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23 November 2018

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A new 33-room in-patient hospital (right) stands today where what had been a temporary clinic (left) built from bamboo and tarpaulin. Photo: IOM

Modern Hospital Replaces Bamboo Clinic in Bangladesh Refugee Camp

Cox’s Bazar – Health services for people affected by the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh received a boost this week, when IOM, the UN Migration Agency, launched two major new health facilities inside the world’s largest refugee settlement.

A new USD 240,000, 33-room in-patient hospital now stands on the site of what was formerly a small medical post constructed from bamboo and tarpaulins. The hospital in Madhurchara, Ukhiya, is the first to offer in-patient services to refugees and members of the host community living in a particularly densely populated part of the camp. There are 20 beds for patients admitted and staying overnight.

The facility will also provide maternity services to improve access to sexual and reproductive health services; a specialised paediatric care unit for children up to the age of 12; a specialized unit for the care of new-borns; and complex laboratory services.

According to Dr. Andrew Mbala, IOM Health Emergency Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar, the hospital will ease pressure on the Cox’s Bazar district hospital, which was designed to accommodate 250 in-patients, but often must host up to twice that number.

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IOM Vienna Regional Director Tina Szabados at the Samarkand Human Rights Forum. Photo: IOM

“Migrants’ Rights are Human Rights” IOM Regional Director Tells Asian Human Rights Forum

Samarkand – Dignity, protection and the promotion of the human rights of all migrants, at all stages of their journeys, were stressed by IOM Regional Director Argentina Szabados at the inaugural Asian Human Rights conference which closes today (23/11) in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Speaking to a group of politicians, academics, civil society leaders and diplomats, Szabados reiterated IOM’s belief of the need “to ensure respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights of all migrants, regardless of their migration status, and – as all countries pledged through the Sustainable Development Goals – ensuring that no one is left behind.”

“We must also reaffirm our commitment to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including racism, xenophobia and intolerance against migrants and their families,” she said.

The event, convened by the Government of Uzbekistan, reaffirmed the commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is 70 years old this year, and its importance in the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in modern-day Asia.

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IOM Brazil Chief of Mission Stéphane Rostiaux (centre) accepts award from Brazil’s acting President Rodrigo Maia (left) and Minister of Human Rights Gustavo Rocha. Photo: Ministry of Human Rights

IOM Receives Human Rights Award for Its Assistance to Venezuelans in Brazil

Brasilia – IOM, the UN Migration Agency on Wednesday (21/11) was awarded the National Human Rights Prize from the Government of Brazil for its humanitarian work assisting Venezuelans in the country’s northern border region.

The country’s acting President Rodrigo Maia presented the award to the IOM Brazil Chief of Mission, Stéphane Rostiaux, at a ceremony also attended by Justice Dias Tofolli, President of the Supreme Court and Raul Jungmann, Minister of Public Safety, among other dignitaries.

Throughout the year, IOM Brazil has supported the Federal Government in the relocation of more than 3,000 Venezuelans, supported the documentation process of more than 15,000 people and distributed aid to more than 6,000 beneficiaries.  IOM has also provided or supported several trainings and data production efforts, including the implementation of three rounds of the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM).

The IOM activities in support of Venezuelans in Brazil have been possible thanks to the financial contribution from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), the European Union, and the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

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IOM Regional Director for Southern Africa Charles Kwenin speaks at the this week’s 4th Pan-African Forum on Migration in Djibouti.

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Oday: "Everybody wants to leave the country and to find a better life, but not all of them have the chance."

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“One by one, the achievements of a lifetime, all of it was gone. This camera was supposed to be the last thing to go but I couldn’t bring myself to sell it.”

Moafaq - Internally Displaced from Mosul City to Qayara Emergency Site, Iraq 

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  • IPS reports on IOM’s Global Migration Film Festival, which starts on 28 November 2018 and will showcase ‘films that capture the promise and challenges of migration’.

  • Asharq Al-Awsat reports on an IOM study that explains why some 1.8 million Iraqi displaced citizens have not returned to their homes.

  • A Daily Age op-ed highlights how the rise of feminism worldwide has paved the way forward for women in development activities.

  • A Refugees Deeply op-ed argues that multiple displacements of the Rohingya throughout history indicate that premature returns to Myanmar will only backfire.

  • Euronews reports that the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid has opened an exhibit “Paris against all odds,” that showcases more than 200 pieces from famous artists who lived in Paris between 1944 and 1968. The works focus on migration and reconstruction in the City of Light.

  • Thomson Reuters reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration during a general debate in the federal parliament.

  • The Commercial Appeal reports on a grassroots aid group, Migration is Beautiful, whose volunteers prepare sandwiches, snacks and other necessities for migrants at Memphis’ Greyhound bus terminal.