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PHR has worked with partner organizations in Bangladesh for several years on issues such as debt cancellation for impoverished nations, sexual violence against women, sex trafficking, and Health Workforce planning.

In 2010 PHR released an emergency report detailing Bangladesh’s campaign of arbitrary arrest, illegal expulsion, and forced internment against refugees from Burma.

Opening doors to Rohingyas: duty, not charity (New Age, June 20, 2012)

On World Refugee Day, a respected Bangladeshi academic speaks out against his country's policy of denying refuge to Rohingya people fleeing violence in Western Burma.

Congressman Crowley on Violence in Burma’s Arakan State (The Voice Of Rohingya, June 15, 2012)

Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), a leader in the House on Burma, released a statement in response to increased violence in Burma’s Arakan State and the Government of Bangladesh’s refusal of refugees from the violence.

BANGLADESH: Jaheda Begum: “I can’t feed my family” (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, May 1, 2012)

As reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, PHR report details widespread famine in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Persecuted in Two Countries, Burmese Refugees Face Starvation in Bangladesh Camps (March 9, 2010)

Cambridge, MA — Stateless refugees from Burma face death from starvation and disease in makeshift camps because the government of Bangladesh denies them access to humanitarian aid, warns a team of health researchers from Physicians for Human Rights who just returned from the region.

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Government of Bangladesh Blocking Humanitarian Aid for Rohingya (August 3, 2012)

Thai and Burmese press have reported that the Government of Bangladesh is cracking down on charitable organizations that offer assistance to Rohingya, an ethnic group that has faced endemic persecution and violence in Burma.

Refugee Camp in Bangladesh Hit by Storm (July 8, 2011)

Heavy rains and high winds have stuck an unofficial refugee camp in Bangladesh, destroying makeshift shacks and other residences. Life in the camp before the disaster was precarious—external aid is limited and the residents are forced to fend for themselves.

Today, Do One Thing to Help Refugees (June 20, 2011)

In honor of World Refugee Day, PHR continues calls for improved conditions for all refugees from Burma and beyond.

Bangladeshi policy discriminates against persecuted Burmese Muslims (March 30, 2011)

Persecuted Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge in Bangladesh face a new grave threat to their safety and security: institutional discrimination in the form of a mandatory, country-wide ID card policy

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PHR Recognizes World Refugee Day (June 2012)

On World Refugee Day, PHR affirms its dedication to ending human rights violations and protecting the rights of refugees and displaced people. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that 800,000 people were forced to flee across borders last year, adding to a population of 15.2 million refugees worldwide.

Stateless and Starving (March 2010)

Bangladeshi authorities have waged an unprecedented campaign of arbitrary arrest, illegal expulsion, and forced internment against Burmese refugees. In this emergency report, PHR presents new data and documents dire conditions for these persecuted Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

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Featured Investigation

Background on Stateless and Starving Burmese Refugees in Bangladesh

Stateless refugees from Burma face death from starvation and disease in makeshift camps because the government of Bangladesh denies them access to humanitarian aid. Read More »