Floating Island: New home for Rohingya refugees emerges in Bay of Bengal

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Bangladesh is racing to turn an uninhabited and muddy Bay of Bengal island into home for 100,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar, amid conflicting signals from top Bangladeshi officials about whether the refugees would end up being stranded there.Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Monday that putting Rohingya on the low-lying island would be a “temporary arrangement” to ease congestion at the camps in Cox’s Bazar, refuge for nearly ...

Rohingya refugees say no repatriation without security guarantee

Monday, 19 February 2018

Over 6,500 Rohingya protesters from Tambru’s no man’s land are reportedly among the 8,032 named in the initial repatriation list, which Bangladesh handed over to Myanmar on Friday, reports Tarek Mahmud after returning from Bandarban’s Ghumdum.The Rohingya refugees living in the no man’s land between Myanmar’s Tambru and Bangladesh’s Konapara border areas and protesting the repatriation process have found renewed justification for anxiety.Demonstrating in ...

Award-winning Reuters reporters appear in Myanmar court

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Two Myanmar journalists facing up to 14 years in prison if convicted of receiving government secrets appeared for their latest court hearing in Yangon on Wednesday, one day after it was announced that they had won a major press freedom award. Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested Dec. 12 after police accused them of violating the Official Secrets Act by acquiring “important secret papers” from two policemen. Reuters news agency last week published the story they were working on, an ...

Rohingya genocide: Where is the world’s conscience?

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

We have a right to ask about the so-called world conscience. Is there a real world conscience or is it one moves and aches in accordance with the instructions it receives from its masters?If a world conscience does exist, it has proved that it is not fixed and that it handles issues, individuals and nations with different racial yardsticks. Anyone who observes the stances of various countries, especially world powers, exercising a strong influence in international politics will be aware of this ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

UN’s ineffectiveness in the face of ‘genocide’

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The UN and the politics of the word “genocide” have a long and complex history. The prevention of future genocides in the wake of the Holocaust was one of the founding aims of the supra-national body. Yet ever since its establishment, and the enshrinement of the duty of the international community to intervene in cases of genocide into international law, individual member nations and the assembly as a whole have systematically resisted characterising humanitarian crises as ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Don’t fetishize the suffering of the Rohingya

Monday, 12 February 2018

A few years ago, most of us had no idea of the most common way to pronounce the word ‘Rohingya’, let alone have knowledge of the enduring plight of one of the most persecuted minority on earth.But now, the collective injustice experienced by the long-oppressed Myanmar’s Muslim minority is a recurring media headline. Despite every attempt at burying the story, the suffering of the Rohingya continues to confront us, imploring our compassion and meaningful action.My interest in ...

Ramzy Baroud

Myanmar court denies bail to Reuters journalists held under secrecy law

Thursday, 1 February 2018

A Myanmar court on Thursday denied bail to two Reuters journalists charged under a secrecy act that could see them face up to 14 years in jail, in a case that has sparked outcry over shrinking media freedom. Myanmar nationals Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, are accused of possessing classified documents thought to relate to the violent military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority. The crackdown in northern Rakhine state has forced nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims over the border into ...

Emirati volunteer doctors operate specialist clinics to treat Rohingya refugees

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

A new humanitarian and volunteer initiative known as UAE Doctors has been established in Bangladesh to aid fleeing refugees from Myanmar. The team which comprises of Emirati medical volunteers has been operating in a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar. A series of clinics based in the camp constitute the initiative which ensures necessary diagnostics, treatments and prevention measures are available. According to The National, the initiative is run under the supervision of senior consultants and ...

Lured with a happily-ever-after dream, Rohingya girls sold in India

Monday, 22 January 2018

At 15, Raheema left her home in Rakhine state in Myanmar, crossed two international borders and was sold to be married to a man in India just a few years younger than her father. “He had asked the agent if I was married before. I was single so he bought me for 20,000 Indian rupees (about $300). Married women go for 15,000 rupees,” Raheema, who gave only her first name, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “He was only slightly younger than my father... He would beat me up ...

Rohingya deal aims to repatriate refugees in Bangladesh ‘within two years’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya displaced by an army crackdown “within two years”, Dhaka said Tuesday, outlining the first clear timeline for a return of hundreds of thousands of refugees.The agreement says the process will be “completed preferably within 02 (two) years from the commencement of repatriation”, according to a statement from the Bangladeshi government following talks in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw.ALSO READ: ...

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