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#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

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

Civilians trapped as violence scorches Myanmar's Rakhine State

Aug 26, 2017 - 10:39 PM

Rakhine State has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority who are reviled and perceived as illegal immigrants in Buddhist majority Myanmar

Boatpeople policy tarnishes Australia rights record – UN

Nov 18, 2016 - 11:46 AM

The punitive approach adopted by Australia towards migrants who arrived by boat has served to erode their human rights says UN special rapporteur Francois Crepeau

THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. File photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Boatpeople face lifetime ban from Australia

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is necessary to send an absolutely unflinching unequivocal message that boatpeople will never be allowed in Australia

THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Australian minister under fire for 'illiterate' refugees comment

May 18, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Peter Dutton: For many people they won t be numerate or literate in their own language let alone English and this is a difficulty Now these people would be taking Australian jobs there s no question about that

In this file photo, Australia's Immigration Minister Peter Dutton (C) speaks to members of the media at East Arm Wharf in Darwin, Australia, December 17, 2015. Neda Vanovac/EPA

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

May 03, 2016 - 11:03 AM

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia s human trafficking crisis hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

No denial: Australia mum on allegations it paid asylum-seekers to return to Indonesia

Feb 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Because it goes to the heart of operational activities I am not able to answer that question Australian Border Force operational commander Major General Andrew Bottrell said

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Rains ease haze crisis, Australia sends boatpeople to Indonesia

Oct 30, 2015 - 6:14 AM

Other stories include the Google Loon set to parachute above Indonesia and a gold mine collapse killing 3 men

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

'Australia paid boatpeople to return to Indonesia': Amnesty

Oct 29, 2015 - 12:26 PM

The rights group claimed to have evidence Australian officials were involved in transnational crime and had abused asylum seekers

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Boat carrying Indonesian migrants sinks, 14 dead

Sep 03, 2015 - 3:17 PM

The boat sank in choppy waters off Malaysia s western coast near Sauh Cape close to the coastal town of Sabak Bernam in central Selangor state

Malaysia bids somber farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

Jun 22, 2015 - 11:14 PM

Malaysian authorities hold a somber mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human trafficking graves last month with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven

THE NAMELESS. A migrant, who was found at sea on a boat, arrives at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015. Photo by Ye Aung Thu / AFP

Japan offers $3.5 million to help Rohingya

Jun 20, 2015 - 1:08 PM

The money will go to providing food and shelter as well as to fund data analysis of their maritime movements the Japanese foreign ministry says

STARVING, DEHYDRATED. Rohingya migrants bring back food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter after jumping to collect them at sea from a boat drifting in Thai waters in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Indonesia demands answers from Australia on asylum boat 'payment'

Jun 13, 2015 - 2:30 PM

We are really concerned if it is confirmed – Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi

MIGRANTS. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh, on an abandoned boat drifting in the Andaman Sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by EPA.

6 events that make Filipinos proud

Jun 12, 2015 - 11:23 AM

Here are some of the major historical feats that best depict Filipinos’ collective will and initiative Do you have anything to add to this list? Share them with us

'Majority of 700 migrants on boat are Bangladeshi' – Myanmar

Jun 04, 2015 - 9:30 PM

The exodus is made up of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar s western Rakhine State and economic migrants from neighbouring Bangladesh

MIGRANTS. A Police officer stands guard in front of migrants at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

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

Philippines vows tips, not aid, in Rohingya meeting

Jun 01, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says there is at the moment no need for the Philippines to accept Rohingya refugees

ASIAN CRISIS. Diplomats and officials from 17 countries gather in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 29, 2015, to discuss how to deal with the thousands of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants trying to reach Malaysia and Indonesia by boat. Photo by Diego Azubel/EPA

'PH influenced ASEAN members to help Rohingya'

Jun 01, 2015 - 8:01 AM

What was great about the Philippines making the offer was it was about humanitarian concern and not having a common religious identity

THE UNWANTED. Rohingya migrants jump to collect food supplies dropped by a Thai army helicopter from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

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?

The Rohingya and the port of last resort

May 29, 2015 - 2:22 PM

We know our place in the world We are the port of last resort and have little to offer the Rohingya beyond a separate peace Yet I write this with pride in the hope that there will always be a cluster of islands southwest of the Pacific where no ship in need is called unwanted

THE UNWANTED. A Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter after he jumped to collect the supplies at sea from a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

Rohingya migrants reached PH in 2014

May 27, 2015 - 2:54 PM

The United Nations refugee agency calls the Philippines a beacon of hope for thousands of refugees

REFUGEE CRISIS. In this handout photo released May 22, 2015, the Myanmar navy rescues 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

Malaysia clears grave sites as Thais seek stranded migrant boats

May 26, 2015 - 9:04 PM

Malaysian police begin the grisly task of clearing dozens of grave sites in suspected people smuggling camps as Thai aircraft searched for thousands of migrants still believed stranded in the Andaman Sea

MOUNTAIN CAMP. A human jawbone is seen near a grave as members of Royal Malaysia Police forensic team exhume human remains at Wang Burma hills at Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysia, 26 May 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail / EPA

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

Part 2: The 'ASEAN way' and the Rohingya crisis

May 24, 2015 - 8:30 AM

If it has not addressed the reality of the millions of undocumented migrant workers in its midst and its members still deal with this bilaterally how much more political will can ASEAN muster when it comes to the Rohingyas?

Part 1: Rohingya crisis pushes ASEAN into unfamiliar waters

May 23, 2015 - 11:46 PM

The level of discomfort in facing this challenge remains quite high in a region that has made a habit of avoiding conflict and interference in domestic affairs

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges further rescues

May 23, 2015 - 5:49 PM

We are giving humanitarian assistance to them After that we will deport them back to the relative country says Zaw Htay director of Myanmar s Presidential Office

File photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Saving migrant lives at sea 'top priority' – UN chief

May 23, 2015 - 3:09 PM

But when people are drifting on the sea how we can search and rescue them and provide life saving humanitarian assistance that is a top priority at this time says UN chief Ban Ki moon

Pope and Rohingya: Migrant pontiff backs refugees

May 23, 2015 - 9:42 AM

In this globalized world we have fallen into globalized indifference We have become used to the suffering of others: it doesn’t affect me; it doesn’t concern me; it’s none of my business

SYMBOLIC TRIP. In his first trip outside Rome, Pope Francis (C) speaks with migrants during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, on July 8, 2013. Photo by Alessandra Tarantino/Pool/EPA

PH to join regional meeting on Rohingya

May 22, 2015 - 6:54 PM

Hosted by Thailand on May 29 the meeting will include officials from 15 countries including Indonesia Malaysia Bangladesh and Myanmar

TEMPORARY CARE. A Rohingya child eats breakfast as he is given medical treatment at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia on May 17, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Binay-Duterte for 2016, Manila heat index, Usman | 6PM wRap

May 22, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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Swap places with boat migrants, Thai PM tells critics

May 21, 2015 - 10:22 PM

But Prayut defended Thailand s policy towards migrants saying the country was already home to more than 900 000 refugees from decades of regional turmoil

US 'ready to share burden' of Asian sea migrants

May 21, 2015 - 5:45 AM

More than 1 000 Rohingya have already been re settled in the United States since October 2014

‘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

Pemberton admission, Rohingya asylum, prison boxing | 12PM wRap

May 20, 2015 - 12:00 PM

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De Lima proposes rescue ships for Rohingya

May 19, 2015 - 8:27 PM

The justice chief says however that for now the best the Philippines can offer is to share and exchange notes on boat people with neighboring countries

BOAT PEOPLE. Ethnic Muslim Rohingya migrants, believed to have come from Myanmar and Bangladesh (left), receive food, water and other aid supplies from a Thai fishing boat (right) in the Andaman Sea close to Malaysia, southern Thailand, on May 14, 2015. Photo by 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

Travel docs 'not expected' from boat people – PH

May 18, 2015 - 6:48 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says nearly 3 000 Rohingya boat people in search for a home are stateless and may not have passports

IN PROTEST. Tears roll down the face of an ethnic Myanmar Rohingya refugee during a demonstration outside the United Nations offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 16, 2014. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia seeks Myanmar help on migrant 'catastrophe'

May 16, 2015 - 5:32 PM

We are liasing with the Myanmar government to get their response says Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

N LIMBO. Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh take a rest in Kuah, Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia, May 12, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Malaysia turns away boats as death stalks weary migrants

May 14, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Malaysia turns away two vessels carrying hundreds of migrants while one boat turned up Thursday in Thai waters as critics accuse Southeast Asian governments of playing a game of human ping pong with the lives of desperate boat people

‘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

Indonesia navy tows migrant boat out of Indonesian waters: spokesman

May 12, 2015 - 10:30 AM

Our business is they don t enter Indonesia because Indonesia is not the destination

RESCUED. Rohingya Muslim migrants take shelter after being rescued, in Matang Raya Village, North Aceh, Indonesia, on May 10, 2015. Photo by Zikri Maulana/EPA

Australia, Cambodia sign new asylum-seeker deal

Mar 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

The new memorandum of understanding will see the two nations exchange information on people smuggling activities

Asylum-seekers sue Australia over 'poor' medical care

Aug 26, 2014 - 2:26 PM

Law firm: Too many asylum seekers health are being severely compromised by being in detention

Australia to free some detained asylum-seeker children

Aug 19, 2014 - 12:06 PM

A large number of the children and their families would be given bridging visas allowing them to live in the community

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, file photo by William West / AFP

Australia 'offered asylum-seekers lifeboats to go to India'

Aug 04, 2014 - 3:15 PM

Lawyer: They were terrified of the prospect of being dumped in the ocean on lifeboats without experience in navigating or operating a boat and having to take responsibility for the families that were on the boat

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Asylum-seekers held at sea likely economic migrants – Australia

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:55 AM

Immigration Minister: If we can t take people back to India what is next? New Zealand?

Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on July 25, 2014William West/AFP

Stopping boats is a matter of sovereignty – Australia

Jan 22, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared Australia will pursue the crackdown on boats carrying asylum seekers into its waters

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a file photo 7 Sept 2013. Saeed Khan/AFP

Indonesia VP plays down Australia disputes

Nov 17, 2013 - 4:31 PM

Boediono: It s normal for next door neighbors to have problems

Australia confused by Indonesia boat policy

Nov 11, 2013 - 4:30 PM

Australian immigration minister: There s no real rhyme or reason to it necessarily

Indonesia, Australia in asylum-seeker boat stand-off

Nov 08, 2013 - 2:05 PM

The flare up in tensions came with relations between the two neighbors already under pressure over alleged spying

NEIGHBORLY CHAT. Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (L) chats to Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (R) after the opening of the Bali Democracy Forum in Nusa Dua on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on November 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

Australia to restrict boat people information

Sep 23, 2013 - 6:12 PM

Australian minister: Our resolve to implement what we have promised the Australian people – to stop the boats – is absolute

'SOVEREIGN BORDERS.' Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison (R) and Lt Gen Angus Campbell (L), commander of the federal government's Operation Sovereign Borders policy, speak during a press conference in Sydney on September 23, 2013. AFP/William West