UN / MYANMAR UPDATE

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United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq expressed concern over “the impact of stepped up fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where civilians have been caught up in an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Arakan Army in Rathadaung Township in recent days.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 28 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations Headquarters

28 OCTOBER 2019, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

2. Wide shot, Spokesperson Farhan Haq at the dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Our humanitarian colleagues tell us that they are deeply concerned by the impact of stepped up fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where civilians have been caught up in an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Arakan Army in Rathadaung Township in recent days. Human rights violations and abuses continue to be reported. Some 32,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine and Chin states, and this is in addition to the 128,000 internally displaced people – mostly Rohingya – who remain in camps in Rakhine state, many for more than seven years.”
5. Med shot, journalists
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General:
“Insecurity and access restrictions across much of Rakhine State are impeding humanitarian organizations to assess and respond to the needs of affected people.
The UN calls on all parties to the conflict to adhere to international humanitarian law and ensure the protection of civilians and facilitate timely access to people in need. The Humanitarian Response Plan for this year seeks $214.4 million to assist some one million people in need in Myanmar. That Plan is 78.5 per cent funded so far.”
7. Wide shot, end of press conference

STORYLINE:

United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq today (28 Oct) expressed concern over “the impact of stepped up fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where civilians have been caught up in an escalation of fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Arakan Army in Rathadaung Township in recent days.”

Haq said “human rights violations and abuses continue to be reported” and noted that “some 32,000 people remain displaced in Rakhine and Chin states” in addition to the mostly Rohingya 128,000 long-term internally displaced people in Rakhine.

The spokesperson said, “insecurity and access restrictions across much of Rakhine State are impeding humanitarian organizations to assess and respond to the needs of affected people.”

The UN, he said, “calls on all parties to the conflict to adhere to international humanitarian law and ensure the protection of civilians and facilitate timely access to people in need.”

An estimated 900,000 Rohingya refugees live in crowded settlements in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
More than 740,000 of those in camps fled from neighbouring Myanmar in the last two years amid State-led violence.
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