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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 people from Rohingya community found dead

Two people from the Rohingya community including a suspected robber were found dead in different areas of Cox’s Bazar in the early hours today. In Teknaf upazila, police recovered the bullet-hit body of Mohammad Abu Sayed Prokash, 35, locally known...

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Myanmar's top court hears Reuters reporters' appeal in official secrets case

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar’s Supreme Court heard the appeal on Tuesday of two Reuters journalists imprisoned for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law, in a case that has raised questions about Myanmar’s progress towards democracy. Repo...

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Dhaka Cracks Down on Black Market Activities in Rohingya Camps

DHAKA — The Bangladesh government has imposed restrictions on the operation of jewelry and computer shops, as well as pharmacies, at makeshift Rohingya camps in Cox’s Bazar after intelligence agencies warned that illegal businesses disguised as l...

Irrawaddy


Human rights groups slam draft UN plans to send Rohingya to barren island

Human rights groups have reacted with horror to reports of United Nations draft plans to help relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi camps to a barren, flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal. A document drawn up this month by the W...

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UN resolution slams Myanmar over rights violations

A Myanmar border guard policeman stands near a Rohingya Muslim family in a village during a government-organized visit for journalists in Buthidaung township in restive Rakhine State on Jan. 25. (Photo by Richard Sargent/AFP) The United Nations Human...

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UN will raise the issue of '71 genocide

Visiting UN Under Secretary General and Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng pays a courtesy call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Photo: PID Visiting UN Under-Secretary Gen...

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Don't let them be a lost generation

Rohingya youths have called upon the international community to ensure their children do not become a “lost generation” without an education or future. At the annual Global Education and Skills Forum organised by the Varkey Foundation, a global c...

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UN to raise 1971 Pakistani genocide in int’l forum, Adama Dieng tells PM

Visiting UN Under Secretary General and Special Advisor on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng pays a courtesy call on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office in Dhaka on Sunday, March 24, 2019. Photo: PID The United Nations will raise t...

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UN draws up plans to ‘facilitate’ Rohingya relocation to island

The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, documents seen by Reuters show, a move opposed by many refugees and that some human rights experts fear could spark a new ...

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UN official welcomes Rohingya relocation plan

Assistant High Commissioner for Protection UNHCR, Volker Turk, speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on March 21, 2019. Turk conclude his visit to Bangladesh on March 21. Photo: AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN A senior UN official has welcomed Bangladesh's ...

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Former Blackwater contractor in Myanmar security venture

A security firm with former US military contractor Erik Prince on its board has moved into Myanmar to provide protection services for international investors, the company told AFP, as it weathers backlash to revelations over planned work in China's r...

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PM for undertaking uplift schemes not affecting people

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses during the presentation of Moheshkhali-Matarbari Integrated Infrastructure Development Initiative (MIDI) Project at the Prime Minister’s Office in Dhaka on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Photo: PID Prime Minister S...

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‘Water was a curse then. Now, water is a blessing’

UNHCR and its partners are using solar power to help provide safe, clean water to thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. By Caroline Gluck and Iffath Yeasmine in Kutupalong refugee site, Bangladesh. | 21 March 2019 For months after fleeing vio...

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Rohingya crisis: Volunteers document survivor stories

A group of young Rohingya refugees speak up and fight for justice. The International Criminal Court is looking into whether the persecution of the Rohingya by Myanmar’s government warrants an investigation. A group of young Rohingya refugees say th...

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Senators ask US to sanction Myanmar army chief

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, seen here inspecting a bridge in August 2018, is facing calls from US senators to face punishment over the campaign against the Rohingya minority. AFP file photo Senators called Wednesday for the...

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Women support group wants justice for Rohingya refugees

Refugee 'peace women' are putting themselves at the heart of the fight for justice. A female Rohingya refugee, Hamida Khatoon, addressed the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the first time last week. Khatoon is part of a women's suppor...

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Myanmar court jails Rakhine leader for 20 years for treason

A Myanmar court on Tuesday sentenced a prominent ethnic Rakhine leader to 20 years in jail for treason, a verdict likely to intensify anger amid fighting between the ethnic group and the army. Security forces tried to calm hundreds of supporters outs...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations

FILE PHOTO: A Myanmar soldier patrols in a boat at the Mayu river near Buthidaung in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Stringer Myanmar's army said on Monday it had set up a military court to investigate its conduct duri...

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Myanmar Military Court to Probe Rohingya Atrocity Allegations

Rohingya refugees make their way to a refugee camp after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh in November 2017. / Reuters By Reuters 19 March 2019 YANGON—Myanmar’s military said on Monday it had set...

Irrawaddy


Rohingya 'lost generation' struggle to study in Bangladesh camps

By Poppy McPherson and Ruma Paul COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the previous six years, to find that - despite being one of ...

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NGOs spent only 25% fund for Rohingyas: Minister

In this AFP file photo, young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured at Ukhia in Cox's Bazar on November 16, 2018. AFP file photo Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque today blasted NGOs and aid...

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Urgent Political Action Needed to Solve Rakhine’s Problems

On Jan. 4—Myanmar’s Independence Day—the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Arakanese armed group, launched coordinated attacks on four police outposts in northern Rakhine State. The attacks killed several policemen and sent a signal to the central go...

Irrawaddy


Myanmar wants 'biased' UN rapporteur replaced

Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, speaks during a press conference in Yangon on July 21, 2017. Myanmar has accused her of being biased in her reports and want her replaced. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP) Myanm...

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U.S. Military Retrieves Possible World War Two Remains From Myanmar

The U.S. Air Force prepares to laod the possible remains of service members who went missing in Myanmar during World War Two onto a plan for transport to the United States in Mandalay on Tuesday. / Zaw Zaw / The Irrawaddy By Reuters 13 March 2019 MAN...

Irrawaddy


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...

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UN envoy fears "new crisis" for Rohingya if moved to Bangladesh island

Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee gives her report to the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, March 11, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse A United Nations human rights investigator ...

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Bangladesh Probes Possible Misuse of Funds for Rohingya Refugees

Rohingya refugees stand in a line to collect meat from a relief distribution center in the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Aug. 23, 2018. / Reuters By Muktadir Rashid 14 March 2019 DHAKA — The Bangladesh government on Wednesday a...

Irrawaddy


Nine police killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine - police

A bloody military crackdown in 2017 forced some 740,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border into Bangladesh in violence UN investigators have said warrants the prosecution of top generals for genocide and crimes against humanity. YANGON - Nine policemen...

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Nine police killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine

YANGON, Myanmar: Nine policemen have been killed in a militant attack in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state, police said on Sunday, as tensions ratchet up in a state riven by ethnic and religious conflict. A bloody military crackdown in 2017 forced so...

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WB okays $165m to help provide for Rohingyas

The Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp is seen in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 3, 2018. Photo: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Jared Ferrie The World Bank has approved a $165 million grant to help Bangladesh provide basic services and build disaste...

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WB approves $165m grant to help Rohingyas in Cox's Bazar

The World Bank (WB) has approved a $165million grant to help Bangladesh provide basic services and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingyas who fled violence in Myanmar and took shelter in Teknaf and Ukhia Upazila in Cox's Bazar. This i...

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Let Rohingya women decide their future: Amnesty

Living as a refugee on Bangladesh after fleeing persecution in Myanmar, the story of Rohingya women is all about hardship and struggle. As the world celebrates Women’s Day, the concept of women empowerment is little known to the Rohingya community ...

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No money offered to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

In this AFP file photo, young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured at Ukhia in Cox's Bazar on November 16, 2018. AFP file photo China has not offered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh money to repatriate to ...

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Rohingya Trading Identity for Partial Citizenship, More Rights in Rakhine State

Lawmakers take a rare stand for persecuted Muslims in western Burma after learning that the movement of about 500 people recently awarded citizenship remains restricted. By Moe Myint 7 March 2019 YANGON — More than half of the 7,000-plus Muslim Roh...

Irrawaddy


Rohingya lawyer gets US award

Rohingya-born Bangladeshi citizen Razia Sultana has been awarded the United States’ International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award for her work with Rohingya refugees. She is among the 10 extraordinary women from around the world who will be honoured ...

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China offers Rohingyas money if they return to Myanmar: Report

In this photo, Rohingya refugee children pose for a picture at the Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on November 15, 2018. REUTERS file photo A Chinese government delegation reportedly met Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh, promising each refuge...

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UN Urges Social Media, Investors to Promote Human Rights in Myanmar

GENEVA — Social media firms and foreign investors must do more to ensure they support human rights in Myanmar, U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Tuesday, suggesting Facebook was failing to treat parties to the country’s conflict even-ha...

Irrawaddy


16 injured as locals clash with police

At least 16 people, including two police men, were injured in a clash after locals blocked a road in Ukhia yesterday morning demanding quick repatriation of the Rohingyas and fences around the refugee camps. Several hundred locals under the banner of...

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ICC team probes alleged Rakhine abuses in Bangladesh

A team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017. A statement emailed to AFP from the I...

Mizzima - Domestic news


OIC okays legal action against Myanmar at ICJ

In this AFP file photo, young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), in a major diplomatic breakthrough, unanimously adopted a resolu...

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Women, children help desk opened in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camp

Cox's Bazar police and UN Women launch a Women and Children Help Desk, the first of its kind in Rohingya camps, at Madhuchara Police Camp-1 in Cox's Bazar district on Sunday, March 4, 2019. Photo: Collected Cox's Bazar police and UN Women have launch...

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Jailed Reuters journalists appeal to Myanmar's top court as rights group decries 'fear'

YANGON (Reuters) - Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar for breaking a colonial-era official secrets law appealed to the Supreme Court on Friday against their conviction, as a rights group said the government wielded repressive laws ag...

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Bangladesh returns ‘lost’ Myanmar soldier

Bangladesh forces handed back on Sunday a Myanmar soldier more than two months after he strayed across the border into a jungle in the Muslim-majority nation, a senior official said. Aung Bo Bo Thein, 30, was detained by Bangladeshi security forces o...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Myanmar officer’s wife killed by pipe bomb in latest Rakhine violence

The wife of a Myanmar military officer was killed by a pipe bomb as they moved into a new home in northern Rakhine state, the army said Friday, as the body count in the troubled region rises with landmines and assassinations. More than 740,000 Rohing...

Mizzima - Domestic news


Bangladesh Tells UN It Cannot Accept More Rohingya Refugees

Bangladesh has told the United Nations Security Council that it cannot take in any more Rohingya refugees. Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the body Thursday: "I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to ac...

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Bangladesh not a one-party state: Rizvi

Prime minister’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi has told an international media organisation that Bangladesh is not a “one-party state”. “Just because a party has been elected three times, it is not a one-party state,” Rizvi sai...

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Bangladesh Tells the U.N. It Can't Accept More Rohingya Refugees From Myanmar

(UNITED NATIONS) — Bangladesh’s foreign secretary said Thursday his country will need to stop accepting more refugees from Myanmar and accused its government of being “obstructionist” about bringing back more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims w...

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Rohingya crisis: UN investigates its 'dysfunctional' conduct in Myanmar

The UN has launched an inquiry into its conduct in Myanmar over the past decade, where it has been accused of ignoring warning signs of escalating violence prior to an alleged genocide of the Rohingya minority. UN sources have confirmed to the Guardi...

theguardian


Japan to give $32.5m for Rohingyas

In this AFP file photo taken on November 26, 2017, Rohingya refugees walk down a hillside in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Japan has decided to give US $32.5 million for the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh due to p...

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Selling Rakhine to the World

By Nan Lwin 25 February 2019 In the wake of the 2017 Rohingya crisis and ongoing fighting between the military and Arakan Army, the Myanmar government is desperate to attract investors to Rakhine State in hopes that they will help reverse the fortune...

Irrawaddy


‘Revenge’ Killing Follow Death of ARSA Leader

By Muktadir Rashid 25 February 2019 DHAKA—Armed assailants shot dead one Rohingya paramedic and injured a computer technician at the Muchuni camp in Teknaf sub-district of Cox’s Bazar on Friday evening for allegedly sharing information about the ...

Irrawaddy


Myanmar not working as per commitment on Rohingya repatriation: PM

Dr Paul Connet and Ellen Connet, the recipients of “Friends of Bangladesh’s Liberation War Honour”, pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her Jatiya Sangsad Office in Dhaka on February 25, 2019. Photo: PID Prime Minister Sheikh...

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