Rohingya refugee

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.

Myanmar Rohingya refugee boat capsizes, with 62 missing

A small ferry boat in Yangon, Myanmar. An aid worker said a boat carrying 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized off the western coast of Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized on Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found.

Monday, 4 November, 2013, 3:48am

Thai immigration officials helping sell Rohingya refugees to traffickers

A Ranong Immigration truck leaves the detention centre with the refugees for the Andaman Club pier 12 kilometres away. Photo: Phuketwan

Thai immigration officials were involved in the weekend sale of Rohingya detainees to people smugglers, according to sources, whose tips allowed the South China Morning Post to witness part of the clandestine deal taking place.

22 Oct 2013 - 5:38pm

Letters to the Editor, May 31, 2013

Displaced Rohingya in a camp in Sittwe, Burma. Photo: AFP

Unseen forces pushing for incinerator site

Gina Chan Fung-chun ("Unbiased ruling for island waste site", May 25) is right to be suspicious of the Environmental Protection Department's motives in choosing Shek Kwu Chau, which is so obviously the wrong place to build an incinerator.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Myanmar in path of cyclone

A camp in Rakhine state where displaced Rohingya live. Photo: AFP

Myanmar started moving people into emergency shelters as a cyclone threatened to batter a violence-wracked region home to tens of thousands of internal refugees.

About 140,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) living in flimsy tents or makeshift housing are seen as particularly vulnerable to Cyclone Mahasen, which was gathering strength in the Bay of Bengal.

13 May 2013 - 4:32am

UN concerned after probe shows Thai troops shot at Rohingya

Rohingyan men who managed to swim to shore after Thai security forces opened fire on boatpeople off Phuket. Photo: Phuketwan

Investigations by the UN's refugee agency have confirmed that Thai authorities opened fire as they were moving Rohingya boatpeople, sparking a warning that it was now "gravely concerned" by the situation.

16 Mar 2013 - 3:05am

Villagers decry 'slaughter' of Rohingya as Thai PM vows inquiry

A volunteer for the Red Cross Rescue Service recovers one of two bloated bodies found in an area near Phuket on February 26 and 27. Photos: SCMP Pictures

More damning evidence has emerged of what villagers describe as the "slaughter" of Rohingya refugees by members of the Thai military near the holiday island of Phuket, with Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pledging to investigate the incident.

14 Mar 2013 - 2:51am

Boatpeople who say they witnessed Thai shooting incident disappear

Boat 214 was seen towing the Rohingya vessel. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Concerns grow for a group of Rohingya boatpeople who have disappeared from a village where they were being sheltered north of Phuket, after claiming last week that they saw Thai troops shooting at other refugees.

12 Mar 2013 - 2:18am

Thai forces accused of shooting fleeing Rohingya refugees off Phuket

Villagers on Surin island captured on video a Thai military patrol boat, with the hull designation TOR214, as it towed a Rohingya vessel later caught up in the alleged shooting. Photo: Phuketwan

The alleged killings, which are said to have occurred on February 22, came during an attempt by the military to transfer about 20 refugees from the boat on which they arrived from Myanmar with more than 100 others, to a smaller vessel.

7 Mar 2013 - 2:32am

120 Rohingya asylum seekers rescued by Indonesian fisherman

Rohingya refugees look out from a broken window at the immigration office in Lhok Seumawe, northern Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: EPA

The 121 Rohingya, including six women and two children, were found adrift late on Tuesday by fishermen around 25 kilometres from the village of Cot Trueng, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island in Aceh province. "Their boat ran out of petrol as they tried to sail from Myanmar to Thailand," village chief Mukhtar Samsyah said, adding that they had fled Myanmar to escape sectarian conflict.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:26am

Briefs, January 31, 2013

Somchai Khunpleum in Bangkok after his arrest. Photo: AP

A badly damaged minesweeper stranded on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines for nearly two weeks will need to be dismantled before it is removed, the US Navy said. The drastic measure of pulling apart the 68-metre Guardian was proposed in a salvage plan to Philippine authorities, navy spokesman Lieutenant Commander James Stockman said.

31 Jan 2013 - 3:01am

Briefs, January 23, 2013

Thai police rescued trafficked Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A Canadian man facing charges of illegal possession of firearms opened fire in a Philippine court, killing two people before killing himself. The former journalist, John Pope, was in court in Cebu City to face the charges when he pulled out a gun and shot a lawyer and a doctor who filed a case against him. 

23 Jan 2013 - 5:15am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

South Korean rapper Psy. Photo: Reuters

More than 130 Rohingya migrants have landed on Thai soil in less than 24 hours, a local official said, as the kingdom grapples with a flurry of arrivals from Myanmar's minority group.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:36am

Briefs, January 17, 2013

The Khmer Rouge's Khieu Samphan is ill. Photo: AP

Pakistan accused India of "warmongering" and lodged a protest after another soldier was killed in disputed Kashmir in a flare-up that threatens to derail peace negotiations. Diplomats on both sides have warned against allowing a spate of deadly cross-border incidents to wreck progress made since a total break in relations following the 2008 attacks on Mumbai. 

17 Jan 2013 - 2:19am

Briefs, January 12, 2013

Supporters of Sri Lanka's president Rajapakse celebrate after parliament voted to impeach the country's chief justice Bandaranayake in front of her official residence. Photo: Reuters

The government yesterday lifted a ban on a satirical film deemed "offensive" to the Indian community, but said producers would have to edit some portions and show it only to adults.

12 Jan 2013 - 3:19am

Thai army raids Rohingya smugglers' secret camp near Malaysian border

Muslim refugees stand near their tents in Awetawgyi refugee camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar. Photo: AP

Thai authorities have raided a secret transit camp for ethnic Rohingya on the border with Malaysia, after an undercover operation in which two of the Muslim migrants were "purchased" from people smugglers.

11 Jan 2013 - 3:05am