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UN Humanitarian Chief Says Rohingya Plight ‘Dire’

Posted December 6th, 2012 at 3:05 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations humanitarian chief described the plight of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims as “dire,” as she toured crowded refugee camps filled with those who have fled deadly communal violence. Humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says she witnessed thousands of people in “overcrowded, substandard shelter with poor sanitation” during her tour on Thursday of several camps in […]

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Refugee Boat Sinks off Bangladesh, Dozens Missing

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 9:15 am (UTC-5)
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Bangladeshi officials say at least 85 people are missing after an overcrowded boat carrying mostly Rohingya Muslim refugees sank early Wednesday. Bangladeshi border officials say the wooden boat was headed toward Malaysia when it overturned in the Bay of Bengal. They said several people were rescued by fishing boats in the area, and a rescue […]

US Urges Bangladesh Against Shutting Down Groups Aiding Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 8th, 2012 at 12:45 am (UTC-5)
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The United States is urging Bangladesh to allow international humanitarian groups to continue providing aid to ethnic Rohingya refugees who have fled deadly sectarian violence in neighboring Burma. Last week, Bangladesh ordered three NGOs to stop their activities in the southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar. Officials said the move was meant to discourage more people […]

Burmese Forces Targeting Muslims: Report

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 1:20 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Burmese security forces have committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims in western Burma in the aftermath of deadly sectarian violence in June. The New York-based group said in a report Wednesday that Burmese forces failed to intervene as long simmering tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims erupted into […]

Burmese Forces Targeting Muslims: Report

Posted August 1st, 2012 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Burmese security forces have committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims in western Burma in the aftermath of deadly sectarian violence in June. The New York-based group said in a report Wednesday that Burmese forces failed to intervene as long simmering tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims erupted into […]

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US Official to Discuss Plight of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

Posted June 6th, 2011 at 4:20 pm (UTC-5)
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The U.S. State Department says Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Eric P. Schwartz will travel to Dhaka Tuesday to discuss the plight of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the region. During his visit, Schwartz is scheduled to meet with government officials and international and non-governmental organizations […]

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