Rohingya Muslims

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.

Malaysian forensic teams reveal grim secrets of mass grave at jungle trafficking camp

Members of the media look on as police exhume a grave in a jungle at Bukit Wang Burma in the northern Malaysian state of Perlis. Photo: AFP

Malaysian police forensic teams, digging with hoes and shovels, began pulling out the remains of dozens of suspected victims of human traffickers on Tuesday from shallow graves discovered at a jungle camp near the border with Thailand.

Tuesday, 26 May, 2015, 7:12pm

Kidnapped Rohingya were smuggled to Thailand rubber plantation

Ethnic Rohingya refugees are being arrested by Thai police officers in Phang Nga province, southern Thailand. Photo: EPA

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.

13 Oct 2014 - 4:00am

Three generations of Rohingya living in India trapped in a stateless cycle

Three generations of Rohingya living in India trapped in a stateless cycle

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

Obama warns against repression of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Obama warned against repression of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. Photo: EPA

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

US Congress panel slams Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Rescued Myanmese ethnic Rohingya Muslims at a Sri Lankan immigration detention centre in Colombo. Photo: AP

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

Desperate Rohingya not waiting for safe sailing season to flee Myanmar

Rohingya Muslims gather on a street in Sittwe, Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

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

Attacks on Rohingya must end if Myanmar wants credibility, say UN

Rohingya at a camp near Sittwe in Myanmar. Photo: AFP

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