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Hidden away in Jakarta's back streets, refugees wait for years to live decently

Feb 02, 2017 - 4:22 PM

Tucked behind malls and in small streets in Jakarta are refugees trying their best to hang on to hope – as they wait for a chance to start life anew

WAITING. Refugee children are unable to study in Indonesia due to their refugee status. Photo by Han Nguyen/Rappler

Refugees in Australia's remote camps offered US resettlement

Nov 13, 2016 - 2:49 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull could not say how many refugees would be offered US resettlement and if the agreement would continue under the incoming Donald Trump administration

This picture taken on April 30, 2016 shows a participant holding a placard during a vigil in Sydney for an Iranian refugee who died after setting himself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia talks tough on asylum-seekers

Apr 28, 2016 - 1:02 PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says allowing even genuine refugees who arrived by boat to settle in Australia will encourage more people to make the risky journey

In this photo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on as he visits builders working on a site near Brisbane, Australia, April 27, 2016. Glenn Hunt/EPA

Australia immigration turmoil as Papua New Guinea closes camp

Apr 27, 2016 - 3:49 PM

UPDATED The move to shutter the Australian funded Manus island facility follows a Supreme Court ruling that detaining people there was unconstitutional and illegal

This file undated photo obtained from the Refugee Action Coalition on February 18, 2014 shows a man walking between tents at Australia's regional processing centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Refugee Action Coalition/AFP

As Ramadan begins, rescued Rohingya grateful to be in Aceh

Jun 18, 2015 - 2:39 PM

The people here are very kind and have helped us they see Rohingya refugees as their brothers one Rohingya migrant says of Acehnese

The problem with Australia's secrecy on asylum seeker boat payments

Jun 17, 2015 - 10:28 AM

Boats secrecy leads to bad policy without democratic accountability writes Alex Reilly

SECRETS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (center) and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop with fellow Liberal MPs in Canberra, Australia. File photo by EPA

Abbott brushes off Indonesia people-smuggling bribery claims

Jun 16, 2015 - 9:36 AM

Australian authorities work within the law to stop asylum seeker boats Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at the Magna Carta 800th anniversary celebration at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 15 June 2015. Mick Tsikas/EPA

Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders

Jun 15, 2015 - 11:20 AM

UPDATED Foreign Minister Julie Bishop suggests in an interview that Indonesia is to blame for failing to properly manage its borders

In this file photo, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop speaks during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq, 18 October 2014. Ali Abbas/EPA

Myanmar and the Rohingya: What Engagement? What Pressure?

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:30 PM

International pressure to force Myanmar to stop the persecution of the Rohingya is unlikely to work on a country that has largely been immune to foreign pressure

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

Indonesia to probe claims Australia paid asylum-seeker boat to turn back

Jun 11, 2015 - 7:44 PM

If that is true we would truly regret that something like this could happen Indonesia s foreign ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir says

REFUGE SEEKERS. Asylum seekers from Sri Lanka stand in their boat at a seaport in Cilegon, Banten, Indonesia, in 2009, looking to make their way to Australia. File photo by EPA

Indonesian police say Australia paid crew of asylum-seeker boat to turn back

Jun 10, 2015 - 7:32 PM

The captain and five boat crew told police they were each paid 5 000 by an Australian immigration official to turn back to Indonesia

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

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from Rakhine

Jun 08, 2015 - 12:19 PM

Police give a breakdown of their anti trafficking activities with 56 cases recorded between January and May

VICTIMS. Rohingya and Bangladeshis men inside the refugees camp at Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, May 15, 2015. Jun Ha/EPA

Cambodia admits first asylum-seekers under Australia deal – official

Jun 04, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The Cambodia Australia deal was inked last September to allow those granted refugee status in Nauru to permanently resettle in Cambodia

RESETTLERS. Refugees from Australia (C), are guarded by Cambodian officers as they arrive at Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia, June 4, 2015. Mak Remissa/EPA

Precarious limbo awaits Rohingya who make it to Malaysia

Jun 03, 2015 - 11:53 AM

Legal protections are few for the 45 000 Rohingya registered as refugees with the UN in Malaysia and particularly for the estimated tens of thousands who lack such status

'SAVE ROHINGYA' Ethnic Rohingya refugees from Myanmar residing in Malaysia hold a banner during a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur on May 21, 2015. Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Rohingya migrants raped at Thai-Malaysia border camps – report

Jun 02, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Muslim Rohingya women who were held at human trafficking camps in Thailand and Malaysia were subjected to gang rapes by their captors a report reveals

BETTER CONDITION. Rohingya migrant women from Myanmar crying as they sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters in the Andaman Sea on May 14, 2015. Photo by AFP

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

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

Malaysia believes 139 bodies in migrant graves

May 28, 2015 - 3:02 PM

Based on the size of the graves and after the area was cleared we have a clearer indication – single grave single person

CRIME SCENE. Police tape cordoned off the site of an abandoned camp in which graves were found at Wang Burma hills at Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysia, May 26, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

Dalai Lama urges Suu Kyi to act on Rohingya

May 28, 2015 - 12:11 PM

Dalai Lama: She told me she found some difficulties that things were not simple but very complicated but in spite of that I feel she can do something

STATELESS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, May 17, 2015. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

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

Myanmar population law raises fears for Rohingya minority

May 24, 2015 - 4:23 PM

UPDATED Under the legislation local authorities can survey their regions to determine if resources are unbalanced because of a high number of migrants in the area a high population growth rate and a high birth rate

After ordeal at sea, Rohingya toddler dies in Indonesia

May 24, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Her death is the latest tragic tale from a migrant crisis that has seen more than 3 500 boat people arrive in Indonesia Thailand and Malaysia in the past two weeks

Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are seen in a camp after their rescue by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 20 May 2015. Photo by EPA

Indonesia believes most migrants at sea not Rohingya – Australia

May 23, 2015 - 11:48 AM

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Indonesia estimated that only 30 to 40 of the thousands still stranded at sea were Rohingya

'RESCUED.' The Myanmar navy rescue a boat loaded with 219 migrants on May 21, 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

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

Australia rejects criticism over migrant crisis

May 22, 2015 - 4:22 PM

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says Australia s hardline policy which includes refusing to resettle asylum seekers who arrive on boats and turning back vessels had helped stop people risking their lives at sea

CRISIS. Migrants line up for their meal at a temporary shelter in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, Indonesia, 17 May 2015. Indonesian fishing boats and marine police rescued nearly 800 migrants from a sinking vessel at sea on May 15, military officials said, as South-East Asia's migrant crisis continues to unfold. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat

May 22, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED A navy ship found two boats on May 21 while on patrol an official says About 200 Bengalis are reportedly on one of the boats while the second vessel is empty

SUPPORT. Refugees take a rest after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, May 15, 2015. More than 8,000 migrants were adrift off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, an IOM official said on May 12, 2015, posing a potential humanitarian crisis for the region's governments. File photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Malaysia orders boatpeople search as Myanmar hosts envoy talks

May 22, 2015 - 8:22 AM

Indonesia s foreign ministry says Myanmar had agreed to strengthen measures to prevent the irregular movement of migrants from its territory

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

Yolanda rehab to limit Philippines' Rohingya aid

May 21, 2015 - 6:51 PM

The Philippines says it is constrained by resource limitations in the face of calls to help up to 7 000 Rohingya boat people

BOAT PEOPLE. A refugee tries to help his friend unconscious after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjutak/EPA

When 'home' is a refugee camp

May 21, 2015 - 4:22 PM

What are the conditions in the refugee camps in Aceh now called home by thousands of boatpeople? What is next for them?

'HOME'. This is one of the refugee camps now home to hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Australia PM rules out resettling Asian boat migrants

May 21, 2015 - 4:00 PM

Tony Abbott: If we do the slightest thing to encourage people to get on the boats this problem will get worse not better

RESCUE. Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are rescued by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Malaysian PM orders rescue of migrant boats

May 21, 2015 - 1:05 PM

Najib s statement marks the first clear indication that Malaysian vessels will actively seek to reach such boats

NEW ARRIVALS. 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, May 14, 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail / EPA

Barred from Gulf, Bangladeshis risk lives to head south

May 21, 2015 - 11:48 AM

As the plight of millions has worsened in Bangladesh in recent years smugglers organizing the perilous sea voyages have grown increasingly sophisticated keen to cash in on their misery

VICTIMS. In this photograph taken on May 15, 2015, a Bangladeshi villager holds a photograph of his son who has been missing since undertaking a journey of migration, in the village of Ramu on the outskirts of Cox's Bazar some 300 kms south of Dhaka. Munir uz Zaman/AFP

Foreign envoys head to Myanmar after boatpeople breakthrough

May 21, 2015 - 11:22 AM

US and Southeast Asian envoys hope to build on a breakthrough in an impasse which has left thousands stranded at sea

AIMLESSLY FLOATING. Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are seen in their boat before their rescue by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, May 20, 2015. Stringer/EPA

Gambia offers to resettle all Rohingya boatpeople

May 21, 2015 - 10:00 AM

As human beings more so fellow Muslims it is a sacred duty to help alleviate the untold hardships and sufferings fellow human beings are confronted with

REFUGEES. Women and children at the refugee camp in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, sheltering migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Will world now pressure Myanmar over the Rohingya?

May 21, 2015 - 8:48 AM

Human Rights Watch says it s time for ASEAN and the rest of the world to demand that Myanmar stop abusing the Rohingya otherwise the problem will continue

SHELTER. Migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh at the makeshift refugee camp in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by EPA

What should ASEAN leaders do to #HelpRohingya

May 20, 2015 - 4:15 PM

How would you like ASEAN leaders to address this growing migrant and humanitarian crisis in Southeast Asia? Share your message using the hashtag HelpRohingya

Malaysia, Indonesia to halt boat push-backs, will take in migrants

May 20, 2015 - 1:57 PM

UPDATED Joint statement: Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those 7 000 irregular migrants still at sea

EMERGENCY MEETING. Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi (R); Malaysia, Anifah Aman (C), and Thailand, Tanasak Patimapragorn (L) attend a meeting on human trafficking and people smuggling in Putrajaya, Malaysia, May 20, 2015. Fazry Ismail/EPA

'Humanitarian' help ready for boatpeople – Myanmar

May 20, 2015 - 10:06 AM

UPDATED Myanmar shares concerns of the international community and is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to anyone who suffered in the sea

ABANDONED AT SEA. A Royal Thai Navy handout photo made available on May 19, 2015 shows some 450 ethnic Rohingya migrants believed to be from Myanmar and Bangladesh on a boat, which was abandoned by its captain and crew, being inspected by Thai navy officers in the Andaman Sea, near Lipe island, Satun province, close to the Malaysian border, southern Thailand, late May 14, 2015. Royal Thai Navy/EPA

Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand to meet on migrant crisis

May 20, 2015 - 9:39 AM

The 3 nations have sparked outrage by turning away vessels overloaded with migrants from Myanmar s ethnic Rohingya minority and with poor Bangladeshis

SAVE ROHINGYA. A group of Aceh students hold a protest rally against their country's official policy to reject further Rohinya refugees by pushing them back out to sea, in Banda Aceh, northern Sumatra, Indonesia, May 19, 2015. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

More than 400 boatpeople rescued off Indonesia's Aceh

May 20, 2015 - 9:31 AM

5th UPDATE The rescued boat was the vessel that went missing more than 3 days ago after being turned away by Thai authorities

RESCUE. Acehnese fishermen (L-in boat) help Rohingya migrants in their boat off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in East Aceh before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Photo by Januar/AFP

Violence, hunger imperil 2,000 trapped in boats off Myanmar

May 19, 2015 - 10:53 PM

The UN refugee agency says at least 2 000 desperate migrants including women and children are at risk of violence and food shortages after more than 40 days trapped on boats off Myanmar

‘FLOATING COFFINS.’ Rohingya migrants stand and sit on 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

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

Indonesian support for Rohingya grows, but gov’t firm on rejection

May 19, 2015 - 7:33 PM

Indonesia s foreign minister says the country has already done more than what it is obliged to do

SAVE THEM. Students in Aceh demonstrating on Tuesday, May 19, to call on the government to save the Rohingya migrants still at sea. Photo by Nurdin Hasan/Rappler

PH weighs 'big population' in helping boat people

May 19, 2015 - 7:24 PM

We need to balance our international commitments and our national interest the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs says

BOAT PEOPLE. Refugees take a rest after being saved from the sea in Kuala Langsa in East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Rohingya, Bangladeshi migrants describe carnage over food

May 19, 2015 - 4:43 PM

Between 100 200 are believed to have died in a deadly fight over food between Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants on an abandoned migrant boat

THEY ATTACKED. Rohingya migrant from Myanmar, Mohammad Amih, claims it was the Bangladeshi migrants who attacked them. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Australian inquiry told of abuse in Nauru immigration camp

May 19, 2015 - 3:17 PM

The Senate inquiry is looking into recent allegations about conditions for would be refugees on Nauru including of sexual and physical assault

Australia backs boat turnarounds in Asian migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 12:27 PM

Abbott: The most compassionate thing we can do to end the deaths is to stop the boats

Tale of a Rohingya family torn asunder by the migrant crisis

May 19, 2015 - 12:13 PM

Muhammad Shorif 16 left his father and sisters in a refugee camp in Bangladesh hoping to follow his cousin who found work in Malaysia But he ended up in Aceh

ASEAN’s disgraceful inaction on Rohingya refugees

May 19, 2015 - 11:27 AM

[Asia Sentinel] What is going on in the Bay of Bengal right now makes ASEAN s vision a mockery

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