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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

Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers

May 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Police says human traffickers promise jobs in Malaysia for the 23 teenage Rohingya girls

SAFETY. Rohingya refugees walk back to their tent during dusk at the Kutupalong refugee camp. File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:27 AM

UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi says that UN experts are only able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017

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

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

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Rights groups have heaped pressure on Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to use her influence to secure a pardon, but she has so far refused to intervene

WA LONE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) speaks to journalists outside the northern district court in Yangon on January 23, 2018. File photo by Aung Kyaw Htet / AFP

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The International Criminal Court in a statement says the probe is part of the prosecutor office's 'ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar'

ICC PROBE. A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh tells U.N. it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,' says Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They 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".  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

'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

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya 'relocation' island

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Bangladesh is spending $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the sea two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees

ROHINGYA. United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'The verdict originally given was not wrong according to the law. The court decides to dismiss the appeal,' the judge of Yangon Regional High Court says

Bangladesh to seal off Rohingya camps during election

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Election Commission ordered authorities to prevent refugees being exploited during election campaigning

Myanmar forces conduct 'clearance operations' after 2 killed in Rakhine state

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The operations come after two ethnic Rakhine Buddhist men were found dead

South Korea foundation scraps award for Aung San Suu Kyi

Dec 18, 2018 - 6:39 PM

South Korean group strips Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar of the Gwangju human rights award because of her indifference to the atrocities against the Rohingya

(FILES) This file photo taken on January 31, 2013 shows Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi (R) receiving the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights in the southwestern city of Gwangju. One of South Korean largest human rights groups will strip Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its 2004 prize because of her "indifference" to the atrocities against the Rohingya minority, organisers said on December 18, 2018. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Rally to mark 1 year since arrest of Myanmar Reuters journalists

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Supporters will gather in downtown Yangon as Reuters invites people from around the world to post photos on social media of the 'thumbs up' gesture that became a symbol of the pair's court appearances

THUMBS UP. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/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

Protest in Myanmar's Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The demonstration comes 10 days after Bangladesh and Myanmar were supposed to officially start repatriating members of the Rohingya minority who had fled violent military operations in August 2017

[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.

Rohingya photo by Ed Jones/AFP