UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal


First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclear

Rohingya Hindu refugees stand outside their make shift shelters at a refugee camp near Cox’s bazar, Bangladesh.


Concerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years.

Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week. Rights groups said it remained unclear whether refugees would be forced to return against their will. Continue reading “UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal”


Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns

theguardian_2017 was a brutal year for young people caught in conflict, UN agency says, citing their recruitment as fighters and bombers

The face of a five-year-old Syrian refugee

Children caught in war zones are increasingly being used as weapons of war – recruited to fight, forced to act as suicide bombers, and used as human shields – the United Nations children’s agency has warned. Continue reading “Children increasingly used as weapons of war, Unicef warns”

Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar

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UN warns of ‘toxic fear’ among tens of thousands of children trapped in Rakhine state, some of whom have become separated from their parents

Rohingya children who fled Myanmar into Bangladesh at Balukhali refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar
 Rohingya children who fled Myanmar into Bangladesh are seen in Balukhali refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar. Many remain trapped in dire conditions in Rakhine state, according to the UN. Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

Tens of thousands of Rohingya children have been left “trapped and almost forgotten” in remote, squalid camps and isolated villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UN has said. Continue reading “Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar”

2018 brings no end to violence against Rohingyas: UN

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2,400 Rohingyas enter Bangladesh in Dec last

UNB, Cox’s Bazar

Rohingya people were still arriving here – the New Year bringing no end to the reports of violence and fears, which forced them to flee their homes in Myanmar, says the IOM on Monday.

Over 2,400 Rohingyas are estimated to have arrived in Bangladesh during December 2017, with more people continuing to arrive each day as 2018 begins, according to the UN Migration Agency.
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Sứ điệp của Đức Giáo Hoàng – Thông điệp Ngày Thế giới Hòa bình 2018

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 Thông điệp Ngày Thế giới Hòa bình 2018


Người Di Dân và Tị Nạn: Những người nam nữ tìm kiếm hòa bình

1. Những lời chúc tốt lành dành cho hòa bình

Bình an cho hết mọi dân tộc và mọi quốc gia trên trái đất! Bình an, điều mà các thiên thân loan báo cho các mục đồng vào đêm Giáng Sinh,[1] là một động lực sâu sắc cho mọi người, cho mỗi cá nhân và cho hết mọi dân tộc, và đặc biệt là cho những người đang phải chịu sự vắng bóng của hòa bình cách sâu sắc. Trong số những người mà tôi thường nhớ trong tư tưởng và lời cầu nguyện, một lần nữa tôi đề cập đến 250 triệu người di dân trên khắp thế giới, mà trong số đó có 22.5 triệu người là tị nạn. Continue reading “Sứ điệp của Đức Giáo Hoàng – Thông điệp Ngày Thế giới Hòa bình 2018”

Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth

Asia – December 13, 2017 3:14 pm JST Cover story

Aided by social media, hardliners gain mainstream support

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor, and SIMON ROUGHNEEN, Asia regional correspondent

Buddhist monks protest the visit of a U.N. official in Yangon on Jan. 16, 2015. According to local media reports, they were angry that the international organization had urged the government to give members of the Rohingya minority citizenship. © Reuters

YANGON/JAKARTA — With Mt. Agung billowing volcanic ash into the sky above his home in Bali, Khairy Susanto was unsure if he could fly back after joining tens of thousands of fellow Indonesian Islamists at a rally near the presidential palace in Jakarta.

“Inshallah, we can fly, but it doesn’t matter, we will be OK,” Susanto said. “We are happy to be here today to celebrate our victory.” Continue reading “Religious extremism poses threat to ASEAN’s growth”

Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene

Minh Bui Jones looking at a previous issue of his magazine on the terrace of his house in Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh. CreditOmar Havana for The New York Times

HONG KONG — At Monument Books, a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist and other titles from Britain, Australia, France and the United States.

But one top-selling magazine there was founded in Phnom Penh and takes its name — Mekong Review — from the mighty river that runs beside the city’s low-rise downtown.

Continue reading “Eluding Censors, a Magazine Covers Southeast Asia’s Literary Scene”

A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

 Ashin Wirathu in 2013. He has been barred from public preaching in Myanmar since March.CreditAdam Dean for The New York Times

Myanmar’s government has barred Ashin Wirathu, an ultranationalist Buddhist monk, from public preaching for the past year, saying his speeches helped fuel the violence against the country’s Rohingya ethnic group that the United Nations calls ethnic cleansing.

So he has turned to an even more powerful and ubiquitous platform to get his message out — Facebook.

Continue reading “A War of Words Puts Facebook at the Center of Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis”

US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration

Update: December, 04/2017 – 11:40

In September 2016 the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted a non-binding political declaration pledging to uphold the rights of refugees, help them resettle and ensure access to education and jobs. — AFP/VNA Photo
Viet Nam News UNITED NATIONS — The United States has withdrawn from a United Nations pact to improve the handling of migrant and refugee situations, deeming it “inconsistent” with its policies.

“The US Mission to the United Nations informed the UN Secretary-General that the United States is ending its participation in the Global Compact on Migration,” the US said in its statement on Saturday. Continue reading “US pulls out of UN’s Global Compact on Migration”

Người dân Suối Phèn ước mơ được làm “công dân” – 3 kỳ

Hàng trăm trẻ em Suối Phèn ước mong sớm vượt ra khỏi “cổng rừng” hòa nhập với xã hội


Cập nhật ngày: 14/11/2017 | 14:22 GMT+7

Gần 20 năm trước, hàng chục hộ dân ở các tỉnh, thành phía Bắc di cư tự do vào xã Quảng Hòa, huyện Đắk Glong, tỉnh Đắk Nông sinh sống dọc theo suối Phèn và dần dà hình thành nên ngôi làng mang tên Suối Phèn. Đây là tên gọi của người dân nơi đây chứ chưa được pháp lý công nhận, đồng thời cũng chưa có tên trên bản đồ hành chính của xã và của huyện Đắk Glong.

Continue reading “Người dân Suối Phèn ước mơ được làm “công dân” – 3 kỳ”

Samsung dismisses labor abuse claims in Vietnam

November 26, 2017 | 11:31 am GMT+7

Samsung said a sample size of 45 female workers is insufficient to conclude its workers suffer from health problems like fatigue, dizziness and miscarriages.

vnexpress.net_A new report has revealed a series of health and workplace violations at Samsung plants in Vietnam, but the South Korean tech giant has categorically rejected the claims.

The study, which was released early this month, reported “serious” labor code violations at an industrial giant that is one of the leading investors and employers in the country.

45 female workers reported extreme fatigue, fainting and dizziness at work, and said that miscarriages were extremely common, according to the study by the Hanoi-based Research Center for Gender, Family and Environment in Development (CGFED) and IPEN, a global network of environment and health NGOs.

They also said that workers, including pregnant women, were required to stand for the entire 8-12 hour shifts or face a pay cut. They had limited breaks and had to ask to use the restroom.

Many are rostered on alternating day and night shift shifts, regardless of weekends, they said.

Workers said they had experienced problems with their eyesight, nose bleeds and stomach aches, as well as joint and leg pains.

No workers have received copies of their contracts, which is mandatory under Vietnamese labor laws, according to the report.

Samsung Electronics operates two cellphone plants in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen in northern Vietnam, which produce around half of all the cellphones that Samsung supplies to the global market.

The plants, which had 149,000 staff as of the end of April, made $36 billion last year, accounting for 68 percent of all revenue from the countrys electronics industry, which is the highest grossing sector in Vietnam.

Joe DiGangi, IPENs Senior Science and Technical Advisor, said that the study is important because the lives and rights of workers in the electronics industry in Vietnam have been “neglected”.

“Companies make a lot of money in Vietnam, but their profit rests on the tired shoulders of the female-majority workforce,” he said.

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‘War crimes’ in fight over Philippines’ Marawi: Amnesty

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Fighting in Marawi killed more than 1,000 people and forced thousands of residents to flee [File: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]
Fighting in Marawi killed more than 1,000 people and forced thousands of residents to flee [File: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]

Manila, Philippines – Diego swam across the chilly waters of Lake Lanao in pitch darkness to make it to the opposite shore before first light.

It was August 4, and the young father was fleeing the main battle zone in Marawi, a city on the southern island of Mindanao in the Philippines, where, for three months, he was held hostage by Maute fighters linked to ISIL. Continue reading “‘War crimes’ in fight over Philippines’ Marawi: Amnesty”

UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The United Nations chief expressed alarm over the plight of Rohingya Muslims in remarks before Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders from a Southeast Asian bloc that has refused to criticize her government over the crisis.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said late Monday that the unfolding humanitarian crisis can cause regional instability and radicalization. He met with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the sidelines of its summit in Manila.

“I cannot hide my deep concern with the dramatic movement of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh,” Guterres told the ASEAN leaders. Suu Kyi sat close to him but looked mostly at a wall screen showing the U.N. leader. Continue reading “UN chief raises alarm over Rohingya in speech before Suu Kyi”

Tại sao có quá ít phụ nữ làm lãnh đạo

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Đối với mọi người trong khán phòng hôm nay, chúng ta hãy tự nhận là mình may mắn. Chúng ta không sống trong một thế giới mà các bà mẹ và các bà của chúng ta đã phải sống, thời kỳ mà các lựa chọn ngành nghề cho phụ nữ còn rất hạn hẹp. Và nếu các bạn ở trong phòng này ngày hôm nay, đa số chúng ta được lớn lên trong một thế giới nơi mà chúng ta được hưởng những quyền công dân sơ đẳng. Và ngạc nhiên thay, chúng ta vẫn sống trong một thế giới nơi mà một số phụ nữ vẫn không có những quyền đó. Nhưng đặt những điều đó sang một bên, thì chúng ta vấn có một vấn đề, và đó là một vấn đề thật sự. Vấn đề đó là: phụ nữ đang không vươn lên những vị trí hàng đầu của bất kỳ ngành nghề nào trên thế giới. Các con số cho thấy rõ điều này. 190 người đứng đầu bang — 9 người là phụ nữ. Trên tổng số người ở trong quốc hội trên thế giới, 13 phần trăm là phụ nữ. Trong lĩnh vực kinh doanh, số phụ nữ ở các cương vị cấp cao, như các chức chủ tịch (C-level jobs), ghế ban giám đốc — chỉ khoảng 15, 16 phần trăm. Những con số này không hề tăng kể từ năm 2002 và chúng đang đi theo chiều hướng sai lầm. Và thậm chí trong thế giới lĩnh vực không lợi nhuận, thế giới mà chúng ta thường nghĩ rằng sẽ được dẫn đầu bởi nhiều phụ nữ hơn, phụ nữ ở các cương vị lãnh đạo: 20 phần trăm.