Bangladesh detains over a dozen Rohingya headed to Malaysia

Bangladeshi security forces have detained more than a dozen members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community and two men accused of attempting to smuggle them into Malaysia by boat on May 9, said the Office-in-Charge (OC), Mainuddin Khan from Teknaf police station.

Rohingya and boat people

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Bangladesh brings back 48 Bangladeshi boat-people

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) brought back 48 Bangladeshi boat-people on December 2 at Taungbro Left, a sub-town of Maungdaw, a BGB aide named Mohamed from Taungbro said.
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BGP to release Nayeek Razzak if Bangladesh takes 544 boat-people

Teknaf, Bangladesh: The Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) will release Nayeek Abdur Razzak who was abducted by BGP on June 17, if the Bangladesh Government receives the 544 boat-people who are now being provided shelter in Maungdaw Township, the BGB Battalion No.42 Commander Lt Col Abu Zar Al Zahid said.
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Burmese Navy rescued 727 boatpeople lands in Maungdaw

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Burmese Navy rescued 727 boat people – 608 men, 74 women and 45 children – on board were landed in Poungzaar (Ashika Para) Maungdaw at 8:30am, according to Village admin officer of Shwezarr Village.

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These Rohingya are not Victims of Human Traffickers

By Aman Ullah

“What needs to change here is that the Rohingya need to feel welcome in the country of their birth, in the country of their parents’ birth, of their grandparents’ birth,” Tom Malinowski, US Assistant Secretary of State

No people leave their traditional hearths and homes unless there is a serious threat to their personal security. For decades, wave after wave of Burmese refugees have fled war and oppression in their native land to seek uncertain exile in neighboring countries.  Particularly the unending plight of Rohingya Muslims of Arakan continues, with time appearing to be running out for the thousands currently stranded in boats off Southeast Asian shores.
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Only two options: stay and die or leave by boat

By Aman Ullah

“The conditions in Muslim [internally displaced person] camps are abysmal, and I received heartbreaking testimonies from Rohingya people telling me they had only two options: stay and die or leave by boat,” Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar
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ARNO Press release: Save Rohingyas from the hands of the human traffickers and greedy exploiters

Press Release
(5th May 2015)

Save Rohingyas from the hands of the human traffickers and greedy exploiters

Arakan Rohingya National Organization expresses its strong concern at recent exhumation on 1 and 4 May of dozens of bodies from mass gravesites near human traffickers’ brutal camps in southern Thailand. More such graves are believed to exist in the region.
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