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Monday, September 7, 2020

Nearly 300 Rohingya come ashore in Aceh after months at sea

7th September 2020

The group included women and children and are thought to have spent months at sea as traffickers demanded payment.

Nearly 300 Rohingya have come ashore in Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, authorities said, in one of the biggest such landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years.

The group, including more than a dozen children, were spotted at sea by locals who helped them land near Lhokseumawe early on Monday, according to Munir Cut Ali, head of Ujong Blang village.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Malaysia: Stop Treating Rohingya Refugees as Criminals


July 22, 2020

Jailing, Caning Refugees Violates International Law 
A boat carries Rohingya refugees off the coast of Langkawi, Malaysia, April 5, 2020. Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency handout via AP

(Bangkok)Malaysian authorities should stop prosecuting Rohingya refugees for illegal entry and ensure that they are protected in accordance with international law, Human Rights Watch said today.

At least 40 ethnic Rohingya who were picked up from a boat that arrived in Malaysian waters more than three months ago have been sentenced to seven months in prison. Fourteen children from the boat were sent to “shelters” and may also face criminal charges. Twenty-seven of the thirty-one men convicted also face three strokes of the cane – a brutal punishment that constitutes torture under international human rights law. A court will hear their application to set aside the caning sentence on July 22.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

PM assures Liew on Rohingya refugees

Daily Express
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia will not send any illegal immigrant who arrived here via boat back out to sea – including the 300 Rohingya refugees who entered the country’s waters last June. Instead, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the government will look for an appropriate solution for their situation. “The government had never planned on sending the Rohingya illegal immigrants back out to the open sea,” he said when giving a parliamentary reply.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Bangladesh says will not take Rohingya refugees detained in Malaysia

Wednesday, 10 Jun 2020
Malaysia on Monday detained 269 Rohingya refugees and found a dead body on a damaged boat off the resort island of Langkawi. — Reuters pic

DHAKA, June 10 — Bangladesh said Tuesday it would refuse to take back 269 Rohingya refugees detained by the Malaysian coastguard while they were adrift on a damaged boat.

“Bangladesh will not take them. Bangladesh is neither obligated nor in a position to take any more Rohingya,” Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told Anadolu Agency.

Malaysia on Monday detained 269 Rohingya refugees and found a dead body on a damaged boat off the resort island of Langkawi.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Malaysia to ask Bangladesh to take back Rohingya refugees found at sea

9th June 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia will ask Bangladesh to take back about 300 Rohingya refugees detained after a boat carrying them entered its waters this week, the southeast Asian nation’s defence minister said on Tuesday.

Malaysia does not recognise refugee status but has been a favoured destination for ethnic Rohingya, most of them Muslims, who fled a 2017 military-led crackdown in Myanmar, and more recently, squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Malaysia detains 270 Rohingya refugees who had drifted at sea for weeks

9th June 2020
File photo of Rohingya refugees arriving in in Malaysian waters

Malaysia has detained nearly 270 Rohingya refugees whose boat had drifted offshore for nearly two months because of coronavirus lockdowns.

They fled southern Bangladesh in early April but had been unable to dock.

Dozens of those aboard jumped into the sea and tried to swim to land when their damaged trawler was intercepted by the Malaysian coastguard on Monday.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Rohingya refugee crisis: 'The bodies were thrown out of the boat'

29 May 2020
Khadiza fled Myanmar after her husband and son were killed 

"Nobody knows how many people have died. It could be 50 or even more," recalls Khadiza Begum.

The 50-year-old was among 396 Rohingya Muslims who had tried to reach Malaysia but who finally returned to the Bangladeshi shore after the boat carrying them was stranded at sea for two months.

Her estimate on the number of deaths comes from the funerals her son officiated as an imam, a Muslim preacher, on the same boat.

The human smugglers never delivered them to their longed-for destination.

Rohingyas stranded at sea: IOM calls for rescue, safe disembarkation

Dhaka Tribune
Tribune Desk
May 28th, 2020
Rohingya refugees who were rescued by Bangladesh Coast Guard in Teknaf upazila, Cox's Bazar on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Rohingya Photography Competition

For years, Rohingya have travelled by sea to Malaysia where they hope to find work and reunite with family members

International Organization for Migration (IOM) has said they are "increasingly concerned" about the plight of hundreds of Rohingyas believed to be stranded at sea, noting that cyclone Amphan signalled a ferocious start to the cyclone season in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

No ‘bitter end’ for Rohingya


May 20, 2020
A wooden boat carrying suspected Rohingya migrants detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi on April 5. Photo: AFP/Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency 

When it comes to writing about the plight of refugees, one can often feel like a broken record. There is a disheartening sense that everything has been said, twice, and yet nothing changes for the better.

Indeed, there’s a kind of perverse Murphy’s Law at work. Every new twist marks an expansion of our understanding of the threshold for human misery, and of our capacity for failing our fellow man. This is particularly true for the Rohingya.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

After Weeks at Sea, 277 Rohingya Land in Bangladesh

The New Yprk Times
By The Associated Press
May 8, 2020

DHAKA, Bangladesh — More than 250 Rohingya Muslim refugees who had been floating for weeks on a fishing boat in the Bay of Bengal arrived Friday on an island in southern Bangladesh, officials said.

The 277 refugees were taken to Bhasan Char island after they reached Bangladesh’s coast, said Mohammed Alamgir Hossain, police superintendent in Noakhali district where the island is located. He said the navy took them there after their boat was spotted.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

ပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ လနဲ႔ခ်ီေမ်ာပါခဲ့တဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြ ရဲ႕ ေျပာျပခ်က္

ဗြီအိုုေအ (ျမန္မာဌာန)
05 ေမ၊ 2020
ပင္လယ္ျပင္ကို စက္ေလွေတြနဲ႔ျဖတ္ၿပီး ထိုင္း၊ မေလးရွား ႏိုင္ငံေတြကိုသြားဖို႔ ႀကိဳးစားၾကတဲ့ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡ သည္ေတြ ရင္ဆိုင္ခဲ့ရတဲ့ ေအၾတ့အႀကဳံေၾတကို ႐ိုက္တာသတင္းဌာနက ေမးျမန္းထားတဲ့အေၾကာင္းကို နန္းေလာင္ဝ္ ေျပာျပေပးမွာပါ။

ေလွစီးေျပး ႐ုိဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြကုိ ေဒသတြင္းႏုိင္ငံေတြ ကူညီဖုိ႔ EU တုိက္တြန္း

ဗြီအိုေအ (ျမန္မာပုိင္း)
04 ေမ၊ 2020 
Langkawi ကြ်န္းရွိ မေလးရွားပိုင္နက္အတြင္းမွာ ေတြ႔ရတဲ့ ေလွစီးေျပး ႐ုိဟင္ဂ်ာတခ်ိဳ႕ (ဓာတ္ပံု - AFP PHOTO / MALAYSIAN MARITIME ENFORCEMENT AGENCY)
အမ်ဳိးသမီးေတြနဲ႔ ကေလးငယ္ေတြ အပါအ၀င္ ရာနဲ႔ခ်ီတဲ့ ႐ုိဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြ ပင္လယ္ျပင္မွာ ရက္သတၱ ပတ္ေတြနဲ႔ခ်ီ ေမ်ာပါေနတဲ့ အေျခအေနေတြနဲ႔ မႀကံဳရေအာင္ ေဒသတြင္းႏုိင္ငံေတြ ၀ုိင္း၀န္းကူညီၾကဖုိ႔ ဥေရာ ပသမဂၢ (EU) က တုိက္တြန္းလုိက္ပါတယ္။

ဘဂၤလားပင္လယ္ေအာ္နဲ႔ ကပၸလီပင္လယ္တြင္းက ႏုိင္ငံေတြအေနနဲ႔ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကုိ ရွာေဖြေရး၊ ကယ္ ဆယ္ ေရးနဲ႔ ေဘးအႏၱရာယ္ကင္းကင္း ကမ္းကပ္ခြင့္ေပးဖုိ႔လည္း တုိက္တြန္းထားပါတယ္။

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Watchdog concerned over ‘risky quarantine’ of Rohingya

Md. Kamruzzaman 
DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladeshi minister defends sending 29 Rohingya refugees to remote island for quarantine 

A global human rights watchdog on Tuesday voiced concerns over safety of 29 Rohingya refugees, who have been quarantined at a remote island by Bangladeshi authorities.

“Bangladesh authorities have quarantined 29 Rohingya refugees without adequate access to aid on an unstable silt island in the Bay of Bengal,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Concerns raised after Rohingya quarantined on Bangladeshi island

5,May 2020

HRW says relocation of 29 Rohingya to flood-prone Bhasan Char island without access to aid poses risk to refugees.
Authorities said the 29 Rohingya were relocated to the controversial Bhasan Char island to prevent coronavirus outbreak in the refugee camps [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]
Rights groups and aid agencies have raised concerns after dozens of stranded Rohingya refugees, who landed at Bangladesh's southern coast at the weekend, were sent to an inhabitable island in the Bay of Bengal.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Rohingya refugees sent to flood-prone Bangladesh island after months at sea


After being turned away by Malaysia, at least 500 Rohingya refugees facing persecution in Myanmar have spent two months at sea. Now one boat of 29 people has been sent to an "uninhabitable" Bangladeshi island.

After being turned away by Malaysia, at least 500 Rohingya refugees facing persecution in Myanmar have spent two months at sea. Now one boat of 29 people has been sent to an "uninhabitable" Bangladeshi island.

Rohingya tell of death at sea: Hundreds still adrift

Posted May 4, 2020
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/BANGKOK (Reuters) - Rohingya refugee Shahab Uddin thought the wooden trawler he boarded in February would be his ticket out of a camp in Bangladesh to a better life in Malaysia.

 Rohingya refugee Shahab Uddin thought the wooden trawler he boarded in February would be his ticket out of a camp in Bangladesh to a better life in Malaysia.Instead, the voyage nearly killed him. Libby Hogan reports.

Instead, the voyage nearly killed him.

The 20-year-old was among almost 400 survivors pulled from the water, starving, emaciated and traumatized after the boat failed to reach Malaysia and spent weeks adrift before returning to Bangladesh in mid-April.

Nowhere to flee, Rohingya refugees are struggling to survive

Sayedullah, Kamal, Alom Shah
May 3rd, 2020
File photo of Rohingya women and children in a camp in Cox Bazar Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune
Instead of looking forward to a better, more peaceful future, Rohingya are starting to flee again. This time, they are fleeing from Bangladesh

In 2017, when the genocidal campaign in Myanmar forced the Rohingya across the border and into Bangladesh, we came seeking refuge and safety. The country opened its borders and its hearts to almost 800,000 Rohingya and we were grateful.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Dozens of Rohingya From Stranded Boat Land in Southern Bangladesh: Official Says

The New York Times
May 2, 2020

DHAKA — Dozens of Rohingya believed to be from one of several boats stuck at sea landed on the coast of southern Bangladesh on Saturday, an official said, as concerns grew over hundreds stranded for weeks on trawlers because of coronavirus restrictions.

“A small boat carrying 43 people came to shore today,” the government official said, declining to be named because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Some of the arrivals were sent to Bhasan Char, a remote island off the coast where authorities previously planned to house Rohingya, the official said.

The anger against the Rohingya has roots

THE Star 
Saturday, 02 May 2020
A boat with some 202 Rohingya people onboard arrived in Langkawi. -filepic

HE calls himself “Long Tiger” and has carved himself out a reputation as the most infamous Rohingya on social media, but a series of critical Facebook posts against Malaysians, particularly Malay-Muslims, has landed him in trouble.

There was an uproar against the 31-year-old man over his rants. His identity has been revealed, and with his list of criminal offences, it is perhaps only fitting that seeking fame on social media led to his real-life infamy being exposed.

Dozens of stranded Rohingya refugees land in Bangladesh


Officials say a small boat carrying about 40 people, including 'starving' children, came ashore in southern Bangladesh.

Belongings of Rohingya refugees lay on the shore as their carrier boat remains anchored nearby in Teknaf [File: Suzauddin Rubel/AFP]

Dozens of Rohingya believed to be from one of several boats floating in the Bay of Bengal for weeks have landed on the coast of southern Bangladesh, according to officials, as fears grow over hundreds of people stuck at sea on vessels because of coronavirus restrictions.

Security officials quoted by news agencies said on Sunday that a small boat carrying about 40 people, including "starving" women and children, had come ashore the previous day.