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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‘Bilateral approach without powerful underwriting will not solve the Rohingya crisis’

Professor Abdur Rob Khan, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, North South University, talks to The Daily Star’s Naznin Tithi about the present...
Above, a structure being constructed on Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast to prepare for the relocation of Rohingya refugees in this October 15, 2018 photo. (AFP)

Moving Rohingya to Bashan Char is not the solution

  Above, a structure being constructed on Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast to prepare for the relocation of Rohingya refugees in this October...
Sheikh Hasina talking before the UN General Assembly

Rohingya support Bangladeshi leader’s proposal to end crisis

A proposal by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the United Nations for resolving the Rohingya refugee crisis has been hailed by the Muslim...
The Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, is seen last fall. A Cabinet minister says authorities in Bangladesh will build barbed-wire fences around sprawling camps housing Rohingya refugees to stop their expansion. | AP

Bangladesh to fence in over 30 Rohingya refugee camps to halt their sprawl

ASIA PACIFIC / SOCIAL ISSUES DHAKA – Authorities in Bangladesh will build barbed-wire fences around sprawling camps housing Rohingya refugees to stop their expansion, a...
Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, April 24, 2019 (AP photo).

Rohingya Refugees Risk Going Back to Another Genocide in Myanmar

Myanmar’s government is pushing for the more than 1 million Rohingya refugees currently in Bangladesh to start returning to the country, in an effort...