UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal

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First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclear

Rohingya Hindu refugees stand outside their make shift shelters at a refugee camp near Cox’s bazar, Bangladesh.

 

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.

Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week. Rights groups said it remained unclear whether refugees would be forced to return against their will. Continue reading “UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal”

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Rohingya refugee camp capacity exhausted in Bangladesh: UN

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270,000 Rohingyas seek refuge in past two weeks

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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.

In the last two weeks an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have sought safety in Bangladesh, UNHCR spokesperson Duniya Aslam Khan told a press briefing in Geneva today. Continue reading “Rohingya refugee camp capacity exhausted in Bangladesh: UN”

Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

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Why are the more than one million Rohingya in Myanmar considered the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’?

Newly arrived Rohingya refugees sit inside a shelter at the Kutupalang refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

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Who are the Rohingya?

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. Continue reading “Who are the Rohingya Muslims?”

Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?

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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.

About 20 million Bangladeshis, or one in eight, have been drinking water with arsenic levels higher than the government’s limit of 50 microgrammes (μg) per litre, said Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, geology department chair at the University of Dhaka. Continue reading “Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?”

Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence

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A woman holds a child in her arms as she arrives at Yathae Taung township in Rakhine state after fleeing violence in their home village. (Photo: AFP/Wai Moe)

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.

Police intercepted a group of 70 Rohingya late Saturday after they crossed the “zero line” border zone, where Myanmar soldiers earlier fired mortars and machine guns at villagers making the dangerous dash from the northern state of Rakhine into Bangladesh. Continue reading “Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence”

Rohingya flee for Bangladesh as fresh violence erupts in Myanmar

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Displaced Rohingya people from Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state are gathered at the border town of Ukhiya after Bangladeshi border guards stopped them from entering Bangladesh on Aug 26. efugees towards Bangladesh. (Photo: AFP/STR)

Bangladesh reinstalls controversial statue after outcry

 
A statue denounced by religious hardliners as “un-Islamic” is pictured on the grounds of the Supreme Court in Dhaka after it was reinstalled on May 28, 2017. (Photo: AFP)

DHAKA: Bangladesh on Sunday (May 28) reinstalled a controversial statue deemed un-Islamic by religious hardliners on the grounds of the Supreme Court, just days after its removal had sparked angry protests by secular groups. Continue reading “Bangladesh reinstalls controversial statue after outcry”

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh to Be Relocated to Remote Island

The Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, this month. The United Nations has called the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group denied citizenship in Myanmar, the most persecuted minority in the world. Credit Allison Joyce/Getty Images

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.

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2 Suspected Militants Detonate Suicide Bombs During a Police Raid in Bangladesh

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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.

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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.

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Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition

Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition

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. Continue reading “Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition”