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Good morning, this is Irene. Today we’re following the growing instability and deepening human rights crisis in Myanmar.

We are also keeping an eye on efforts to counter the rise in tuberculosis-related deaths that is beginning to reverse the declines achieved over the past decade. The reversal is connected to Covid-19, which has hindered access to care. The WHO chief urged investment and issued updated guidelines on Monday.

Also on our radar are North Korea’s food shortages, which the pandemic has likewise worsened. The UN special rapporteur on the country exhorted Pyongyang on Monday to allow humanitarian access.

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Irene Velicer


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A UNHCR staff member surveys the damage of a fire that ravaged Rohingya refugee shelters and service buildings in camp-5, block-D in Ukhiya, Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 9 March. Rohingya have been forced to flee to refugee camps to escape persecution in Myanmar. (©UNHCR/Amos Halder)

Myanmar junta intensifies persecution and risks state collapse. “The Myanmar junta’s war against the people of Myanmar” is intensifying, UN special rapporteur Thomas Andrews told the Human Rights Council on Monday. The junta has killed over 1,600 civilians, detained close to 10,000, and displaced over half a million. It has forced nearly a quarter of the 600,000 Rohingya in Rakhine state into de facto internment camps. Use of airstrikes has soared. The junta is bombarding homes, fleeing civilians, and refugee shelters, Andrews reported. He urged the need for international justice mechanisms to investigate and prosecute crimes against humanity and war crimes. He also reported that the healthcare system is collapsing and around 47,000 people in Myanmar may die due to insufficient medical access this year according to the latest WHO estimate. Thirteen million of Myanmar's people are facing hunger, and the country’s economy is wracked by inflation. UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet expressed deep concern for the violations of human rights and the country’s stability.

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