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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

OP-ED: Bangladesh is being held hostage

October 12th, 2020
Abandoned by all BIGSTOCK

With little support from the international arena, what is the future of the Rohingya in Bangladesh?

On October 5, Vikram Doraiswami, the newly appointed Indian High Commissioner to the country, arrived in Bangladesh. He told reporters at the land port in Akhaura: “Bangladesh is one of India’s closest friends, and thus we are eager to continue and enhance our bilateral relationship with this neighbouring country.”

Beijing is now more interested in keeping Bangladesh as a development partner through the continuous effort of distancing Dhaka from Delhi. Recently, Sino-Indian relations with Bangladesh are looking great, but the reality is different.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

UN urged to take action against Myanmar over civilian abuses

12 Oct 2020

First-hand testimonies and images obtained by Amnesty show the Myanmar military’s ‘utter disregard for civilian suffering’ in Rakhine, Chin states.

Myanmar's armed forces, also known as Tatmadaw, have been battling the Arakan Army, a rebel group seeking greater autonomy for the country's western region, including Rakhine and Chin states [File: Hein Htet/EPA]


Amnesty International has called on the United Nations Security Council to take urgent action against Myanmar before the International Criminal Court, amid mounting evidence of military abuses, including indiscriminate firing at civilians in the continuing conflict with armed Arakan rebels.

In a report released on Monday, Amnesty said that first-hand testimony, photographs and video evidence obtained by the group show the Myanmar military’s “utter disregard for civilian suffering” in areas at the epicentre of the fighting.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The UN Sees The Rohingyas as The World's Most Persecuted. Here is Why?

albawa news
October 4th, 2020
More than 34,000 Rohingya were also thrown into fires while over 114,000 others were beaten. (AFP)
Myanmar's actions 'amount to crimes against humanity of apartheid, persecution, severe deprivation of liberty,' says HRW.

Rohingya Muslims held in open-air detention camps in Myanmar's Rakhine State since 2012 have been subjected to "institutional oppressions" and "grave rights violations," according to a new report by an international rights group.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Dhaka asks UN to do more to solve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka Tribune
Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan
September 30th, 2020
Newly-appointed Permanent Representative to UN, Geneva Mustafizur Rahman presents his letter of credentialsto Tatiana Valovaya, director-general of the UN, Geneva on Sept 28, 2020 Courtesy

Newly-appointed Permanent Representative to UN, Geneva, Mustafizur Rahman presents his letter of credentials

Dhaka has urged the United Nations to play a more proactive role to find an acceptable solution at the earliest to the protracted Rohingya crisis that has been affecting Bangladesh in a bad manner for a long time.

Bangladesh’s newly-appointed Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva Mustafizur Rahman made the call while presenting his letter of credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, director-general of the UN, Geneva, on Monday.

Will Facebook Sit On The Evidence Of The Genocide Against The Rohingyas?

Ewelina U. Ochab

On June 8, 2020, The Gambia filed an application for discovery with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The application asks the Court to compel Facebook to provide information related to the personal Facebook accounts of Myanmar officials. The information that The Gambia seeks is to be used in an action brought by The Gambia against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Donors reiterate support for Rohingya

September 25, 2020  
                          Envoys of US, EU, UK, Canada visit Cox's Bazar

File Photo used for representational purpose 

Representatives of the international community in Bangladesh conducted a two-day visit to Cox's Bazar and visited the Rohingya refugee camps. They reiterated their commitment to support Rohingya refugees in a joint statement on Thursday

The representatives include the ambassadors of the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), the British High Commissioner, the Head of Humanitarian Aid of the Canadian High Commission, the World Bank (WB) Country Director, and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator.

Commodifying prisoners of war in Myanmar

by David Scott Mathieson
September 25, 2020

New York Times and Fortify Rights may have endangered Rohingya justice initiatives by trumpeting captured Myanmar soldiers' testimony 
Arakan Army soldiers on the march at an undisclosed location in Myanmar's Rakhine state. Image: Facebook 

BANGKOK – As long-anticipated international accountability measures for Myanmar gather pace, recent developments which at first seem to promise evidence for justice, on closer examination could potentially disrupt such investigations.

On September 8, the American nongovernmental organization Fortify Rights released a statement, in conjunction with the New York Times, of testimony by two Myanmar Army, or Tatmadaw, soldiers who claim to have perpetrated under military orders the murder of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state in 2017.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲတြင္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ား ပါဝင္ခြင့္ရေစရန္ ကုလ ေတာင္းဆို

By ဘုန္းျမင့္ဦး 
စက္တင္ဘာ ၁၃၊ ၂၀၂၀
Rohingya Muslim children and elders gather at the Thet Kel Pyin camp in Rakhine state. Photo: Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံတြင္ က်င္းပမည့္ ၂၀၂၀ အေထြေထြ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲ၌ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ား (မူရင္း) ပါဝင္ခြင့္ရေစရန္ ကုလသမဂၢ လုံျခဳံေရးေကာင္စီ အဖြဲ႕ဝင္ ရွစ္နိုင္ငံက ေတာင္းဆိုလိုက္သည္။

တံခါးပိတ္ ဗီဒီယို ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲအၿပီးတြင္ ယခုကဲ့သို႔ ေတာင္းဆိုေၾကာင္း စက္တင္ဘာလ ၁၁ ရက္ေန႔က ထုတ္ျပန္ျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ဘယ္လ္ဂ်ီယံ၊ ဒိုမီနီကန္ သမၼတနိုင္ငံ၊ အက္စတိုးနီးယား၊ ျပင္သစ္၊ ဂ်ာမနီ၊ တူနီးရွား၊ ၿဗိတိန္ႏွင့္ အေမရိကန္ ျပည္ေထာင္စုတို႔က ပါဝင္ လက္မွတ္ေရးထိုးထားသည္။

Saturday, September 12, 2020

UN calls for Rohingya to take part in Myanmar election

FILE PHOTO: Rohingya refugees gather to mark the second anniversary of the exodus at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman/File Photo

EIGHT Security Council members of the UN called for the Muslim Rohingya minority, victims in 2017 of what the UN calls a “genocide,” to participate in Myanmar’s upcoming elections.

The statement, published after a closed-door video conference, is signed by Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Tunisia, Britain and the US.

UN calls for Rohingya to take part in Myanmar election

September 12, 2020

Rohingya refugees react after being rescued in Teknaf near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh in April. (AP pic)

WASHINGTON: Eight Security Council members called Friday for the Muslim Rohingya minority, victims in 2017 of what the UN calls a “genocide”, to participate in Myanmar’s upcoming elections.

The statement, published after a closed-door video conference, is signed by Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Tunisia, Britain and the US.

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Thursday, July 2, 2020

UN, ASEAN should work together

Diplomatic Correspondent
 Jul 01,2020

The UN and ASEAN should work together on establishing a civilian oversight mechanism in Rakhine of Myanmar to address the root causes of the Rohingya crisis as well as building confidence among the members of the community to go back home, local and foreign experts said in Dhaka on Monday.

They were speaking in an online discussion on Rohingya people and the role of the UN and ASEAN entitled Rohingya Today organised by Centre for Peace Studies of South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance at North South University

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Monsoon may worsen already precarious situation in Rohingya camps: UN, aid agencies

The Daily Star
Star Online Report
June 23, 2020 
UN and other aid agencies are concerned that the monsoon will exacerbate an already precarious situation in the Rohingya camps where almost 860,000 refugees live in overcrowded conditions, many situated in hazardous terrain.

The monsoon, with heavy rains in the past few days, brings contamination of drinking water sources and raises increased risk of water-borne disease outbreaks in the camps and adjacent Bangladeshi communities, on top of the Covid-19 pandemic, they said.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

UN Urges Bangladesh to Move Rohingya to Refugee Camps

18 May 2020
The Rohingya, who have faced ethnic persecution in Myanmar, have crowded into camps in Cox's Bazar on the southeast coast of Bangladesh. | Photo: EFE

"We don't want any more Rohingya," Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said.

Rohingya sent by Bangladesh to a flood-prone island after being stranded at sea for weeks should be moved to refugee camps, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told Bangladesh’s foreign minister in a letter obtained Sunday by AFP.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Two Rohingya Girls Die in Mine Blasts as UN Extends Arrangement with Myanmar

Radio Free Asia
A Rohingya family stands outside their home in Maung Hnama village, Buthidaung township, western Myanmar's Rakhine state, July 13, 2017. AFP

Mine blasts in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state killed two Rohingya children and injured another child as they picked mangoes in a deserted village on Wednesday, with the government military and the rebel Arakan Army blaming each other for the deadly explosions, locals said.

The deadly blast highlighted the peril and instability in Rakhine as two U.N. agencies and Myanmar extended an agreement to work for the return of more than 740,000 Rohingya expelled in what U.N. reports called an ethnic cleaning campaign in 2017.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

အစိုးရနဲ႔ ကုလအဖြဲ႕ေတြ ရခိုင္ေဒသအေရးေဆာင္ရြက္မႈ တစ္ႏွစ္ သက္တမ္းတိုး

လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အာရွအသံ ( RFA )
ျမန္မာဌာန | သတင္းမ်ားေက်ာ္လြင္ဦး

■ ကုလသမဂၢဖြံ့ၿဖိဳးမႈအစီအစဥ္ UNDP နဲ႔ ကုလသမဂၢ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ားဆိုင္ရာေအဂ်င္စီ UNHCR တို႔ဟာ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ အတြင္း လူသားခ်င္းစာနာမႈ အကူအညီေပးေရးလုပ္ငန္းေတြ ဆက္လက္လုပ္ေဆာင္ဖို႔ ျမန္မာ အစိုးရနဲ႔ သေဘာတူ ထားတာကို တစ္ႏွစ္သက္တမ္းထပ္တိုးလိုက္တယ္လို႔ ေမ ၁၁ ရက္ေန႔ မေန႔က ေၾက ညာခဲ့ပါတယ္။

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Rohingya quest for safety and survival — Abu Ahmed Farid

Thursday, 30 Apr 2020

APRIL 30 — The Rohingya is an indigenous Muslim community in Arakan (renamed by the military as Rakhine state in 1974). Despite of being peace-loving and law-abiding people, they are not tolerated in Buddhist Burma/Myanmar.

They are oppressed and persecuted beyond one’s imagination based on their ethnicity, religion and appearance. This was done in order to rid Arakan of the Muslim population.

“The United Nations has described them as the world’s most persecuted minority in most danger of extinction.”

And UN Human Right Chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said “The situation seems like a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Sunday, April 26, 2020

UN requests Bangladesh to let in 2 boats carrying 500 Rohingyas

Dhaka Tribune
Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan
April 25th, 2020
File photo: Rohingya refugees who were rescued by Bangladesh Coast Guard in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Dhaka Tribune
No more Rohingyas will be allowed in, the foreign minister said on Wednesday

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has requested the Bangladesh government to allow two boats carrying around 500 Rohingyas in the Bay of Bengal to anchor in port.

These two boats have been trying to reach the shores of Bangladesh from the international waters since Monday. Bangladesh Navy and Bangladesh Coast Guard are not allowing them into the country.

Friday, April 3, 2020

UN issues its first coronavirus resolution as global cases surpass 1 million

(FILE PHOTO) Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres speaks at the UN headquarters in New York. © Bryan R. Smith, AFP file picture 
The UN General Assembly on Thursday approved a resolution calling for "international cooperation" and "multilateralism" in the fight against Covid-19, in the first text to come out of the international body since the outbreak began.

The resolution, which was approved by consensus, also stresses "the need for full respect for human rights" and that "there is no place for any form of discrimination, racism and xenophobia in the response to the pandemic".

Thursday, March 26, 2020

UN Investigator Wants Myanmar Brought Before International Criminal Court

Lisa Schlein
March 10, 2020 
FILE - U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 23, 2020.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - A U.N. investigator is calling for Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court and tried for alleged international crimes, including the persecution of ethnic minorities that have forced millions to flee, fearing for their lives. The investigator has submitted a report on Myanmar to the U.N. Human Rights Council.