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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.

Rohingya Repatriation Agreement Fails to Address Accountability and Safety Concerns (January 17, 2018)

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today expressed concern over an agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled brutal violence in Myanmar.

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.

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Documenting Violence Against the Rohingyas Firsthand: Evidence That Can’t Be Ignored (December 22, 2017)

Military leaders in Myanmar falsely claim they have mounted this brutal attack on civilians, many of them children, because they are “terrorists.” The forensic evidence in these cases tells a vastly different story — the truth.

“Shot From Behind While Fleeing” – PHR’s Dr. Homer Venters Reports from the Myanmar-Bangladesh Border (December 8, 2017)

One Rohingya man suffered a compound fracture in his leg when he was savagely beaten by Myanmar security forces. A 5-year-old girl was flung against a wall with such force that, two months later, she still can’t walk. A young woman was struck over the head with a machete and then left to die in her burning home.

Rohingya Refugee Crisis Results from Decades of Abuse by Burmese Government (May 21, 2015)

As of last week, an estimated 8,000 Rohingya refugees from Burma and Bangladesh were adrift on ships in the Indian Ocean, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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.

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PHR Joins NGOs in Appeal to the UN Security Council to Act on Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis (December 2017)

In advance of the United Nations Security Council’s December 12 meeting on the situation in Myanmar, we, a global coalition of 81 human rights, faith-based and humanitarian organizations, urgently call on the Council to take immediate action to address the campaign of ethnic cleansing and mass atrocity crimes, including crimes against humanity, committed against the ethnic Rohingya population by Myanmar’s security forces in northern Rakhine State, as well as the continuing restrictions on humanitarian assistance throughout the state since October 2016.

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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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 »