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Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:51 PM

The rare action against military members comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya

FLEEING CONFLICT. In this file photo, members of Myanmar's Red Cross help people, who is fleeing a conflict area, upon arriving in Sittwe jetty, in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:16 PM

'It’s a credit to the community in Aceh who pushed hard and took risks so that these children, women and men could be brought to shore. They have shown the best of humanity,' says Amnesty International

A boat carryingg Rohingya people from Myanmar arrives on the shorelines of Lancok village, in Indonesia's North Aceh Regency on June 25, 2020. Nearly 100 Rohingya from Myanmar, including 30 children, have been rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia's Sumatra island, a maritime official said. CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN / AFP

First Rohingya refugee dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh – official

Jun 02, 2020 - 3:49 PM

The 71-year-old man is among at least 29 Rohingya to have tested positive for the virus in the Bangladeshi camps

KUTUPALONG. In this file photo taken on May 15, 2020 Rohingya refugees gather at a market as first cases of COVID-19 coronavirus have emerged in the area, in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

Myanmar files 1st Rohingya case report to top U.N. court

May 25, 2020 - 9:32 PM

The contents of Myanmar's report will remain confidential until its judges decide to make it public

Race to prevent coronavirus 'nightmare' in Rohingya camps

May 15, 2020 - 2:58 PM

Emergency teams race to prevent a coronavirus 'nightmare' in the world's largest refugee settlement after the first confirmed cases are found in a sprawling city of shacks housing nearly a million Rohingya

COX'S BAZAR. A security personnel patrols an alley as Rohingya refugees buy groceries from shops during a government-imposed lockdown of Cox's Bazar district as a preventive measure against the coronavirus, in Ukhia on April 9, 2020. Photo by Mohammad Kalam/AFP

1st coronavirus case found in Bangladesh refugee camps

May 14, 2020 - 10:01 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization clarifies one case is of a Rohingya man and the other is of a local man who lives near the camp and is being treated at a clinic inside the area

WAITING. Rohingya refugees, without wearing any mask or any other safety gear as a preventive measure against COVID-19, wait in a relief distribution point at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia March 24, 2020. Photo by Suzauddin Rubel/AFP

Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

Apr 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

A Navy vessel transports hundreds of freed prisoners from Yangon to western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live under tight movement restrictions and in conditions Amnesty International has condemned as 'apartheid'

NOW IN RAKHINE. Released Rohingya prisoners wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic arrive in Sittwe jetty in Rakhine State after being transported by military boat on April 20, 2020. Photo by AFP

Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fears

Apr 17, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The latest developments have sparked concerns of a repeat of a 2015 crisis when many Rohingya died at sea after Southeast Asian nations turned their boats back

ROHINGYA MIGRANTS. Malaysia is a favored destination for the migrants from Myanmar as it is a Muslim-majority nation with a sizeable Rohingya diaspora. AFP FILE PHOTO/MALAYSIAN MARITIME ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

Bangladesh rescues nearly 400 Rohingya after weeks at sea

Apr 16, 2020 - 9:30 AM

At least 382 'starving' Rohingya refugees are found floating in a large boat

BOAT. In this photograph taken on October 15, 2018, people get off a boat in Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast, as it was being prepared for the relocation of Rohingya refugees living in the country's south after fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Photo by Polash Shikder/AFP

Scores of detained Rohingya freed in Myanmar as virus fears mount

Apr 09, 2020 - 11:57 AM

With coronavirus fears gripping the country, calls amplify for low-risk inmates to be released from Myanmar's 'horribly overcrowded and unsanitary' jails

CORONAVIRUS. This handout photo taken and released on April 5, 2020 by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency shows a wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi.  Handout photo

Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:45 PM

Authorities are investigating an information that 3 people, who escaped to sea after bringing the boat into Malaysian waters, were operatives of a human smuggling ring

Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya refugee children

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Local media report that a pilot program involving more than 10,000 students will be launched soon, with UNICEF and Dhaka jointly designing the curriculum

EDUCATION. Rohingya children jump over on sewage concrete sections at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Rappler Talk: Paul Reichler on seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, January 27, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to internationally-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler to discuss the first international court ruling against Myanmar, how it is going to be enforced, and what led him to take on the case

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR exercise'

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. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:18 PM

The nearly 200 arrested Rohingya Muslims are taken to either Thechaung camp or transported further north to Ngakhuya camp in Maungdaw township

ROHINGYA. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

[OPINION] Aung San Su Kyi and genocidal intent: Lessons for the Philippines

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Gambia’s request to the ICJ for 'provisional measures' can sound like modest, polite legal parlance.... The request is in fact an urgent cry to the world to end impunity and punish genocide in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi slammed for 'silence' over Myanmar genocide claims

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Gambia say her arguments that Myanmar's 2017 military crackdown was a 'clearance operation' targeting militants ignored widespread allegations of mass murder, rape and forced deportation

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in a car on the last day of hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace in The Hague, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Sem Van Der Wal/ANP/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Bangladesh starts fencing Rohingya camps

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner Mahhbub Alam Talukder confirms that construction has begun but declines to comment further

FENCES. Rohingyas laborers carry a concrete pillar as authorities prepare erecting pillars for barbed-wire fences around Balukhali refugee in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Political analysts say Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance before The Hague is 'unprecedented and also very unwise'

APOLOGIST? Critics argue Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi is acting as an apologist for the same military that kept her under house arrest for many years.   Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to face the International Court of Justice next week to defend Myanmar against charges it committed genocide against the Muslim minority risks further damaging her already tattered overseas reputation

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd 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

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

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. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Rights groups warn the island, which emerged from the sea only about 2 decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms during the annual monsoon season

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

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

De Lima wants PH gov't to reconsider vote vs U.N. reso on Rohingya

Oct 02, 2019 - 7:47 PM

Senator Leila de Lima says the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values

RECONSIDER. Senator Leila de Lima says that the Philippine vote against the United Nations resolution supporting democratic transition in Myanmar is not in line with Filipino values. AFP file photo

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

4th Rohingya refugee shot dead over Bangladesh murder

Sep 01, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Rohingya leader Mohammad Noor says there is now 'tense' atmosphere in the camps and refugees are 'living in panic'

Myanmar says holding court martial after Rohingya atrocities probe

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The report describes grisly violence at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist vigilantes, who allegedly attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. File photo from AFP

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees 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. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

This latest repatriation attempt follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu

ROHINGYA. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Resentment, anger, and fear creep in as Rohingya refugee numbers swell in Bangladesh

REFUGEES. In this photo taken on July 22, 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. 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

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

U.S. bans Myanmar army chief over Rohingya 'ethnic cleansing'

Jul 17, 2019 - 7:41 AM

The US State Department says it is taking action against army chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence they were involved in the violence two years ago

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. Swar Chaung dam's spillway structure, which regulates the release of water from the levee, broke due to heavy seasonal rainfall in Bago region on August 29, inundating about 100 villages and blocking the country's biggest highway, a government official said. / AFP PHOTO / Thet AUNG

Deadly monsoon destroys 5,000 shelters in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Jul 14, 2019 - 8:41 PM

The International Organization for Migration says heavy rains triggered mudslides in the refugee camps, destroying some 4,889 tarpaulin and bamboo shacks

1 killed, thousands displaced in Rohingya camp landslides

Jul 07, 2019 - 8:14 PM

At least 26 landslides are reported in makeshift camps built on hills near the border with Myanmar

Myanmar army rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,' says Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

ICC prosecutor seeks full Myanmar atrocities probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fatou Bensouda will now 'submit a request for an authorization to open an investigation into this situation,' the Hague-based International Criminal Court says in a statement

FULL PROBE. Young Rohingya refugees girls peep out from a makeshift shelter at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/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

65 Rohingyas found shipwrecked in Thailand

Jun 12, 2019 - 2:20 PM

The boat is discovered on June 11 in the Tarutao Marine National Park in southern Thailand, some 400 kilometers from the border of Myanmar

SHIPWRECK. This handout picture taken on June 11, 2019 and released by Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) on June 12 shows a boat at the Tarutao Marine National Park on Rawi island, southern Thailand. Photo by DNP/AFP

Bangladesh PM attacks Myanmar over Rohingya deadlock

Jun 10, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'The problem lies with Myanmar as they don't want to take back the Rohingyas by any means,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

ROHINGYA. Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018.  File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar frees soldiers jailed for Rohingya massacre

May 28, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Prisons department director general Myint Soe tells journalists the soldiers were 'no longer in detention,' declining to give any further information.

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. Photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

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