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ASEAN Leaders Want Myanmar To Address Plight Of Rohingya

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MANILA – ASEAN leaders want the Myanmar government to continue to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and take steps to address the Rohingya refugee crisis. In the chairman’s statement released two days after the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits, the leaders expressed…

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Malaysia Builds Hospital For Rohingya Refugees In Bangladesh

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COX’S BAZAR (Bangladesh) – Malaysia will build a field hospital at a cost of RM3.5 million in the refugees camp housing the Rohingya ethnic community here, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The deputy prime minister said the hospital would be built within a month’s time as soon as it was approved by the…

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Rohingya Imam Witnessed Wife, Daughter Killed By Soldiers

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COX’S BAZAR (Bangladesh) – Witnessing his wife and daughter die at the hands of the Myanmar military was a traumatic experience for Muhammad Sidiq, the imam of a mosque in Mondu Village, in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. The tragedy forced the 78-year-old imam to flee to Bangladesh and become among the many ethnic Rohingya refugees who…

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Zahid To Travel To Cox’s Bazaar To Assess Rohingya Refugees Situation

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  PUTRAJAYA – Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will travel to Cox’s Bazar to asses the situation of Rohingya refugees during his upcoming working visit to Bangladesh. According to Wisma Putra, Ahmad Zahid would make a two-day working visit to Bangladesh from Oct 15, his first trip to the country since…

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Latest UN Human Rights Report Calls Rohingya Attacks A Ploy To Force Them To Flee

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  NEW YORK – The latest United Nations human rights report suggests that brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systematic attacks were carried out against Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority aimed at not just forcing them to flee but also preventing their return to Myanmar. The report, compiled after conducting on-site interviews in Bangladesh’s Cox Bazar, the site…

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Suu Kyi Calls For ‘Speeding Up Measures For Rehabilitation In Rakhine’

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  YANGON – Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has called for speeding up measures for humanitarian aid, rehabilitation, resettlement and development in conflict-torn northern Rakhine state, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Myanmar News Agency. At a coordination meeting held at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday, Suu Kyi…

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12 Confirmed Dead After Rohingya Boat Capsizes Off Bangladesh

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DHAKA – Twelve bodies were recovered after a boat with scores of Rohingyas on board capsized at the mouth of the Naf river that divides Myanmar and Bangladesh, China’s Xinhua news agency reported a police official as saying on Monday. “Bodies of 10 children, one man and one woman have so far been recovered,” said…

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At Least 12 Rohingya, Mainly Children, Drown In Latest Boat Disaster

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – At least 12 Rohingya Muslim refugees, mainly children, drowned when their boats capsized on the way to Bangladesh, police said on Monday, the latest victims of violence in Myanmar that has forced more than half a million people from their homes. The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern…

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Rohingya: Former UN Mandate Holders Call Myanmar To Stop Genocide

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KUALA LUMPUR – Sixteen former United Nations (UN) Special Procedures Mandate Holders have jointly called for the Myanmar government, specifically to Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, to stop the genocide, ethnic cleansing and arson of Rohingya. They also strongly encourage all heads of states and government to use the current UN General Assembly in…

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City Of Oxford Strips Aung San Suu Kyi Of Human Rights Award

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  LONDON – Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of a human rights award by the City of Oxford, where she was an undergraduate, as British institutions increasingly distance themselves from the beleaguered former rights icon. Oxford City Council voted unanimously this week to recommend Suu Kyi’s Freedom of the City award…

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UN Chief Urges Myanmar To End Rohingya ‘Nightmare’

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  COX’S BAZAR (Bangladesh) – UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the “nightmare” faced by Rohingya refugees fleeing an army campaign, even as more than 60 people were feared to have drowned when a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have poured into Bangladesh…

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Tribunal Finds Myanmar Guilty Of Genocide

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  KUALA LUMPUR – The Permanent Peoples Tribunal’s (PPT) found the State of Myanmar guilty of the crime of genocide against the Kachin people and other Muslim groups, including the Rohingyas. In a unanimous decision, former President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, Daniel Feierstein who headed a seven-member panel, ruled the prosecution had…

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Rohingya: Malaysia Strongly Questioned Myanmar’s Manner

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  MANILA – Malaysia Thursday strongly questioned the manner in which Myanmar addressed the Rohingya issue, saying that country had denied permission for the international community to provide humanitarian aid to the ethnic group and, more disappointingly, killed Rohingya women and children as well. Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said…

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Rights Group Urges New Myanmar Sanctions Over Rohingya Crisis

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YANGON – A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on Aug.…

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Bangladesh Hospital Taking Rohingya Victims

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  CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh – Over flowing with patients, many of them lying on thin, dirty mattresses on the floor, the Chittagong Hospital in Bangladesh is at breaking point. The facility acts as the main trauma center — and the main lifeline — for Rohingya who have been injured fleeing violence in Myanmar. Of the more…

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Al Qaeda Warns Myanmar Of ‘Punishment’ Over Rohingya

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AL QAEDA militants have called for support for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face “punishment” for its “crimes.” The exodus of Muslim refugees from Buddhist-majority Myanmar was sparked by a fierce security force response to a series…

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Rohingya Crisis: Jakim Calls For Special Prayers

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PUTRAJAYA — The Malaysia Islamic Development Department (Jakim) is calling on mosques and surau across the country to hold ‘solat hajat’ (special prayers for fulfilment of a wish) this coming Friday to pray that the Rohingya crisis will not prolong. In a statement, Jakim director-general Tan Sri Othman Mustapha said the ‘solat hajat’ would be…

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Malaysia Wants Superpowers To Act Against Rohingya Oppression

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  BAGAN DATUK – Malaysia wants the world’s superpowers to play their part to stop the violence on the ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine, Myanmar and resolve the issue, says Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. He said the matter would be voiced out by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during…

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Najib: Bangladesh Is Not Alone In Rohingya Issue

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  SUBANG – Malaysia will not allow the Bangladeshi Government to tackle the issue of Rohingya refugees on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border alone, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. The prime minister said Malaysia would do all it could to provide them with humanitarian aid. “According to the Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Malaysia, about 350,000 Rohingya…

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Rohingya: Malaysia Ready To Provide Temporary Shelter

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s coast guard will not turn away Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar and is willing to provide temporary shelter for them, the maritime agency’s chief said on Friday. Rohingya insurgents attacked several police posts and an army base in Myanmar on Aug 25. The ensuing clashes and a military counter-offensive has…

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Perlis Mufti Calls On Muslims To Help Rohingya In Rakhine

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KANGAR – Perlis Mufti Assoc. Prof Dr Mohd Asr Zainul Abidin called on Muslims in the country to assist their Rohingya brothers and sisters who were being oppressed and attacked by the Myanmar military. He said Muslims should show the world that Islam loved peace. “Show the spirit of brotherhood and our sympathy to our…

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Rohingnya Crisis: Myanmar & Suu Kyi Faces World Anger

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YANGON – Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai and mainly Muslim countries in Asia led a growing chorus of criticism on Monday aimed at Myanmar and its civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi over the plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick…

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17 Rohingya, Including Children, Drown Fleeing Myanmar

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  COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Bangladesh coastguards on Thursday found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border. Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross…

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Protest Outside Myanmar Embassy, 44 Arrested

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KUALA LUMPUR – Forty-four ethnic Rohingya were detained by police today for holding an illegal protest gathering in front of the Tabung Haji (TH) building in Jalan Tun Razak, here. Kuala Lumpur police chief, Datuk Amar Singh Ishar Singh said they were detained for trying to create provocation when police ordered them to disperse. He…

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Thousands Flee To Border As Myanmar Violence Flares

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COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – More than 18,000 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and some with bullet wounds, have fled the worst violence to grip northwest Myanmar in at least five years, while thousands more are stuck at the Bangladesh border or scrambling to reach it. Friday’s series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces…

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Myanmar Security Forces Fire On Fleeing Rohingya

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  COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh – Myanmar security forces fired mortars and machine guns at terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing northern Rakhine State for Bangladesh on Saturday, according to an AFP reporter and a border official at the scene, as clashes which have killed scores continued for a second day. The fighting, concentrated around remote border villages,…

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Myanmar Security Operation In Rakhine ‘Major Concern’

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  GENEVA – A UN rights expert voiced alarm Friday at a growing security operation in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine State, where the government has been accused of widespread abuses against Rohingya Muslims. Reacting to reports that an army battalion was flown into Rakhine Thursday to help local authorities boost security in the region, UN special…

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Thai Cops Detain 27 Rohingya Trying To Enter Malaysia

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NARATHIWAT: Thai authorities detained 27 ethnic Rohingya in the Salamai sub-district of Tak Bai early Saturday for allegedly trying to enter Malaysia. Narathiwat Regional Immigration chief Col Noppadol Rakchart said those detained — 22 men, three women and two children — were arrested in a lorry at 1.30am. “The lorry driver, identified as Somrak, disclosed…

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UN Human Rights Council Meeting Pivotal To Address Rohingya Crisis

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KUALA LUMPUR – The United Nations Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month to discuss issues on Rohingya is timely and would be the decisive platform to put pressure on Myanmar, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Special Envoy for Myanmar, Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, said. Numerous demands have been made by the international…

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U.S Accepts Rohingya Refugees From Indonesia

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JAKARTA: Rohingya Muslim refugees, who are currently staying in Indonesia, will likely head to the U.S. soon despite the tough immigration policy by President Donald Trump. American representatives in Medan and Makassar have begun to resettle Rohingya Muslim refugees, giving light to the country’s recently eclipsed image as the world’s beacon of democracy, freedom and…

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