PM Mahathir vows ahead of ASEAN meet to help Rohingya bound for Malaysia

Last year Mahathir Mohamad castigated Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi for defending the military's crackdown on the Rohingya. (Photo: AFP/Mohd RASFAN) Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/mahathir-asean-rohingya-malaysia-11650358
BANGKOK: Malaysia's prime minister on Friday (Jun 21) vowed to help Rohingya Muslims seeking refuge in Malaysia, reiterating the call for Southeast Asian leaders to "stop the oppression" of the stateless minority group expelled from Myanmar. Last year Mahathir Mohamad castigated Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) meet in Singapore for...

Japan’s Cold-Blooded Approach to the Rohingya Crisis

Abdul Kareem, a Rohingya Muslim, carries his mother, Alima Khatoon, to a refugee camp after crossing from Burma into Bangladesh on Sept. 16, 2017. © 2017 Dar Yasin/AP
Abdul Kareem, a Rohingya Muslim, carries his mother, Alima Khatoon, to a refugee camp after crossing from Burma into Bangladesh on Sept. 16, 2017.EXPAND Abdul Kareem, a Rohingya Muslim, carries his mother, Alima Khatoon, to a refugee camp after crossing from Burma into Bangladesh on Sept. 16, 2017. © 2017 Dar Yasin/AP In Omelas, a fictional town envisioned by the science...

Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat
Bangkok, June 14 : Five Myanmar boat crew-members and the Thai captain of the vessel found stranded on a southern Thai island with 65 Rohingya Muslims have been charged with people smuggling, the police said on Friday. "For now, the Thai captain and the other five Burmese have been charged with illegally smuggling in the immigrants," Police Major General Supawat...

EU extends Myanmar arms embargo over human rights concerns

Myanmar soldiers march in formation during a parade to mark the country's 74th Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on March 27. (Photo by Thet Aung/AFP)
Export of military equipment, training banned for a further year, but measures seen as inadequate by rights researcher The Council of the European Union has extended a ban on arms sales to Myanmar while also prolonging sanctions against high-ranking officials over rights abuses committed against the Rohingya and other minorities. An embargo on arms and equipment that can be used for...

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—a woman and three minors—were nabbed from the house of one Safiq Ali at Yeazikhoura village under Irania police station of the district on...

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 of the Center for Genocide Studies in Dhaka University, says Bangladesh needs to change the “body language” when it deals with Myanmar on the Rohingya...

Malaysian inquiry probes trafficking camps, migrant graves

Malaysian inquiry probes trafficking camps, migrant graves
A Malaysian inquiry into the 2015 discovery of suspected human-trafficking camps and graves in the jungle heard Thursday police found one of the sites months before authorities publicly revealed their existence. The public inquiry, which began this week, is examining the conduct of law enforcement agencies with regard to the discovery of almost 150 graves and dozens of camps near...

Illegal Migration: 495 foreigners in country’s jail

Illegal Migration: 495 foreigners in country’s jail
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan yesterday said 495 people have so far been arrested for illegal migration from neighbouring countries. Of them, 57 have been convicted, he said, terming trafficking a global menace. He made the remarks at a seminar titled, Combating trafficking: Repatriation of Victims of Human Trafficking, jointly arranged by the National Human Rights Commission and UNDP at Pan Pacific...

UN fears 30 Rohingya dead in attack

The western state was at the epicentre of a brutal crackdown by Myanmar's security forces in 2017 [File: Min Kyi Thein/AP]
The UN human rights office says it fears dozens of Rohingya civilians have been killed in a military helicopter attack in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The UN human rights office says it fears dozens of Rohingya civilians have been killed in a military helicopter attack in Myanmar's Rakhine state last week, despite an official government death toll of six. Rakhine state has...

Malaysia says 200 Rohingya migrants still at sea after latest arrival

Dozens of Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh have boarded boats in recent months to try to reach Malaysia, which had seen a decline in arrivals after a 2015 crackdown on trafficking
KUALA LUMPUR, April 8 (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities on Monday were on the lookout for boats believed to be carrying up to 200 Rohingya after dozens of migrants were found near a beach in the country's north. Scores of Rohingya Muslims have boarded boats in recent months to try to reach Malaysia, part of what authorities fear could be a...

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...

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