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Give Rohingyas citizenship

The United Nations has adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Naypyidaw to scrap a controversial identity plan. The measure was adopted on Friday by consensus in the General Assembly's rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which had sought stronger language. The resolution expresses "serious concern" over the plight of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 140,000 people live in squalid camps...

Myanmar profits off Rohingya exodus

The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press,...

Rohingya camps to be shifted

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government has planned for shifting Rohingya refugees to suitable places from the existing camps at Kutupalang and Nayapara in Cox's Bazar. She was speaking at a meeting with the high officials of the disaster management and relief ministry at Bangladesh Secretariat. The Rohingya refugees will be shifted to a wider area as they are now living in a very inhumane condition, PM's Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury told newsmen after the meeting, quoting the...

UN to 'end' statelessness in 10yrs

UN to 'end' statelessness in 10yrs

The UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, is to launch a campaign to end statelessness worldwide within 10 years. It estimates that at least 10 million people are currently stateless, having neither nationality nor passport. This can lead to denial of their access to medical care, education and political rights, such as voting. The UNHCR wants to...

Rohingya refugees trafficked to Thailand

People-smugglers kidnapped dozens of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh after duping them with fake job offers, and trafficked them to a rubber plantation in southern Thailand, officials said yesterday. The 53 men -- mostly Rohingya refugees from Myanmar but also including Bangladeshi citizens -- were found on Saturday on the plantation in Takua Pa district in the southern Thai coastal province of Phang Nga. "Two Thai men have been charged with human trafficking," Nappadon Thiraprawat of Takua Pa police told AFP. The...

Ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas

QUITE predictably, the 2014 national census of Myanmar has come back to haunt the ethnic Rohingyas.  Media reports inform that the Myanmarese government has devised a new plan under which members of the Rohingya community would be given the thorny choice: accept ethnic reclassification and the prospect of citizenship or be detained.  Under the new arrangement the community members would be required to identify themselves as 'Bengalis' (and not as 'Rohingyas') or face detention. Plans are underway to “construct...

Editorial

Register as Bengalis or....

ACCORDING to a news report carried in this paper on Sunday the Myanmar government has drafted a plan to offer the Rohingyas an option to register as 'Bengalis' or face detention in camps. This either-or-option for an ethnic group that has been living in that country for several centuries and suffering unbridled persecution there for a long time is really asking them to choose between the devil and the deep sea. Bangladesh has a real concern about the Rohingyas and...

Food cards for 32,000 Rohingya refugees

With a smile on his face, sexagenarian Abu Sayeed was walking to his home at the Rohingya refugee camp at Kutupalong of Ukhia on Thursday. He was carrying a shopping bag packed with rice, pulses and vegetables. “I'm happy to have the opportunity to buy most of the essentials from the shop inside our camp. Previously we could buy only five items from there, but now we can have 13 items,” said Sayeed, a government-registered Rohingya refugee, who has been...

Editorial

Repatriation of Rohingyas

THE 8th round of foreign office consultations between Bangladesh and Myanmar has yielded some good results. The Rohingya issue, particularly expatriation of Rohingya refugees, who have been bearing tremendous hardship in refugee camps, over two decades in some cases, has been the major stumbling block in the improvement of our bilateral relationship. We are happy to note that a definite progress has been made by Myanmar's fresh commitment to start the process of repatriation of the stranded Rohingya refugees...

Myanmar agrees to take back its verified citizens

Myanmar agrees to take back its verified citizens

In a major breakthrough, Myanmar has agreed to take back its verified citizens living in two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar of Bangladesh in next two months.  Initially, they will take back 2,415 people, who have been verified as Myanmar citizens in 2005, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque told reporters after a meeting...

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