Groups urge Malaysia ensure accountability for 2015 mass graves

Malaysia's government has set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry to probe the Wang Kelian deaths [File: Damir Sagolj/Reuters]
A new report says human traffickers tortured Rohingya and others before burying them in mass graves. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Almost four years after the grisly discovery in Malaysia of 139 graves of Rohingya and Bangladeshis believed to be victims of human trafficking, authorities in the country have not prosecuted any Malaysians for the deaths, according to a new report...

Malaysian Rohingya activist nominated for the US State Department award

Malaysian Rohingya activist nominated for the US State Department award
This picture taken on August 20, 2018 shows Rohingya refugee Sharifah Shakirah, 25, founder of the Rohingya Women Development Network, posing for a photograph at her office in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP Sharifah Shakirah, who helps improve the lives of Rohingya women in Malaysia, has been nominated as Malaysia's candidate for the US Department of State's International Women of Courage...

China denies offering cash to lure Rohingya to Myanmar

China denies offering cash to lure Rohingya to Myanmar
Rohingya refugee children play football at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain By SM Najmus Sakib I Anadolu DHAKA: A Chinese official has denied reports that his country’s government delegation had promised each family of Rohingya refugees $6,000 if they returned to restive Rakhine State in Myanmar, a media report said. According to BenarNews,...

31 Rohingyas waiting to make border crossings to Bangladesh from India

More Rohingyas are waiting to enter Bangladesh through Brahmanbaria’s Kasba border from India amid fears of deportation to Myanmar. “As many as 31 Rohingya women, men and children have gathered on the border,” Major Md Shafiq of the Border Guards Bangladesh told reporters. The BGB officer said a decision would be taken after a flag meeting with India’s border guards. “The BGB...

‘Frustrated’ UN chief criticises Myanmar

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday criticized as "too slow" Myanmar's efforts to allow the return of Rohingya Muslim refugees, describing the lack of progress as a source of "enormous frustration." More than 720,000 Rohingya are living in camps in Bangladesh after they were driven out of Myanmar's northern Rakhine state during a military campaign in 2017 that the United...

Indonesia, Laos Agree to Help Solve Myanmar Crisis

President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo and Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith meet in Bogor, West Java, on Thursday (12/10). (Photo courtesy of the Cabinet Secretariat) By : Sheany | on 4:15 PM October 12, 2017 Category : News, Foreign Affairs Jakarta. Indonesia and Laos agreed to help solve the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Myanmar, during a meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo...

KOICA President due Jan 20 to discuss dev, Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Jan 16 (UNB) - President of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Lee Mi-kyung arrives here on January 20 on a four-day visit to discuss development cooperation between Bangladesh and South Korea through KOICA and visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar. She will lead a six-member high-level delegation, said an official on Wednesday. It will be the first-ever visit of KOICA’s...

Bangladesh – Rohingya Response Operation Overview, Annual Overview – 2018

During the course of 2018, The Logistics Sector Service has handled a total of 21,097m3 of cargo for 23 organisations. The Logistics Sector facilitated five training sessions during the year training over 80 people representing 13 humanitarian organizations. As part of the Cyclone Response Planning for Cox’s Bazar, the Logistics Sector developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for preparing stored relief items...

Solution to Rohingya crisis still a far cry

Print Terming it a very serious issue, newly appointed Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said that he does not see any "easy" solution to the Rohingya crisis. "We'll have to face difficulties," he said, adding that the country has to face problems in social, economic, security system but it is hard to convince global and regional powers to initiate...

Will 2019 be better for the Rohingya?

Last year (2018) was bad for the Rohingya community in Myanmar. Despite multiple initiatives from the UN, individual countries and human rights groups, the Rohingyas remained helpless during 2018. Will 2019 be better for them? Is there a light at the start of the new year? Will the situation change for them within Myanmar? Will the immediate neighbours -...

The Plight of the Rohingya: What Options Under International Law?

The plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled to neighboring Bangladesh, has attracted widespread international attention. However, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has failed to take action, hindered by Russia’s and China’s use of their veto powers. The UNSC’s inaction has not stopped other international actors from stepping up. Recently, the International...

Foreign minister seeks effective international role in resolving Rohingya crisis

New Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, center, speaks to the reporters after paying homage to the language martyrs at the central Shaheed Minar in Sylhet on Tuesday; January 15, 2019 Focus Bangla He made the remarks on Tuesday Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen emphasized on the global community's role in resolving the protracted Rohingya crisis. He said: "It's...

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Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk free outside Insein prison after receiving a presidential pardon Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters

Myanmar frees Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on Rohingya crisis

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than a year in jail after being accused of breaching Official Secrets Act Two Reuters journalists...
File photo of Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Rohingya repatriation: Myanmar to extend ‘secret’ MoU with UNHCR, UNDP for another year

Last year saw virtually no progress on important issues, including citizenship for Rohingyas Myanmar has agreed to extend a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the...
Mohib Ullah, left, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), speaks through a megaphone during an evening gathering between ARSPH members and a group of foreign journalists in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 16. Courtesy of W-TIMES

Rohingya refugees’ political group cries out for equal rights as Myanmar citizens

By Jung Da-min COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh ― The Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) is a political awakening for Rohingya refugees who...
Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Bangladesh proposes visit from Myanmar to directly interact with Rohingyas As feared, the fourth meeting of the joint working group (JWG) of Bangladesh and Myanmar...
Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military spokesman Brig-Gen. Zaw Min Tun attends the ‘four pillars’ meeting in Naypyitaw on April 30. The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, on Friday said they...