Daily Archives: September 19, 2017

Burma's ethnic issue may explode

Burma’s ethnic issue may explode

The situation in the Asia-Pacific region is far from bright and clear. The instability on the Korean peninsula now appears to be a constant, while Burma's problems seem to have been ignored by the...
Newly arrived Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees living in crowded border camps after fleeing violence in Myanmar, whose military chief maintains that the chaos...
Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River separating Myanmar from Bangladesh after crossing near Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times

Squeeze Myanmar’s Military

A year ago, when President Barack Obama announced that, given Myanmar’s progress on democracy, the United States would lift remaining sanctions on Myanmar’s military, rights groups warned that easing the pressure was premature: The...
2 die as elephants stampede through Rohingya slum

2 die as elephants stampede through Rohingya slum

Two Rohingya refugees, including a minor boy, have been trampled to death after a herd of wild elephants ran through a newly-built slum for Rohingya at Kutupalong in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar. Locals said...
The social network says it’s committed to helping the world ‘share their stories.’ But when people from Burma’s oppressed minority post, their stories have a habit of disappearing.

Exclusive: Facebook Silences Rohingya Reports of Ethnic Cleansing

The social network says it’s committed to helping the world ‘share their stories.’ But when people from Burma’s oppressed minority post, their stories have a habit of disappearing. Rohingya activists—in Burma and in Western countries—tell...
A Rohingya Muslim woman holds a child as she pumps water at a camp for refugees in New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Tsering Topgyal / AP

Ali Khan: How world leaders – including Trudeau – can help the Rohingyas

  The news from Myanmar continues to be shocking. United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Hussein has said that the Rohingyas are being subjected to ethnic cleansing. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned...
Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

Indian government says Rohingya Muslims are security threat

Rohingya Muslim rest in front of a grocery shop at a camp for refugees in Hyderabad, India, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. India's government said Monday that it has evidence there are extremists who pose...
A Rohingya Muslim family taking cover under a plastic sheet as it rains near a Balukhali refugee camp. (AAP)

Myanmar official says Rohingya Muslims will be able to return

A senior security adviser in Myanmar says Rohingya Muslims who fled the nation to escape violence will soon be able to return. Myanmar national security adviser Thaung Tun told Reuters the more than 400,000 Rohingya...
A protest inside the Manus Island detention centre in August. Australia has been trying to clear the camp, which the Papua New Guinea supreme court declared illegal.

Australia offers to pay Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar

Australia is promising thousands of dollars to Rohingya refugees who agree to return to Myanmar, a country that has been accused of ethnic cleansing against the Muslim minority. Asylum seekers in the Australian-run detention centre...
Rohingya refugees cross into mainland Bangladesh on Sunday after fleeing Myanmar. (Allison Joyce / Getty Images)

The U.N. says Rohingya Muslims are facing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. So why is...

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have streamed out of Myanmar in recent weeks, fleeing a bloody military crackdown that a top United Nations official described as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” Now the Rohingya...
Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh on September 17. They are fleeing government violence in Myanmar. Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Bangladesh Copes With Chaos: Rohingya Refugees Are ‘Coming And Coming’

A semitrailer pulls up, full of rice, water, clothes, medicine, biscuits. Aid workers hand out the supplies to thousands of anxious, impatient and hungry refugees. The scene is chaotic — and aid groups say that's how...

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Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam talks with journalists at a Rohingya Camp in Teknaf of August 22, 2019. Photo: collected

No listed Rohingya expressed willingness to return, says Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner

Refugee Relief and Repatriation Commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam talks with journalists at a Rohingya Camp in Teknaf of August 22, 2019. Photo: collected Star Online...
Rohingya Muslims at a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

“I will kill … my entire family if I am forced to leave’: Panic...

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Plans for a second attempt at repatriating Rohingya Muslim refugees to Myanmar have spread panic in the world’s largest refugee...
A Rohingya refugee carries a placard that says "We never return" at a protest against an earlier disputed repatriation programme at the Unchiprang refugee camp near Teknaf on November 15, 2018. (AFP)

Myanmar and Bangladesh to try repatriation again with 3,454 Rohingya

Myanmar authorities will accept up to 300 people a day in two camps for displaced people. The first attempt at voluntary refugee repatriation failed...
Rohingya refugee children take a ride on the back of a truck loaded with drinks during a monsoon rainfall at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on July 23, 2019. MUNIR UZ ZAMIN/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Myanmar Wants to Track Rohingya, Not Help Them

The U.N. is wrong to support national ID cards that could backfire on the persecuted minority. Papers matter for refugees. They get you across borders,...
Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks Thai role as Asean chair

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh seeks Thai role as Asean chair

Foreign Minister of Bangladesh Dr AK Abdul Momen shakes hand with Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs Don Pramudwinai in Bangkok on Thursday, August 1,...