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Showing posts with label Rohingya. Show all posts
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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

UN urges Dhaka to relocate Rohingya to island in ‘phased manner’

ARAB News
SHEHAB SUMON
April 17, 2021


Image shows a housing complex where Rohingya refugees are being relocated in the Bhashan Char island of Noakhali District. (File/AFP)


Report follows a three-day study of remote Bhasan Char by UN experts


DHAKA: The UN has followed up a review of a remote island facility set up by Bangladesh for Rohingya refugees by calling on Dhaka to carry out the relocation process in a “phased manner.”

The recommendation comes despite warnings by rights groups that the site is vulnerable to severe weather and flooding.

A UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) spokesperson in Dhaka, Charlie Goodlake, told Arab News on Saturday that the UN team is recommending that any future relocations “are undertaken in a gradual and phased manner.”

Monday, May 3, 2021

Myanmar Fighting, Political Strife Swell Refugee Ranks, Affect Neighboring States

Radio Free Asia
2021-04-30
Ethnic Karen protesters flash a three-finger salute of defiance and display signs calling for the abolishment of the military dictatorship during a demonstration in Dooplaya district, southeastern Myanmar's Kayin state, April 22, 2021.
AFP/KNU Dooplaya district

More than 30,000 Myanmar civilians have fled their villages in the eastern state of Kayin and are hiding in nearby jungles following air strikes in populated areas in response to the seizure of a government military post by a rebel ethnic army, an official from an NGO said Friday.

Fighting that flared up in March in Kayin has driven thousands of ethnic Karen into Thailand, while others cluster near the border. To Myanmar’s west, Bangladesh has beefed up border patrols to stop an influx of Rohingya trying to join fellow members of their ethnic minority in refugee settlements.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Thirty Rohingyas rescued off Teknaf coast in Cox's Bazar

prothomalo
Staff Correspondent
Correspondent
Cox's Bazar, Teknaf
Coastguards rescued 30 Rohingya people from drifting boat on 27 April, 2021.Collected

Bangladesh Coast Guard on Tuesday rescued 30 Rohingyas from a boat drifting in the Bay of Bengal near Teknaf of Cox's Bazar while making a trip from Bangladesh to Malaysia.

According to the coast guard, the rescued Rohingyas are residents of refugee camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar.

Among the Rohingya people, five were children, five men and 20 women.

Till 1:00pm, the rescued people were kept under the coast guard custody at Baharchhar in Teknaf upazia. They were being handed over to the police at the time.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Coast guard rescues 30 Rohingyas stranded at sea

Dhaka Tribune
Abdul Aziz, Cox's Bazar
April 27th, 2021
Rescued Rohingyas with Baharchara Coast Gaurd members on April 27, 2021 Dhaka Tribune


They set out from Teknaf on a fishing boat on Friday

Bangladesh Coast Guard members have rescued 30 Rohingya men, women, and children who were illegally travelling to Malaysia by sea, in Cox's Bazar’s Teknaf upazila.

They were rescued along with a fishing trawler from Bara Dale beach area of Baharchara union in Teknaf upazila at around 8am on Tuesday. Among them, 20 are women, five men and five children.

Bangladesh rescues 30 Rohingya adrift for days after pirate attack

FMT
AFP
April 27, 2021
The refugees would be sent to an island facility named Bhashan Char. (AP pic)

COX’S BAZAR: The Bangladesh coastguard on Tuesday rescued 30 Rohingya refugees adrift in the Bay of Bengal for two days after they were attacked by pirates, an official said.

About a million Rohingya refugees live in sprawling camps in southeast Bangladesh, having fled repression in Myanmar.

Many pay often-unscrupulous traffickers to put them on dangerous sea journeys to Southeast Asian countries – in this case Malaysia, home to a sizable Rohingya diaspora.

Monday, April 26, 2021

OP-ED: A wake-up call for Bangladesh?

Dhaka Tribune
Nisath Salsabil Rob
April 25th, 2021

In handling the Rohingya crisis, it is time Bangladesh prepared for the long haul

In the wee hours of February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military -- the Tatmadaw -- declared a one-year state of emergency and arrested democratically elected leaders of the ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), including Myanmar’s former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, thereby putting a nail on the coffin of Myanmar’s fledgling democracy.

Ramadan For The Rohingyas is Another Sad Story

albawaba
April 22nd, 2021
About 600k ethnic Rohingya escaped to Bangladesh due to cruelty in Myanmar. (Shutterstock)

Highlights

“Ramadan in Bangladesh is just a religious commitment for us with no celebration.”

Painfully estranged from their homeland, the holy month stirs up memories of harmony and festivity for one of the world’s most persecuted peoples.


Maryam Begum, 35, was busy passing her time feeding her two-year-old child on the eve of iftar, the end of the daily fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Begum’s congested makeshift tent, made of tarpaulin sheets in the Cox Bazaar camp in southern Bangladesh, is located on the slope of a hill from where the crimson glow of the setting sun is clearly visible.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Myanmar’s genocidal military is still a friend to Israel

+972 MAGAZINE
By Eitay Mack 
April 23, 2021

Public pressure has forced Israel to halt arms sales to the brutal military junta, but the state’s political support remains strong.
Myanmar's military marches in a parade in the city of Naypyidaw, Myanmar, March 27, 2021. (Mil.ru/CC BY 4.0)


The message that the world was silent during the extermination of Jews during the Holocaust is routinely cited by the State of Israel and its Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem. And yet, Israel itself is complicit in silence surrounding a present-day atrocity: the crimes committed by the Myanmar military junta, which Israel is supporting with weapons, training, and political backing. Although legal, media, and public pressure has forced some change in Israel’s defense export policy to Myanmar, political support for the junta has remained strong.

Bodies of three Rohingya found with throats cut in Cox's Bazar camp

bdnews24.com
Cox's Bazar Correspondent, 
Published: 24 Apr 2021
 
The bodies of three people, including a married couple, have been found with their throats slashed in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazar's Ukhia.


The Armed Police Action Battalion (APBN) recovered the bodies from the Kutupalong Rohingya Camp 2 East in Rajapalong Union on Friday.

The dead have been identified as Nurul Islam, 33, his wife Mariam Khatun, 26, and sister-in-law Halima Khatun, 20, all residents of the camp, according to SP Naimul Haque, captain of APBn's Cox's Bazar-14 unit.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

1 year later, hate speech and threats against Rohingya continue

Hakimie Amrie Hisamudin
-April 23, 2021 


PETALING JAYA: It has been a year since the wave of hate speech and threats against the Rohingya community in Malaysia started. However, human rights activists say the hostility remains unresolved.

Rights activist John Quinley of Fortify Rights, who has documented abuses against the Rohingya in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Malaysia and India, said the current situation against the community remains a cause for concern.

“Since the Covid-19 pandemic, anti-refugee sentiment in Malaysia has increased,” he told FMT.

Apart from hateful remarks on media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, Quinley said, Rohingya refugees also received death threats and verbal abuse.

“Prominent Rohingya activists have gone into hiding out of well-founded fears of violence,” he said.

In April last year, social media users flooded Facebook and Twitter with hateful remarks and threats against Rohingya refugees in the wake of fake news that an activist from the community demanded that they be granted citizenship.

The fake news, attributed to Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, who heads the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom), came following reports that Malaysian authorities had blocked a boat carrying starving Rohingya refugees from landing.
Zafar denied that he demanded citizenship for the refugees but his clarification failed to quell the hostility towards the community.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

100 Rohingya girls living in Bangladesh camps get scholarship from Kuwait

Financial Express
April 20, 2021

Kuwait has pledged to give 100 girls from the Rohingya refugee community in Bangladesh four-year university scholarships, Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) said on Sunday.

Kuwait's Finance House announced the bursaries after an agreement was signed between the KRCS and the Asian University of Bangladesh, based in Dhaka, according to Kuwait's state news agency KUNA.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Covid-19: 10 Rohingyas dead, 507 infected since last year

The Daily Star
Star Digital Report
April 20, 2021

File photo/Reuters


A total of 507 Rohingya refugees were infected with Covid-19 in the camps of Cox's Bazar since the coronavirus outbreak started March last year.

Dr Md Mahbubur Rahman, civil surgeon of Cox's Bazar, confirmed the information to our Cox's Bazar staff correspondent.

Of the 507 infected Rohingyas, 10 died from Covid-19, the doctor said.

Currently, nearly 8,88,457 Rohingyas are living in 34 refugee camps in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox's Bazar, added our correspondent.

According to the Cox's Bazar Civil Surgeon's office, a total of 7,590 people were infected with coronavirus in Cox's Bazar district till yesterday since March last year and 89 people died. Among them, 507 are Rohingya refugees and the remaining are local residents of Cox's Baza.

Rohingya repatriation losing Int'l attention

Prothomalo
Raheed Ejaz
Dhaka
20 Apr 2021
  • The budget for Rohingya emergency response is yet to be finalised
  • $2.29 billion dollar allocated against the demand of $3.43 billion in last 4 years
  • The joint response plan 2021 seeks $1.00 billion

Two and a half months have already passed since the Myanmar military seized the state power in a coup on 1 February.

As the time rolls on, protests against the junta government and bloodshed are intensifying.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called a special summit to discuss the crisis in Myanmar.

Myanmar junta chief Min Aung Hlaing is going to attend the summit in Jakarta, Indonesia on 24 April. However, the National Unity Government led by the ousted National League for Democracy (NLD) has urged the ASEAN not to recognise the Myanmar junta leader.

The ongoing crisis in Myanmar and the global reactions on the issue has made uncertain the repatriation of millions of Rohingya people to Myanmar from the cramped camps in Bangladesh while the burning issue is losing the international attention.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Refoulement, Rohingya and a Refugee Policy for India

THE WIRE
17/APR/2021

India may continue to take cover under the fact that it is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention of the UN. But, at a time when it seeks to be a major global power, it cannot shy away from the humanitarian responsibility.

Representative image of Rohingya refugees. Photo: Reuters


On March 31, 2021, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a statement calling all countries neighbouring Myanmar to offer refuge and protection to all those fleeing the country for their safety. This came in response to the escalation in violence towards protestors in Myanmar since the coup led by the Myanmar military overthrew the democratically elected government.

UN Urges Bangladesh to Move Rohingya to Bay of Bengal Island Gradually

Radio Free Asia
2021-04-16
Rohingya walk by houses built for them by the Bangladesh government on Bhashan Char Island in Noakhali district, March 13, 2021.


The United Nations refugee agency is urging Bangladesh to slow down its relocation of Rohingya to a low-lying island because measures to protect residents from storms and flooding are not fully in place, UNHCR in Dhaka told BenarNews on Friday.

Meanwhile, the foreign minister said, international agencies must help foot the cost of housing what could eventually be 100,000 refugees on Bhashan Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal. So far, Bangladesh’s government has covered that cost.

US Senators introduce bill to probe whether Myanmar attacks on Rohingya constituted genocide

JURIST
Valeria Negron | U. Pittsburgh School of Law, US
APRIL 17, 2021 


A group of 10 US senators led by Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced legislation Wednesday that would require Secretary of State Antony Blinken to investigate Myanmar’s military attacks on the Rohingya minority and decide whether they constitute genocide.

Since 2017, more than 750,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh hoping to escape the military’s systemic killing of their people, says the legislation. The bill points to the documented history of the attacks, which have been investigated by the UN, the Department of State and the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (IIFFMM). In 2018, the IIFFMM stated that they “ha[d] reasonable grounds to conclude 5 that the evidence that infers genocidal intent on the part of the State, identified in its last report, has strengthened that there is a serious risk that genocidal actions may occur or recur.”

Saturday, April 17, 2021

A Rohingya Girl Stuck Between Three Countries

THE I DIPLOMAT

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
April 15, 2021


The 14-year-old was about to be deported to Myanmar from India when authorities refused to admit her back. Meanwhile, she wants to be reunited with her parents in Bangladesh.


On April 1, Indian authorities were greeted with a surprise when their request to deport a Rohingya girl was turned down by Myanmar.

Immigration officials in Myanmar refused to accept the 14-year-old girl on the ground that the border gate between the two countries had been shut for the last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation in their country was not suitable for the proceedings to take place.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Turkey provides food packages to Rohingya in Bangladesh

yenisafak.
News Service
April 13, 2021
AA


Total of 15,000 food packages have been distributed among Rohingya and host community, says charity group official

File photo


A Turkish charity on Monday distributed 15,000 food packets to Rohingya refugees and their hosts in Bangladesh for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan set to begin this week, said officials of the group, which is tied to Turkey’s Religious Affairs Directorate or Diyanet.

“For the 2021 Ramadan program we distributed 11,800 food packets for the Rohingya community. But we didn't forget the host community. We distributed 3,200 food packages for our Bangladeshi brothers and sisters,” Oguzhan Adsiz, the Bangladesh coordinator for Turkey’s Diyanet Foundation (TDF), told Anadolu Agency on Monday night.
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