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.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says Rohingya citizenship issue needs 'very careful handling'

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says Rohingya citizenship issue needs 'very careful handling'

In rare comments on Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged caution on granting citizenship to minorities, saying the sensitive issue must be addressed “very, very carefully.”

Thursday, 18 June, 2015, 9:34pm

UN official in Myanmar appalled by conditions in Rohingya refugee camps

Yanghee Lee, special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar.

A senior UN official has warned of a growing polarisation between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Myanmar and said the living conditions in camps housing displaced Muslims are deplorable.

28 Jul 2014 - 7:01am

UN envoy says Rohingya must get citizenship rights in Myanmar

A Rohingya family at a refugee camp in Sittwe. Photo: Reuters

The top UN envoy on Myanmar said the most pressing priority for Muslims in violence-torn Rakhine state, who are considered illegal immigrants, is to get on the path to citizenship.

3 May 2014 - 5:07am

Indonesia jails 14 Rohingya asylum seekers for deadly brawl

Myanmar Rohingya Muslims shout slogans in court's detention house in Medan, North Sumatra. They were sentenced to nine months in prison over the fatal attack of Myanmar Buddhists at a detention centre in the country. Photo: AFP

An Indonesian court sentenced 14 Rohingya asylum seekers from Myanmar to nine months in jail for their role in a deadly brawl at an detention centre that left eight Buddhist fishermen from their country dead, prosecutors and lawyers said on Thursday.

5 Dec 2013 - 2:29pm

Rohingya refugees being 'held in secret Thai jungle camps and sold to human traffickers'

A special correspondent for the Post is assisted up a steep slope near one of the secret refugee camps in the jungles of southern Thailand. Photo: Phuketwan

A special correspondent for the South China Morning Post has been led to a secret refugee camp deep in the Thai jungle, where an escapee said about 1,500 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar are being hidden in appalling conditions.

5 Dec 2013 - 9:19am

Mosque, shops attacked in fresh Myanmar unrest

People cast shadows as they collect bricks and useful items from burnt Muslim homes in Meikhtila. Photo Reuters

Police in central Myanmar fired warning shots to disperse a crowd after a mosque and shops were attacked on Tuesday, the president’s spokesman said, in the latest religious unrest to hit the country.

30 Apr 2013 - 9:54pm

Myanmar sets new curfews after fresh violence

A man walks among debris of buildings destroyed during ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslim in Meikhtila on Monday. Photo: AP

Authorities in Myanmar imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in three townships on Tuesday after anti-Muslim religious violence touched new parts of the country, edging closer to the main city of Yangon.

27 Mar 2013 - 1:37am

Myanmar warns ethnic violence could threaten reforms

Myanmar soldiers take a break as they remove debris from destroyed buildings following the ethnic unrest between Buddhists and Muslims in Meikhtila. Photo: AP

Myanmar’s government warned on Monday that religious violence could threaten democratic reforms after anti-Muslim mobs rampaged through three more towns in the country’s predominantly Buddhist heartland.

26 Mar 2013 - 1:08am

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

Singapore turns away ship carrying 40 rescued people

Singapore has turned away a ship carrying 40 people rescued off Myanmar, port officials said yesterday, amid media reports the passengers could be stateless Muslim Rohingya.

The Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) said it denied entry to the Vietnamese-registered bulk carrier Nosco Victory because of a lack of information about its passengers.

14 Dec 2012 - 4:28am

Resettlement ‘priority’ after Myanmar unrest: FM

Muslim Rohingya people walk around the Bawdupha Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Sittwe, western Rakhine state on Friday. Photo: AFP

Myanmar is working to resettle tens of thousands of people displaced by communal bloodshed in western Rakhine state as soon as possible, the country’s foreign minister said on Monday.

5 Nov 2012 - 9:53pm

Buddhists in Myanmar's Rakhine state hit back at Rohingya help

Ethnic Rakhine Buddhist women demonstrate against plans by an Islamic organisation to open an office in Sittwe. Photo: AFP

Disgruntled by international support for Muslim Rohingya in unrest-hit western Myanmar, ethnic Rakhine Buddhists are demanding recognition of their own plight and venting a rage that veers into racism.

28 Oct 2012 - 2:33am