Monthly Archives: January 2017

People carry the coffin of Ko Ni during the funeral service at the Muslim cemetery in Yangon. Photograph: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar: thousands attend funeral of Aung San Suu Kyi adviser

Thousands of mourners have gathered to bury a prominent Burmese Muslim lawyer whose murder has raised fresh fears of renewed political instability in Myanmar and highlighted the continuing persecution of Muslims in the Buddhist-majority...
Rights Groups Doubt that Systemic Discrimination against Rohingya Will Be Resolved

Kofi Annan visits Rohingya camp in Bangladesh

A three-member team of the Rakhine Commission headed by former United Nation (UN) chief Kofi Annan on Sunday visited the Rohingya camp in Balukhali area of Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. During the visit,...
Panthers Party protest against Rohingya Muslims in Jammu

Panthers Party protest against Rohingya Muslims in Jammu

Panthers Party today held a protest against the settlement of Rohingya and Bangladeshi Muslims here, alleging that it is a conspiracy to reduce Dogras to minority by engineering demographic changes. Led by the party chairman...
Lawyer for Myanmar’s Ruling Party Assassinated at Airport

Gunman kills lawyer for Myanmar’s ruling party at airport

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A gunman killed a legal adviser for Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy on Sunday, shooting the lawyer in the head at close range as he walked out of the...
Differences in how the two countries have treated the persecuted Rohingya could not be more stark

Rohingya camps in Bangladesh and Thailand, worlds apart

Kutupalong makeshift camp in Cox's Bazaar, southeastern Bangladesh, was the first refugee camp I ever visited. It was 2010, and I remember being viscerally struck by the stench of paths that felt paved with sewage;...
Rohingyas: Secluded by destiny, ordained by hope

Rohingyas: Secluded by destiny, ordained by hope

Migration of people from one part of land to another is a global phenomenon which are full of pain, misery, loath and divide of kith and kins. This involuntarily mass exodus only brings loss...
Bangladesh forms committees to identify Myanmar Rohingyas and prevent influx

Bangladesh forms committees to identify Myanmar Rohingyas and prevent influx

The government has formed four committees to identify the Rohingyas and stop further influx from Myanmar. The Cabinet Division issued the order forming the committees in Chittagong division and Cox's Bazar, Chittagong and Bandarban districts...
The Myanmar army started a crackdown on the Rohingyas after a terrorist attack on a border outpost in Rakhine state in October last year.

Myanmar’s commission members visit Rohingya slums

Members of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State talking to Rohingya refugees, who had recently entered Bangladesh, at a camp in Teknaf of Cox's Bazar yesterday. Photo: Star Our Correspondent, Cox's Bazar Three-members of Myanmar's...
Jamalida Begum and her children live in the Kutalong Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh.

Asia’s version of Aleppo is happening in Burma

TRANSITION FROM military rule to democracy remains far from assured in Burma, where the military continues to be a formidable force. Now it is carrying out a scorched-earth offensive against Rohingya Muslim militants in...
The crisis has drawn a storm of international criticism for the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar team arrives today To discuss Rohingya issue with Bangladesh officials

A three-member Myanmarese delegation of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State arrives in Dhaka today to hold discussions with Bangladesh authorities over the Rohingya issue. The delegation will also visit shelters where Rohingyas from Myanmar...
Indonesia Breaks Silence on Refugees With Presidential Decree

Indonesia Breaks Silence on Refugees With Presidential Decree

Indonesia has quietly released a presidential decree addressing its roughly 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers, who were previously overlooked in the country's laws. It is being hailed as a promising, if incomplete, first step...
Hope for the young: Woodhouse meeting Rohingya pupils as he tours the UNHCR-Tzu Chi Education Centre in Selayang.

New Zealand lauds move by Malaysia to train the Rohingya

New Zealand has applauded Malaysia’s commitment to provide semi-skilled training for the Rohingya besides looking at allowing them to work here legally. It’s Immigration Minister Michael Wood­­house said he discussed a plan to normalise working...

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More than 620,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh [Andrew Stanbridge/Amnesty International]

Virtual reality 360 film shows Rohingya’s plight

  A man forced to bury his son after watching Myanmar's military kill him, a woman who was gang-raped by soldiers, and another woman who...
Reuters reporter Ko Wa Lone, left, and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo. (Facebook)

Two journalists covering Rohingya crisis in Burma arrested for possessing ‘secret papers’

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who in recent months have covered the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma,...
The remains of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Northern Rakhine State are seen on Oct. 10, 2017. Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar's Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said on Dec. 13, 2017. (Marion Thibaut / AFP/Getty Images)

Aid group says at least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar in first month of...

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has released the first survey-based estimate of how many Rohingya were killed during the first and bloodiest...
What is important is the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of five North-Eastern States

Facing the Rohingya challenge

India is spot on in its approach of tightening borders controls to handle the influx of Rohingya Muslims. However, unless New Delhi takes the...
Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh where they have have taken shelter.video

VIDEO: The Rohingyas ‘Long March to Freedom’

ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on...