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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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Aid Ship Organisers Thank ‘Gentleman’ Myanmar

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YANGON: Organisers of the Malaysian-led Rohingya aid ship thanked Myanmar for allowing them to drop off cargo at the port here over the past two days. Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim commended Myanmar’s help, calling the government “gentlemen.” “From the time we entered Myanmar waters, they made sure that we were all safe. “This…

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Rohingya Aid Ship To Dock In Chittagong

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ANDAMAN SEA: The Rohingya aid ship will stop at Chittagong port in Bangladesh after its government refused to let it dock in Teknaf, which is closer to the Myanmar border. The organisers hoped that Bangladesh would provide visas to the 185 passengers, mostly volunteers, on board the ship upon arrival at Chittagong. Chittagong is about…

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Rohingya Aid Ship’s Yangon Arrival Delayed By One Day

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ANDAMAN SEA: Strong water currents and winds will delay the Rohingya aid ship’s arrival in Yangon by at least one day, mission organisers said. Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim said the vessel, Nautical Aliya, was supposed to arrive in Yangon by 10.30pm on Feb 8, but would only reach it the day after at…

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Rohingya: Aung San Suu Kyi Doing Nothing But Rhetorics

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YANGON – Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the important role of the majority in protecting rights of the minorities, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Wednesday, according to China’s Xinhua news agency. Suu Kyi made the remarks when addressing a workshop responsible drafting rules that protect the rights of…

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Najib: Malaysia To Contribute RM10mil Towards Humanitarian Aid For Rohingya

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will contribute RM10mil to assist humanitarian efforts and social rehabilitation projects for the Rohingya community in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced the assistance in his speech at the extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers on the Rohingya, said the fund…

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Rohingyas: PM Najib Calls on Muslim States To Lead World In Taking Immediate Action

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Bismillahir rahmanir Rahim. His Excellency Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia; His Excellency Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj. Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia, Chair of the Extraordinary Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers on the Situation of the Rohingya Muslim Minority in Myanmar; His Excellency Dr Yousef…

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OIC Sec-Gen Lauds Malaysia’s Leading Role In Rohingya Issue

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KUALA LUMPUR – Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary-General Dr Yousef Ahmad Al-Othaimeen has lauded Malaysia’s leading role on the situation of Rohingya muslims in Myanmar. He said the special meeting on Rohingya Muslims called by Malaysia was a positive step for all 57 member nations of OIC to express their concern on the ongoing…

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Rohingya: M’sia To Push For Humanitarian Access At OIC Special Meeting

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia will ask for the Myanmar government’s cooperation to allow unimpeded access for humanitarian assistance for the Rohingyas in Rakhine. Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said this was among the three resolutions that Kuala Lumpur will push for during the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) special ministerial meeting on Rohingyas, here…

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Non Muslims Urged To Join In Fight For Rohingyas

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KUALA LUMPUR – Non-Muslims in the country are urged to come forward and join the fight for the fate of the Rohingyas who are being oppressed in Myanmar. Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the issue of violence was a crime against humanity and should not be viewed from a…

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UN Urged To End Rohingya ‘Human Crisis’

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More than a dozen Nobel laureates urged the UN to “end the human crisis” of Myanmar’s Rohingya minority group, whose members have been fleeing to Bangladesh to escape a bloody military crackdown. In an open letter addressed to the UN Security Council, 23 Nobel laureates, politicians, philanthropists and activists said on Friday “a human tragedy…

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Food Flotilla Headed For Myanmar

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PETALING JAYA: A “food flotilla” will depart from Malaysia for the Rakhine state in Myanmar next month. The flotilla is expected to deliver almost 1,000 tonnes of rice, medical aid and other essential supplies to the state that fronts the Bay of Bengal. The flotilla is expected to leave Port Klang on Jan 10 and…

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Syed Hamid: Separate Registration System For Rohingya Refugees Should Be Created

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SELAYANG: Malaysia should implement a separate registration system to keep track of Rohingya refugees in the country, says Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Special Envoy for Myanmar told reporters that at present, many Rohingyas were unable to find jobs, get education for their children or even seek medical attention.…

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Ngos Perform Joint Prayer For Malaysia And Ethnic Rohingyas

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KOTA KINABALU – Islamic agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Sabah yesterday joined forces to organise a prayer for Malaysia and Rohingyas as a sign of solidarity and support for ethnic Rohingya Muslims oppressed in Myanmar. The programme managed by the state Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (ABIM) included a religious talk by Sabah Mufti Datuk…

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