Rohingya refugees - updates

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Myanmar files 1st Rohingya case report to top U.N. court

May 25, 2020 - 9:32 PM

The contents of Myanmar's report will remain confidential until its judges decide to make it public

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

Bangladesh ready to repatriate 3,500 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:08 AM

Bangladesh refugee commissioner Mohammad Abul Kalam says he is 'optimistic' about a new repatriation process scheduled to start on Thursday, August 22

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Outcry as ASEAN predicts 'smooth' Rohingya return to Myanmar

Jun 07, 2019 - 8:43 PM

Amnesty International says it is 'astonishing' the report failed to mention the military atrocities that drove the Rohingya out, the continued segregation of those who remained, or ongoing armed conflict in Rakhine

ROHINGYA RETURN? A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

U.S. VP Mike Pence criticizes Suu Kyi over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Pence adds to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honor revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018.  Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP

Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honor

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:45 PM

'Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you,' says the group

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Myanmar orders Rohingya to leave tense border zone

May 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The messages, broadcast in Burmese and Rohingya, warned the refugees to 'leave the area under Myanmar's jurisdiction or face prosecution'

Rohingya will be safe in areas 'designated' for them – Myanmar army chief

May 05, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing also cast doubt on the allegations raised by refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom shared stories of extrajudicial killings, arson and rape

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

May 01, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence – reports verified by conflict monitors – but Min Aung Hlaing says his forces have 'no such history of sexual abuse'

ON ROHINGYA. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Conditions in Myanmar 'not conducive' to Rohingya return – UN

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations says Myanmar must still address 'critical issues of freedom of movement, social cohesion, livelihoods, and access to services'

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims wait in makeshift camps before finding a way to cross over into Bangladesh. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:55 PM

The Rohingya refugees are vulnerable to deadly landslides and floods, particularly in the Cox's Bazar region

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Rohingya returnees won't be kept in camps 'forever' – Myanmar official

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Myanmar has been trumpeting its readiness to take back refugees, who are massed across the border in Bangladesh, and built reception centers and transit camps for returnees

MODEL. Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a 'model' village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated by Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Rohingya exodus still growing, 6 months into crisis

Feb 25, 2018 - 8:37 PM

Myanmar denies seeking to eradicate the minority but refuses to give UN investigators access to an area where thousands of Rohingya are believed to have been killed

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Myanmar denies report of mass graves in Rakhine

Feb 03, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Myanmar denies the allegation, saying it launched a proportionate crackdown on Rohingya rebels

REFUGE. A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as she sits in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

PH joins China, Russia vs UN criticism of Myanmar over Rohingya

Dec 25, 2017 - 10:07 AM

The Philippines is one of 10 countries that voted against a UN resolution urging Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya

PERSECUTION. A child crying at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by EPA

HRW: Myanmar burned Rohingya villages despite refugee deal

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Human Rights Watch says dozens of buildings were burned the same week Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on November 23

SCORCHED. This file photo taken on September 27, 2017 shows and aerial view of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. Photo by STR/AFP

#GiftofHope: Atom Araullo on why Filipinos should care about the Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Just trust in our capacity to care. Ang mga Pilipino, malaki ang mga puso niyan. Puwede nating suportahan ang mga kababayan natin dito habang sinusuportahan ang mga mamamayang nakakaranas ng karahasan at pambubusabos,' says journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo

ROHINGYA. Atom Araullo talked to Rappler about why they should care about the Rohingya. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/UNHCR

Pope Francis ends Asia tour after meeting Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 3:38 PM

(UPDATED) 'In the name of all those who have persecuted you, who have harmed you, in the face of the world's indifference, I ask for your forgiveness,' says Pope Francis

VISIT. Pope Francis (R) kisses a child as he meets with sick people and staff members of the Mother Teresa House clinic in Dhaka's Tejgaon neighborhood on December 2, 2017. Photo by Andrew Medichini / POOL / AFP

Pope leads Dhaka mass before Rohingya meeting

Dec 01, 2017 - 1:45 PM

Francis, the first pope to visit Muslim-majority Bangladesh in 31 years, arrives in a locally-made popemobile at Suhrawardy Udyan park where nearly 100,000 people wait to celebrate the mass

MASS. Pope Francis performs rituals as he leads mass for Bangladeshi Christians in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo PINTO/AFP

EU's Mogherini 'encouraged' by Rohingya talks with Suu Kyi

Nov 20, 2017 - 2:33 PM

But Federica Mogherini's optimistic tone appears sharply at odds with the realities on the ground in a crisis that has seen 620,000 Rohingya flee rape, murder and arson

TALKS. Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (L) speaks with EU Foreign Policy Representative Federica Mogherini (R) after a family photo during the 13th Asia-Europe (ASEM) foreign ministers' meeting in Naypyidaw on November 20, 2017. Aung Htet/AFP

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

Why ASEAN must intervene in the Rohingya crisis

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:59 PM

'Nearly 5 years later, this issue is now a full-blown humanitarian crisis and it’s time for the Association of South-East Asian nations (ASEAN) to present a regional response'

REGIONAL ISSUE. The Rohingya issue is no longer just Myanmar's but the whole of ASEAN's.

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

At least 14 dead as Rohingya refugee boat sinks off Bangladesh

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:20 AM

(UPDATED) Coast guard and border guard officials say the boat was overloaded with about 100 people when it sank in the mouth of the Naf river

Bangladesh police hunt man who married Rohingya refugee

Oct 08, 2017 - 6:05 PM

(UPDATED) Marriages between Bangladeshis and Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees are banned in Bangladesh

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar say army redoubling push to clear villages

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Myanmar's Rakhine state is already emptied of half of its Rohingya population, and more are on the move

Rohingya Muslim refugees disembark from a boat to go in a camp for refugees after they crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf on October 3, 2017. The United Nations has said it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Two thousand Rohingya mass on Myanmar coast to join exodus

Sep 30, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The refugees follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing."

EXODUS. Rohingya Muslim refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour / AFP

UN chief tells Myanmar to end 'nightmare' as 19 drown in Rohingya boat capsize

Sep 29, 2017 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) 'The situation has spiraled into the world's fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,' says UN chief Antonio Guterres

DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Bangladesh eases charity access to Rohingya, seeks $250-M for aid

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:56 PM

The government NGO Affairs Bureau clears 30 local and international groups to meet 'emergency needs' in camps and says more will follow

RELIEF. Bangladeshi soldiers distribute rice to Rohingya refugees at the refugee camp of Balukhali near Gumdhum on September 25, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Western powers warn Suu Kyi on Rohingya before speech

Sep 19, 2017 - 7:36 AM

UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson warns that the violence in Rakhine state is 'a stain on the country's reputation' so soon after its transition to democratic rule

LIVING IN SQUALOR. Rohingya Muslim refugees look on as they stand near temporary shelters in Balukhali refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

UN urged to punish Myanmar army over Rohingya 'atrocities'

Sep 18, 2017 - 2:52 PM

(UPDATED) The mass exodus of Rohingya refugees to neighboring Bangladesh has billowed into an humanitarian emergency as aid groups struggle to provide relief to a daily stream of new arrivals

MISERY. A Rohingya refugee holds an umbrella during rain in Bangladesh's Balukhali refugee camp on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Bangladesh to build 14,000 shelters for Rohingya

Sep 16, 2017 - 3:44 PM

Bangladesh authorities says they will build a massive camp on an 800-hectare plant for homeless Rohingya Muslim refugees

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

Myanmar 'to provide aid' to displaced Rohingya inside country

Sep 09, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine fleeing burning villages the army and ethnic Rakhine mobs only to become stranded in hills without food water shelter or medical care

PROTESTS. Ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, outside the Myanmar Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on November 25, 2016. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: September 2-8, 2017

Sep 09, 2017 - 12:36 PM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

BORDER ART. An artwork by French artist JR on the US-Mexico border in Tecate, California, United States on September 6, 2017. Photo by Guillermo Arias/AFP

A year on, Rohingya trapped in desperate limbo

May 03, 2016 - 11:03 AM

One year after struggling ashore during Southeast Asia s human trafficking crisis hundreds of desperate Rohingya migrants remain in limbo forgotten footnotes as record numbers worldwide flee violence and persecution

IN LIMBO. This picture taken on May 14, 2015 shows Rohingya migrants on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe in the Andaman. Christophe Archambault/File/AFP

Myanmar's Rohingya left behind by election gains – UN

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:31 PM

The United Nations says the Rohingya must not be forgotten as Myanmar goes through a democratic transformation

epa04908860 A Rohingya woman washes the clothes of children at the Thet Kel Pyin muslim refugees camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 02 September 2015. According to a press release by an ASEAN parliamentarians organisation, the Rakhine State Election Commission banned various members of Rohingya ethnic minority from running for reelection and election in the Myanmar general elections to be held on 08 November. The disqualification was made on the basis of citizenship grounds. EPA/NYUNT WIN

Rappler Talk: Why the PH is a safe haven for refugees

Jun 18, 2015 - 7:30 AM

The Rohingya weren t the first group of refugees to seek asylum in the Philippines

Waisak, umat Buddha Malang galang dana untuk pengungsi Rohingya

Jun 02, 2015 - 8:56 PM

Aksi ini adalah kesadaran kemanusiaan umat Buddha di vihara tersebut bersama komunitas Muslim setempat

Seorang biksu berjalan melewati spanduk Save Rohingya di Vihara Padepokan Dhammadippa Arama, Kota Batu, 2 Juni 2015 . Foto oleh Dyah Ayu Pitaloka/Rappler

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Jun 02, 2015 - 6:00 PM

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When 'home' is a refugee camp

May 21, 2015 - 4:22 PM

What are the conditions in the refugee camps in Aceh now called home by thousands of boatpeople? What is next for them?

'HOME'. This is one of the refugee camps now home to hundreds of migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh in Aceh, Indonesia. Photo by Febriana Firdaus/Rappler

Malaysia turns away boats as death stalks weary migrants

May 14, 2015 - 8:23 PM

Malaysia turns away two vessels carrying hundreds of migrants while one boat turned up Thursday in Thai waters as critics accuse Southeast Asian governments of playing a game of human ping pong with the lives of desperate boat people

‘THE WORLD WILL JUDGE.’ Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants are seen in a truck as they arrive at a naval base before being transferred to Kuala Kedah jetty with the navy ship 'KD Mahawangsa', in Langkawi, Malaysia, 14 May 2015. Photo by Fazry Ismail / EPA