Donors Pledge $344M At U.N.-Backed Conference To Support Rohingya Refugees; U.S. Withdraws Military Assistance From Myanmar

BBC News: Myanmar Rohingya crisis: U.S. withdraws military assistance
“The U.S. is withdrawing military assistance units from Myanmar over the country’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state. … Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said his country held Myanmar’s military leadership ‘accountable’ for its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority, adding that the U.S. was ‘extraordinarily concerned’ by the situation…” (10/24).

Devex: In Geneva, governments applaud Bangladesh, fall short on U.N. Rohingya appeal
“On Monday, a host of countries and organizations came together to pledge about $200 million in new funding for the response of what is now being called the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis — the forced displacement of Rohingya from Myanmar. Though an exact sum for new commitments made on Monday is still unclear, a total of about 35 countries and organizations have now pledged $344 million in commitments for both Bangladesh and Myanmar responses since the crisis began on August 25…” (Rogers, 10/24).

IRIN: Bangladesh resists greater UNHCR role in Rohingya crisis
“Bangladesh is refusing calls from some states and NGOs for a bigger role for the U.N.’s refugee agency in the international response to the Rohingya refugee crisis. As previously reported by IRIN, Bangladesh, in an unorthodox move, has chosen the International Organization for Migration to lead international relief efforts, not UNHCR…” (Parker, 10/23).

U.N. News Centre: Rohingya crisis: Donors pledge $344 million at U.N.-backed conference to support aid efforts
“…The pledging conference was co-organized by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). It was co-hosted by the European Union and the Government of Kuwait. Also speaking [Monday], IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing underscored that while sustainable life-saving assistance for the refugee population in Bangladesh needs to be ensured, the root causes of the crisis need to be addressed…” (10/23).