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Rohingya

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...

Rohingyas are full citizens of Myanmar

ROHINGYA crisis has been weighing on the world's conscience for decades.  The UN Human Rights Council lists Myanmar's 800, 000 Rohingya Muslims among the world's most persecuted minorities.  Residents of Myanmar for over 600 years, Rohingyas have been stripped of their Myanmar citizenship.    Oppression and expulsion have been repeatedly perpetrated on them by Myanmar's Buddhist majority for centuries.  An estimated 300,000 Rohingyas languish in Bangladeshi and Thai refugee camps. Rohingya villages have been cordoned off, and many Rohungyas have been...

Executive magistrates won’t get judicial power: Law minister

Executive magistrates won’t get judicial power: Law minister

As per relevant laws, there is no scope to provide judicial power to the executive magistrates, Law Minister Anisul Huq said today. The minister, however, said the government may provide power to the mobile courts to try and punish people for the offences related to drug and gambling. The government will amend the relevant laws if the home ministry takes initiatives in this regard, he said. Huq was talking to reporters after attending a session of deputy commissioners’ conference at Secretariat. The law minister said the government will issue a circular prohibiting marriage between Rohingya and Bangalee people in the country. The Quazis who will conduct such marriage will be punished, he said. Replying to...

World Refugee Day

Unresolved conflicts leading to prolonged displacement

AROUND the world, conflicts force large numbers of people to flee within or across national borders. In 1971, the Bangladeshi Liberation War created the largest refugee flow in the world and at the time no one knew how long the situation would last. Fortunately, the Bangladeshis could return home in less than a year, but many other refugees remain displaced for decades. Today, for the first time in the post-World War II era, more than 50 million people remain forcefully...

Root causes of Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar

Root causes of Rohingya crisis lie in Myanmar

The Daily Star (TDS): While the Rohingya plight came to the spotlight in 2012, UNHCR has been involved in this for a very long time. What is the UNHCR's role in dealing with the Rohingyas residing in Bangladesh? Stina Ljungdell (SL): For the past decades there has been movement by Rohingyas to Bangladesh; they...

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka seeks int’l support to solve Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has sought cooperation of the international community for the implementation of its National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals here.   Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, now in Geneva, conveyed the request while briefing the international community on the Bangladesh National Strategy to address the issue of undocumented Myanmar nationals. The Foreign...

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

UN concerned Rohingya excluded from Myanmar census

The UN agency helping Myanmar carry out its first census in decades said it was "deeply concerned" members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim population were not being counted, accusing the government of going back on its word. In village after village in the sectarian-torn state of Rakhine, enumerators were asking households to identify their...

FIRST CENSUS IN DECADES

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Myanmar bars name 'Rohingya'

Enumerators fanned out across Myanmar today for a census that has been widely criticised for stoking religious and ethnic tensions, after the government denied members of a long-persecuted Muslim minority the right to identify themselves as "Rohingya". And administrators in some parts of the country — including rebel controlled areas in Kachin and Wa...

For a successful Bimstec

WITH the ending of the third Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) Summit at Myanmar's capital Naypyidaw, one observation is starkly noticeable, that the special interest of regional diplomacy is attracting more countries by the day. But turning Bimstec into an effective regional cooperation has a precondition, and that is the strength of bilateral relations in particular. It is smooth, undisputed and friendly relation between member countries. It is better displayed through taking actions on...

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