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Wear black for Rohingya

A group called Protect the Rohingya has called on South Africans to highlight the plight of the Rohingya by wearing black on Saturday 13th June. According to the UN, the Rohingya in Burma are one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minorities. Human rights violations against the Rohingya have been[…]

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Saudi Arabia, Malaysia vow support for Rohingyas

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held talks here Sunday with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Razak on major international and Islamic issues and explored prospects of expanding cooperation between the two key OIC countries. The two leaders also discussed “the racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing” against[…]

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U.S. says Rohingya should be citizens

Myanmar brought ashore more than 700 “boat people” it had kept at sea for days aboard a seized vessel, as the United States on Wednesday called on the country to help solve a migrant crisis by recognizing the rights of its Muslim Rohingya minority. U.S. President Barack Obama has sought[…]

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139 bodies found in suspected migrant graves

Malaysia has said it believes 139 people are buried in graves at remote detention camps used by people smugglers on the Thai border which were discovered on the weekend. Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on Thursday that each grave site contained the remains of one person, not multiple[…]

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The world’s least wanted people

Relatively few people are aware of the Rohingya people who stem from Burma. This group of people face discrimination on a daily basis and have now taken to the sea in order to seek refuge from a country that does not accept them as citizens. The daily struggle for survival[…]

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Malaysian foreign minister to visit migrants

The Malaysian Foreign Minister was to visit Myanmar on Thursday to discuss the thousands of migrants from Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic minority adrift across South-East Asia. Anifah Aman’s visit comes a day after Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta agreed to allow thousands of the migrants, who also include Bangladeshis, to temporarily land[…]

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Indonesian fishermen rescue 370 migrants

Indonesian fishermen on Wednesday rescued more than 370 migrants, many from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, a rescue official said. They were evacuated from two boats off Aceh province, said Khairul Nova, the chief of the search and rescue agency in the town of Langsa. “They were dehydrated, hungry and very weak,”[…]

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Philippines offers refuge to Rohingya migrants

The Philippines has signalled it is ready to take in thousands of migrants who are stranded on Asia’s seas, the first country to offer shelter after its south-east Asian neighbours blocked them from entering. Manila, a signatory to the United Nation’s refugee convention, said it would help as it denied[…]

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