Rohingya Boat People in Uncertain Future in Indonesia

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 By Jafar Arkane  Arakan Times: Rohingya are indigenous people belonging to a minority group living for centuries in Arakan State, Myanmar according to authentic historical evidence who were excluded from their citizenship rights by the military junta after a new blind citizenship law was enacted in 1982. Since then, Rohingya have been more harshly persecuted in different forms by the ...

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Bangladesh pitches for voluntary repatriation of Myanmar’s refugees

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  Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has stressed “voluntary repatriation” of Myanmar refugees back to their homes in the Rakhine State Arakan Times: This is the “durable solution” to the protracted refugee situation in Bangladesh, he told the newly appointed Country Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Shinji Kubo. Kubo met him on Wednesday to present ...

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Disease kills over 30 children in Myanmar

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  Arakan Times: An undiagnosed disease has killed more than 30 children in a remote part of Myanmar, officials said on Thursday, with health authorities struggling to treat victims. The illness, with measles-like symptoms, has hit the far corner of Myanmar’s northern Sagaing region, a remote and mountainous area which borders eastern India and is populated by people from the ...

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Myanmar to launch SIM card registration in 2017

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  Arakan Times: Mobile phone users in Myanmar will have to register their SIM cards starting with April 2107, Myanmar Times reports, citing a statement from the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications. The Ministry also said that, starting 31 March 2017, all unregistered SIM cards in Myanmar will be blocked. The ministry said mobile phone operators will be advised ...

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Myanmar BGP arbitrarily arrests Rohingya in Maung Daw

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AT Correspondent, Maung Daw Border Guard Police (BGP) stationed between Kiladaung and Goduthaya of Maung Daw south arbitrarily detained a Rohingya inhabitant from Goduthaya village on July 2, 2016. According to information, the BGP personnel entered Goduthaya from the Border Outpost and caught a Rohingya resident, Zakaria of the village. While the unscrupulous BGP forces were trying to put Bangla ...

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BGP assaults Rohingya, extorts money in Bawli Bazar

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  Staff Correspondent Border Guard Police (BGP) of Sinche Pyin (Londun) Border Outpost under sector no, 05 detained a Rohingya resident of Sinche Pyin (Londun) village of Bawli Bazar, Maung Daw north of Arakan state on July 2, 2016. The victim was identified as Zafor Alam 33 s/o Mohamed Hussain of Sinche Pyin of Bawli Bazar, Maung Daw north. According ...

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Village administrator extorts money from villager

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AT Correspondent, Buthidaung The village administrator U Kyaw San of Thintaung Pyin, Buthidaung south extorted money from a Rohingya resident accusing in a false allegation on June 29, 2016. The victim was known as Ali Juhar 23 s/o U Lalu of Thintaun Pyin, Buthidaung south, Arakan state. According to information, some of WFP employees stay temporarily at a rented house ...

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Myanmar to deport Pakistanis for giving mosque sermon

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  By Kyaw Ye Lynn Arakan Times: Authorities in Myanmar have detained two Pakistan nationals for giving sermons at mosques in the commercial capital of Yangon. The detentions come amid a spike in the number of cases of religious intolerance in the country, with several mosques and religious buildings attacked in the last month alone. Officials from the country’s official Muslim body said Sunday that the men did ...

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Suu Kyi to visit Washington in Sept; confirms Myanmar

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  Arakan Times: Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will visit Washington D.C. this September, spokesperson U. Zaw Htay said. U Zaw confirmed that Suu Kyi had accepted an invitation from the White House and will plan her visit which will coincide with the 71st session of the UN General Assembly in New York, reports the Myanmar Times. He ...

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