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Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh

In 2010, a PHR team conducted an emergency health assessment in the makeshift Kutupalong camp in southeastern Bangladesh, just across the border from Burma. PHR Deputy Director Richard Sollom and his colleague, emergency physician Parveen Parmar from Harvard University, discovered that camp conditions were among the worst they had ever seen, with people housed in ramshackle huts made of twigs and plastic sheeting, denied food aid, and living beside open sewers.

The team surveyed 100 households at the camp and documented that more than 18% of children below age 5 suffered from acute malnutrition. Child malnutrition rates above 15% indicate a “critical” situation, according to the World Health Organization. More than half the children had had diarrhea in the previous 30 days — a reflection of the camp's unsanitary conditions. Many refugees reported that they had not eaten for two days.

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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.

Burma: Census Risks Marginalising Rohingya (EurasiaReview, May 8, 2012)

As Burma census approaches, a PHR report detailing arbitrary arrests of Burmese refugees in Bangladesh gives evidence of Burmese people who are not recognized as citizens.

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.

Hans Hogrefe to be Honored for Contributions to Human Rights (July 11, 2011)

Hans Hogrefe, PHR’s Chief Policy Officer and Washington Director, will be honored by the Stewart Mott Foundation and the Open Society Foundation for his contributions to human rights.

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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

Op-ed in Global Post: Stateless and Starving in Bangladesh (April 12, 2010)

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.

Podcast of PHR Investigator Just Back from Bangladesh (March 14, 2010)

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.

Burmese Refugees Starving to Death - Act Now (March 11, 2010)

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.

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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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Stateless and Starving

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. Read More »