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Rohingya reject relocation to Bangladesh’s island ‘prison camp’ Dhaka (Burma Times) Bangladeshi authorities say they are ready to move some 100,000 Rohingya refugees to houses on a remote island in the Bay of Bengal. Although construction is completed, the UN has said the island “may not be habitable.” Bhashan Char is a small, sediment island that is […]

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Strong insults’ against Islam written on building’s outer walls HELSINKI, Finland (Burma Times ) – A mosque in Finland’s capital was vandalized with Islamophobic graffiti on two consecutive mornings, an administrator at the building said Friday. Hasan Sahim, a member of its board of directors, told reporters that “strong insults” against Islam were written on the walls […]

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– Joint measures should be taken ahead of monsoon season to address risk factors at Rohingya camps, experts say DHAKA, Bangladesh (BT) – Measures should be taken in a coordinated way ahead of the monsoon season to address risk factors at the Rohingyacamps in Bangladesh, experts said on Wednesday. The experts were speaking at a workshop, titled […]

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Yanghee Lee warns ill-planned relocation of Rohingya refugees may ‘create new crisis’ GENEVA (BT) – The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar called on Monday for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by the Security Council, or a state party or group of states parties. Speaking at the 40th […]

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – BT: UN special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar Yanghee Lee holds a joint press conference with Rohingyas in Geneva, Switzerland on March 11, 2019. Two Rohingya refugees have arrived in Geneva from Bangladesh to address a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on Monday. The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Yanghee Lee, will also deliver […]

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China never offers money to Rohingya people for them to go back,’ says Chinese Embassy Attaché in Dhaka DHAKA, Bangladesh (BT) – A Chinese official has denied reports that his country’s government delegation had promised each family of Rohingya refugees $6,000 if they returned to restive Rakhine State in Myanmar, a media report said. According to BenarNews, […]

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Fund aims to build basic infrastructure, improve community resilience and help prevent gender-based violence, bank says DHAKA, Bangladesh (BT) – The World Bank (WB) has approved $165 million to help Bangladesh provide relief to Rohingyarefugees in the country, the bank said in a statement. “The grant will help Bangladesh provide basic services and build disaster […]

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Decrying ‘industrial-scale ethnic cleansing,’ UK minister urges Myanmar to create conditions to allow Rohingya to return DHAKA, Bangladesh (BT) – A top British official on Tuesday urged Myanmar’s authorities to ensure a safe environment for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims who fled the country since August 2017.  “This major man-made humanitarian crisis has been […]

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