Humanitarian crises monitoring: the Rohingya

Authored by: House of Commons International Development Committee

Categories: Global Public Health, Humanitarian Emergencies, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Advanced Technologies, COVID-19, Human Development, Migration, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Country: Myanmar
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2020
Citation: “Humanitarian Crises Monitoring: the Rohingya.” House of Commons International Development Committee, May 2020.

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Executive Summary

The International Development Committee had made arrangements to hold a public oral evidence session, on 24 March 2020, to follow-up on the Rohingya crisis. In the event, due to restrictions imposed to combat the spread of Covid-19, the planned hearing was not able to take place and arrangements for online proceedings were not yet authorised. Instead of an oral evidence session, the Committee undertook an exchange of written ‘Q&As’ with various witnesses. This approach was aimed at updating the Committee on the latest developments and current conditions in the Rohingya situation, in particular in the camps in Cox’s Bazar and for the Rohingya still living in Rakhine State in Myanmar.

This Report sets out the key points raised to the Committee during this process about the ongoing issues the Rohingya face, and their long-term prospects. These matters now include concerns around measures to limit any further spread of Covid-19 into and across the Rohingya settlements, as well as the impacts of coronavirus infections inside the camps. The situation is dynamic, developing and changing constantly. Hence, the Report incorporates some recent issues which were not covered in our written exchanges but which potentially have a significant impact on the Rohingya, the community settings in which they live and the humanitarian actors working in the district.