Access to Territory:
- On June 26, nearly 100 Rohingya people trapped at sea were rescued by Indonesian fishermen in Aceh.
- The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and IOM have opened new isolation facilities to treat COVID-19 patients in the Rohingya refugee settlements and nearby host communities.
- Surveys conducted among the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar revealed that many lack information about COVID-19, and that 40% of children are scared of dying of the disease.
Conditions in Myanmar:
- Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents.
- The UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution urging the repatriation of the Rohingya people to Myanmar.
- The UK and Slovenia have assured Bangladesh this week that they are committed supporting Bangladesh and the Rohingya regarding COVID-19, and sustainable Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar.
- At an ASEAN meeting on June 26, the Malaysian Prime Minister said that Malaysia cannot take in any more Rohingya.
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