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Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Reuters reporters to face Myanmar trial for 'breaking' secrecy law

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Myanmar nationals Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been held in custody for nearly 7 months for pre-trial hearings

PRESS FREEDOM. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (center) speaks to reporters as he is escorted by police from a courthouse following his ongoing pre-trial hearing in Yangon on July 9, 2018. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Q and A: The 'Rohingya' word

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:23 PM

'Definitely the term is divisive,' says sociologist Su-Ann Oh, who has done fieldwork in refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border since 2005

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Rohingya returnees won't be kept in camps 'forever' – Myanmar official

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Myanmar has been trumpeting its readiness to take back refugees, who are massed across the border in Bangladesh, and built reception centers and transit camps for returnees

MODEL. Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a 'model' village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated by Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

3 bombs rock capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) One is detonated in the compound of the state government secretary's home, while the two others explode in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach

BOMBING. An earlier photo of people cleaning a damaged bulding after a bombing in Lashio in Myanmar's Shan state on February 22, 2018. Photo by AFP

Myanmar security forces took part in killing 10 Rohingya – army

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:17 PM

(UPDATED) The Facebook post gives the first confirmation of a mass Rohingya grave inside Rakhine state following an army crackdown on militants from the minority group

ROHINGYA. Myanmar's minority Rohingya people wait in a queue to receive tram at Balukhali rohingya camp, Ukhiya in Coz's Bazar Bangladesh on September 25, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock.

Bangladesh targets 100,000 for first Rohingya repatriation

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bangladesh sends the list of names to Myanmar authorities so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Pope Francis says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:34 AM

'I wept, I tried to do it in a way that it couldn't be seen. They wept too. I told myself 'I cannot leave without saying a word to them,'' says Pope Francis after his visit to Bangladesh

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

#GiftofHope: Atom Araullo on why Filipinos should care about the Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Just trust in our capacity to care. Ang mga Pilipino, malaki ang mga puso niyan. Puwede nating suportahan ang mga kababayan natin dito habang sinusuportahan ang mga mamamayang nakakaranas ng karahasan at pambubusabos,' says journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo

ROHINGYA. Atom Araullo talked to Rappler about why they should care about the Rohingya. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/UNHCR

Pope Francis refers to 'Rohingya' after meeting refugees

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

'Today the presence of God is also called Rohingya,' the Pope says after an emotional encounter with refugees who have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar.

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Bangladesh-Myanmar sepakat bekerja sama untuk memulangkan warga Rohingya

Nov 24, 2017 - 9:07 AM

Proses pemulangan warga Rohingya diprediksi akan rampung dalam waktu dua bulan

TOLAK PULANG. Warga Rohingya mengaku enggan pulang ke Myanmar jika tidak diberikan kewarganegaraan. Foto oleh Nyut Win/EPA/

Locsin to push for PH abstention from UN Rohingya reso

Nov 19, 2017 - 1:20 AM

The Philippine ambassador to the UN says the country 'should have abstained in deference to the Muslim and non-Muslim member states of ASEAN'

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims wait in makeshift camps before finding a way to cross over into Bangladesh. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Oxford college removes Suu Kyi portrait

Sep 30, 2017 - 8:37 PM

The university does not say whether the portrait's removal in St Hugh's College was linked to the ongoing crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine State

ALMA MATER. In this file photo, Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at a reception at St Hugh's College in Oxford, northwest of London, on June 19, 2012. Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis/Pool/AFP

Two thousand Rohingya mass on Myanmar coast to join exodus

Sep 30, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The refugees follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing."

EXODUS. Rohingya Muslim refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour / AFP

At least 14 dead as Rohingya boat capsizes off Bangladesh

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:25 PM

The latest disaster comes as a UN visit to Myanmar's conflict-battered Rakhine state is postponed

Aid shipment blocked as Rohingya humanitarian crisis deepens

Sep 21, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Communal tensions remain high across Rakhine. Raids by Rohingya militants at the end of last month spark a massive army crackdown, driving more than 420,000 people into Bangladesh in what the UN calls a campaign of 'ethnic cleansing.'

SEEKING SHELTER. Mujibur Rahman (R), a Rohingya father of 10, carries his belongings, after being evicted with his family, while searching for a place to build a new makeshift shelter at the refugee camp of Kutupalung in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 20, 2017. Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Setelah ke Bangladesh, Indonesia kirim bantuan untuk warga Rohingya di Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:58 PM

Ada 20 ton bantuan yang akan diberikan Indonesia kepada warga Rohingya di Rakhine State

BANTUAN KEMANUSIAAN. Prajurit TNI Angkatan Udara memasukkan bantuan kemanusiaan Rohingya di Base Ops TNI AU Halim Perdanakusuma, Jakarta, Rabu, 13 September. Foto oleh Rosa Panggabean/ANTARA

Aung San Suu Kyi ajak dunia internasional ikut cari solusi atasi isu di Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Suu Kyi berjanji akan menerima kembali warga Rohingya yang kabur ke Bangladesh asal memenuhi syarat sebagai pengungsi

TERIMA PENGUNGSI. Pemimpin Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi berjanji pemerintahnya akan menerima kembali warga Rohingya yang kabur ke Bangladesh asal memenuhi kualifikasi sebagai pengungsi. Foto oleh AFP/Ye Aung Thu

Ribuan pengungsi anak Rohingya menyeberang ke Bangladesh seorang diri

Sep 14, 2017 - 6:18 AM

Sebanyak 12 ribu pengungsi di antaranya merupakan anak anak yang baru berusia satu tahun Sebagian besar dari mereka tidak didampingi orang tua

PADAT. Kondisi salah satu kamp pengungsi warga Rohingya di Kutupalong, Bangladesh. Setiap pekannya kamp ini kedatangan sekitar 16 ribu pengungsi baru dari Myanmar. Foto oleh situs UNHCR

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to address nation next week on Rohingya crisis

Sep 13, 2017 - 8:41 PM

In a press conference government spokesman Zaw Htay says Suu Kyi will speak for national reconciliation and peace in a televised address on September 19

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi reviews a military honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 18, 2016.  File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Bangladesh braces for new surge as Rohingya exodus nears 300,000

Sep 09, 2017 - 6:45 PM

Bangladesh authorities plan to build a camp that could house a quarter of a million people

POVERTY. The widespread persecution of the impoverished community in Myanmar's Rakhine state is one of the primary causes for the current regional exodus, alongside growing numbers trying to escape poverty in neighbouring Bangladesh. AFP File Photo

Myanmar 'to provide aid' to displaced Rohingya inside country

Sep 09, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine fleeing burning villages the army and ethnic Rakhine mobs only to become stranded in hills without food water shelter or medical care

PROTESTS. Ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

Presiden Jokowi soal isu Rohingya: Perlu aksi nyata bukan kecaman

Sep 04, 2017 - 9:03 AM

Presiden Jokowi meminta agar krisis kemanusiaan di Myanmar dihentikan

10 poin pernyataan Majelis Buddha soal tragedi Rohingya

Sep 02, 2017 - 10:04 PM

Majelis Buddha menekankan konflik di Rakhine State adalah tragedi kemanusiaan dan bukan konflik agama

TRAGEDI KEMANUSIAAN. Pengungsi Rohingya yang terusir dari negaranya sendiri. Foto oleh AFP

Indonesia minta Myanmar untuk menghentikan kekerasan kepada etnis Rohingya

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Sekitar 400 orang dilaporkan tewas akibat tindak kekerasan di Rakhine State

ASEAN. Menteri Luar Negeri Retno Marsudi (L) Aung San Suu Kyi dalam pertemuan ASEAN di Yangon, 19 Desember 2016. Foto oleh Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar army chief compares Rohingya crackdown to N. Ireland

May 12, 2017 - 9:37 PM

The military campaign leaves hundreds of Rohingya dead and forced some 75 000 to flee across the border to Bangladesh bringing harrowing accounts of rape torture and mass killings by soldiers

File photo of Rohingya migrants AFP PHOTO/ Romeo Gacad

Indonesia urges 'significant steps' on Rohingya issue

Feb 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Indonesia the world s largest Muslim majority nation joins a chorus of concern Friday calling for an end to the crisis

SPEAKING UP. Indonesia's Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi speaks at the RSIS Distinguished Public Lecture titled "Indonesia's Foreign Policy under the Jokowi Administration" in Singapore on February 10, 2017. Photo by Roslan Rahman/ AFP

Tiga kontribusi nyata Indonesia bagi perdamaian di Myanmar

Jan 18, 2017 - 4:44 PM

Indonesia kembali membangun 2 Sekolah Dasar di kota Sittwe sehingga kini total sudah ada 6 bangunan sekolah di Myanmar

ROHINGYA. Etnis Rohingya yang bermukim di Rakhine State terpaksa harus mengungsi karena kerap menjadi korban tindak kekerasan junta militer Myanmar. Foto oleh Christophe Archambault/AFP

Bantu Rohingya, Presiden Jokowi kirim 10 kontainer bantuan

Dec 29, 2016 - 11:02 AM

Bantuan diberikan sebagai kontribusi nyata Indonesia kepada Myanmar tanpa perlu menggunakan megaphone diplomacy

BANTUAN KEMANUSIAAN. Presiden Joko "Jokowi" Widodo sedang meninjau kontainer berisi bantuan kemanusiaan yang akan dikirim ke Rakhine State, Myanmar pada Kamis, 29 Desember. Foto oleh Rappler

Muslim man found dead after speaking to media in restive Myanmar state

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The 41 year old man s headless body is discovered floating in a river

This handout photograph taken on December 12, 2016 and released on December 13, 2016 by the Myanmar State Counsellor Office shows an aerial view of a burned out village in Maungdaw, Myanmar's Rakhine state near the Bangladesh border, during a Rakhine State Investigation Commission inspection.  Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis, a diplomat said on December 12, 2016, as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority. / AFP PHOTO / STATE COUNSELLOR OFFICE / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / STATE COUNSELLOR OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

3 Usul Indonesia kepada Pemerintah Myanmar untuk bantu etnis Rohingya

Dec 19, 2016 - 6:38 PM

Pemerintah Myanmar berjanji mengizinkan agar bantuan kemanusiaan PBB bisa masuk ke Rakhine State sejak tanggal 19 Desember

RAKHINE STATE. 10 Menlu negara di Asia Tenggara dan Sekjen ASEAN, Le Luong Minh (pojok kanan) bertemu dalam sidang retreat di Yangoon, Myanmar untuk membahas situasi di Rakhine State pada Senin, 19 Desember. Foto oleh Kemlu

Bertemu dengan Aung San Suu Kyi, apa yang dibicarakan Menlu Retno?

Dec 07, 2016 - 10:36 PM

Retno berharap Pemerintah Myanmar bisa menjunjung tinggi HAM dan memberikan perlindungan bagi semua warga yang bermukim di Rakhine State termasuk etnis minoritas Muslim

DIALOG. Menlu Retno Marsudi ketika berdialo dan membahas situasi di Rakhine State dengan Aung San Suu Kyi di Naypidaw, Myanmar pada Selasa, 6 Desember. Foto dari Kementerian Luar Negeri

Menlu Retno akan bertemu Suu Kyi di Myanmar bahas masalah Rohingya

Dec 06, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Puluhan warga Muslim Rohingya tewas dan lebih dari 1 000 rumah terbakar akibat konflik di Rakhine State

Kaum minoritas Muslim Rohingya di depan sebuah toko di kamp pengungsian di Sittwe, Myanmar, pada 7 September 2016. Foto oleh Romeo Gacad/AFP

Terrified residents flee northern Myanmar as crackdown widens

Oct 14, 2016 - 3:21 PM

Local officials believe hundreds of people from the area spent months planning attacks on police posts along the Bangladesh border that sparked the crisis this week

DISPLACED. In this photographs taken on October 13, 2016, residents displaced by conflict flee from Maungdaw in Rakhine State. Photo by STR/AFP

Four years on, lives of Myanmar's Rohingya still on hold

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:40 PM

We eat when we get our quota If we do not get it we cannot eat says Myee Shay who is among tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya

In this photograph taken on September 7, 2016, a group of minority Muslim Rohingya gather outside a store at the Aung Mingalar displacement camp in Sittwe after the Rakhine State has been effectively split on religious grounds between Buddhists and Muslims since bouts of communal violence tore through the state in 2012, killing scores and forcing tens of thousands to flee. Anti-Muslim sentiment runs high in the impoverished region, fanned by hardline Buddhist nationalists who revile the Rohingya and are viscerally opposed to any move to grant them citizenship. They insist the roughly one-million strong group are intruders from neighbouring Bangladesh, even though many can trace their ancestry in Myanmar back generations. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Restless Myanmar state sees mass anti-Muslim protests

Jul 03, 2016 - 6:48 PM

Rallyists are opposing the term Muslim communities in Rakhine State to refer to the Rohingya

ROHINGYA. Protestors rally against the Aung San Suu Kyi government's order to refer to the Rohingya as "Muslim communities in Rakhine". Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Blaze destroys hundreds of homes in Myanmar Rohingya camp

May 03, 2016 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED Initial reports suggest 14 are injured says the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

epa05287917 Rohingya woman cries near after a fire accident at a Baw Du Ba Muslim (Rohingya) internally displaced person (IDPs) camp near Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 03 May 2016. The fire broke out in the morning of 03 May 2016 at Rohingya IDPs camp which burned down 55 buildings, each with 8 rooms, making 1744 IDPs from 435 households homeless. EPA/NYUNT WIN

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine State

Mar 29, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A statement announcing the order says there is currently no threat of danger to people s lives in Rakhine

epa05225291 Family members of Rohingya gather in front of their hut at an Internally Displace Persons (IDPs) camp near Sittwe of Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 22 March 2016. According to media reports, the US State Department said on 21 March 2016 that Myanmar is persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but not at the level of genocide. EPA/NYUNT WIN

Myanmar arrests Thai migrant boat owner – state media

May 30, 2015 - 12:25 PM

The 53 year old man is detained in the country s biggest city Yangon the Global New Light of Myanmar reports

'RESCUED.' In this handout photo released May 22, the Myanmar navy rescue a boat loaded with 219 migrants, most of them from Bangladesh according to a government website. Malaysia and Indonesia say they would start helping thousands of Rohingya migrants on boats off their shores. Handout photo from Myanmar Information Ministry/EPA

Suu Kyi says she cannot back Myanmar's Rohingya

Nov 04, 2012 - 12:12 PM

The Nobel laureate said both Buddhist and Muslim communities were displeased that she had not taken their side

SUU KYI IN NEW YORK. Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar Member of Parliament, speaks in Low Memorial Library on September 22, 2012 at Columbia University in New York. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA