In a couple of weeks, Bangladesh will celebrate the golden jubilee of its victory in the liberation war against Pakistan. Fifty years have passed since it became independent, and secular nationalist forces gained the upper hand over religious ones in the war. However, Bangladesh has not been able to secure its secularism.
Concerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years.
About 270,000 Rohingyas fleeing violence in Myanmar have sought refuge in Bangladesh in the past two weeks, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says. Photo: Anisur Rahman
Reuters, Cox’s Bazar
Amid a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state, UNHCR today called for urgent action to address the root causes of the recent surge in violence, so that people are no longer compelled to flee and can eventually return home in safety and dignity.
The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”.
They are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country.
The Rohingya speak Rohingya or Ruaingga, a dialect that is distinct to others spoken in Rakhine State and throughout Myanmar. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless. Tiếp tục đọc “Who are the Rohingya Muslims?”→
An estimated 5 percent of deaths in Bangladesh are attributable to drinking water with high levels of arsenic, researchers sayBy Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK, Aug 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Almost a quarter of a century after public health experts discovered mass public poisoning in Bangladesh caused by water contaminated with arsenic, the government is planning a new push to end the scourge, while researchers are designing an app to find safe sites for new wells.
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said Sunday (Aug 27), just hours after Myanmar troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s government is moving forward with a plan to relocate Rohingya refugees staying in camps near the country’s largest tourist resort towns to a remote island that is underwater for much of the year.
A cabinet order on Thursday directed officials to have the refugees transferred to Thengar Char, an island in the Bay of Bengal that is lashed by high tides year round and submerged during the monsoon season. The suggestion that they be moved to the largely uninhabitable marshland several hours by boat from the mainland drew criticism from around the world.
A woman believed to be a member of a militant group blew herself up on Saturday during a police raid on an apartment on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital city. It was one of two suicide bombings during the raid of the apartment, thought to be a den for the group.
By REUTERS. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.
DHAKA, Bangladesh — A woman and a man suspected of being militants blew themselves up on Saturday on the outskirts of this city, the capital, during a police raid on an apartment believed to be a den for a militant group, the police said.
“This is the first incident in the country where a female militant committed suicide” by detonating explosives on her body, said Masudur Rahman, deputy commissioner of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
When the plainclothes police came for Mir Ahmad bin Quasem, they didn’t even give him time to put on his shoes. According to his wife, at around 11 p.m. on Aug. 9, the young lawyer was dragged down the steps of their first-floor apartment in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, and into an unmarked van. Their two young daughters ran behind, screaming. Tiếp tục đọc “Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition”→