Rohingya Muslims are a security threat in J&K, will be deported, says Dy CM

Rohingya children outside a house on the outskirts of Srinagar.(PTI)
Nirmal Singh on Friday said that Rohingya Muslims were a threat to security in the state as they were prone to the sinister designs of terrorists in the border state. Jammu and Kashmir deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh on Friday said that Rohingya Muslims were a threat to security in the state as they were prone to the sinister designs...

U.N. warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar

U.N. warns against any hasty returns of Rohingya to Myanmar
  GENEVA (Reuters) - Peace and stability must be restored in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state before any Rohingyas can return from Bangladesh, under international standards on voluntary repatriation, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday. Rohingya refugees build a make-shift mosque at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. REUTERS/Susana Vera Some 20,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in November,...

Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh: UNHCR

Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh: UNHCR
DHAKA: Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday (Dec 7). The number of refugees appears to have slowed: 625,000 have arrived since Aug 25, and 30,000 came last month and around 1,500 arrived...

China says UN resolutions ‘cannot solve’ Rohingya crisis

A army-led crackdown has forced some 626,000 people to flee Myanmar's northern Rakhine state and cross the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh in recent months. (Photo: AFP/Ed Jones)
BEIJING: China said on Wednesday (Dec 6) that a UN resolution expressing grave concern over widespread abuses committed against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority "cannot help to ease the tensions and solve the problem". Beijing voted against a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council that said abuses in Myanmar indicated "the very likely commission of crimes against humanity". "It will probably...

Kolkata: Rajnath Singh chairs crucial meeting on Rohingya crisis with Bangladesh bordering states

Kolkata: Rajnath Singh chairs crucial meeting on Rohingya crisis with Bangladesh bordering states
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is chairing a crucial meeting with states sharing border with Bangladesh at the West Bengal Secretariat in Kolkata. Rajnath Singh chairing the meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday chaired a crucial meeting with states sharing border with Bangladesh at the West Bengal Secretariat in Kolkata. The meeting was called to review Indo-Bangladesh border issues with chief ministers...

US House passes resolution on “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingyas

At this mobile clinic in Balukhali, a midwife named Sharifa built a bamboo birthing table with her own hands. © UNFPA Bangladesh/Naymuzzaman Prince
WASHINGTON, Dec 6: The US House of Representatives has condemned “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims and called on Myanmar’s leadership to end attacks on minorities in the northern Rakhine state, in the stiffest congressional criticism of the government in the Buddhist-majority country. The House passed a resolution yesterday, urging immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the Rakhine state where unrest...

McCollum Condemns Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya, Urges Resolution to Humanitarian Crisis

Congresswoman Betty McCollum
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of H. Con. Res. 90, which condemns the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in Burma and calls for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma. Congresswoman McCollum visited Burma and Bangladesh on...

No serious moves to drive out Rohingyas right now, SC told

Chief Justice Misra
The Supreme Court on Tuesday was told by a Rohingya petitioner that there were no serious moves by the Indian government to send Rohingya refugees in the country back to Myanmar. Mohammad Salimullah's counsel Prashant Bhushan told a bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that there was no substantial change in the situation...

Rohingya crisis: IOM to compensate 300,000 Cox’s Bazar locals

Representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other international NGOs currently working at the Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh at a press conference in IOM's Cox's Bazar office on December 4, 2017Dhaka Tribune
Representatives from all the foreign NGOs operating in the Rohingya camps were present during the conference   The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has declared to compensate 300,000 local residents of Cox’s Bazar district in Bangladesh who have had to experience difficulties due to the mass influx of Rohingya refugees in the past three months. The Inter-Sector Coordination Group (ISCG) Senior Coordinator...

Pope explains why he didn’t use the word ‘Rohingyas’ in Myanmar

Pope Francis shakes hands with Rohingya refugees during an interreligious and ecumenical meeting for peace on Friday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Pope Francis returned to Rome on Saturday after his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh Regarding references to Rohingya refugees, the Pope said in private meetings he went beyond his public words (CNN)After a week of taking some heat for not calling the Rohingya refugees by name in Myanmar, Pope Francis explained his controversial decision on Saturday, saying that he did not...

Rohingya or Afghan? In Indonesia, a tale of two refugee groups

Rohingya asylum seekers and Afghan refugees at the Tangerang immigration office, Indonesia. Photo: AFP
Indonesia treats its 14,000 refugees relatively benignly, but as countries such as the US restrict their intake, the wait for a new life only increases. And as resettlement opportunities shrink, conditions get worse   On a rainy afternoon at the Cisarua Refugee Learning Centre, in the cooler climbs outside Bogor, Hania Nemati, 14, takes time out from studies to talk about...

Sri Lanka sees emerging tensions between Buddhists and Muslims

Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara, general secretary of Bodhu Bala Sena also known as Buddhist Force, gestures during a protest outside the Indian High Commission in Colombo in 2013. © AP
Legacy of civil war should serve as a warning of the costs of ethnic and religious conflict Across Asia, religious fundamentalism is posing a growing threat to liberal society. Even Sri Lanka, a country that has only recently emerged from a bloody civil war involving religious as well as ethnic differences, may once more be at risk. Islamist militancy is generating...

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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...
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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...