 isolation and treatment centre in the Nayapara refugee camp.
• Leaders of local NGOs in Cox’s Bazar have expressed concern that the Inter Sectoral Management Group is shutting out local NGOs and local government bodies from the emergency response planning and funding.
Access to Territory:
• Twenty-six Rohingya refugees, who last week had been feared drowned while trying to swim ashore close to the Malaysian resort island of Langkawi, have been found alive, hiding in the vegetation on a nearby islet and are now being detained, according to a senior coastguard official.
High-level Statements:
• ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has expressed appreciation for Bangladesh’s strong support for the ICC’s independent mandate on justice matters, the international criminal justice system and the Rome Statute


RSN follows the plight of the Rohingya community, an ethnic minority driven from their home country of Myanmar to a number of countries, most principally Bangladesh. RSN compiles a weekly developments tracker (or “digest report”), focusing primarily on news coming out of Bangladesh, but including regional and international perspectives. Highlights of each week are featured here and linked in more detail in the full digest report. If you would like to receive these digest reports directly to your inbox, please email [email protected].

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