Rohingyan 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.

53,000 left Bangladesh and Myanmar on smuggling boats bound for Thailand, Malaysia

About 53,000 people left Bangladesh and Myanmar on treacherous smuggling boats bound for Thailand and Malaysia this year, the UNHCR said in a report. Photo: Reuters

About 53,000 people left Bangladesh and Myanmar on treacherous smuggling boats bound for Thailand and Malaysia this year, about 540 of them dying on the journey, the UN refugee agency has said.

Sunday, 7 December, 2014, 5:24am

Myanmese refugees made to pay US$1,000 to stay in Malaysia

Rohingya at a refugee camp in Rakhine state. Photo: EPA

Refugees and asylum seekers from Myanmar are paying up to US$1,000 for UNHCR cards granting them official refugee status in Malaysia, an Al-Jazeera investigation has found.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:34am 1 comment

Activist fears for thousands of missing Rohingya boatpeople

A Rohingya fisherman passes the time among boats at the Thae Chaung refugee camp outside Sittwe, Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Rohingya boatpeople who have left Myanmar in the past month are missing, raising fears their boats have been prevented from reaching shore.

16 Nov 2014 - 7:40am

Police in Thailand to push suspected Rohingya boatpeople back out to sea

Thai police officers arrest ethnic Rohingya refugees. Photo: EPA

More than 200 boat people held in southern Thailand will be pushed back out to sea, police said, despite calls by rights group to stop a policy that puts would-be asylum seekers at risk.

11 Nov 2014 - 3:52am

UN urges Myanmar to give Rohingya Muslims citizenship

Rohingya children. Photo: AP

The General Assembly’s human rights committee passed a resolution urging Myanmar to give the stateless Rohingya minority equal access to citizenship and to crack down on Buddhist violence against them and other Muslims in the southeast Asian nation.

The resolution, passed by consensus on Tuesday, received mixed reaction in Myanmar.

21 Nov 2013 - 2:39pm

Rohingya Muslims in hiding in Myanmar after outbreak of sectarian violence

A man walks in a site where a building once stood before sectarian violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in western Myanmar. Photo: AP

Terrified Muslims hid in their homes in northwest Myanmar on Monday after armed police dispersed a Buddhist mob that torched houses and surrounded a mosque in the latest outbreak of sectarian tension.

Clashes between majority Buddhists and Muslims have killed at least 237 people and left more than 150,000 homeless since June last year.

1 Oct 2013 - 2:10am

Buddhist mobs burn down Rohingya Muslim homes in Myanmar

Rohingya Muslim women in Sittwe, Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

Anti-Muslim rioters burned shops and homes in a fresh outbreak of communal unrest in Myanmar, police said on Sunday, as the former army-ruled nation grapples with destabilising religious violence.

26 Aug 2013 - 3:16am

Dozens of Rohingya escape Thai detention centre

Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar gather behind bars of a locked room at a detention centre in Phang Nga province, southern Thailand. Photo: EPA

Dozens of Muslim Rohingya boat people from Myanmar escaped on Tuesday from a Thai immigration centre, police said, as a rights group called for all of them to be freed from detention.

Some 87 Rohingya men broke out of the detention centre housing 137 asylum-seekers in Sadao, a southern district bordering Malaysia.

20 Aug 2013 - 4:10pm

Rohingyan refugees try to break out of Thai jail to celebrate Eid

Muslim Rohingyan refugees from Myanmar try to break out a Thai detention centre to celebrate Eid al-Fitr. Photo: EPA

Thai police have used water cannon to prevent scores of Muslim Rohingya boatpeople from Myanmar breaking out of a detention centre to celebrate the Eid ul-Fitr holiday.

9 Aug 2013 - 1:26am

Myanmar's Thein Sein to free all political prisoners as Cameron presses on human rights

David Cameron and Thein Sein in London yesterday. Photo: EPA

British Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday urged Myanmese President Thein Sein to defend human rights as the former junta general made his first official visit to London. Cameron said he was particularly concerned by violence targeting members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority in which hundreds of people have been killed.

16 Jul 2013 - 7:58am 2 comments

Fragile calm in Rakhine after homes set ablaze

A woman tends to her child in her shop in Kone Tan Ward, Sittwe, western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

A tense calm returned to Myanmar's western state of Rakhine yesterday after rioters set four houses ablaze, the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, officials said. The alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman by a motorcycle taxi driver in the coastal town of Thandwe triggered Sunday's flare-up, said Nay Lin, a police officer. Two suspects have been arrested, he added, and they were of a "different religion" from the victim.

2 Jul 2013 - 1:59am

Myanmar monks say most oppose anti-Muslim campaign

Only rubble remains where a building stood before sectarian violence in Meikhtila, a town once home to a thriving Muslim community in central Myanmar. Photo: AP

The image of Myanmar's Buddhist clergy has undergone a battering in recent months, as saffron-robed monks incite discrimination and violence against Muslim communities.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:56am

Myanmese Buddhists fear violence in Malaysia

Myanmese Buddhists in Malaysia have been living in fear for more than a year as they believe Muslim Rohingya are taking revenge on them for sectarian killings in their home country.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:00am

Rakhine state Rohingya face two-child limit on family size

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families. Photo: AFP

Authorities in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families, in an effort to ease tensions with the Rohingya's Buddhist neighbours after a spate of deadly sectarian violence, an official said.

26 May 2013 - 7:15am

Cyclone Mahasen a 'dress rehearsal' for Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

A Rakhine girl offers food to a Buddhist monk at the Min Gan Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps near Sittwe in Rakhine State, Western Myanmar. Photo: EPA

Myanmar's victims of sectarian strife were spared the full force of Cyclone Mahasen, but many are now returning to flimsy tents in flood-prone camps with the monsoon season weeks away. Myanmar's Rakhine state is pockmarked with makeshift settlements for up to 140,000 people - mainly Rohingya Muslims - displaced by sectarian unrest last year that claimed about 200 lives and saw whole villages razed.

21 May 2013 - 12:52am