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11 April 2018

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Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, Head of Ksrelief, handing out rice to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar today. © IOM

KSrelief Chief Visits Rohingya Refugee Camps in Bangladesh: Saudis Will Help IOM to Deliver Vital Aid During Monsoon

Cox's Bazar – The Supervisor General of KSrelief – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre – Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabeeah, today (11/04) visited IOM’s relief operations for Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.  

The visit included an inspection of a new logistics base, funded by the Saudi foundation, which will play a key role in getting vital aid to the refugees during the difficult and dangerous conditions expected during the upcoming monsoon season.

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Evidence of forced labour has repeatedly surfaced in the Thai fishing industry. ©IOM/Thierry Falise

UN Migration Agency Co-hosts Hong Kong Workshop on Public-Private Sector Partnerships to Combat Human Trafficking

Hong Kong SAR –  IOM, the UN Migration Agency, in partnership with Justice Centre Hong Kong, today (11/04) hosted a workshop to help private sector companies understand how they can work better with civil society and IOM to meet internationally recognized human rights standards, particularly relating to labour exploitation, including modern day slavery and human trafficking.

The event, which took place in Hong Kong, was supported by international law firm King & Wood Mallesons and diversified financial group Macquarie.

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Migration in the News

  • Voice of America and Thomson Reuters Foundation reported that Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are struggling from mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts, while almost half of the children are malnourished.
  • AP reported that Myanmar's military sentenced seven personnel to 10 years in prison and hard labour over the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
  • IPS reported that one year into the most recent series of protests and a humanitarian crisis with no end in sight, international groups have called for action to help protect Venezuelans.
  • UN News reported that IOM launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela, amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in the South American country.
  • Rudaw reported that the Kurdistan Regional Government wants more cooperation from the international community and aid agencies to assist with 1.4 million internally displaced people and Syrian refugees.
  • Reuters and The Telegraph reported that Italy has broken up a criminal ring that smuggled migrants from Tunisia to Sicily on speedboats less than a year after a similar racket was dismantled.

Trending on the Internet

  • UN News reported that amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries.
  • KALW Radio reported about a coding boot camp called Hola Code that aims to help returned Mexican migrants seek a better life.


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