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Rohingya crisis at UNGA: Actions is required, not promises

MNA Feature Desk: Over two years have been passed since an enormous Rohingya influx had hit Bangladesh. More than 1.1 million Rohingya people, rightful citizens of Myanmar, are now sheltering on Bangladeshi soil. Our government has provided all sorts of support to them to ensure their shelter, food, water and sanitization even at the cost of our environment, ecology and economy. The global community also extended their support by providing aid for these refugees from all corners of the world. But unfortunately their repatriation is still under doubt as the Myanmar government has portrayed serious lack of intent in creating ...

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World must take steps to compel Myanmar for Rohingya return: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the world must take all measures to compel Myanmar to create conditions enabling the Rohingyas’ safe, dignified and voluntary repatriation to their ancestral homes. “Rohingya crisis is a formidable challenge for Bangladesh … we want a peaceful and immediate resolution of the crisis. Myanmar has created the crisis and the solution lies in Myanmar,” she said. The prime minister made the comments while participating in an interactive dialogue — “A conversation with Honourable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina” — at the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York on Wednesday afternoon ...

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US urges Myanmar to create conditions for safe Rohingya repatriation

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MNA International Desk: The United States has urged Myanmar to create the conditions that would allow for “voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable” returns of the Rohingya, based on the informed consent of those who have been forcibly displaced. The US also encouraged the government of Myanmar to work with the government of Bangladesh to facilitate the use of the Burmese curriculum to teach Rohingyas in Bangladesh. This will help facilitate the reintegration of Rohingya youth who choose to return to Myanmar, according to US Department of State. The US made the fresh call while announcing more than $127 million in ...

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BD, China, Myanmar to jointly evaluate progress of Rohingya repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh, China and Myanmar have agreed to form a “tripartite joint working mechanism” to evaluate the situation on the ground for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen came up with development after a joint meeting with his Chinese and Myanmar counterparts on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York on Monday. “On the ground, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar will evaluate the progress jointly,” Dr Momen told reporters after the meeting adding that Myanmar agreed with the Chinese proposal though Myanmar had some objections initially at the meeting. The first meeting of the ...

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Sheikh Hasina At UNGA: Global harmony, regional peace and human rights

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina will deliver her speech at the 74th Annual General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on September 27. This is going to be her 16th speech at UNGA, a record for any Bangladeshi premiere ever. She has transformed herself from a Bangladeshi leader to a global leader in the course of time. Her influence has gone beyond the 1.7 million Bangladeshi people. She has been vocal on different global issues and played a very significant role in soliciting and addressing global concerns. Bangladesh has received huge ...

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Myanmar army says it will punish soldiers in Rohingya atrocities probe

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MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s army will court-martial soldiers after a new finding in an inquiry into atrocities in Rakhine state, from which more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims fled a 2017 army-led campaign the United Nations says was executed with “genocidal intent”. On Saturday, the website of Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing said a military court that visited the northern state found soldiers had shown “weakness in following instructions in some incidents” at a village said to have been a Rohingya massacre site. In 2018, the Associated Press news agency reported the existence of at least five graves of Rohingya in the ...

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Action against NGOs at Rohingya camps if they violate terms: Foreign Minister

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MNA National Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Thursday said actions will be taken against the NGOs operating in Rohingya camps if evidence is found about their activities that go beyond the terms and references. The minister made the remarks while talking to reporters at state guesthouse Padma after briefing diplomats over the latest Rohingya situation, reports UNB. Dr Momen briefed the diplomats and representatives of the UN agencies as two consecutive efforts to begin the repatriation of the displaced people have failed. Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam and Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque were president. ...

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Rohingyas protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

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MNA Editorial Desk: Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees have marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from. The event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims but none agreed to go back voluntarily. More than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, reports the Associated Press. On Sunday morning, more than 3,000 gathered at a playground in Kutupalong camp. Some carried placards and banners reading “Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day,” and “Restore our citizenship.” Organiser Muhib ...

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Rohingya Crisis: Dhaka seeks role of NAM, ASEAN

MNA Editorial Desk: Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations in New York Ambassador Masud Bin Momen has urged the NAM member states, including the ASEAN neighbors of Myanmar, to remain engaged and put in more efforts so that Myanmar authorities do not fail in taking the Rohingyas back. While referring to the oppression against the Palestinian people and violations of international law and international human rights law in the occupied Palestinian territory, he cautioned that mere expression of concerns for the misdeeds in Palestine and other places in the world did not stop these from recurring again. “Therefore, ...

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US imposes sanctions on Myanmar commander in chief over Rohingya abuses

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MNA International Desk: The United States has announced sanctions on the Myanmar military’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other military leaders it said were responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya Muslims, barring them from entry to the United States. The steps, which also covered Min Aung Hlaing’s deputy, Soe Win, and two other senior commanders and their families, are the strongest the United States has taken in response to massacres of minority Rohingyas in Myanmar, also known as Burma. It named the two others as Brigadier Generals Than Oo and Aung Aung. “We remain concerned that the Burmese government has ...

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Myanmar has ‘much more’ to do for safe Rohingya return: Ban Ki-moon

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MNA Editorial Desk: Former UN chief Ban Ki-moon believes Myanmar is not playing the role expected of it in repatriating refugees from Bangladesh to their homeland in order to resolve the Rohingya crisis. Speaking to the media after visiting the Rohingya people at refugee camps in southern Bangladesh district of Cox’s Bazar neighboring Myanmar on Wednesday, he voiced concerns over the ethnic group’s safety back in their country. The former United Nations secretary-general, who is working as chairman of the Global Commission on Adaptation, came to Cox’s Bazar to see the impact of the Rohingya population on the environment of ...

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Rohingya camps, host communities at risk of floods, landslides

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MNA Editorial Desk: Thousands of people in Cox’s Bazar Rohingya camps and host communities are facing the risk of flooding and landslides after several days of heavy rain, UNICEF said on Tuesday. Some of the over 4,000 families affected in the camps, have been relocated to safe places. UNICEF has appealed for $152.5 million to support the organisation’s work for Rohingya children and those affected in host communities in 2019. The current funding gap is $68.7 million. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund also noted that more than 500,000 Rohingya children are in need of humanitarian assistance. “Conditions in ...

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Dhaka, Beijing agree on speedy Rohingya solution

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MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka and Beijing on Friday agreed on speedy solution to the protracted Rohingya crisis as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina held talks in Beijing. “The two leaders have agreed on solving the Rohingya problem fast and said it cannot be kept unresolved,” Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after the meeting held at Diaoyuati State Guest House. The foreign secretary said the Chinese president and the Bangladesh prime minister added that two years have passed after the signing of agreements to this effect. “There is no disagreement among us on how ...

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Dhaka seeks Beijing support to convince Myanmar in Rohingya Repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Tuesday sought China’s support to convince Myanmar to start taking back their nationals from Bangladesh at the earliest. The Foreign Minister mentioned that Bangladesh is ready to send back Rohingyas who are in the verified list. He raised the issue when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo paid a courtesy call on the Foreign Minister at his office, reports UNB. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017 amid military crackdown against them in Rakhine State. ...

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Rohingya crisis may destabilize region: President to CICA

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MNA Editorial Desk: Stressing the importance of a peaceful solution to Rohingya crisis, President Abdul Hamid on Saturday sought support and cooperation from CICA partners so that the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals can return to their homeland with safety, security and dignity. “We seek a peaceful solution to the crisis and signed instruments on repatriation with Myanmar. If left unresolved, the crisis can destabilise the entire region,“ he said. The President said this while addressing the 5th Summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held at Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan. “The world knows Bangladesh ...

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Mount pressure on Myanmar: Bangladesh to diplomats

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar so that it creates a conducive environment for Rohingya repatriation. After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh clarified its position about the matter. “They told us that they’re with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment,” he told the media. “Almost all of them agreed to do so.” In the briefing at State Guest House Padma, Momen expressed dissatisfaction over Myanmar’s failure to ensure security and conducive environment ...

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Govt to brief diplomats Wednesday with Rohingya situation in focus

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MNA Editorial Desk: The government will brief diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday on current issues with special focus on the Rohingya one, said an official on Tuesday. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, among others, will be present during the diplomatic briefing. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.2 million Rohingyas and the majority of them has entered Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, according to UNB news agency. Earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called upon the ad hoc ministerial committee, led by Gambia, to take immediate measures to launch the case of Myanmar’s human rights violations against Rohingyas ...

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UK to work for sustainable resolution to situation in Rakhine

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MNA Editorial Desk: The United Kingdom (UK) said that it will continue working for a sustainable resolution to the situation in Rakhine to end the Rohingya crisis, with a countrywide focus on freedom of expression and preventing sexual violence in conflict. The Rohingya minority continued to fear for their safety, lacking protection against vigilante attacks and theft of property and fled to Bangladesh at an average rate of 1,733 per month, according to theFCO 2018 Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report (AHRR). The UNHCR estimated that the Rohingya population in Bangladesh increased by a further 14,649 during the period between January ...

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Bangladesh police prevents trafficking of dozens of Rohingyas to Malaysia

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladeshi police prevented dozens of Rohingya Muslims, most of them women, about to be trafficked to Malaysia by boat, authorities said on Tuesday. Traffickers had picked up at least 69 Rohingyas from refugee camps in the Cox’s Bazar district, promising them work in Malaysia where many Rohingyas already live, police said. Scores of Rohingya Muslims have boarded boats in recent months to try to reach Malaysia, part of what authorities fear could be a new wave of people smuggling by sea after a 2015 crackdown on trafficking. An estimated 25,000 Rohingyas crossed the Andaman Sea for Thailand, ...

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Bangladesh-Myanmar talks Friday amid ‘zero progress’ on Rohingya repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to sit in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issue as the current crisis steps into almost two years with “zero progress” on Myanmar side that can help Rohingyas return to their place of origin confidently. Bangladesh is expected to press for “expediting” the ongoing process to build confidence among Rohingyas during the fourth Bangladesh-Myanmar joint working group (JWG) meeting as the “lack of trust” remains one of the key issues, an official told UNB. He said Bangladesh is likely to place a proposal to Myanmar to arrange a tour ...

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HRW urges Bangladesh to stop expelling Rohingya students

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh should cease the expulsions of Rohingya refugee students from schools and ensure that all children are able to receive a formal education, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement on Tuesday. It came up with the call, alleging that scores of Rohingya refugee children lacking Bangladeshi citizenship were dismissed from schools since late January 2019. The expulsions were made from the secondary schools near the refugee settlements in Cox’s Bazar as per “a government notice”, according to the US-based rights body. “The Bangladeshi government’s policy of tracking down and expelling Rohingya refugee students instead of ...

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Angelina Jolie visits Rohingya camps prior fund appeal

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MNA Editorial Desk: Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has visited a Rohingya camp in Cox’s Bazar before the launch of a new appeal for $920 million funds for the refugees in Bangladesh. The special envoy of the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR started for the Chakmarkul camp at Hoikyang in Teknaf after a half-an-hour break at a hotel on her arrival in the resort town on Monday morning. The Oscar-winning actress is in Bangladesh on a three-day mission to assess the humanitarian needs of the Rohingya refugees and some of the more critical challenges facing Bangladesh as a host country. Her visit ...

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Keep up pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the international community including Vietnam to keep up pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their forcibly displaced nationals from Bangladesh. “Myanmar must take back their nationals from Bangladesh and we want the global community to help their repatriation from here,” she said when visiting Special Envoy of the Vietnamese Prime Minister and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung paid a courtesy call on her at her official residence Ganabhaban here this morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. The prime minister said ...

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BD urges China to make Myanmar create Rohingya repatriation conditions

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh on Sunday has sought strong support from China and asked to make Myanmar create conditions for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday asked for China’s assistance regarding the matter when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met the minister at his office. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the repatriation return of Rohingyas. Instead the country is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment, as per UNB report. Ambassador Zhang said China ...

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Saudi to deport 250 more Rohingyas to Bangladesh

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MNA Editorial Desk: Saudi Arabia is planning to deport 250 Rohingya men to Bangladesh. This will be the second forced deportation by Riyadh this year, an activist group has told Al Jazeera. Activists group is fearing that the deported Rohingyas could be jailed upon arrival in Bangladesh. Earlier on January 7, Riyadh sent 13 Rohingya men to Dhaka. Saudi Arabia is home to almost 300,000 Rohingya, according to Nay San Lwin, campaign coordinator for the Free Rohingya Coalition, who urged authorities to stop the deportations, adding that the men faced imprisonment in Bangladesh upon their arrival. “Majority of these Rohingya ...

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Myanmar closes Rohingya camps

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MNA International Desk: As the world was focused on abortive efforts to begin repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar last month, hundreds of their fellow Muslims still in Myanmar were boarding boats seeking to escape the country. Their attempted flight cast the spotlight back on 128,000 Rohingya and other displaced Muslims still living in crowded camps in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, six years after Buddhist mobs razed most of their homes. The government of Aung San Suu Kyi, under international pressure to address their plight, says it is now closing the camps on the ...

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Myanmar seizes boat with 93 Rohingya fleeing to Malaysia

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Authorities in Myanmar have seized a boat carrying 93 people, apparently Rohingya Muslims, fleeing displacement camps in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State and hoping to reach Malaysia, reported news agency. The boat is believed to be the third bound for Malaysia stopped in Myanmar waters since monsoon rains began to subside last month, bringing calmer weather, raising fears of a fresh wave of hazardous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers. Moe Zaw Latt, director of the government office in Dawei, a coastal town in southern Myanmar, said fishermen had reported a “suspicious” boat to authorities. The ...

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