Rohingya People

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.

Buddhists in Rakhine stoking hatred of Rohingya, Myanmar's leader says

Neighbours turned on each other

Buddhist monks, politicians and other ethnic Rakhine figures are stoking hatred towards Muslim Rohingya in the country's west, plagued by sectarian violence, Myanmar's president warns in a report leaked yesterday.

Saturday, 25 August, 2012, 2:36am

Risks of Muslim pressure over Rohingya

Leaders of the Muslim world are putting pressure on Myanmar over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the country and calling for urgent action by the government.

A UN special human rights rapporteur had earlier raised concerns about reports of extrajudicial killings and torture after clashes between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims.

13 Aug 2012 - 9:18pm

What drives desperate men to risk everything

It's a sea journey with potentially deadly consequences: drowning, or a slow torturous death by thirst, exposure and starvation.

But it's a risk hundreds of Rohingya men have been willing to take to reach Malaysia, where promises of work and relative freedom from persecution await.

But the stakes have been raised.

23 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Thai army detains Rohingya boatpeople

A boatload of Rohingya are in the custody of the Thai army after being apprehended north of Phuket.

Local authorities confirmed that 54 would-be refugees were in the vessel intercepted yesterday near Ra island, close to the fishing port of Kuraburi in Phang Nga province.

5 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Thais accused of abusing more Rohingya

It has been more than two years since the Thai government publicly repudiated its military's deadly policy of casting adrift Muslim Rohingya boatpeople - a clandestine abuse that cost hundreds of lives and earned international condemnation when it was exposed.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Cut-price fares on offer as refugees take to the water

At least three boats carrying Rohingya refugees have set sail from Bangladesh in recent weeks, according to insiders in Cox's Bazar who said snakeheads were slashing journey prices by almost half and promising jobs in Malaysia.

24 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Post cleans up with a record 16 prizes at HK press awards

The South China Morning Post has won a record 16 prizes in the 2009 Hong Kong News Awards.

The Post collected the top prizes for best scoop and best business writing in English at the Newspaper Society of Hong Kong's awards and won the top awards for news writing in English, page design and news photography - the latter one of six gongs for the paper's photographers.

11 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Rohingya returnee counts his blessings

Returnee Rohingya refugee Enamul Haque has been beaten by soldiers in Myanmar and detained for more than a year in Thailand after attempting to flee Bangladesh, but the 22-year-old still considers himself 'lucky'.

19 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Rohingya still dream of fleeing poverty

The boats that once brought Rohingya to an uncertain fate on Thai shores have stopped sailing. But the poverty and the persecution that spurred their journeys continue, reports Shaikh Azizur Rahman

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Thai military says refugee boats from Myanmar have been stopped

Rohingya people are not coming to the Andaman coast this sailing season, according to the army colonel who has led his country's campaign to keep them out of Thailand.

14 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Sea change

November 2008 - January 2009

The Thai army conducts a secret policy of towing Rohingya boatpeople out to sea and abandoning them in unpowered boats. Hundreds die as a result.

January 12 - January 22

The South China Morning Post publishes a series of reports outlining the policy, sparking an international outcry.

January 26

16 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Laughable allegations against Rohingya

It was always a line that was going to raise more questions than answers.

Thai press reports this week, quoting local law enforcement officials, hailed the arrest of three ethnic Rohingya human traffickers and linked them to a full poker hand of terrorist groups - from al-Qaeda and southern Muslim insurgents to the recently defeated Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka.

20 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Region must work to improve the Rohingya's lot

One of the more positive developments since Abhisit Vejjajiva took over as Thailand's prime minister has been the ending of its scandalous treatment of Rohingya boatpeople. While in Hong Kong on a short visit last week, Mr Abhisit repeated his vow never to let his country's military abandon refugees at sea again. This inhumane practice has left hundreds of Rohingya people dead or missing.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Regional talks to tiptoe around Rohingya crisis

The biggest international meeting yet to focus on the plight of Myanmar's Rohingya boatpeople opens today in Bali amid fresh doubts about diplomatic efforts to end their persecution.

14 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

No home, little hope

Myanmar's consul general in Hong Kong, Ye Myint Aung, sparked outrage when he wrote to his diplomatic peers last month to describe the Rohingya boatpeople as 'ugly as ogres'.

10 Mar 2009 - 12:00am