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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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UNGA committee approves Rohingya resolution

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A UN committee has approved a resolution Friday condemning the continuing “gross human rights violations and abuses” against Rohingya Muslims who are treated as outsiders in Myanmar and were victims of a brutal campaign by the country’s military, reports news agency. The report says the General Assembly’s human rights committee approved the resolution by a vote of 142-10, with 26 abstentions. The resolution could formally be adopted by the 193-member world body in December. Myanmar neighbours China, Cambodia and Laos and Russia voted against the measure. Bangladesh, which has given refuge to approximately 1.1 million Rohingyas, voted ...

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‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’: Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

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MNA Exclusive Desk: For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home. “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in the Jamtoli Camp in southeast Bangladesh. Reuters identified and spoke ...

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Genocide still taking place in Myanmar: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, UN investigators said Wednesday. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh, and the estimated 250,000 to 400,000 who have stayed following last year’s brutal military campaign in the Buddhist-majority country “continue to suffer the most severe” restrictions and repression. “It is an ongoing genocide that is taking place at the moment,” he told a news conference Wednesday. Darusman ...

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US official discusses bilateral, Rohingya issues with FS

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Visiting US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells had a meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday. They discussed bilateral, regional and global pressing issues including Rohingya one. During the meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they also had a brief discussion on political affairs including upcoming elections, reported news agency. They discussed strengthening the Bangladesh-US partnership and collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific region. She reached Cox’s Bazar in the afternoon to visit Rohingya camps in the district that are sheltering nearly one ...

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UN expresses ‘great concern’ over India’s deportation of Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) voiced “great concern” for the safety and security of seven Rohingya men who have been sent home by Indian authorities, after reportedly being denied access to lawyers, or full consideration of their asylum applications. “[We] continue to seek clarification from the authorities on the circumstances under which these individuals were returned to Myanmar,” said Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for UNHCR, to journalists at the UN Office at Geneva. The deportation of Rohingya refugees took place as the UN Secretary General Antonio Guteress was visiting India last week. “On learning of their detention ...

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Myanmar’s delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused neighbouring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year. “I already have 160 million people in my country,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, when asked whether Bangladesh would be willing to walk back its policy against permanent integration. “I can’t take any other burden. I can’t take it. My country cannot bear.” Hasina was speaking to Reuters in New York, where she is attending the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders. The prime minister, who faces a national ...

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Myanmar’s ‘gravest crimes’ against Rohingyas demand action: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Catching up with villagers from Min Gyi who had escaped the Myanmar Army’s assault on their homes, the soldiers first killed all the men, shooting them and then methodically slitting the throats of those who lingered. Then they turned on the women and children. A United Nations Fact Finding Mission report on Tuesday cited the slaughter in Min Gyi, in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, as evidence that the army committed “the gravest crimes under international law” in clearance operations a year ago targeting the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. In Min Gyi, troops shot some of the ...

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Rohingya repatriation: Fake photo propaganda creates concerns

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MNA Editorial Desk: Even after more than a year, the fate of 7.5 lacs Rohingyas remains in uncertainty as they lost their rights to live on the soil where they were born and brought up. From august last year, this third phase of Rohingya influx to Bangladesh took place and as Bangladesh opened its door to provide shelters to these people who were brutally tortured by the Myanmar Army and their associate Buddhists, this number grew so large within a very short time. These men, women and children were forced to abandon their houses, lands, properties and lives. This is ...

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ICC decision opens a clear avenue for justice for Rohingya: AI

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Amnesty International has said the ICC decision is a significant step in the right direction which opens up a clear avenue of justice for the Rohingya who were driven out of their homes, often as soldiers opened fire on them and burned down their villages. The comment came following the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) ruling on Thursday that it has jurisdiction over Myanmar’s deportation of the Rohingya population to Bangladesh, a crime against humanity. Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Biraj Patnaik said during the Myanmar military’s horrifying campaign of ethnic cleansing more than 725,000 Rohingya women, men ...

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Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya crackdown

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on the crisis. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week over last year’s military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh. Monday’s report by a UN fact-finding mission said there was evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity “perpetrated on a massive scale”. In a session of the UN Security Council late Tuesday several countries—including the United States—called for Myanmar’s military leaders to face international ...

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Bangladesh says Myanmar isn’t tackling Rohingya concerns

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, said Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador in a letter to the UN Security Council. Bangladesh is urging the UN Security Council to take actions regarding the safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, as Myanmar is failing to tackle the concerns of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country. In a letter circulated Tuesday to the council, Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that, even though his government continues to engage with Myanmar “in good faith” about the repatriation ...

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Rohingya crisis: August is back again!

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MNA Editorial Desk: Tomorrow we are entering the month of August – a month which has several significances for us as a nation. This month contains the ‘National Mourning Day’.  On 15th August, 1975, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members was killed brutally by the anti-liberation war force. But, over such an important incidence of our national history, this month found a prolific significance last year. During August 2017, thousands of Rohingyas started to flee into Bangladesh from neighboring Myanmar as they were tortured and oppressed severely by the Myanmar Army. ...

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UNSC urges to create conditions for Rohingya return

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN Security Council urged Myanmar’s government on Monday to step up efforts to create conditions that will allow Rohingya Muslims who fled a violent crackdown to safely return to the country from neighbouring Bangladesh. The council stressed in a statement following closed briefings that progress is also needed by Myanmar on implementing agreements on relations with the UN refugee and development agencies and with Bangladesh on returning Rohingya, reported news agency. Security Council members again stressed “the importance of undertaking transparent and independent investigations in allegations of human rights abuses and violations.” The new UN special ...

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Key member resigns from Myanmar advisory panel

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A key member of an international advisory panel on Myanmar’s crisis-hit Rakhine state has resigned, telling news agency that the Aung San Suu Kyi-appointed board risks becoming “part of the problem” in a conflict that forced 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee. Retired Thai lawmaker and ambassador Kobsak Chutikul was secretary for the panel hand-picked by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise her government on how to handle the aftermath of a military campaign that drove the minority out of the country. Kobsak Chutikul said his position became untenable ahead of a second full meeting of ...

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