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The Rohingya

The Rohingya are indigenous people living in their ancestral homeland in Rakhine state of Burma. Rohingyas were citizens in Burma: voted, elected their representatives, served in the military, in government and the police force. However, the 1982 Citizenship Act, passed by the military regime, took away their citizenship. This policy launched a slow, increasingly destructive genocide which is in full swing now. Rohingyas have been living under apartheid for decades.

  • They cannot attend school,
  • They cannot enter a mosque,
  • They cannot pray in public,
  • They cannot hold jobs,
  • They cannot marry,
  • They cannot travel freely.

Amnesty International calls it apartheid. Human Rights Watch has noted a number of “crimes against humanity.” Fortify Rights speaks of the “mounting evidence of genocide.” Similarly, the United Nations human rights chief has called for a full investigation of suspected “acts of genocide.” For the Rohingya, it’s an ongoing reality while waiting for the world to act.

Most Rohingya are Muslims. There are some Christian and Hindu Rohingyas as well; many were among those attacked and forced to flee to Bangladesh. Since 1982, repeated military attacks have displaced over two million Rohingyas.

At the core of the apartheid system has been the systematic removal of citizenship from Rohingya people.

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2 Rohingya women held at Dhaka airport

Police arrested two Rohingya women from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport early yesterday, moments before they were about to board an international flight using fake Bangladeshi passports. The arrestees are Jamila Begum, 58, and Jobeda Khatun, 6...

Daily star


‘Results’ needed from Myanmar over Rohingya return: UNHCR head

· A UN fact-finding mission called for Myanmar’s top generals to be prosecuted for “genocide” · Myanmar pejoratively labels the Rohingya as “Bengali,” implying they are illegal interlopers YANGON: Myanmar must “show results” to convin...

Arab news


Strategic support necessary to deal with Rohingya crisis: UNHCR envoy

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and prominent South Korean actor Jung Woo-sung has laid emphasis on a 'strategic support' plan for the Rohingya people and their host community in Bangladesh amid the absence of a political solution to Rohingya crisis. "Alt...

Daily star


Sri Lankan in Myanmar with Suspected Ties to Easter Bombings

YANGON—Myanmar police are looking for a Sri Lankan man believed to have connections with those involved in a series of suicide bombings that killed at least 250 people in Colombo, Negombo and Batticaloa in April. On Wednesday, the Myanmar Tourist P...

Irrawaddy


AFTERMATH OF C-IN-C TWITTER BAN: Social media impact on government-ethnic relation

commander-in-chief general Min Aung Hlaing’s Twitter account was taken out, due to the lobbying of Maung Tun Khin, a well known Rohingya leader and activist based in the UK, it seems his capacity to make use of social media has been completely deca...

Burma News


Rohingya Man, 8-Year-Old Son Killed in Blast in Northern Rakhine

YANGON—An explosion killed a Rohingya boy and his father and severely wounded another adult in northern Rakhine State’s Kyauktaw Township on Tuesday, according to a village official. The victims were identified as Mohamad Shofi, 38, his son Husso...

Irrawaddy


Bangladesh: Scores of Rohingya children expelled from schools

Born and brought up in Bangladesh, why are children of Rohingya refugees being denied a formal education? Almost one million Rohingya refugees are living in camps in Bangladesh. For years, government-run schools have quietly welcomed Rohingya refugee...

aljazeera


Ramadan, Iftar evoke feelings of nostalgia among Rohingyas

Ramadan is the month when Muslims try to get closer to each other with greater love and affection with the spirit of the holy month. But the Rohingya Muslims living in Cox's Bazar camps find it painful when they get together for having iftar meal as ...

Daily star


Ongoing conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine State prompts street protests

This photo taken on Jan. 28, shows residents holding bullet shells in a village in Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, where fighting between the Myanmar military and ethnic Arakan Army (AA) took place from Jan. 26 to 28. (AFP photo) Monks and others...

ucanews.com


Pope issues new warning against fake news

Pope Francis has urged journalists to desist from publishing fake news, saying it could cause harm, and instead "take time to understand" issues before reporting on them. Receiving foreign journalists in the Vatican on Saturday, the pontiff also urge...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Turkey pledges support to end Rohingya crisis

Turkey is committed to working with Bangladesh in regional and international levels to bring an end to the Rohingya crisis that has been affecting Bangladesh in socio-economic, environmental and even diplomatic fronts. Turkish Member of Parliament Ra...

Daily star


Pope Francis issues new warning against fake news

Pope Francis speaks during a meeting with the members of Italian Foreign Press Association at the Vatican on May 18, 2019. (Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTERS) · Journalists must be very careful of their choice of words in an era of “hostile la...

Arab news


45 Rohingyas rescued from traffickers in Cox’s Bazar

Police rescued 45 Rohingyas including women and children in Pekua upazila of Cox’s Bazar when they were being trafficked to Malaysia early today. Informed by locals, police went to Karimdad Mia’s jetty in Ujantiya area of the upazila around 1:30a...

Daily star


Registration gives many Rohingya refugees identification for the first time

By Alex St-Denis in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh | 17 May 2019 Nasima Aktar is among hundreds of thousands of stateless Rohingya — many of whom have spent a lifetime without official documentation — for whom getting an official identity card is a si...

Reliefweb


Rohingya issue to be taken to ICJ, Gambian minister tells PM

Visiting Gambian Foreign Minister Dr Mamadou Tangara today said they are committed to taking the Rohingya issue to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). The Gambian Foreign Minister said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her offic...

Daily star


Military Denies Army Chief Used Twitter after Company Blocks Account

YANGON—Military spokesman Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun downplayed Twitter’s suspension of the account of Myanmar Army chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, denying the commander-in-chief had ever officially used the social media platform. Twitte...

Irrawaddy


Myanmar army chief's Twitter account suspended over anti-Rohingya hate speech

A Myanmar army general accused of masterminding genocide against the country’s Muslim Rohingya people has had his Twitter account suspended, following complaints about him using the social media platform for hate speech. Min Aung Hlaing, the south-...

theguardian


Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Receive Identity Documents for First Time

GENEVA — Bangladeshi authorities and the U.N. refugee agency have registered more than a quarter million Rohingya refugees and presented them with identity documents that grant them a number of rights and safeguards. Unlike citizens of a country, s...

Voanews - east asia


'People are dying': UN official urges aid access for Myanmar's Rakhine state

A UN official has urged Myanmar to grant aid workers “predictable, sustained access” to Rakhine state, where fighting between government troops and rebels has displaced nearly 33,000 people since late last year, saying lack of aid has cost lives....

Daily star


UN Investigators Urge Nations to Snap Financial Ties with Myanmar Military

Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing (second from right) at OJSC Muromteplovoz armored vehicle factory in Murom, Russia on April 25, 2019. / Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services By Reuters 15 May 2019 YANGON—The world must cut off financial and other support ...

Irrawaddy


Arakanese in U.S. Protest Myanmar Army Killings of Civilians in Rakhine

YANGON—Nearly 100 Arakanese living in the U.S. demonstrated outside the Myanmar Embassy in Washington on Monday to protest against alleged extrajudicial killings of Arakanese civilians by the country’s military during its ongoing conflict with th...

Irrawaddy


Norway, UNDP ink deal to foster harmony in Rohingya camps

The Norwegian government today signed an agreement with UNDP for the period 2019-2021, aimed at fostering harmony in Rohingya camps and host communities in Cox’s Bazar. Sidsel Bleken, Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh, and Sudipto Mukerjee, reside...

Daily star


United Nations urges countries to cut off business ties with Myanmar military, likens its actions to ethnic cleansing

Bangkok: A United Nations' fact-finding mission urged on Tuesday that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights' abuses. The independent investigators, working under a mand...

Ffirstpost - world


UN Mission Urges Financial Isolation of Myanmar's Military

BANGKOK — A United Nations fact-finding mission is urging that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses. The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tues...

Voanews - east asia


Five killed in ‘shootouts’

Five people, including two suspected Rohingya human traffickers, were killed in separate “gunfights” in three districts yesterday. In Cox’s Bazar, two suspected Rohingya traffickers were killed in a “Shootout” with police in Teknaf upazila ...

Daily star


Four Arrested in Malaysia Suspected of Plotting Ramadan Attacks

KUALA LUMPUR—Malaysian police have detained four men suspected of plotting a wave of killings and attacks in and around the capital during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, police said on Monday. The Southeast Asian nation has been on high alert si...

Irrawaddy


Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers

Dhaka police also arrested four human traffickers including a Rohingya couple and recovered over 50 Bangladeshi passports from them on Saturday. BANGLADESH - Twenty-three teenage Rohingya girls were rescued after being brought from refugee camps to t...

Eyewitness News


Rohingya girls rescued from traffickers in Bangladesh

Bangladesh police rescue 23 teenagers from being flown to Malaysia and arrest four human traffickers in a raid in Dhaka. At least 23 teenage Rohingya girls have been rescued after being brought from refugee camps to the capital, Dhaka, to be sent to ...

aljazeera


Reporting Myanmar's Rohingya story

Vox pop - or Vox populi is Latin for "voice of the people" and in journalism it means interviewing people to get a sense of what they think on the ground. Vox pops are often buried in the middle of a news piece among the opinions from politicians and...

aljazeera


Big money, high stakes – playing the media game as India votes

On The Listening Post this week: India's political parties are deploying big money, strategy, and celebrity sparkle to win votes. Plus, the news network telling the Rohingya story. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants a second term, and his party - the...

aljazeera


Good News, but Not the News We Need

The release of two reporters—Ko Wa Lone and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo—delighted journalists in Myanmar and around the world. And while it was certainly good news for the reporters personally, I don’t see it as great news for the country’s media. One rea...

Irrawaddy


23 ‘Rohingyas’ detained from Dhaka

Detectives detained 23 suspected Rohingyas, two other women and a man from Dhaka’s Khilkhet area this morning. Their names were yet to be ascertained, but none of the suspected Rohingyas can speak Bengali, police sources told The Daily Star. Dhaka ...

Daily star


Behind Reporters' Release, A Face-Saving Strategy For Suu Kyi

After relentless diplomatic pressure and global outrage, fallen democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi finally decided that a pardon for two Myanmar journalists jailed for reporting on a Rohingya massacre was the only way to resolve an issue that has dogged...

Voanews - east asia


State Counsellor, Interfaith Leaders Offer Message of Unity and Understanding

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the second Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar, organized by Religion for Peace. / Htet Naing Zaw / The Irrawaddy By Nyein Nyein 8 May 2019 At a Naypyitaw advisory forum on na...

Irrawaddy


Myanmar press freedom ‘suffocating’ despite Reuters reporters’ release

Media freedom advocates praised the surprise release of Reuters reporters in Myanmar but stressed the pair should never have been jailed in the first place and called for sweeping reforms of paralysing press laws. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Rohingya women, girls being trafficked to Malaysia for marriage

Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Senwara Begum travelled for two weeks by road and boat, over mountains and along rivers, guided only by a trafficker she feared, before she reached Malaysia to marry a man she had never met. The jo...

aljazeera


WB gives $165m to Bangladesh for Rohingyas

The Bangladesh government today signed a $165 million grant financing agreement with the World Bank (WB) to provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingya who are fleeing violence in Myanmar. To help Bangladesh deal ...

Daily star


Myanmar massacre reporters freed in mass amnesty

Reuters journalists Wa Lone (left) and Kyaw Soe Oo leave Insein prison after being freed in a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7. Their jailing for exposing a massacre of Rohingya sparked an international outcry. (Photo by Ann Wang/AFP) Journali...

ucanews.com


Reactions to release of Reuters journalists from Myanmar prison

(Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from prison on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars. Following are comments and reactions: SPOKESMAN FOR...

reuters


Myanmar frees two Reuters journos after global outrage

Reuters journalists Wa Lone, third from right, and Kyaw Soe Oo, extreme left, pose for a photo yesterday with their wives and children after being freed from prison in a presidential amnesty in Myanmar’s Yangon. Photo: AFP Two Reuters journalists j...

Daily star


Myanmar village in army lockdown ‘running out of food’

Mohib Ullah, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, speaks to other Rohingya people who face problem to collect relief supplies in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh April 7, 2019. (REUTERS) · The village has been co...

Arab news


Five killed in ‘gunfights’with law enforcers

Five people including two suspected Rohingya drug traders were killed in separate “gunfights” with law enforcers in Cox’s Bazar and the Sundarbans yesterday. In Cox’s Bazar, a “gunfight” between the alleged drug traders and police left tw...

Daily star


12 ‘Rohingyas’ held in India’s Mizoram for illegal entry

Dozens of people, believed to be Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who were dropped off from a boat are pictured on a beach near Sungai Belati, Perlis, Malaysia in this undated handout photo released April 8, 2019. Royal Malaysian Police/Handout via REUT...

Daily star


UNICEF Bangladesh Cyclonic Storm Fani Situation Report, 4 May 2019

Highlights • A severe cyclonic storm, Fani, has begun to strike Bangladesh early hours of 4 May, bringing with it high winds and heavy rainfall. Over ten million people in the country are expected to be affected. • Almost 1.3 million people have ...

Reliefweb


2019 World Press Freedom Index – A cycle of fear [EN/RU]

The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in...

Reliefweb


Geneva Palais Briefing Note: Education for Rohingya children in Bangladesh

This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. GENEVA, 3 May 2019 – This week, UNICEF inaugurated the 2,000...

Reliefweb


Myanmar Army kills six ethnic Rakhine detainees on suspicion of being rebels as fears grow over military impunity

Yangon: Myanmar's army said it shot dead six detainees in a village school Thursday while holding 275 men on suspicion of being Rakhine rebels, as fears over military impunity grow in the escalating fighting. Security forces are battling the Arakan A...

Ffirstpost - world


Myanmar troops kill six detainees in Rakhine

Injured people from Kyauk Tan village in Rathedaung township are carried on stretchers as they arrive in Rakhine State's capital Sittwe on May 2 after the army opened fire on a group of ethnic Rakhine detainees at a school in the village. Myanmar's a...

ucanews.com


2019 World Press Freedom Index – A cycle of fear

The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in...

Reliefweb


Live updates: Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha

· Tropical Cyclone Fani: The storm is India's strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in 20 years. · Who's affected: It is barreling toward 100 million people on the country's east coast, with officials evacuating some 1 million people. · When...

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Cyclone Fani makes landfall in India

Cyclone Fani has made landfall in northeastern India and is expected to unleash extensive destruction. Nearly a million people were evacuated ahead of the storm. Cyclone Fani, one of the biggest storms to come off the Indian Ocean in recent years, ma...

dw


1m Rohingyas at severe health risk

Some one million Rohingyas face serious health risks due to acute air and water pollution in the crammed camps of Cox’s Bazar, says a new study that assessed environmental conditions in one of the world’s largest refugee settlements. The use of f...

Daily star


Remove all barriers to repatriation

The Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp is seen in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 3, 2018. Reuters file photo Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to remove all barriers to the repatriation of Rohingyas and to take concrete steps to create conducive cond...

Daily star


With the Bear and the Dragon, Myanmar Military Plays Safe

Sen-Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, Russian Navy deputy chief Vice Admiral Volozhinskiy Andrei Olgertovich and senior military officers from both countries pose for a photo in St. Petersburg, Russia on April 16. / Commander-in-Chief’s Office website By Aung ...

Irrawaddy


Al Jazeera's 100 Faces of Rohingya wins Drum Online Media Award

Photojournalist Showkat Shafi wins prize for powerful curation highlighting the portraits of 100 Rohingya refugees. Producer and photojournalist Showkat Shafi, of Al Jazeera English Online, won a prestigious prize for his photography on Tuesday at th...

aljazeera


‘Overrun,’ ‘Outbred,’ ‘Replaced’: Why Ethnic Majorities Lash Out Over False Fears

Ask a member of Sri Lanka’s dominant ethnic group why the country seems plagued by racial and religious strife, which is resurging in the wake of terrifying Islamist terrorist attacks, and you will often get the same answer. We are fighting for our...

nytimes


ARSA Denies Criminal Activities in Bangladesh Camps

YANGON – The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) has rebutted the findings of the International Crisis Group (ICG) released on Thursday, which warned that Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are being increasingly operated with impunity by ARSA ...

Irrawaddy


EU extends ban on arms sales to Myanmar

The EU on Monday extended a ban on selling arms to Myanmar and prolonged sanctions against high-ranking officials over their role in the Rohingya crisis. The measures, which include an embargo on weapons and other equipment that could be used for rep...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Religious Freedom Report Offers Grim Review Of Attacks On Faith Groups

Outside China's embassy in Jakarta, Indonesian protesters in 2018 demand an end to China's mass detention of Uighur Muslims. On Monday, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its 20th annual report. Achmad Ibrahim/AP...

National Public Radio


Myanmar's Suu Kyi in Cambodia to Strengthen Bilateral Ties

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA — Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Cambodia on Monday for an official visit to strengthen ties between the countries. The three-day visit is the first since Suu Kyi became her country's head of government in...

Voanews - east asia


Bangladesh jails three Rohingya extremists for 10 years

A Bangladesh court Sunday sentenced three Rohingya extremists of a now defunct militant group to 10 years in jail for possessing bomb-making materials, a prosecutor said. The trio were arrested in 2014 in Dhaka with materials to be used for making im...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages: official

New violence in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state has delayed a United Nations study on 1,000 villages abandoned by Muslim Rohingya, a top UN envoy said Friday. UN experts were only been able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled afte...

Mizzima - Domestic news


No pressure on MPs to take oath

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it was not her policy to divide any party or do anything that leads to a split in a party. “It is not my policy to divide a party or to do anything [harmful] to any party. We usually get many proposals......

Daily star


UN humanitarian leaders highlight urgent need to sustain support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Joint UNHCR/IOM/OCHA Press Release At the end of a joint visit to Bangladesh, three top United Nations officials – the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock, Director General o...

Reliefweb


Outcry mounts over deaths in custody in Myanmar's Rakhine State

Military's Myawady newspaper blames 'heart failure' for deaths of men taken away by soldiers. The deaths of three ethnic Rakhine men in Myanmar military custody and the secret cremation of their bodies has provoked outrage, as fears over military imp...

aljazeera


‘UNSC can’t avoid responsibility over Rohingya crisis’

The Permanent Representative (PR) of Bangladesh to the UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen addressing an Open Debate of the UN Security Council on ‘Sexual Violence in Conflict’ at the UN Headquarters recently. Photo: Courtesy Bangladesh has said the in...

Daily star


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