Five days on the Arakan road

It is heart-breaking to see innocent children suffer REUTERS
Ten days have passed since I got back from the temporary refugee camps in Kutupalong and Balukhali, but I still find it difficult to eat. Whenever I sit at the dining table, I see the hungry, desperate faces of the Rohingya. I see the faces of...

Life at a Rohingya camp: An Arab News report

More than a million Rohingyas in the squalid refugee camps at Cox’s Bazar are living a life full of misery and hardship. (AN Photo)
Rohingya youth also faced with extremely limited educational and employment prospects DHAKA, Bangladesh: It was in the evening of June 18 in Dhaka that I received a call from my office for a special assignment to mark World Refugee Day on June 20. Just hearing...

Myanmar’s War on the Rohingya

Burnt houses could be seen in Rakhine when media visited last month (image from 14 October)
Myanmar has long persecuted the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority, denying it basic rights to citizenship, to marry, to worship and to an education. After violence unleashed in 2012 by Buddhist extremists drove tens of thousands of Rohingya out of their homes, many risked their...

A fight to survive for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Balukhali, Bangladesh - Hafiz Shafiq's infant son has been crying all night. He has been suffering from diarrhoea for the past two weeks, and now he has developed a fever and is vomiting. The seven-month-old's condition is deteriorating and with no medical facilities in the...

Annan Commission’s recommendations to resolve Rohingya crisis

The international advisory commission on Myanmar’s Rakhine state has put forward recommendations aiming at a resolution to the Rohingya crisis. These can be effective in resolving not only the Rohingya crisis but also the various problems which have cropped up between Bangladesh and Myanmar....

US official: In Myanmar crackdown, abuses appear ‘normal’

The rules laid out for ‘associate’ citizens deprived the Rohingyas of holding any government office and several other citizenship rights.
WASHINGTON: Abuses appear “normal and allowed” in Myanmar’s response to an armed uprising by Rohingya Muslims, a senior US official said in an interview, casting a pall over one of President Barack Obama’s legacy foreign policy achievements. Obama and his advisers have long held up...

Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape

Bangladesh is now the best place to go to learn what is happening in northern Rakhine state, which is closed to journalists
When soldiers went searching for militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state last October, the result for members of the Rohingya minority was disastrous. Villages were burned, men were killed, women were sexually abused. And when one woman complained of rape, she was accused of lying...

Echoing Alan Kurdi, toddler’s death highlights plight of Burma’s Rohingya refugees

Zafor Alam, a Rohingya refugee, told CNN his 16-month-old son Mohammed Shohayet drowned last month trying to cross the Naf River into Bangladesh.
The father of Mohammed Shohayet, a 16-month-old boy seen in a photo lying face down in the mud, wants to share his tragedy with the world to highlight the plight of the Muslim minority. Rohingya women and children line up for water at an unregistered...

Burma: National Commission Denies Atrocities

Human Rights Watch (press release)
(New York) – A Burmese government commission has dismissed allegations of serious human rights violations by security forces in Rakhine State without a credible basis, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 6, 2017, the National Investigation Commission on Rakhine State, headed by Vice...

Rights groups call on ASEAN to address “Rohingya situation”

The Rohingya people – whom the majority Buddhist Burmese population of Myanmar refuses to recognise as an official ethnic group in the country – endure severe conditions in the camps without water and access to electricity. Escaping from denigration in Myanmar, they have used the...

Army’s rape of Rohingya women sweeping, methodical: AP

This combo photo comprises of portraits of some of the Rohingya Muslim women taken during an interview with The Associated Press in Kutupalong and Gundum refugee camp in Bangladesh [Wong Maye-E/AP Photo]
  The rape of Rohingya women by Myanmar's security forces has been sweeping and methodical, the Associated Press news agency found in interviews with 29 women and girls who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. The sexual assault survivors from several refugee camps were interviewed separately and extensively. The...

Rohingya crisis: UN reports drop in arrivals in Bangladesh

More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August
UN agencies in Bangladesh say there has been a notable drop over the past two days in the number of Rohingya refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar. But a spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) told the BBC it was "too soon to say...

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OIC raises plight of Rohingya at UN session in Geneva

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India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine

India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine

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FILE PHOTO: A Rohingya woman and her baby are seen detained in a police station after a fishing boat carrying more than sixty Rohingya refugees was found beached at Rawi island in the province of Satun, June 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Dozens of Malaysia-bound Rohingyas detained in Myanmar

YANGON: Police in strife-ridden Rakhine State in western Myanmar have detained dozens of Rohingya Muslims who were seeking to get to Malaysia by boat,...