Rohingya people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/25317/all en Over 600 illegal Rohingya migrants held in Thai raids http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/over-600-illegal-rohingya-migrants-held-thai-raids <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 11 (Reuters) - At least 600 Rohingya Muslims believed to be illegal migrants from Myanmar have been detained in Thailand after two raids by the authorities near the border with Malaysia, police said on Friday.</p> <p>More than 300 Rohingya were discovered on Tuesday in a building in the town of Sadao, while a second raid on Thursday at a rubber plantation near the border town of Pedang Besar uncovered 393 more, including 14 children and 8 women.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130111/over-600-illegal-rohingya-migrants-held-thai-raids" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Rohingya people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:45:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5733045 at http://www.globalpost.com Thai army chief wants officers probed for people trafficking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/thai-army-chief-wants-officers-probed-people-trafficking <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Jan 21 (Reuters) - Thailand's army chief called on Monday for a probe into senior army officials suspected of helping to traffic Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar through Thailand and on to a third country.</p> <p>"This problem has been going on for some time. Anyone found to be involved -- especially soldiers -- will be prosecuted, expelled and charged with a criminal offence," army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130121/thai-army-chief-wants-officers-probed-people-trafficking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Rohingya people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Mon, 21 Jan 2013 11:00:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5737162 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka rescues 138 stranded on sinking boat: navy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/sri-lanka-rescues-138-stranded-sinking-boat-navy-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's navy on Sunday rescued 138 Bangladeshis and Myanmar nationals from a sinking fishing vessel off the island's east coast, officials said.</p> <p>One passenger was found dead while many of the 138 plucked from the boat were dehydrated, said navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya, adding that the vessel had been adrift for 10 days before it sank on Sunday.</p> <p>"We sent three ships for the rescue at a location 50 miles (80 kilometres) off the eastern coast of Akkaraipattu," Warnakulasuriya told AFP. "Some have been admitted to a local hospital."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130203/sri-lanka-rescues-138-stranded-sinking-boat-navy-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Law Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Sun, 03 Feb 2013 14:31:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744438 at http://www.globalpost.com MSF warns of 'emergency' in Myanmar camps http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/msf-warns-emergency-myanmar-camps <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Medical aid agency Doctors Without Borders warned Thursday of a "humanitarian emergency" in strife-hit western Myanmar with tens of thousands of people unable to access urgently needed medical care.</p> <p>Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) said its teams on the ground in Rakhine State faced threats, hostility and accusations of a bias towards the Rohingya Muslim minority group.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130206/msf-warns-emergency-myanmar-camps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Health Labor Medecins Sans Frontieres Rohingya people Social Issues Statelessness AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 04:15:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748442 at http://www.globalpost.com After Myanmar violence, almost 6,000 Rohingyas arrive in Thailand http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/after-myanmar-violence-almost-6000-rohingyas-arrive-thailand <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Amy Sawitta Lefevre</p> <p>BANGKOK, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Nearly 6,000 Rohingya Muslims have arrived in Thailand since October, when sectarian violence flared in Myanmar's western Rakhine state and displaced tens of thousands of people, a top Thai security agency said on Thursday</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/after-myanmar-violence-almost-6000-rohingyas-arrive-thailand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Health Labor Rohingya people Social Issues Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 09:30:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5748570 at http://www.globalpost.com Sri Lanka rescues more Myanmar boatpeople http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/sri-lanka-rescues-more-myanmar-boatpeople <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Sri Lanka's navy on Saturday rescued 38 Myanmar nationals who were drifting off the island's east coast, the second batch of boatpeople to be saved in as many weeks, officials said.</p> <p>Sri Lankan naval craft responding to a distress call plucked the 38 people from a rickety boat drifting about 250 miles (400 kilometres) off the east coast, a navy official said.</p> <p>Four of the rescued passengers required treatment for dehydration and they were being brought to the southern port of Galle, he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130216/sri-lanka-rescues-more-myanmar-boatpeople" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Sat, 16 Feb 2013 12:45:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5757474 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia-bound Myanmar boat rescued: Sri Lanka police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australia-bound-myanmar-boat-rescued-sri-lanka-police <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A boatload of Myanmar nationals rescued from a sinking wooden craft off Sri Lanka's east coast after two months at sea had been trying to reach Australia, local police said Sunday.</p> <p>The boatpeople, plucked to safety by Sri Lanka's navy on Saturday, were taken Sunday to the southern port of Galle where they were rushed to hospital to be treated for dehydration and starvation, police said in a statement.</p> <p>It said 32 people were rescued, although initial reports from naval units had suggested there were 38.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130217/australia-bound-myanmar-boat-rescued-sri-lanka-police" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Sun, 17 Feb 2013 11:02:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5758053 at http://www.globalpost.com UN sounds alarm over Myanmar boat people http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/un-sounds-alarm-over-myanmar-boat-people <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The UN's refugee agency on Friday raised the alarm over the rising number of boat people perishing in the Indian Ocean, including Rohingya Muslims fleeing communal strife in Myanmar.</p> <p>"It is clear that for people fleeing violence and conflict in their homelands, this has become one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world," said UNHCR spokesman Andrej Mahecic.</p> <p>In 2012, some 13,000 people took to smugglers' boats in the Bay of Bengal, of whom 500 died at sea when the vessels broke down or capsized, said Mahecic.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130222/un-sounds-alarm-over-myanmar-boat-people" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Myanmar Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:01:08 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5763257 at http://www.globalpost.com Over 100 Rohingya asylum seekers rescued off Indonesia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/over-100-rohingya-asylum-seekers-rescued-indonesia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fishermen have rescued more than 100 ethnic Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar who were found drifting in a wooden boat off western Indonesia, an official said Wednesday.</p> <p>The 121 Rohingya, including six women and two children, were found adrift late Tuesday by fishermen around 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the village of Cot Trueng, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province.</p> <p>"Their boat ran out of petrol as they tried to sail from Myanmar to Thailand," village chief Mukhtar Samsyah told AFP, adding that they had fled Myanmar to escape sectarian conflict.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/over-100-rohingya-asylum-seekers-rescued-indonesia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Law Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768068 at http://www.globalpost.com Over 100 Rohingya asylum seekers rescued off Indonesia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/over-100-rohingya-asylum-seekers-rescued-indonesia-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fishermen in western Indonesia rescued more than 100 ethnic Rohingya who had sailed from Myanmar, an official said Wednesday, with an asylum seeker claiming they had been shot at in Thai waters.</p> <p>The 121 Rohingya were found drifting late Tuesday around 25 kilometres (15 miles) from the coastal village of Cot Trueng, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province, village chief Mukhtar Samsyah told AFP.</p> <p>"Their boat ran out of petrol as they tried to sail from Myanmar to Thailand," he said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/over-100-rohingya-asylum-seekers-rescued-indonesia-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Law Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 10:01:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5768252 at http://www.globalpost.com Fishermen rescue another 63 Rohingya off Indonesia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/fishermen-rescue-another-63-rohingya-indonesia <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fishermen in western Indonesia rescued more than 60 ethnic Rohingya asylum-seekers from Myanmar found adrift in a wooden boat, police said Friday, in the second such arrival this week.</p> <p>The vessel with no engine had 23 children on board and was found drifting off the eastern coast of Sumatra island near the province of Aceh.</p> <p>"Fishermen found the boat with 63 Rohingya late Thursday afternoon around 160 kilometres (100 miles) from the coastal town of Idi Rayeuk. They then towed the boat to shore," East Aceh district police chief Muhajir told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130301/fishermen-rescue-another-63-rohingya-indonesia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:32:35 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5770553 at http://www.globalpost.com Rakhine crisis risks spread, endangering Myanmar reforms - UN http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/rakhine-crisis-risks-spread-endangering-myanmar-reforms-un <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Sees large gap between reform at top and reality</p> <p>* Warns that Rakhine crisis could undermine reforms</p> <p>By Stephanie Nebehay</p> <p>GENEVA, March 7 (Reuters) - The crisis in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where sectarian violence erupted last year, risks spreading and endangering democratic reforms undertaken since military rule ended in 2011, a U.N. investigator said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/rakhine-crisis-risks-spread-endangering-myanmar-reforms-un" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Languages of Bangladesh Rohingya people Social Issues Technology Tomas Ojea Quintana Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:47:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5776145 at http://www.globalpost.com Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/malaysia-rescues-136-myanmar-refugees <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said Monday.</p> <p>The rescue brings the number of boats intercepted this year to 11, marking a "big increase" in refugee arrivals, said Tan Kok Kwee of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, following deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/malaysia-rescues-136-myanmar-refugees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Ethnic groups in Pakistan Myanmar Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:16:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779346 at http://www.globalpost.com Two dead, mosques destroyed in Myanmar unrest: police http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/two-dead-mosques-destroyed-myanmar-unrest-police-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two people died and several mosques were destroyed in central Myanmar, police said Thursday, in the worst riots since Buddhist-Muslim clashes rocked western Rakhine state last year.</p> <p>Around 200 people fought in the streets after an argument in a Muslim-owned gold shop turned violent in the town of Meiktila on Wednesday, according to a post on Myanmar Police Force's Facebook page.</p> <p>The dead, who included a Buddhist monk, died after suffering severe burns, it said.</p> <p>Police imposed a curfew overnight to control the situation after mobs set fire to several mosques.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130320/two-dead-mosques-destroyed-myanmar-unrest-police-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Languages of Bangladesh Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 03:46:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789448 at http://www.globalpost.com At least 10 dead in Myanmar riots: MP http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/at-least-10-dead-myanmar-riots-mp <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>At least 10 people have been killed in riots in central Myanmar, a local MP said Thursday, in the worst communal violence since Buddhist-Muslim clashes in western Rakhine state last year.</p> <p>Win Htein, a member of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) party, said he had seen bodies at the scene of fresh fighting in the town of Meiktila on Thursday.</p> <p>"More than 10 people were killed," he told AFP by telephone from the town, which is his constituency seat.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130321/at-least-10-dead-myanmar-riots-mp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Languages of Bangladesh Rohingya people Social Issues AFP Thu, 21 Mar 2013 08:00:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5789589 at http://www.globalpost.com