July 6 – July 12, 2020
• After receiving reports of poor living conditions on Bhasan Char island, Human Rights Watch has urged Bangladesh to move all the Rohingya there back to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. But Bangladesh officials have said that the Rohingya will stay at Bhasan Char until repatriated to Myanmar.
• Bangladesh officials have declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the refugee camps is “successfully contained.”
• The UK has imposed sanctions on the Myanmar military’s commander-in-chief and his deputy for alleged human rights abuses against the Rohingya people.
• The Organization of Islamic Cooperation called on Myanmar’s government to comply with the resolutions of the International Court of Justice and the UN Human Rights Council and stop violations against the Rohingya.
• The United States has released a statement commending Indonesia’s recent response to the arrival of Rohingya refugees.
• India’s external affairs minister has noted the need for a speedy repatriation of Rohingya to Myanmar, and emphasized India’s commitment to stand beside Bangladesh.
• Human rights groups have urged the Myanmar government to restore Rohingyas’ citizenship and voting rights ahead of November’s election.
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].