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Rohingya Broadcast 01.20.2020


Rohingya Broadcast 01.20.2020
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News headlines: Author and artist: Sami Ahmed • UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar visits Rohingya camps • Chinese President Xi signs 33 agreements with Myanmar • Houthi attack on camp in Yemen’s central Marib province kills 80 • Australia, reeling from wildfires, faces forecast of heavy storms and floods this year • Iran sends black boxes from downed jetliner to Ukraine • In Berlin, world leaders pledge to uphold UN arms embargo in Libya’s civil conflict Shortwave, 31-meter band 9310 kHz 25-meter band, 11570 kHz, 12030 kHz Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (stringer) Topic: Some Rohingya camp residents met with Yanghee Lee, UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, during her visit Monday to Kutupalong Camp 17. Translation summary: Lee is visiting Cox’s Bazar to meet with assorted government officials, NGO representatives and Rohingyas to gather more information about the Rohingya crisis and possible solutions. A South Korean developmental psychologist and professor at Sungkyunkwan University, she has served as the special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar since 2014. She also is the founding president of the International Child Rights Center. Among the Rohingyas with whom she met was Monjurul Islam, 40. He said he believes she “will work for us for a solution,” based in part on her empathetic response to a surge in anti-Rohingya violence in Myanmar in August 2017. Human rights groups have estimated at least 10,000 Rohingyas were killed in northern Rakhine state and hundreds of thousands fled to escape persecution. “We Rohingyas were tortured unimaginably – babies, young, old, men and women,” Islam said. He praised Lee for having “informed the world about our situation. … That’s why we respect her, from the heart. I also hope that she will continue her efforts for us.” She has called for an international tribunal to address Myanmar military leaders’ alleged crimes against Rohingyas. Mohammad Shukkur, another Kutupalong resident, said he appreciated Lee’s assurance that she will continue to advocate for Rohingyas – and that any successor “will continue their support and let the world know about Rohingyas and provide us a way for repatriation.” (Bridge) … 2-way report: Mohammed Idris Abdullah (stringer) with hosts Topic: Two members of the Arakan Rohingya National Unio (ARNU) discuss meeting with Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur. Translation summary: Mohammed Ilias and Mohammaed Alam, both central members of ARNU, are among assorted government officials, Rohingyas and representatives of nongovernmental organizations meeting with Lee. Ilias is a 44-year-old community leader in Kutupalong Camp 1, who came in late 2017 from Tombazer village in Myanmar’s Buthidung township. Alam, 25, is a site management volunteer for the International Organization for Migration, who came at the same time from Taung Pyo village in Maungdaw township. He lives with five relatives in Balukhali Camp 9. Both men encouraged Lee to tell the UN General Assembly that international pressure is needed to end persecution of Rohingyas and to ensure their safe repatriation to Myanmar. Alam also shared the Rohingyas’ grief about their limited educational opportunities in the camps. Lee said she would speak with Bangladesh authorities about the obligation to allow Rohingya children access to quality education.

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