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Fire sweeps Rohingya refugee camp market in southern Bangladesh, 3 dead

A fire broke out destroying more than 20 shops in a makeshift market near a Rohingya refugee camp in southern Bangladesh, killing at least three people, police said. Local police chief Ahmed Sanjur Morshed on Friday said they recovered the bodies from the debris after it took firefighters several hours to bring the blaze under […]

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Bangladesh: 15 dead, 400 missing in massive fire in Rohingya refugee camps

The fire that swept through the Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on Monday killed at least 15 people, left at least 400 missing and destroyed thousands of shelter homes, U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. “It is massive, it is devastating,” said UNHCR’s Johannes Van der Klaauw, who joined a Geneva briefing virtually […]

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Thousands of Rohingyas homeless after huge fire sweeps through refugee camps in Bangladesh

A huge fire swept through Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh early Thursday, the United Nations said, destroying homes belonging to thousands of people. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said more than 550 shelters, home to about 3,500 people were either totally or partially destroyed in the blaze, as well as 150 shops and a […]

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Hundreds of Rohingya refugees RELOCATED to remote island in the Bay of Bengal

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are being relocated to a controversial island facility in the Bay of Bengal amid fears that some could be coerced to move there and held indefinitely. A ship carrying 1642 refugees is traveling to Bhasan Char, an island about 40 kilometers off the coast near the city of Chittagong, […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi set to win general elections in Myanmar

Vote counting in Myanmar puts Aung San Suu Kyi’s party in a lead following Sunday’s general election. Elections for the upper and lower houses of the national, state and regional governments were held. A total of 1,171 seats are being contested, said the US-based Carter Center, under the first-past-the-post system. Voters can choose from more […]

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Two Rohingya refugees test positive in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar

Authorities have reported the first coronavirus case in the crowded camps for Rohingya refugees in southern Bangladesh. More than 1 million refugees from Myanmar are sheltered in the camps. Aid workers have been warning that tackling any outbreak could be a daunting task in the crowded camps. Bangladesh and the U.N. refugee agency said the […]

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Bangladesh coast guard rescues hundreds of Rohingyas who failed to reach Malaysia

At least 24 Rohingya died at sea after their boat failed to reach Malaysia, the coastguard in Bangladesh said on Thursday after rescuing 396 Rohingya people from the vessel which had been adrift for weeks after failing to reach Malaysia. “They were at sea for about two months and were starving,” an official from the […]

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Bangladesh forces kill 7 suspected Rohingya robbers in raid

Police in Bangladesh killed seven members of a gang of armed robbers on Monday during a raid on their hideout on a hillside overlooking a camp for Rohingya refugees in the southeast of the country, a police spokesman said. Crime and violence are on the rise in the squalid, sprawling camps around the coastal city […]

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Maldives hires Amal Clooney to fight for Rohingya Muslims at World Court

Maldives has hired prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney to represent it at the UN’s highest court in seeking justice for Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims. The Maldivian government said Wednesday it will formally join the mainly Muslim African state of The Gambia in challenging Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown that sent around 740,000 Rohingya fleeing into […]

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“Peace Icon” – Aung San Suu Kyi will defend Rohingya genocide at world court

Global human rights and democracy icon, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and a political prisoner who spent 15 years under house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi will personally defend her country from accusations of genocide against the Rohingya community at the United Nation’s top court. A legal case which kicks off with three days of […]