Monthly Archives: April 2019

Four suspected Rohingya refugees held in Tripura

Four suspected Rohingya refugees held in Tripura

The Rohingyas apprehended by Assam police along Assam-Tripura border. (Image for representational purpose only) Tripura police have arrested four suspected Rohingya refugees from Kailashahar area in Unakoti district of the state. Police officials said the four...
Rohingya refugees watch as firefighters douse flames at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. A fire raced through a sprawling camp of Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh, destroying more than two dozen huts and a mosque on Wednesday, an official said. (Associated Press)

UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday there has been “no progress” in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Mark Lowcock,...
Some of the villagers displaced by the fighting. Nyan Lynn Aung/The Myanmar Times

Arakan Army’s allies threaten to join fight against Tatmadaw

Two armed ethnic groups allied to the Arakan Army (AA) have threatened to join the fight against the Tatmadaw (military) if the fighting escalates, according to a statement by the groups. The Myanmar National Democratic...
Rohingya crisis: Expert suggests Bangladesh follow Indira Gandhi’s way to deal with Myanmar

Rohingya crisis: Expert suggests Bangladesh follow Indira Gandhi’s way to deal with Myanmar

An international affairs expert has advised the government to study how Indira Gandhi tackled Pakistan in 1971 and deal with Myanmar accordingly to address the Rohingya crisis. Prof Imtiaz Ahmed, who is also the director...
COLUMN: Genocide persists because of our collective indifference

COLUMN: Genocide persists because of our collective indifference

When the late Nobel Laureate and noted Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel reflected on the horrors of Nazi concentration camps, he found the reason for such evil was not a preponderance of hatred. Rather, Wiesel...
Sheikh Hasina has lashed out at some NGOs that are opposing relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char,

NGOs opposing Rohingya relocation to Bhasan Char to advance own interests: Hasina

Sheikh Hasina has lashed out at some NGOs that are opposing relocation of Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char, an island in the southeastern district of Noakhali. Taking questions from journalists at a news conference at...
Outcry over custodial deaths in Rakhine

Outcry over custodial deaths in Rakhine

An unexploded rocket in Mrauk U township, Rakhine state, where the Arakan Army is fighting for greater autonomy AFP Clashes between the rebels and the military escalated in January after the insurgents attacked police posts The...
Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Becoming Isolated? – Analysis

Myanmar: Is Suu Kyi Becoming Isolated? – Analysis

    When Suu Kyi came to power with an overwhelming majority in the elections of 2015, People’s expectations were rather high. Barring the Rakhine State, where the NLD had a poor showing, her party had...
Fire at Rohingya camp

Fire at Rohingya camp in Ukhia

24 April, 2019 Cox's Bazar's Kutupalong Rohingya camp was hit by a fire. This happened on (today) Wednesday afternoon. Three units of fire service are working in fire control. However, there is no immediate information...
ANP Calls for National Defense and Security Council(NDSC) to Be Scrapped

ANP Calls for National Defense and Security Council(NDSC) to Be Scrapped

NAYPYITAW—The Arakan National Party (ANP) on Monday proposed abolishing the National Defense and Security Council(NDSC) at a meeting of the joint committee to draft amendments to the 2008 Constitution. The aim of the proposal is...
FILE PHOTO: Mohib Ullah, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, is seen in his office in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar FILE PHOTO: Mohib Ullah, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, is seen in his office in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh April 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

KUTUPALONG REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh (Reuters) - It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a...
Malaysia's government has set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the Wang Kelian deaths [File: Damir Sagolj/Reuters]

Rohingya trapped inside a ‘genocide zone’

Declaring Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terror group won't impact them much Rohingya Muslims trapped in no man's land between Myanmar and Bangladesh are sitting ducks vulnerable to violence from the Myanmar military. Approximately 200,000 Rohingya Muslims...

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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...