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‘Rohingya want to return to Myanmar as citizens’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have told a UN envoy who visited their camp in Bangladesh this week that they will return home if it is safe and if they are granted citizenship rights, a UN statement said Tuesday. UN envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener, met the Muslim Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar during a three-day visit to Bangladesh from July 14 to 16, just weeks after holding talks with Myanmar’s leaders on the refugee crisis. The envoy “heard from the people accounts of unimaginable atrocities committed in Rakhine State,” said a UN statement. “Despite these serious violations of ...

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IOM to help BD repatriate Rohingyas: IOM DG

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Director General of the International Organization for Migration or IOM William Lacy Swing reaffirmed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that his organisation will extend all sorts of support to Bangladesh for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees. “We’ve vast experience about repatriation …we’ll give you all sorts of support…this is an extraordinary challenge for Bangladesh. Whatever we can do, we’ll do that,” he said. The IOM DG said this when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting. He said the IOM DG visited Cox’s Bazar to witness ...

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Monsoon rains hit Rohingya camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The first monsoon rains have hit camps in Bangladesh housing around a million Rohingya refugees, triggering floods and landslides but no casualties or major damage so far, officials said Sunday. Aid agencies have been warning that the monsoon season could prompt a humanitarian catastrophe in coming months at what is the world’s biggest refugee camp, sheltering people fleeing violence in Myanmar. The sites in southeastern Bangladesh are predicted to be hit by powerful cyclones and by more than 2.5 metres (eight feet) of rainfall over the coming three months of monsoon — roughly triple what Britain gets ...

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Rohingya effect: BD loses scores on GPI-2018

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh slipped down nine spots in the Global Peace Index or GPI 2018 compared with that of the last year, reported news agency. Despite making improvements in two indicators — political stability and terrorism impact — the positive changes were offset by a large fall in ‘external conflicts fought’ and ‘neighbouring countries relations’, which stemmed from the sudden influx of 700,000 Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, according to the latest report published in London today. Bangladesh has ranked 93rd out of 163 countries with a global score of 2.084 while in last year its position was 84th ...

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Rohingya crisis threatens biodiversity of Cox’s Bazar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Some 2,000 hectares of forestland — equivalent to four football fields — around Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, has disappeared due to Rohingya refugees cutting trees for firewood, according to a report by the Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG). It added that 86 percent of drinking-water wells have been contaminated with the E.coli bacteria from fecal matter. Due to the “extreme level” of deforestation, the area’s biodiversity has been jeopardized, said Saiful Islam, assistant director of the environmental office in Cox’s Bazar. The government will implement a reforestation plan once 100,000 Rohingya are relocated to Bhashan Char island in ...

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Canada should take in Rohingya refugees

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Canada should take in Rohingya refugees and press other nations to do the same, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s special envoy to Myanmar said. Special envoy Bob Rae – on the heels of his fact-finding mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar – also urged Ottawa to increase humanitarian aid for the Rohingya, to continue to target human rights abusers with sanctions and to gather and protect evidence for possible future trials. “Canada should signal a willingness to welcome refugees from the Rohingya community in both Bangladesh and Myanmar and should encourage a discussion among like-minded countries to do the ...

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BD hands list of 8,032 Rohingyas to Myanmar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has handed a list 8,032 Rohingya refugees to his Myanmar counterpart Kyaw Swe for repatriation. After a meeting between delegations of the two countries in Dhaka on Friday, Kamal said Bangladesh has listed around 1.1 million Myanmar nationals who have crossed the border. He said the people on the list handed to Swe were from 1,673 families. Around 700,000 refugees crossed the border after the Myanmar Army launched an ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas on Aug 25 last year following insurgent attacks on security forces in Rakhine State. The Home Minister said ...

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Pope to meet Rohingyas in Bangladesh camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Pope Francis will meet the head of Myanmar’s army and Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, both late additions to a tour of the two countries next week. Human rights monitors and UN officials have accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities, including mass rape, against the stateless Rohingya during operations that followed insurgent attacks on 30 police posts and an army base. Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said on Wednesday that the pope would meet army head Senior General Min Aung Hlaing on 30 November in a church residence in Yangon. Myanmar Cardinal Charles Maung Bo had talks with the pope ...

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Buddhists cut festival expense to help Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Buddhists community in Bangladesh has declared that they will forgo parts of their festivities for Probarona Purnima, their second biggest religious festival, and donate the cost of a major event for the Rohingya refugees who have recently arrived in Bangladesh. Community leaders announced this decision at a meeting with senior Awami League leaders at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office on Wednesday morning. However, the festival is also known as Ashvini Purnima that marks conclusion of the three months long seclusion of the monks inside their monasteries for self-edification and atonement of their defilement. The Purnima ...

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Sheikh Hasina asks Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked Myanmar to take back tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees, an official said. According to the UN, at least 65,000 people belonging to the Muslim minority have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar—a third of them over the past week—since a military operation was launched in October following attacks on police posts. PM has called for a resolution to the crisis during a meeting with Myanmar’s deputy minister for foreign affairs Kyaw Tin in Dhaka. “She said Myanmar should take back the Rohingya who migrated to Bangladesh,” Hasina’s spokesman Ihsanul Karim ...

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