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[11 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report in The daily star, oct 11, 2017 10.58 AM
Yangon: Myanmar on Tuesday launched its first bid to improve relations between Buddhists and Muslims since an eruption of deadly violence in August inflamed communal tension and triggered an exodus of some 520,000 Muslims to Bangladesh.
Rohingya Muslims are still fleeing, more than six weeks after Rohingya insurgents attacked security forces in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The United Nations has denounced a ferocious military crackdown in response to the attacks as ethnic cleansing aimed at driving out Rohingya.
A new surge of refugees …

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[10 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

CHITTAGONG: Thousands of Islamists marched in Bangladesh’s port city of Chittagong Friday calling for the government to arm Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing a crackdown in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state.
More than half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since attacks by militants belonging to the Muslim minority on Myanmar police posts sparked brutal reprisals by security forces.
The refugees accuse Myanmar’s army – flanked by mobs of ethnic Rakhine – of slaughtering them and burning their villages in a campaign which the United Nations says amounts to “ethnic cleansing”. Myanmar’s military …

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[6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:37 AM
For 28-year-old Rohingya Muslim shopkeeper Mohammed Rashid, the evening phone call from organisers of the fledgling insurgent movement came as a surprise.
“Be ready,” was the message.
A few hours later, after meeting in the darkness in an open field, he was one of 150 men who attacked a Myanmar Border Guard Police post armed with swords, homemade explosives and a few handguns. At the end of a short battle, half a dozen men he had grown up with in his village were dead.
“We had …

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in Dhaka Tribune, Oct 4, 2017
Myanmar will take back Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh after verification in accordance with the 1992 Joint Statement, an agreement signed between Dhaka and Naypyidaw.
Myanmar’s State Counsellor Office said this in a statement on Tuesday, after the country’s State Counsellor’s Office Minister Kyaw Tint Swe held a meeting with Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali on repatriation of the Rohingya at Padma State Guest House in Dhaka on Monday.
Minister Swe on Monday, however, did not make any comment on the repatriation process.
According to the Joint …

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[26 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Abdul Aziz in Dhaka Tribune, Sept 26, 2017
Cox’s Bazar: The Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) has been repairing the barbed wire fence at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border for the past three days.
On Monday, the BGP members were seen deployed near Ghumdhum, Tumbru and Jolpaitoli border areas in Naikhongchhari upazila.
Locals believe that Myanmar is reinforcing the damaged fence to prevent the Rohingya refugees from returning to their country.
Since the repair started, camps have been set up for construction workers and heavy machinery has also been sighted. Several residents of …

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[19 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Mo Chaudhury in Bdnews24.com, Sept 18, 2017
Absent any national refugee laws in Bangladesh, the legal status of the Rohingyas as foreigners impedes efforts to garner much needed international cooperation and financial assistance. Beyond this legal limbo, a viable Rohingya solution for Bangladesh rests on placing the Rohingya problem in the context of dynamics inside Myanmar and the geopolitical and economic interests of some large stakeholders. This piece proposes a Rohingya strategy for Bangladesh in this regard.
First, the Rohingyas are discriminated against in Myanmar partially because of their ethnicity, not …

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[18 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By HANNAH BEECH in The NY Times online, SEPT. 17, 2017
BALUKHALI, Bangladesh — Nazir Hossain, the imam of a village in far western Myanmar, gathered the faithful around him after evening prayers last month. In a few hours, more than a dozen Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army fighters from his village would strike a nearby police post with an assortment of handmade weapons.
The men needed their cleric’s blessing.
“As imam, I encouraged them never to step back from their mission,” Mr. Hossein recalled of his final words to the ethnic Rohingya militants. …

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[15 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By James Hookway in the Wall St Journal, Sept 13, 2017 at 5.41pm ET
YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar’s government calls the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army “extremist militant terrorists.”
The group, known as ARSA, and its founder, Ata Ullah, say it is defending Muslim Rohingya, highlighting decades of repression they have endured in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where most live along the border with Bangladesh.
The conflict is drawing the attention of foreign extremists. Al Qaeda’s central leadership urged Muslims to travel to Myanmar and support the Rohingya.
“In the coming year Myanmar will suffer from a …