Rohingya Repatriation: 450 to return in first batch

December 29, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:52 AM, December 29, 2017

Rohingya Repatriation: 450 to return in first batch

Myanmar plans to start it by taking back displaced Hindu families on January 22

Rohingya Refugees Crossing Bangladesh-Burma border

 Diplomatic Correspondent

Myanmar plans to begin the repatriation of its nationals from Bangladesh on January 22 with a group of 450 Hindu refugees.

A refugee camp has been set up at Taungpyoleiwei in northwestern Rakhine State for those returning overland from Bangladesh, and a second one at Ngakhuya in Maungdaw Township for those returning by sea or waterways.

Win Myat Aye, Myanmar minister for social welfare, relief and resettlement, made the announcement after talks between the government and representatives of Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) in Naypyitaw yesterday, reports the Democratic Voice of Burma, a Myanmarese news organisation based in Thailand.

Seeking anonymity, a senior diplomat at the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka told The Daily Star yesterday, “Arrangements are being made to receive the displaced people from Rakhine from January 22 on completion of two months since the signing of the repatriation agreement,” the Myanmar diplomat said. Read more ›

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UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over abuses on Rohingyas

December 28, 2017 / LAST MODIFIED: 09:17 PM, December 28, 2017

UN rights investigator calls for pressure on China, Russia over abuses on Rohingyas

A Rohingya refugee child looks at others studying at a makeshift madrasa at the Burma Para refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh December 27, 2017. Photo: Reuters

Reuters, Seoul

The United Nations’ independent investigator into human rights in Myanmar has called for international pressure on China and Russia to try to get them to oppose human rights abuses in Myanmar.

UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee, who was last week barred by the Myanmar government from visiting the country , singled out China and Russia because they had failed to back some moves in the UN aimed at trying to halt the Myanmar military’s crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine province.

“I’d like to ask the international community to continue to work with China and Russia to persuade them to stand on the side of human rights,” Lee told Reuters in an interview.

Neither has joined the United States, the European Union, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in condemning the crackdown that has led to the exodus of what aid agencies estimate to be 655,000 refugees into Bangladesh. Read more ›

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UN passes new resolution on Myanmar despite opposition from China-Russia

UN passes new resolution on Myanmar despite opposition from China-Russia                                      

 AFP     Published at 08:40 AM December 25, 2017    Last updated at 07:41 PM December 25, 2017

Rohingya refugees sail towards the bank of Naf River on a makeshift raft after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, at Sabrang in Teknaf on November 11, 2017 – Reuters

China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam joined Myanmar in voting against the measure as did Belarus, Syria and Zimbabwe

The UN General Assembly on Sunday urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.

A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions. China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines and Vietnam joined Myanmar in voting against the measure as    did Belarus, Syria and Zimbabwe.

The resolution calls on the government to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to the Rohingya. It requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appoint a special envoy to Myanmar.

The measure was adopted by the assembly after its budget committee gave the green light to funds for the new position of UN special envoy to Myanmar.

More than 650,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled the mainly Buddhist country since the military operation was launched in Rakhine state in late August. Myanmar authorities insist the campaign is aimed at rooting out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on August 25 but the United Nations has said the violence amounts to ethnic cleansing.

Last week, the UN special rapporteur for Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said she had been banned from the country and that the government had cut off all cooperation with her.

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Appeasing the neighbour

Appeasing the neighbour

Kamal Ahmed | Update: 20:34, Nov 29, 2017

Bangladesh has signed a document with the Myanmar government for the ‘return of persons displaced from the Rakhine state’. Though it had been referred to as a Memorandum of Understanding, the document used the term ‘bilateral arrangement’. It is doubtful whether such an ‘arrangement’ has ever cropped up in international law or diplomatic terminology and so the concerned diplomats of Myanmar and Bangladesh deserve special thanks for coming up with this innovation!

We are also grateful to the foreign minister Abdul Hassan Mahmud Ali for his frank and honest comments to the media after signing the document. After all, honesty is not a common trait when it comes to politics. He said that they had wanted to follow the 1992 agreement and that has more or less had been done. The important issue was to send back the Rohingyas.

Bangladesh won accolades from all over the world for displaying its generosity in providing shelter to one million Rohingyas. Isn’t it only natural that they will display similar largesse of heart towards a neighbour?

According to the foreign minister, the most important matter was to send back the Rohingyas. One cannot disagree. But the fact remains that in keeping with the 1992 agreement, a large section of the Rohingyas did not return to their homeland. So if the 1992 agreement is taken as a model, how could we not realise that this means a large number of Rohingyas will remain back in Bangladesh this time too? Experience tells us that Myanmar is prone to go back on its word and so they generally don’t even sign the minutes of any bilateral discussions. If the objective of signing this document is to display one’s greatness, then we surely deserve a pat on the back. But there is no reason to believe that Naypyidaw will take the Rohingyas back and provide them with full security and dignity. Read more ›

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Rohingyas are survivors, not security threat

Rohingyas are survivors, not security threat

Maung Zarni | Update: 18:21, Dec 13, 2017

Can you imagine BBC, Chatham House, Rand Corporation portraying as potential “Jewish terrorists” the survivors of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbruick, Dachau and other world infamous death and labour camps?   Can you imagine young Jewish children and orphans who were rescued through the programme “kinder transport”, being framed by Allied Policy Makers and advisers as “embryonic Jewish terrorists”, who naturally might be seething with the desire for revenge against the Old Europe post-Third Reich, that, with no shame nor conscience, appeased Hitler in exchange for lucrative business deals or anti-USSR intelligence cooperation while millions of Jewish parents were gassed to death?

Of course not. 

But that is precisely what is now happening to the survivors of my Buddhist country’s genocide, whose name even the entire Catholic Church in Myanmar, and by extension, Pope Francis, have dared not pronounce, lest saying the victims’ ethnic identity might irritate Myanmar’s genocidal leaders, the likes of General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi

One million Rohingyas are suffering from this double-whammy of oppression: a perceived threat at home in North Arakan or Rakhine State of Myanmar, and a projected threat across the borders in Chittagong of Bangladesh.

The country of their birth – whatever their citizenship status or ethnic identity – falsely, and officially, frames Rohingyas as ‘illegal Bengali migrants’, or worse, ‘communities of Jihadists’.   This view has been cultivated and popularized in the Burmese civil society at large, which now behaves more like the Germans in the 1930s’ than the public that is pushing for human rights or democratization.    Read more ›

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Myanmar Signs MOUs With Bangladesh to Deal With Rohingya Refugees

 Myanmar Signs MOUs With Bangladesh to Deal With Rohingya Refugees

2017-10-24  

Myanmar’s Home Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe (2nd from L) and Bangladesh’s Home Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin (3rd from R) show memorandums of understanding they have signed in Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, Oct. 24, 2017. RFA

Myanmar signed agreements with Bangladesh on Tuesday to beef up security cooperation and set up border liaison offices to deal with the exodus of Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.

Myanmar’s Home Affairs Minister Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe and Bangladesh’s Home Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin signed two memorandums of understanding in Naypyidaw where they met to discuss plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh after a brutal military crackdown in northern Rakhine in response to terrorist attacks on Aug. 25.

Last month, Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to begin a process to repatriate the refugees under a 1993 agreement that allows the return of Rohingya who can prove residency in Myanmar. At an Oct. 2 meeting in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, Myanmar and Bangladeshi government officials agreed to form a joint working group comprised of officials from the two countries to work on the process of repatriating the refugees.

“The Myanmar authorities have informed our honorable minister that the joint working group will be formed by Nov. 30,” Sharif Mahmud Apu, the public relations officer of Bangladesh’s Home Ministry, told BenarNews, an RFA-affliated online news service, on Tuesday. Read more ›

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Rohingya Refugee Crisis – A Documentry Film

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Witness to horror
UN : FLASH REPORT
WE ARE AT BREAKING POINT
The Rohingyas

The cover of the Rohingya; A short account of their history and culture

A HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF ARAKAN