Rohingyan Muslims are an ethnic group who practice Islam and speak a language related Bengali. The origin of this group of people is disputed with some saying they are indigenous to the state of Rakhine in Myanmar while others contend they are migrants who came from Bengal, latterly Bangladesh, to Burma (Myanmar) during the period of British colonial rule. According to the United Nations, Rohingyans are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Many Rohingyans have fled Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh and to areas along the Thai-Myanmar border.
People-smugglers kidnapped dozens of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh after duping them with fake job offers, and trafficked them to a rubber plantation in southern Thailand, officials said yestersay.Monday, 13 October, 2014, 4:00am
Most teenagers have books in their backpacks, but Ashokur Rahman's bag has his most-prized possessions: a refugee card from the UNHCR, and a single-entry visa from the Indian government that expires in 2015.5 May 2014 - 9:04pm
US President Barack Obama has warned that ethnic and religious conflicts could move Myanmar in a "very bad direction".28 Apr 2014 - 3:25am 2 comments
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has called for an end to persecution of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims in one of the strongest US congressional criticisms yet of Myanmar's reformist government.26 Mar 2014 - 10:23pm
The influx of Rohingya refugees to Thailand has begun early this year, with a boatload landing yesterday in the country's south - the first of what's likely to be thousands of new arrivals from Myanmar.12 Sep 2013 - 1:34am
The UN chief has warned Myanmar that it must end Buddhist attacks on minority Muslims and grant them citizenship if it wants to be seen as a credible nation. Sectarian violence against Rohingya Muslims in the predominantly Buddhist nation has killed hundreds in the past year, and uprooted about 140,000, in what some say presents a threat to Myanmar's political reforms because it could encourage security forces to reassert control.12 Jul 2013 - 2:05am 1 comment