Tag Archives: Rohingyas

Dhaka wants ‘safe heaven’ for Rohingyas


MNA Editorial Desk: Dhaka wants a “safe heaven” for the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals in Rakhine state by ensuring their safe, secured and dignified repatriation under the monitoring of India, China and other ASEAN nations. “We want a safe heaven for the Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and that haven has to be monitored by India, China and other ASEAN nations —As China and India are friendly to Myanmar, it may accept this proposal,” said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen in New Delhi last evening, BSS reports. Talking to BSS, Momen said that he requested his Indian counterpart ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: UN chief urges India


MNA Exclusive Desk: UN secretary general Antonio Guterres urged India to pressure Myanmar for the safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homeland. Speaking up for Bangladesh, he said, “It was unacceptable that countries like Bangladesh have to accept a million refugees. Generosity is inversely proportional to richness, I think.” Guterres reserved some of his sharpest commentary for the Myanmar authorities. “I have never seen a community so discriminated in the world as the Rohingya.” He acknowledged reform of the UN Security Council is necessary but much as he would want it, he was powerless to do it alone, ...

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Bangladesh, UN agree to address sexual violence against Rohingyas

MNA Exclusive Desk: The government of Bangladesh and the United Nations will jointly address conflict-related sexual violence committed against members of the Rohingya population forcibly displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The United Nations and the government of Bangladesh signed a ‘Framework of Cooperation’ in this regard, reported news agency. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Pramila Patten, after signing the document, said, “I believe that through this Framework of Cooperation the Rohingya survivors of sexual violence will benefit from enhanced service-delivery, accountability and protection.” During her two official visits to Bangladesh, in November 2017 ...

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Rohingyas put Cox’s Bazar’s biodiversity at risk: UN report


MNA Feature Desk: Some 4,300 acres of hills and forests were cut down to make temporary shelters for Rohingyas and ensure facilities and cooking fuel for them in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar threatening the biodiversity of the ecologically critical areas of the country, a new report of the United Nations. Some of the key impacts are likely to become irreversible if measures are not taken immediately, the report said. Since the influx in August 2017, coupled with the host community and Rohingyas from past influxes, the crisis-hit population is now almost 1.5 million in Cox’s Bazar, creating a ...

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Force Myanmar to take back Rohingyas: PM

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MNA National Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the international community to come up with specific effective steps to force Myanmar to take back their over one million forcibly displaced nationals living in Bangladesh as per the agreements signed between the two countries. “Bangladesh and Myanmar have inked bilateral agreements for the safe and permanent repatriation of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals. To continue the pressure on Myanmar for implementing the agreements, I urge the international community to take specific effective steps,” she said. The Prime Minister said this while inaugurating the Regional Hub of the Islamic Development ...

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UN urges ICC to probe atrocities against Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng has urged ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider the recommendation of its Chamber to decide on the opening of an investigation into the atrocities against Rohingyas without delay. He said the decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) provides victims an opportunity to access justice for some of the crimes they have endured, which is an important first step, reported news agency. Myanmar has refused to cooperate with any impartial investigation into the matter and continues to insist hiding behind its sovereign ...

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Myanmar generals had “genocidal intent” against Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday. The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report. In doing so, it “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes”, the report said. A year ago, government ...

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Rohingya Repatriation: FM to visit Myanmar soon

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MNA National Desk: Amid growing pressure on Myanmar to create conditions for the safe return of Rohingyas, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will soon visit Myanmar to see in person the conditions in Rakhine State, reported news agency. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Tuesday shared Minister Ali’s plan to visit Myanmar to see whether any visible progress is there in Rakhine. Haque spoke to journalists after inaugurating a workshop on maritime counter-terrorism in Dhaka. The decision follows a recent meeting between the foreign minister and Myanmar’s Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office Kyaw Tint Swe with Chinese Foreign ...

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ADB approves $ 100m grant for Rohingyas


MNA Business Desk: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved grant assistance of $100 million for Rohingyas- the first of an envisaged package totaling $200 million to help Bangladesh develop basic infrastructure and services for the displaced persons (Rohingyas). “Given the scale of the humanitarian needs, we are coordinating closely and promptly with World Bank and other development partners to support the government in addressing the crisis in Cox’s Bazar,” said ADB President Takehiko Nakao. Nakao received the request from Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, for grant assistance when they met in early May. Then ADB developed and processed the ...

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Planned attacks targetting Rohingyas continue: OHCHR


MNA Exclusive Desk: UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Monday that there are indications that well-organised attacks are continuing to target Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. “In Myanmar, as the council is aware, there are clear indications of well-organised, widespread and systematic attacks continuing to target the Rohingyas in Rakhine state as an ethnic group, amounting possibly to acts of genocide if so established by a court of law,” he said. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was delivering his opening statement and global update of human rights concerns at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council ...

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Malaysia intercepts boat carrying Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Malaysia has intercepted a boat carrying 56 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar off its northern island of Langkawi, authorities said on Tuesday, with rights groups expecting further perilous journeys by sea after last year’s surge in violence in Myanmar, reported news agency. The boat had stopped at an island in southern Thailand on Saturday after a storm, with officials there saying the refugees were heading to Malaysia. It had set sail from central Rakhine state in Myanmar, the U.N. refugee agency said. According to UN and other rights groups, some 700,000 mostly Muslim Rohingya fled their homes in ...

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Myanmar soldiers killed 10 Rohingyas


MNA International Desk: Myanmar’s military said on Wednesday its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after local Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement. It was a rare admission of wrongdoing by the Myanmar military during its operations in the western state of Rakhine. The army launched a sweeping counteroffensive in the north of the state in response to Rohingya militant attacks on Aug 25, triggering ...

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About 80pc Rohingyas want to return


MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 90 per cent Rohingyas, who have taken shelter in Bangladesh, personally witnessed or directly experienced violence in Myanmar, says a survey. The crackdown by Myanmar authorities since then led to a rapid mass migration of more than 647,000 Rohingya to enter Bangladesh, confirmed the “Rohingya Survey-2017” that documented the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims. However, 78 per cent of the Rohingya refugees surveyed said they would willingly return if the situation improves. About 16 per cent had no desire to return and only 6 per cent would return home unconditionally, the survey added. Xchange, an international ...

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Rohingya crisis: UN HR chief for action to stop this madness


MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN human rights chief on Tuesday condemned the ‘widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal’ attacks on Rohingyas as well as decades of discrimination and persecution. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged a Special Session of the UN Human Rights Council on the current situation of the minority Rohingya Muslim population in northern Rakhine State ‘to take the appropriate action to stop this madness now’. He asked: ‘How much do people have to endure before their suffering is acknowledged and their identity and rights are recognised, by their government and by the world?’ The High Commissioner urged the Council ...

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200,000 more Rohingyas to enter: IRC


MNA Exclusive Desk: The International Rescue Committee or IRC has said it expects a further 200,000 new arrivals in Bangladesh from Myanmar in coming weeks- bringing the total Rohingya population to over one million, reported news agency. A recent nutrition survey conducted by humanitarian agencies in Cox’s Bazar, led by International Rescue Committee partner Action Contre la Faim (ACF), has revealed shocking levels of malnutrition amongst Rohingya children, only further deepening fears of an impending, and very serious, public health crisis awaiting the world’s most vulnerable group of refugees. The survey revealed a severe acute malnutrition rate of 7.5%, nearly ...

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Khaleda insists on Myanmar to take back Rohingyas


MNA National Desk: BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has insists on the Myanmar government to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh for the ‘sake of humanity’. The former prime minister’s call came on Monday during her visit to the refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, when she also blamed the government for failing to take proper diplomatic efforts to send the Rohingyas back. More than 600,000 Rohingyas, mostly Muslims, have fled the Rakhine state in Buddhist-majority Myanmar since security forces responded to Rohingya militants’ attacks on Aug 25 by launching a crackdown. Bangladesh opened its border to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds after violence ...

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Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford


MNA International Desk: The city council has withdrawn Myanmar de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s Freedom of Oxford honour over the Rohingya crisis, reported news agency. The Myanmar state chancellor was given the honour in 1997 for her ‘long struggle for democracy’. However, in light of recent events, the Oxford City Council said it was ‘no longer appropriate’ for Suu Kyi to hold the honour. It was an ‘unprecedented step’ for the Oxford City Council, said council leader Bob Price, who supported the motion. St Hugh’s College, Oxford has already removed a portrait of the Myanmar leader it had displayed ...

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WFP to supply food for 500,000 Rohingyas


MNA Exclusive Desk: World Food Programme (WFP) will supply food assistance to 500,000 Rohingyas, who entered Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar. WFP Executive Director David Beasley announced the food support for Rohingya refugees when he met relief and disaster management minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya in a city hotel on Saturday, an official release said. Secretary of the ministry Md Shah Kamal and director general of disaster management department Md Reaz Ahmed, among others, were present at the meeting. The minister said UNICEF would provide assistances for education of Rohingya children. “It is not possible to give shelter to the ...

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Govt bans selling SIMs to Rohingyas


MNA National Desk: Government has prohibited sales of mobile phone SIMs to Rohingyas, who have crossed the border into Bangladesh fleeing violence in Myanmar. The move follows a week after the country’s police issued restrictions on the movement of refugees. Law-enforcers have been on the alert to stop them from spreading out and now the telecom authority has come up with restrictions. “According to inputs from the ground, the refugees are using mobile phones with SIM of Bangladesh operators. SIMs are not supposed to be activated without subscriber registrations,” State Minister for Telecom Tarana Halim said on Saturday. “Some people ...

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US gives additional $32m aid for Rohingyas


MNA International Desk: The United States is providing an additional nearly $32 million in humanitarian assistance to address the urgent needs of Rohingya fleeing violence in Rakhine State of Myanmar to Bangladesh, as well as internally displaced persons in Rakhine State, and host communities in Bangladesh. The United States announced this support during the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, reports news agency. Among other priorities, one of the primary themes of this year’s General Assembly is bolstering support for humanitarian assistance to ongoing emergencies, in particular for refugees and the communities that host them. The ...

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Seven Rohingyas died in boat capsize


MNA National Desk: Bodies of seven Rohingyas, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar, were found floating on the River Naf at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. Teknaf model police station officer-in-charge Main Uddin Khan confirmed recovery of the bodies. Police said some boats carrying Rohingya refugees to Shah Porir Dwip capsized on Tuesday night. Bodies of two children were also recovered from estuary of Naf near the Shah Porir Dwip in the night. Later, police recovered bodies of two men and a child from the Jaliapara area. An estimated 370,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees have fled ...

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18 bodies recovered as Rohingya boat capsizes


MNA National Desk: About 18 bodies including ten children and eight women were recovered on Thursday morning from Naf River in Shah Porir Dwip area in Teknaf upazila where a boat capsized in the river. The identity of the victims could not be known immediately. Local sources said hundreds of Rohingyas from Myanmar have already reached Shah Parir Dwip riding on boats last night. In a combined search of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard and Bangladesh police, 18 other bodies were recovered in the wee hours today, the official said. With this, the death toll from Rohingya boat capsize ...

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Allow Rohingyas to seek shelter in BD: UN


MNA National Desk: United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres has urged the Bangladesh authorities to continue to allow the Rohingyas fleeing violence to seek safety in Bangladesh. The UN chief made the appeal recognizing that Bangladesh has hosted generously refugees from Myanmar for decades. “The secretary general is deeply concerned at the reports of civilians being killed during security operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine State,” spokesman for the secretary general Stephane Dujarric quoted the UN chief as saying. “The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard,” he said. The secretary ...

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Boat with Rohingyas sent back to Myanmar


MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Coast Guard sent back a boat carrying 56 Rohingyas, who tried to enter Bangladesh through Noyapara area of Teknaf upazila in Cox’s Bazar, to Myanmar early Saturday. On the other hand, Whykong police camp detained 17 Rohingyas who entered Bangladesh illegally and handed them over to Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). However, the death toll in Friday’s militant attacks has risen to 89 with many more bodies of Rohingya insurgents found in areas around the scene of fighting. Many insurgents, injured during the attacks, were found dead in fields and roads around the zone of attack that ...

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Going Abroad for Work: A dilemma turned tragedy

MNA Editorial Desk: Every year, many Bangladeshis are going to abroad for work but this derived from some unemployment dilemma has turned to huge tragedy for us. Bangladesh is a small developing country of Southeast Asia and a major problem for this country is its huge population which drives scarcity of resources and opportunities for its people. The country is densely populated and it is said that, there is very low opportunity of work for the work-eligible people of the country. For last two-three decades millions of Bangladeshis went abroad for work. Many settled there and many kept earning their ...

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