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Rohingya Boat Heading To Aceh, Not Malaysia

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BANGKOK – The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has not discounted the possibility that a boat ferrying a group of Rohingya which landed in Aceh today, was the same vessel sighted near the Phang Nga waters in southern Thailand, two days ago. Since its detection near the Phang Nga waters, the wooden boat with about 60…

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Myanmar ‘Not Ready For Rohingya’

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YANGON – Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns…

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Fear And Isolation For Remaining Rohingya

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MRAUK U (Myanmar) – By the twisted standards of Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Abdullah is one of its more fortunate Rohingya residents. The 34-year-old is alive, his village is intact and he is able to make a living – albeit a meagre one – in his homeland as a farmer. Abdullah’s Rohingya Muslim minority are disappearing…

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Bangladesh Sees Little foreign Funds For Rohingya Refugee Island

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NEW YORK – Bangladesh is not expecting much help from foreign donors as it forges ahead with plans to relocate 100,000 Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited island, an undertaking that does not yet have a timeline, a state minister said in an interview. The minister of state for foreign affairs, Mohammed Shahriar Alam, told Reuters…

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Rohingya Plight No Longer A Domestic Issue

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SYDNEY – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the situation in Rakhine State in Myanmar and suffering of the Rohingya people and their displacement could no longer be considered a domestic issue. The problem, he stressed, should not be looked through the humanitarian prism alone as it could potentially develop into a…

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Brutal Army Of Myanmar Kill 6,700 Rohingya In A Month

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  YANGON – At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in attacks during the first month of a military crackdown in Myanmar in late August, Médecins Sans Frontières estimates. The aid group interviewed several thousand Rohingya refugees in four camps in Bangladesh in late October and early November, asking how many members of their families had…

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Pope Francis Ends Asia Tour After Meeting Rohingya

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  DHAKA – Pope Francis wrapped up a high-stakes Asia tour Saturday after meeting Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar. The Catholic leader flew out of Dhaka after visiting a hospital run by the order of Mother Theresa and addressing thousands of…

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Rohingya: Myanmar’s Hardline Buddhist Keep Lying

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  YANGON – The monks, clad in vermillion robes and flip flops, line up from old to young to receive a meal in their alms bowls — rice, vegetables, cookies — all donated by local villagers. It’s a potent act of religious devotion that takes place every day across countless communities in Myanmar, an overwhelmingly…

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Rohingya Humanitarian Mission Arrives In Chittagong

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  CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh: Thirteen Malaysian MPs on a humanitarian aid mission to the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar arrived at the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport, here today. The group boarded a bus to Cox’s Bazar, about 143km away, in a journey which would take about five hours. The delegation, led by Dewan Rakyat…

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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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