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.
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 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
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.31 May 2013 - 5:35am
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
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
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
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
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
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
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