A rare look inside Bangladesh’s island camp for Rohingya refugees

A rare look inside Bangladesh’s island camp for Rohingya refugees | 101 East Documentary

Al Jazeera English – 6-10-2022

Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest refugee camp, hosting more than a million Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown by Myanmar’s military in 2017.

Bangladesh’s Identity Crisis: To be or Not to be secular

Fifty years after it gained its independence, Bangladesh’s commitment to secularism remains shaky.

thediplomat – By Shafi Md Mostofa – December 06, 2021

Bangladesh’s Identity Crisis: To Be or Not to Be Secular
Hundreds of Hindus protesting against attacks on temples and the killing of two Hindu devotees shout slogans in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, October 18, 2021.Credit: AP Photo/Mahmud Hossain Opu

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.

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China lays out three-point plan to ease Rohingya crisis

South China Morning Post

Beijing on more proactive tack in the region with offer to Bangladesh and Myanmar, observers say

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 10:50pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 19 November, 2017, 11:26pm

China has offered to help Bangladesh and Myanmar resolve the Rohingya crisis, a move Chinese analysts said reflected Beijing’s more proactive and conciliatory tack on regional affairs.

Arriving in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw on Sunday after a stop in Bangladesh, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also said the international community must help fight poverty and promote development in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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Rohingya refugee camp capacity exhausted in Bangladesh: UN

Daily Star

270,000 Rohingyas seek refuge in past two weeks

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.

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. Tiếp tục đọc “Rohingya refugee camp capacity exhausted in Bangladesh: UN”

Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?

Monday, 28 August 2017 06:00 GMT

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. Tiếp tục đọc “Can technology help Bangladesh end mass arsenic poisoning?”

Rohingya flee for Bangladesh as fresh violence erupts in Myanmar


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. Tiếp tục đọc “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



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.

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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. Tiếp tục đọc “Bangladesh Is Vanishing The Opposition”

UN: Rohingya may be enduring ‘crimes against humanity’


UN: Rohingya may be enduring ‘crimes against humanity’

Bangladesh turns away Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar crackdown as the UN decries “pattern of violations”.

Rohingya Muslims have fled en masse as Myanmar cracks down on northern region [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]
Rohingya Muslims have fled en masse as Myanmar cracks down on northern region [Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims may be victims of crimes against humanity, the United Nation’s rights agency has said, as former UN chief Kofi Annan arrived to the country for a visit that will include a trip to the conflict-ravaged region of Rakhine.

The army has carried out a bloody crackdown in the western state and thousands of the Muslim minority have flooded over the border into Bangladesh this month, making horrifying claims of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of security forces.

Some 30,000 have fled their homes and analysis of satellite images by Human Rights Watch found that hundreds of buildings in Rohingya villages have been razed. Tiếp tục đọc “UN: Rohingya may be enduring ‘crimes against humanity’”