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Showing posts with label Bangladesh. Show all posts
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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

RAB DG: Rohingyas have become a big challenge

Dhaka Tribune 
 Abdullah Al Dulal, Rajshahi
January 30, 2023

RAB Director General Additional Inspector General of Police M Khurshid Hossain on Monday said that the Rohingyas have become a big challenge.

“They are getting involved in terrorism and militant activities, fleeing abroad on fake passports,” said the RAB DG.

Lack of hope driving Rohingya to flee Bangladeshi settlement camps

ARAB NEWS
SHEHAB SUMON
January 2023 

In this Jan. 23, 2018 file photo, a Rohingya refugee hangs a blanket out to dry at Balukhali refugee camp, about 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. (AP)
  • Number of refugees attempting to cross Andaman Sea up sixfold since 2020, UNHCR says
  • Many pay traffickers up to US$5,000 for chance at new life

DHAKA: Fading hopes for a future and the desire to be reunited with family are pushing increasing numbers of Rohingya to flee overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh and make perilous journeys across the Andaman Sea.

Bangladesh hosts more than 1.2 million Rohingya Muslims, most of whom escaped persecution in neighboring Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017. The majority live in Cox’s Bazar district, a coastal region in the east of the country, which is now the world’s largest refugee settlement.

Friday, January 27, 2023

SOUTHEAST ASIAChina’s assurance of Rohingya repatriation between Myanmar-Bangladesh

moderndiplomacy

By Samina Akhte
January 27, 2023
Rohingya refugees fleeing conflict and persecution in Myanmar (file photo). IOM/Mohammed

We now have new hope thanks to news reports that were published in the Bangladeshi dailies on Tuesday and contained the word of Yao Wen, the recently appointed Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, that the repatriation of Rohingyas to their native Myanmar would begin as soon as possible. We believe that the Chinese government is truly considering Bangladesh’s concern over the safe and immediate repatriation of more than a million displaced Rohingyas in light of the Chinese envoy’s pledge.

The envoy reportedly made this commendable remark to our foreign minister at a recent meeting at his office.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Surging crime, bleak future push Rohingya in Bangladesh to risk lives at sea

bdnews24.com

Reuters
Published : 24 Jan 2023,


An increasing number of Rohingya are now leaving Bangladesh for countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia via perilous boat journeys

Barbed wire is seen on the side of a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 30, 2022. REUTERS

Mohammed Ismail says four of his relatives were killed by gunmen at the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh between April and October last year. He recalls the September night when, he says, he almost met the same fate: masked men kidnapped him, cut off parts of his left arm and leg and dumped him in a canal.

"They repeatedly asked me why I gave their personal details to the police," Ismail, seated on a plastic mat with his left limbs covered in white bandage and cloth, told Reuters at the Kutupalong refugee camp. "I kept telling them I didn't know anything about them and had not provided any information."

Thursday, January 19, 2023

Rohingya Refugee Killed at Myanmar Border Camp

The Irrawaddy 

By MUKTADIR RASHID
19 January 2023

Rohingyas take shelter at a primary school inside Bangladesh after attack on Thursday morning.

DHAKA – A Rohingya refugee was shot dead, two others injured and many displaced by shooting and fires at a camp in no man’s land between Bangladesh and Myanmar on Wednesday.

Gunshots were also reported on Thursday from the Konarpara camp where Squadron Leader Rizwan Rushdee of the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) and a young Rohingya woman were killed during an anti-smuggling operation on November 14.

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

At least 348 Rohingyas dead or missing at sea in 2022: UNHCR

NEWAGE
Staff Correspondent 
Published: Jan 18,2023

Over 3,500 of the persecuted Mayanmar nationals attempted deadly sea crossings in past year

At least 348 Rohingya individuals died or went missing at sea in 2022, making it one of the deadliest years since 2014, according to the latest data from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency.

Besides, over 3,500 desperate Rohingya attempted deadly sea crossings in 39 boats in the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal in 2022, the UN agency said.

This represents a 360 per cent increase on the year before when some 700 people made similar journeys, said UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar or Bangladesh by sea surged fivefold in 2022- UN

REUTERS
January 17, 2023
Rohingya refugees rescued by fishermen are seen on a boat behind a patrol boat near the coast of Seunuddon beach in North Aceh, Indonesia, June 24, 2020. Antara Foto/Rahmad/via REUTERS/File Photo

NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The number of Rohingya fleeing Myanmar or Bangladesh by sea surged fivefold to more than 3,500 in 2022 from a year earlier, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday, in the deadliest year for the ethnic minority group at since 2014.

At least 348 Rohingya died or went missing as they attempted to cross the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Bengal last year, with the figure reaching alarming levels after the sinking of a boat in December, with all 180 Rohingya Muslims on board presumed dead, the UNHCR said in a statement.

HRW accuses APBn of extortion, arbitrary arrests of Rohingya refugees

The Daily Star

Star Digital Report
Tue Jan 17, 202

Human Rights Watch (HRW) today alleged that Bangladesh's Armed Police Battalion (APBn) is committing extortion, arbitrary arrests, and harassment of Rohingya refugees with impunity. The refugees are facing violence from criminal gangs and armed groups and therefore are already vulnerable, said the rights watchdog in a report released today.

The police unit has been in charge of security of the camps since 2020.

"Refugees and humanitarian workers report that safety has deteriorated under the APBn's oversight due to increased police abuses as well as criminal activity. Some refugees allege collusion between APBn officers and armed groups and gangs operating in the camps," said the report.

HRW accuses Bangladesh police unit of ‘rampant’ Rohingya abuse

Aljazeera
17 Jan 2023

Rights group says the Armed Police Battalion is engaged in extortion, harassment and wrongful arrests of refugees it is tasked with protecting.


An elite Bangladesh police unit is engaged in the “rampant” extortion, harassment and wrongful arrests of the Rohingya refugees it has been tasked with protecting, Human Rights Watch (HRW) alleges.

The Armed Police Battalion (APBn) operates in camps housing nearly one million members of the stateless minority, most of whom fled neighbouring Myanmar after a military crackdown that is now the subject of a genocide investigation by the United Nations.

Saturday, January 14, 2023

51 Years Of Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties – OpEd

eurasiareview 

Jubeda Chowdhury
January 13, 2023

Locations of Bangladesh (green) and Myanmar (Burma). Credit: Wikipedia Commons

January 13, 2023, marks 51 years of bilateral ties between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Myanmar recognized Bangladesh as a sovereign state on January 13, 1972. There were many ups and downs between the two neighbors over these 51 years. Why was this? Because the relations between Bangladesh and Myanmar were strained time to time. But this strained tie must be smoothed for ensuring greater regional interest. But Myanmar-Bangladesh needs to strengthen ties for ensuring the greater interest of the two regions such as South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

For Rohingya Refugees, There’s No Return in Sight

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Meenakshi Ganguly

South Asia Director
mg2411
Brad Adams ,Asia Director
June 5, 2019

Why They Remain Stuck in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugee girls cross a makeshift bamboo bridge at Kutupalong refugee camp, where they have been living amid uncertainty over their future after they fled Myanmar to escape violence a year ago, in Bangladesh on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Rohingya Muslims have faced persecution in Myanmar for decades. And yet no violence in their recent history has compared to that which the Myanmar military inflicted in August 2017. After militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked police and army posts in northwestern Rakhine State on August 25, the military responded by killing thousands of Rohingya civilians, raping hundreds of Rohingya women and girls, and burning entire villages to the ground. In the course of a little more than three months, more than 700,000 Rohingya were forced to flee for their lives to Bangladesh. Myanmar authorities claimed they had conducted a “clearance operation” to rid the country of militants. In reality, they were fulfilling a long-standing dream of Myanmar’s Buddhist nationalists: the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims.

Tracking the Relocation of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: A Nighttime Lighting Approach

 Tearlinemil ( Human Rights )
Published :Jan 13 2022
In partnership with RAND and written by Eric Robinson, Maggie Habib, Sean Mann, and Ed Burke

Overview
This report uses nighttime lighting data to track the relocation of Rohingya refugees from the Cox's Bazaar region of Bangladesh to Bhasan Char, a 'floating island' in the Bay of Bengal built by the Government of Bangladesh to house roughly 100,000 refugees. Constructed on reclaimed land in a monsoon, cyclone, and tsunami-prone region, Bhasan Char poses not only humanitarian challenges, but physical and human rights challenges as the Rohingya become isolated from the mainland.

This report demonstrates how nighttime lighting data serves as a useful independent measure of the Government of Bangladesh's efforts to relocate Rohingya refugees onto the island over time, which could prove beneficial to those involved in humanitarian and disaster resilience and response planning over the coming months and years. 

Monday, January 2, 2023

Insight: What we know about the Rohingya refugee crisis at sea

mizzima
AFP
02 January 2023

Rohingya refugees wait for an identification process by the local police at their temporary shelter provided by Aceh local Government in Pidie, Aceh, Indonesia, 28 December 2022. Photo: EPA

At least 2,000 Rohingya refugees are believed to have fled camps in Bangladesh on overcrowded boats in recent months seeking sanctuary elsewhere in Southeast Asia, with hundreds feared to have died at sea.

The Muslim Rohingya originally fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar in 2017, with around a million now estimated to be living in refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Dozens of Rohingya rescued from stricken vessel after weeks adrift at sea, but fears grow for those still aboard

CNN
By Rhea Mogul, CNN
Mon December 26, 2022

Indonesian military personnel inspect a wooden boat used to carry Rohingya refugees after it landed on Indra Patra beach in Ladong village, Aceh province, Indonesia, Sunday, December 25, 2022.


( CNN )After spending more than a month adrift on a stricken boat without food or water, dozens of starving Rohingya have been rescued in Indonesia, the United Nations refugee agency said Sunday, offering a glimmer of hope for the persecuted group who fled their refugee camps last month in search of a better life.

Babar Baloch, an Asia spokesperson for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), said 58 people believed to be from the boat were rescued in Aceh, though fears remain for the lives of an estimated 130 more – including many women and children – who are still stranded aboard the vessel.

“Some indications suggest local Indonesian fishermen may have done the rescue,” said Baloch. “We still are worried about (the remaining persons’) lives. Hoping they would be rescued soon.” 

Saturday, December 10, 2022

154 Rohingya drifting in Andaman Sea rescued, handed to Myanmar authorities

AA
SM Najmus Saki
DHAKA, Bangladesh
10.12.2022


Rohingya rights group worries about fate of rescued Rohingya in hands of Myanmar junta

A group of Rohingya, who had been drifting in a boat on the Andaman Sea along the Thailand coast, were rescued by a Vietnamese oil service vessel and handed to the Myanmar military government.

The boat was floating in Thai territory.

The Thai Navy went to examine the boat but did not help its occupants with food for people who had been starving for days.

Relatives of the victims received a message that they were rescued by the Vietnamese, according to a Rohingya rights group.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

The Need Of ‘Rohingya Diplomacy’ Between Myanmar And Bangladesh – OpEd

eurasiareview
Jubeda Chowdhury
03 December 2022

Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State, Burma. Photo Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wikipedia Commons.

Bangladesh always wants friendly relations with Myanmar with neighbourly spirit. Because Myanmar is Bangladesh’s immediate neighbours Thus, it should strengthen the bilateral ties with Bangladesh by resolving bilateral problems such as Rohingya crisis. Myanmar and Bangladesh should bolster their ties with neighbourly spirit for various reasons. Currently the strained Myanmar-Bangladesh relations need to be smoothened. Myanmar-Bangladesh needs to strengthen ties for ensuring the greater interest of the two regions such as South Asia and Southeast Asia.

The strained tie must be smoothed for ensuring greater regional interest.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Japan will continue working to resolve Rohingya issue: Outgoing ambassador

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Outgoing Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki has said he sincerely hopes that the “safe, voluntary and dignified” repatriation of the Rohingya people to Myanmar will happen soon, reports news agency UNB.

“As the crisis is turning into its sixth year, it is essential to keep the attention of the global community, while multiple emergencies have been taking place in different parts of the world,” he said.

The envoy said Japan will continue to work towards the resolution of the Rohingya issue.
 

US Asst Secretary Noyes in Bangladesh to visit Rohingya camps

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BSS
Published: 03 Dec 2022

US Asst Secretary Noyes in Bangladesh to visit Rohingya campsBSS

United States (US) Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Julieta Valls Noyes is on a five-day official tour of Bangladesh to visit Rohingya camps in Cox's Bazar and Bhashanchar.

"In Bangladesh, Assistant Secretary Noyes will meet with government officials to express our gratitude for their generosity in hosting Rohingya and other refugees fleeing the worsening humanitarian crisis in Burma," according to a media note issued by US State Department on Friday.

Monday, November 28, 2022

Bangladesh Launches Police Probe on ARSA Chief and Others Over Intelligence Officer’s Death

The Irrawaddy
Muktadir Rashid
26 November 2022

Bangladesh security personnel stand guard during a crackdown in a Rohingya refugee camp against suspected criminals and insurgents in October. / AFP
 

DHAKA — An investigation has been launched in Bangladesh into 66 alleged members of a Rohingya militant group over a shootout earlier this month on Myanmar’s border in which a Bangladeshi security officer was killed.

An investigation into Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) commander-in-chief Ataullah abu Ammar Jununi and 65 others was launched on Wednesday over the killing of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI) officer Rizwan Rushdee and injuring of a Rapid Action Battalion member during an anti-smuggling operation in hilly Bandarban district on November 14.

Friday, November 25, 2022

Rohingya rights groups form alliance for self-determination, dignified survival in Myanmar

AA
Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh
24.11.2022

Several leading groups, prominent activists came together to form Arakan Rohingya National Alliance, which its co-founder views as an urgent need

For the first time since the genocide against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in Aug. 2017, several leading organizations and prominent activists have formed a greater alliance titled “Arakan Rohingya National Alliance (ARNA)” with the aim at ensuring the persecuted community's safe and dignified survival in their homeland.

Nay San Lwin, a founding member of ARNA and co-founder of the Free Rohingya Coalition, told Anadolu Agency on Thursday that a unified representation of the Rohingya was necessary at relevant international forums, Bangladesh, and Myanmar.

Among the diaspora and refugee communities, Rohingya has dozens of organizations, but none of them is the only representative, Lwin said, adding that a stronger collaboration among Rohingya organizations was required to represent the entire community.
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