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Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide

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Soldiers targeted the educated, they said, so there would be no community leaders left willing to speak up against the pervasive abuse An Amnesty International report from November documented a system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation of the Rohingya that was meant to erase their identity BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh: The last time Mohammed Hashim saw his brother alive, he ... Read More »

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees: UN official

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YANGON: Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements – conditions ... Read More »

UN: Rohingya crisis could endanger regional security

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JAKARTA, Indonesia: The UN’s human rights chief has warned that Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority has the potential to spark regional conflict. Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein reiterated while in Indonesia on Monday that acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing may have occurred in the campaign of violence against Rohingya that sparked an exodus of nearly 1 million people to ... Read More »

King Salman orders $15 million aid for Myanmar Rohingya refugees

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DUBAI: Saudi’s King Salman has ordered the payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar as a result of genocide and torture. The announcement came in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, which was briefed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman ... Read More »

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh

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DHAKA: Thousands of Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military build-up in Rakhine state earlier this month, community leaders said Wednesday. Rakhine in northern Myanmar has been gripped by violence since October, when militants attacked police posts. That sparked a bloody military crackdown that the UN believes may amount to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, a mainly ... Read More »

Dhaka plans census for undocumented Rohingya

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DHAKA: Bangladesh is to hold a census of hundreds of thousands of undocumented Rohingya who have crossed into the country seeking refuge from persecution in neighboring Myanmar. Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said the government had earmarked $2.7 million for the census to be carried out in Bangladesh’s southeast, near the border with Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Official estimates have put the ... Read More »

Rohingya issue requires careful handling: Suu Kyi

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WASHINGTON: In rare comments on Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged caution on granting citizenship to minorities, saying the sensitive issue must be addressed “very, very carefully.” The Myanmar government is reviewing citizenship status and “should go Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, walks upon her arrival at Yangon International Airport to depart ... Read More »

Kingdom, Malaysia vow support for Rohingyas

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JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held talks here Sunday with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Razak on major international and Islamic issues and explored prospects of expanding cooperation between the two key OIC countries. The two leaders also discussed “the racial discrimination and ethnic MALAYSIAN TIES BOOST: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman ... Read More »

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya

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SYDNEY: The Dalai Lama has urged fellow Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do more to help Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim Rohingya minority amid a worsening migration crisis. Despite thousands of Rohingya fleeing on harrowing boat journeys to Southeast Asia to escape poverty and discriminatory treatment by the country’s Buddhist majority, opposition leader Suu Kyi is yet to comment. ... Read More »

Jakarta gets $50m from Doha to host Rohingyas

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DOHA: Qatar pledged $50 million on Thursday to help Indonesia shelter Muslim Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, the official QNA news agency reported. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have all prevented vessels overloaded with starving migrants from Bangladesh and from Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority from landing on their shores.   Indonesian Muslim protesters hold defaced posters of Myanmar's radical Buddhist monk Ashin ... Read More »

Bangladesh to relocate Rohingyas to island

DHAKA: Bangladesh plans to move thousands of Rohingya who have spent years in refugee camps near the Myanmar border to a southern island, an official said Wednesday, as the region faces a human trafficking crisis. The government has started planning the relocation to Hatiya island in the HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: Migrants sit outside a courtroom as they wait for the police ... Read More »

Rohingya ‘caught between the devil and the deep sea’

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JEDDAH — The ongoing crisis involving Rohingya migrants being stranded at sea while trying to flee persecution in Myanmar is “unsurprising” given the circumstances that caused them to escape in the first place, said an American expatriate in Jeddah who recently witnessed firsthand the conditions the community is living in. Samuel Shropshire, who has more than 30 years’ experience in human ... Read More »

Thailand finds over 100 migrants on island, many more still adrift

KOH LIPE, Thailand/BANGKOK —  Thailand has found more than 100 migrants on a southern island but thousands remain adrift as boats are pushed back out into Southeast Asia’s seas by governments who have ignored a UN call for a coordinated rescue. The crisis has arisen because smugglers have abandoned boats crammed with migrants, many of them thirsty and sick, in the ... Read More »

Boat carrying Rohingya migrants rescued off Indonesia

A boat carrying about 500 members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim community has been rescued off northern Indonesia.   Those rescued off Indonesia include many women and children The boat – with many women and children on board – was stranded in waters off Aceh province when it was rescued. Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – refuses to recognise Rohingya ... Read More »

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