Rohingya “Lifeline” radio – Tuesday, June 09, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06092020 1130 UTC
Today: Tuesday, June 09, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 8 minutes
· After Floyd’s death Minneapolis council members say they will "end" police department
· U.S. Democrats pledge transformative change with police reform bill
· Bail raised to $1.25 million for former police officer in George Floyd death
· Saying Trump 'drifted away' from Constitution, Colin Powell picks Biden
· Saudi coronavirus cases exceed 100,000
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 5:00 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Hussain
Topic: Asia: Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 Sources: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=25920&LangID=E
Summary: GENEVA (3 June 2020) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of expression in parts of the Asia-Pacific during the COVID-19 crisis, saying any actions taken to stop the spread of false information must be proportionate. Many countries in the region already have laws governing alleged “fake news” and online media that raise human rights concerns and have been used in other contexts to deter legitimate speech, especially public debate, criticism of government policy and suppress freedom of expression. Measures should adhere to the principles of legality, necessity, proportionality, serve a legitimate public health objective and should be the “least intrusive” approach required to achieve that result. Bachelet said the COVID-19 pandemic had seen a further tightening of censorship in several countries, along with the arbitrary arrest and detention of people critical of their Government’s response or for simply sharing information or views about the pandemic.
Arrests for expressing discontent or allegedly spreading false information through the press and social media have been reported in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. The High Commissioner recognized the need to restrict harmful misinformation or disinformation to protect public health, or any incitement of hatred towards minority groups, but said this should not result in purposeful or unintentional censorship, which undermines trust. “While Governments may have a legitimate interest in controlling the spread of misinformation in a volatile and sensitive context, this must be proportionate and protect freedom of expression,” Bachelet said.
Coronavirus PSA: Mohammad Rukon Uddin
Duration: 1:30 minutes
Report: Mohammed Idris Abdulla (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:00 minutes
Topic: A Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nation (FDMN) Rohingya urges to provide ration with SIM card and electronic Voucher,
Translation Summary: Mohammed Ershad said that he did business in his village tract Ngakura of Maungdaw north and lives with his seven relatives in the migrant camp #07 of Kutupalong after coming to Bangladesh due to the influx of August 2017. Thirty one year old Ershad said that the World Food Program (WFP) provide/delivery ration in two systems to the Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals (FDMN) Rohingya.
They are: 1). Providing ration with SIM Card and Electronic Voucher through which a Rohingya can get per head ration and also can buy 9- 14 items from the Foods Distribution Centers of World Food Program(WFP) 2) Providing ration with Foods Cards and the General Food Distribution (GFD) systems in which the Rohingya families are categorized in three categories.
(a) The family consisting one to three members gets 30 KG rice, 2-li