Migration in the News | 29 September 2017

Media Monitoring Highlights

  • Quartz reported that the UN wants Facebook to fix its human trafficking and smuggling problem, extensively quoting IOM’s Leonard Doyle. It also referenced IOM’s Luca Lamorte.
  • The Daily Star reported that IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said he is deeply shocked and concerned over the human rights abuse, sexual and gender-based violence against Rohingyas in Myanmar.
  • CBS News reported that a  planned visit by a United Nations team to Rakhine state in Myanmar, the region from which almost half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled in recent months claiming violent persecution, was cancelled on Thursday by Myanmar's government, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. It quoted IOM Director General William Lacy Swing.
  • Reuters reported that a boat carrying 130 Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bay of Bengal, according to IOM. 
  • AFP reported that at least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar's leaders to end the refugees' "nightmare." It quoted IOM’s Hala Jaber.
  • The New York Times reported that Myanmar’s authorities came under intensifying pressure on Thursday over the Rohingya refugee crisis, with the United Nations Secretary-General calling it a “human rights nightmare” that has driven more than a half-million civilians into Bangladesh in the past month. It quoted IOM’s Abdullah Al Mamoun.
  • Voice of America reported that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for "swift action" to halt the deteriorating situation in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State, where a half million mostly Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past month. It mentioned the upcoming donors conference to be convened by OCHA, UNHCR and IOM.
  • Reuters reported that US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims until the military puts sufficient accountability measures in place. It cited IOM figures.
  • Anadolu Agency reported that the Turkish Religious Foundation (TDV) said on Thursday it had delivered emergency humanitarian aid to over 100,000 Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh in a month. It cited IOM figures.
  • The Libya Observer reported on a recent training workshop in Tripoli on the international protection of migrants organized by the Arkan Foundation for Development and IOM aimed at civil society organizations and activists working in the field of migration and asylum.
  • VICE reported that the thousands of Rohingya refugees are living in very bad conditions in camps in Bangladesh despite the efforts of the international humanitarian community. It quoted IOM’s flash appeal.

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  • Harvard Business Review spoke with several UN women leaders on the topic of resilience in the face of high demands and changing circumstances. It featured IOM’s Kristin Dadey.

Quote of the day

“Migration is a reality that crosses walls and barbed wire.” Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)More here.

For the latest Mediterranean Update data on arrvals and fatalities please visit: http://missingmigrants.iom.int

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