Contrary to the agreement of UN and Chadian officials that the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) has served its purpose, the news of clashes between the Popular Front for National Resistance (FPRN) and Chadian security forces over the weekend.
Next week, the UN Secretary-General's report on the future of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT) peacekeeping force in Eastern Chad will be released, outlining the withdrawal of peacekeeping troops in the Chad-Sudan border region visited by PHR researchers in 2008.
Government officials in Bangladesh are preventing humanitarian access to tens of thousands of starving Burmese refugees living in its southeastern corner, across the river from Burma.
We are persecuted by the Burmese government, so we came here for peace, but now we are persecuted by the Bangladeshi government. A 25-year-old female refugee from Arakan State, Burma, said this to me while I was investigating conditions at Kutupalong unofficial camp, Bangladesh three weeks ago.
As you read this blog post, a humanitarian crisis is unfolding. Tens of thousands of Burmese refugees are in danger of dying from starvation and disease in Bangladesh.