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Ethnic minority in Myanmar

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Rohingya people: Ethnic minority in Myanmar
The Rohingya people are a stateless Indo-Aryan ethnic group who reside in Rakhine State, Myanmar. There were an estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar before the 2016–17 crisis. By December 2017, an estimated 625,000 refugees from Rakhine, Myanmar, had crossed the border into Bangladesh since August 2017. The majority are Muslim while a minority are Hindu. Described by the United Nations in 2013 as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, the Rohingya population is denied citizenship under the 1982 Myanmar nationality law. According to Human Rights Watch, the 1982 laws "effectively deny to the Rohingya the possibility of acquiring a nationality". Although Rohingya history in the region can be traced back to the 8th century, Myanmar law does not recognize the ethnic minority as one of the eight "national indigenous races". They are also restricted from freedom of movement, state education and civil service jobs. The legal conditions faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar have been widely compared to apartheid by many international academics, analysts and political figures, including Nobel laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, a South African anti-apartheid activist.


Two Rohingya killed in gun battle with Bangladesh border guards

Two Rohingya refugees were killed in a gun battle with Bangladeshi border guards as they tried to cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar on Friday, officials said.
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Rohingya still in Myanmar face 'threat of genocide': United Nations

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who remain inside Myanmar face systematic persecution and are living under the threat of genocide, a U.N. fact-finding mission said on Monday, repeating calls..
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Videos for Rohingya people

Bangladesh forces kill more than a dozen Rohingya refugees [Video]Bangladesh forces kill more than a dozen Rohingya refugees

Claims victims were involved in murder of politician have been disputed as safe haven turns dangerous.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Rohingya crisis: video of Myanmar forces crackdown emerges [Video]Rohingya crisis: video of Myanmar forces crackdown emerges

Mobile phone footage of Myanmar forces' crackdown on Muslim Rohingya in 2016 could be used as evidence in court.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:44Published

Poor healthcare, prospects for Rohingya babies in Bangladesh [Video]Poor healthcare, prospects for Rohingya babies in Bangladesh

Few Rohingya babies are taken to Bangladeshi camp clinics and lack birth certificates when born.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Thousands of Rohingya refugees gather for 'Genocide Day' prayer [Video]Thousands of Rohingya refugees gather for 'Genocide Day' prayer

Thousands of Rohingya refugees staying in camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar gathered on Sunday for a "genocide day special prayers" rally.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Analysis: No justice for crimes against Rohingya, 2 years on [Video]Analysis: No justice for crimes against Rohingya, 2 years on

Bangladesh plans to move thousands of them to a remote island to ease overcrowding but rights groups say that could spark a new crisis as the island is prone to flooding.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:39Published

Rohingya refugees hesitant to return to Myanmar [Video]Rohingya refugees hesitant to return to Myanmar

With no guarantee of what will happen when they get there, no one has so far agreed to return.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:46Published

Two years on, what will happen to the Rohingya? [Video]Two years on, what will happen to the Rohingya?

This Sunday marks two years since over 740,000 Rohingya people fled northwest Rakhine State when the Myanmar military launched operations there.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:13Published


United Nations 'turned a blind eye' during Rohingya crisis: Advocacy groups

The UN is under fire for not doing more during the Rohingya crisis.
SBS - Published

Bangladesh blocks internet services in Rohingya refugee camps

Bangladesh's telecom regulatory authority on Tuesday ordered mobile phone operators to partially block high-speed data services to areas where Rohingya refugees are living in sprawling camps, citing..
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Myanmar forces Rohingya to accept cards that preclude citizenship: group

Myanmar authorities are forcing members of the Rohingya Muslim minority at gunpoint to accept identity cards that categorize them as foreigners, stripping them of the chance to become citizens, a..
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Tens of thousands of Rohingya mark 'Genocide Day' amid tensions in Bangladesh camps

At least 100,000 Rohingya refugees rallied in camps in Bangladesh on Sunday, marking two years since the start of a brutal military crackdown in Myanmar that forced more than 730,000 to flee across the..
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'We are hostages': Two years on, Rohingya still in Myanmar trapped by new war

When Myanmar officials toured refugee camps in Bangladesh last month, inviting Rohingya Muslims who fled the country to return, they brought with them pamphlets adorned with cartoons showing..
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Two years on, a look at the Rohingya crisis

This month marks the second anniversary of the fleeing of more than 730,000 Rohingya from Myanmar's northwest Rakhine State to Bangladesh after a military-led crackdown in response to an attack by..
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'People were hiding': Bangladesh bid to repatriate Rohingya stalls as refugees refuse

An attempt to begin repatriating thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in camps in Bangladesh stalled on Thursday after nearly 300 refugee families refused to go back to Myanmar, almost a year after a..
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Myanmar troops' sexual violence against Rohingya shows 'genocidal intent': U.N. report

Sexual violence committed by Myanmar troops against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 was an indication of the military's genocidal intent to destroy the mainly Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations..
Reuters - Published

Myanmar says U.N. calls for sanctions, arms embargo a bid to harm country

Myanmar's foreign ministry on Tuesday denounced a United Nations report that urged world leaders to cut ties with military-linked companies and impose an arms embargo over the Rohingya crisis, saying..
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'They are cleansing our people': Melbourne Rohingya refugee shares life story of oppression

Habiburahman fled oppression and torture in his homeland and is now safe in Australia. But his thoughts remain with the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya facing deadlock in Bangladesh's refugee camps.
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Satellite images show Myanmar's 'minimal preparations' for Rohingya return: think-tank

Myanmar has made “minimal” preparations for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees sheltering in neighboring Bangladesh, according to an Australian think-tank, despite the..
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U.S. sanctions on Myanmar military leaders inadequate: U.N. investigator

Sanctions imposed this week by the United States on Myanmar's military leaders over human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims do not go far enough, U.N. special rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on..
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U.S. imposes sanctions on Myanmar military leaders over Rohingya abuses

The United States announced sanctions on Tuesday against the Myanmar military's Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing and other leaders it said were responsible for extrajudicial killings of Rohingya..
Reuters - Published

India hands over 250 houses for Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine

India has handed over 250 prefabricated houses it built in Myanmar's Rakhine state as part of a broader effort to help tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return, an Indian official said on..
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Four foreigners detained for militant links in Malaysia

Malaysia has detained four foreigners, including two ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, on suspicion of being involved in militant groups, police said on Tuesday.
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ICC prosecutor seeks Bangladesh and Myanmar investigation

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Wednesday moved closer to opening a full investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya people who were driven from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
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ICC prosecutor asks to open an investigation on Bangladesh, Myanmar

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court took the next step toward opening a full investigation into alleged crimes against the Rohingya people who were driven from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a..
Reuters - Published

Bangladesh police kill three suspected Rohingya traffickers; rescue 15 refugees

Bangladesh police killed three people suspected of trying to smuggle 15 Rohingya Muslim refugees to Malaysia in a clash on Tuesday near the South Asian nation's main refugee camp, an official said, the..
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Southeast Asian leaders meet, expected to discuss Rohingyas, South China Sea

Southeast Asian leaders met on Sunday for a second day of a summit in Bangkok, where they were expected to discuss pressing regional issues including the plight of Myanmar's fleeing Rohingyas and the..
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Southeast Asian leaders open summit in Bangkok

Southeast Asian leaders opened a two-day summit in Bangkok on Saturday, though it was unclear what progress their 10-country group could make on disputes in the South China Sea and the plight of ethnic..
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ASEAN must not turn a blind eye to plight of Rohingya, groups say

Human rights groups on Wednesday called on Southeast Asian leaders to rethink their approach to the Rohingya refugee crisis ahead of a regional summit in Bangkok this week.
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Stranded Rohingyas linked to human trafficking: Thai police

Thai police said on Thursday there is enough evidence to press human trafficking charges against the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims that was shipwrecked this week on a southern..
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Thailand charges crew of stranded Rohingya boat

Thai authorities have charged the captain and crew of a boat carrying 65 Rohingya Muslims with assisting illegal immigration after the group was found stranded on a southern Thai island, police said on..
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Rohingya Muslims found stranded on Thai island: officials

A fishing boat carrying more than 60 Rohingya Muslims was found beached on an island in southern Thailand on Tuesday, officials said.
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OIC condemns inhumane situation of Myanmar's Rohingya

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit condemned the inhumane situation of Rohingya Muslims, urging a halt to violence, it said in a statement on Saturday.
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Exclusive: Myanmar soldiers jailed for Rohingya killings freed after less than a year

Myanmar has granted early release to seven soldiers jailed for the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys during a 2017 military crackdown in the western state of Rakhine, two prison officials, two..
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Bangladesh police 'rescue' dozens of Rohingya being trafficked to Malaysia

Bangladeshi police prevented dozens of Rohingya Muslims, most of them women, about to be trafficked to Malaysia by boat, authorities said on Tuesday.
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In exile in Bangladesh, a bittersweet revival of Rohingya culture

Chain-smoking singer Gudar Mia, who recently turned 80 in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, lit another cigarette, closed his eyes, and crooned the opening words of a Rohingya folk song.
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Rohingya should move to island to avoid landslides: Bangladesh minister

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are at risk from landslides in the coming monsoon season and should be relocated to a remote island, the country's foreign minister said on Thursday, a move opposed by..
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In Rohingya camps, a political awakening faces a backlash

It was after Mohib Ullah scored his first political victories that the death threats began in earnest. On a recent morning, the Rohingya refugee leaned back on a plastic chair in the Bangladesh camp..
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Jailed Reuters reporters, U.S. border photographers win Pulitzer Prizes

Reuters won two Pulitzer Prizes on Monday, one for an investigative report that revealed the massacre of 10 Muslim Rohingya men by Buddhist villagers and Myanmar security forces, and one for..
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Malaysia says 200 Rohingya migrants still at sea after latest arrival

Malaysian authorities on Monday were on the lookout for boats believed to be carrying up to 200 Rohingya after dozens of migrants were found near a beach in the country's north.
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Second group of Rohingya Muslims found on Malaysian beach: police

Thirty-seven people believed to be Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were found on a beach in northern Malaysia on Monday, police said, the latest arrivals in what authorities fear could be a new wave of..
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Myanmar army says six Rohingya killed in air strike were ‘with terrorists’

Myanmar’s military said on Friday six Rohingya Muslims killed and nine wounded in an aerial attack in the western state of Rakhine this week were affiliated with an armed rebel group.
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Myanmar villagers, lawmaker say 'helicopter attack' kills five Rohingya, wounds 13

Villagers and a lawmaker in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state said on Thursday that a military helicopter attacked a group of Rohingya Muslims gathering bamboo, killing five and wounding 13, but a..
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Bangladesh says no hurry to relocate Rohingya, in talks with U.N. bodies

Bangladesh is not in a hurry to relocate Rohingya refugees to a Bay of Bengal island, a minister told Reuters on Monday, after the United Nations sought more details on the government's plan,..
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Exclusive: U.N. draws up plans to 'facilitate' Rohingya relocation to island

The United Nations is making plans to help Bangladesh relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees to a remote island off its coast, documents seen by Reuters show, a move opposed by many refugees and that..
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Myanmar military court to probe Rohingya atrocity allegations

Myanmar's army said on Monday it had set up a military court to investigate its conduct during a crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in 2017 that forced more than 730,000 to flee to neighboring..
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Rohingya 'lost generation' struggle to study in Bangladesh camps

Sixteen-year-old Kefayat Ullah walked to his school in southern Bangladesh in late January, as he had done most days for the previous six years, to find that - despite being one of the top students in..
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Rohingya militants condemn violence in refugee camps amid reports of killings

Myanmar's Rohingya militants urged their followers on Wednesday to refrain from crime in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, following reports of killings and abductions attributed to the group, the..
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ICC officials visit Bangladesh to look into Myanmar case: U.N. investigator

Officials from the International Criminal Court are in Bangladesh as part of a preliminary examination of whether a prosecution over the alleged deportations of Rohingya could be mounted, a U.N human..
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U.N. envoy fears 'new crisis' for Rohingya if moved to Bangladesh island

A United Nations human rights investigator on Myanmar voiced deep concern on Monday at Bangladesh's plan to relocate 23,000 Rohingya refugees to Bhashan Char in April, saying that the island may not be..
Reuters - Published

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