Rohingya crisis - updates

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600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second 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, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. rights investigator on Myanmar lambasts Suu Kyi

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'She should step up and really speak out for the treatment that the Rohingya had suffered for decades,' says Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights to Myanmar

ON MYANMAR. In this file photo, university professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Malaysian PM vows ahead of ASEAN to help Rohingya bound for country

Jun 21, 2019 - 9:45 PM

'They are refugees. As much as we can do for them, we will,' the 93-year-old premier tells reporters on the sidelines of a business forum in Bangkok

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

ASEAN leaders told to get serious on Rohingya issue

Jun 19, 2019 - 10:37 PM

ASEAN leaders meeting in Bangkok this weekend must 'drastically rethink' their response to the crisis, according to Brad Adams of Human Rights Watch

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters appeal

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Lawyer Than Zaw Aung says the date for the appeal hearing has been set for December 24 at the Yangon regional court

WA LONE. In this file photo, detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (L) is escorted by police to a court in Yangon to face trial on February 6, 2018. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Suu Kyi calls for peace in speech which avoids Rohingya crisis

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Other top officials at an international meeting in Nepal do not mention the conflict, which has overshadowed many of Suu Kyi's international appearances

SUU KYI IN NEPAL. In this handout photograph released by Nepal's Ministry of Information on November 29, 2018, Myanmar's de-facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (center R) poses with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ishwor Pokhrel (center L) upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu. Photo by Nepal's Ministry of Information/AFP

Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:58 PM

In a side event of the ASEAN summit, Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar is 'Southeast Asia's final frontier market... we have land, we have (a) good young working population, we have unexplored resources'

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters' release

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:03 AM

"She knows that mass murder is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn't turn a journalist into a spy," says human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on the need for free press in Myanmar

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar rejects ICC decision over Rohingya crisis

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Myanmar's government says the decision was 'of dubious legal merit,' according to a statement released by the president's office, adding the country was 'under no obligation' to respect the court ruling.

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

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

Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The military says in a Facebook post that Major General Maung Maung Soe, the former head of the western command in Rakhine, has been 'purged' for poor performance

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The camp's mosques are full on Saturday morning as refugees pray for safety from flash floods and sudden landslides. Later, hundreds of refugees stage an hour-long protest.

PRAYERS. Rohingya Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at a camp mosque in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on June 16, 2018. Photo by AFP

UN signs Myanmar access deal amid Rohingya repatriation fears

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:53 AM

United Nations agencies will initially carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the Rohingya crisis began

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/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

Despite UN warnings, Myanmar vows early Rohingya return

Apr 13, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Myanmar has repeatedly said it is ready for repatriation, but no date has been given for the return

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. File photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

ASEAN leaders tackle Rohingya crisis, urge South China Sea calm

Mar 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

While it noted a resolve to 'protect human rights,' it failed to condemn member state Myanmar's treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya

ASEAN LEADERS. The region's leaders pose in solidarity during the ASEAn Summit and Related Summits in Manila, Philippines in November 2017. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says he told Aung San Suu Kyi: Ignore criticism on human rights

Jan 26, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The Philippine leader says he 'pities' the democracy icon, who now faces criticism for her silence on the persecution of the Rohingya

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi prior to the opening of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Summits at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

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

Pope leads Dhaka mass before Rohingya meeting

Dec 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Francis, the first pope to visit Muslim-majority Bangladesh in 31 years, arrives in a locally-made popemobile at Suhrawardy Udyan park where nearly 100,000 people wait to celebrate the mass

MASS. Pope Francis performs rituals as he leads mass for Bangladeshi Christians in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO/AFP

EU to discuss Rohingya crisis with Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Nov 19, 2017 - 8:56 PM

'Our approach is always and will be to offer a negotiation space,' says EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, after visiting refugee camps along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar

VISIT. EU's diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini (R) talks to the press after her visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi distrcit of Ukhia on November 19, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

China to help resolve Rohingya crisis – Bangladesh

Nov 19, 2017 - 7:51 AM

No details were given on what concrete steps Beijing might take

HELP ON THE WAY? Rohingya people are escaping their own land due to alleged state violence. File photo by Mahmood Noor/Rappler

Bangladesh's mega refugee camp plan 'dangerous' – UN official

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:09 PM

(UPDATED) Robert Watkins, the UN resident coordinator in Dhaka, says the country should instead look for new sites to build more camps

SCRAMBLE FOR RELIEF. People distribute relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 16, 2017. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Myanmar army chief urges unity over Rohingya 'issue'

Sep 17, 2017 - 9:15 PM

General Min Aung Hlaing insists the 'clearance operations' in northern Rakhine state are aimed at flushing out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts

High stakes in Myanmar as Suu Kyi to address Rohingya crisis

Sep 17, 2017 - 4:31 PM

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the stakes were high for Aung San Suu Kyi's Tuesday speech, calling it a 'last chance' to stop the unfolding humanitarian calamity

China, Russia block UN statement on Myanmar

Mar 18, 2017 - 8:32 AM

An agreed statement expressing concern could have led to further action but the move by China and Russia was seen as a clear signal that Myanmar should be left off the council agenda

RAKHINE STATE. This handout photograph taken on December 12, 2016 and released on December 13, 2016 shows an aerial view of a burned out village in Maungdaw, Rakhine State. File photo from Myanmar State Counsellor Office/AFP

PH a 'paradise' for grateful White Russian refugees

Jun 20, 2015 - 8:36 AM

On World Refugee Day the UN refugee agency and the Quirino Foundation recall the Philippines proud history as a refugee haven

'A BREATHER.' Anti-communist White Russian refugees stayed in Guiuan, Eastern Samar in the 1950s where they found 'a paradise, a beach and hope.' Photo by Sushkoff, courtesy of the Quirino Foundation

Myanmar escorting boatload of 700 migrants to Rakhine state

Jun 02, 2015 - 9:34 PM

Myanmar s navy escorts a boatload of more than 700 migrants towards its western state of Rakhine 5 days after it was found adrift in the Bay of Bengal

'RESCUE.' Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh rescued by the Myanmar navy sit inside buildings at a temporary refugee camp in the village of Aletankyaw in the Maungdaw township of northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, 23 May 2015. Photo by Nyunt Win / EPA

Rohingya: The people ASEAN refuses to name

May 31, 2015 - 10:13 PM

After a 17 nation summit in Bangkok can the ASEAN pressure Myanmar to stop persecuting Rohingya Muslims and crack down on human trafficking?

Thai PM deploys carrier to act as migrant processing center

May 25, 2015 - 10:26 PM

The move comes as the US offers to launch reconnaissance flights over the Bay of Bengal to locate any remaining vessels with thousands of Bangladeshi and Myanmar boat people still believed to be stranded at sea

‘THE WORLD WILL JUDGE.’ Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants are seen in a truck as they arrive at a naval base before being transferred to Kuala Kedah jetty with the navy ship 'KD Mahawangsa', in Langkawi, Malaysia, 14 May 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail / EPA

Rohingya boat people: Silence not the answer

May 19, 2015 - 10:47 AM

If history were to serve any purpose it would be to show us that given a chance refugees be they from Eastern Europe in the 50s or Indochina from the 80s will flourish and prosper