Monthly Archives: March 2018

The impact of hundreds and thousands of Rohingya refugees have been devastating to the forest cover and water availability in Cox’s Bazar, fuelling resentments with the local population The daily slog to get firewood begins early in the day for the Rohingya refugees [image by: Mokammel Shuvo]

Barren hills bring Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis into conflict

A bunch of tree roots on his head, Ramzan Ali was coming back towards his polythene and bamboo hut at the Kutupalong. “Where did you get these roots?” I asked, Ramzan Ali said he dug...
Philippines criticized over UN resolution on Myanmar

Philippines criticized over UN resolution on Myanmar

  MANILA: Critics of President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday condemned the Philippines’ vote to reject a UN resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar. The Philippines last week joined Burundi, China, Cuba and Venezuela in...
Human Trafficking Fears Grow in Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh

Human Trafficking Fears Grow in Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh

DHAKA – In the overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, Sunday had dawned as usual, with members of this ethnic minority community continuing to live in pitiable conditions including persistent fears of trafficking. Human trafficking...
UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett talks to Rohingya refugees at a camp in Cox's Bazar last week. Photo: Collected Unb, Dhaka

Addressing Rohingyas’ statelessness is the key

Says UNHCR envoy Cate Blanchett; urges Myanmar to create decent conditions for their return The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Goodwill Ambassador and actor Cate Blanchett has urged Myanmar to create decent conditions...
UN chief hits out at Myanmar army chief over Rohingya comments

UN chief hits out at Myanmar army chief over Rohingya comments

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized Myanmar's army chief for comments about the country's Muslim Rohingya minority UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has criticized Myanmar's army chief for comments about the country's Muslim Rohingya minority UN Secretary-General...
Rohingya intrusion continues as government forces fail to see the danger

Rohingya intrusion continues as government forces fail to see the danger

Baruipur is now regarded as a better option than Jammu for Rohingya Muslims to settle down without any legal hassles. The Union home ministry, meanwhile, categorises them as a 'national security threat'. The ministry stated that...
Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister visits Myanmar

Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister visits Myanmar

A senior Japanese Foreign Ministry official has visited Myanmar to see how the country is preparing for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Iwao Horii on Saturday visited a site in...
During the crackdown, soldiers were accused of atrocities including torture and rape, driving more than 600,000 Rohingya across the border into Bangladesh.

India, China and the Rohingya issue

  Myanmar occupies a pivotal position in India’s strategic calculus as New Delhi establishes a connection with Southeast Asia through its “Look East” or “Act East” policy. The region has received the highest level of...
Edinburgh University Genocide Conference 2018

Edinburgh University Genocide Conference 2018

The targeting of a national, ethnic, racial or religious group with the intent to destroy said group, in whole or in part, constitutes the atrocity of genocide. Today, 24 March 2018, the inaugural Edinburgh...
Over 400 refugees from neighbouring Myanmar’s Arakan (Rakhine) state are still in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, about 280 kilometres south of the state capital

Over 400 Myanmar refugees still in Mizoram

  Over 400 refugees from neighbouring Myanmar’s Arakan (Rakhine) state are still in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district, about 280 kilometres south of the state capital, after fleeing armed clashes between Myanmar Army and the Arakan Army...
The urgent need for leadership on the Rohingya crisis

The urgent need for leadership on the Rohingya crisis

  Jubaida is one of a million refugees in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. When she thinks back six months, her memories of playing marbles with friends rest oddly alongside episodes of torture, death, and images of...
Global community must act for the Rohingya

Global community must act for the Rohingya

  The state-sponsored oppression in Myanmar of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic group composed primarily of Muslims often described as “the world’s most persecuted people,” has swiftly become one the gravest humanitarian crises of the...

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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,...
Integration of humanitarian efforts into longer-term development essential for Cox’s Bazar

Integration of humanitarian efforts into longer-term development essential for Cox’s Bazar

Nearly two years after the start of the massive Rohingya influx, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in association with the Policy Research Institute of...
People look at an unexploded rocket in Mrauk U Township in Rakhine State in March 2019. (AFP)

Myanmar NGO worker shot in restive Rakhine State

  YANGON — A Plan International aid worker was shot by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State, the army said Tuesday, the first time an...
A Myanmar delegation held repatriation talks during the weekend with Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar region.

Rohingya want recognition, citizenship, security before returning to Myanmar

  Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh refuse to return to Myanmar unless they are recognised as an ethnic group with citizenship in their home country, leaders...