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Rohingya forced to swim ashore PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:41

 

Rohingya forced to swim ashore

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:55 PM
13 March 2013| last updated at 12:57AM

 

ILLEGAL ENTRY: The 184 foreigners, including 68 children, had arrived in a cramped fishing vessel. A total of 184 Rohingya, in cluding 68 children, from Myanmar were detained for illegal entry at Pantai Kuala Jerlun in Jerlun, near here, early yester day.

The foreigners had earlier arrived in a cramped fishing vessel, manned by several Myanmar nationals, before they were forced to swim to the shore about 7am.

They had were also forced to wade through a mud dy patch before reaching the shore. Most of the Rohingyaforeigners, especially the children, appeared pale and weak when they landed on the beach. It was learnt that the foreigners had been on the boat for about 12 days before they arrived here.

Villagers, who tipped off the presence of the foreigners to the au thorities, took pity on the Rohingyarefugees and offered them food and drinks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:58
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Burma Must Keep Its Reform Promises, Says Rights Group PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 March 2013 06:43

Burma Must Keep Its Reform Promises, Says Rights Group

By Human Rights Watch Media ReleaseTuesday, March 12, 2013

PHUKET: The United Nations Human Rights Council should retain its current level of scrutiny of Burma's still poor human rights situation, Human Rights Watch said today.
The draft resolution on Burma for the council's present session should continue the mandate of the special rapporteur on Burma under Item 4 of the council's agenda to ensure monitoring and reporting on human rights developments in the country. Agenda Item 4 is for situations that require the council's continuing attention.

''The Human Rights Council's support for reform in Burma should not veil international concern about continued serious abuses in the country,'' said Julie de Rivero, Geneva director at Human Rights Watch.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 March 2013 07:02
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Thai Military Opened Fire and Killed Rohingya North of Phuket, Say Boatpeople, Villagers PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:16

 

By Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

PHUKET: Thai security forces opened fire on defenceless Rohingya boatpeople north of Phuket, killing at least two and as many as 15, according to detailed accounts by three survivors and Thai villagers who are sheltering them.


The killings, which are said to have occurred on February 21, came during a botched attempt by the military to transfer about 20 would-be refugees from the large boat on which they arrived from Burma (Myanmar) with 110 others, to a much smaller vessel.


When some feared they would be separated from family members, they jumped in the water and the military men opened fire during the predawn incident, the witnesses said.

Survivors Habumara, 20, Rerfik, 25, and Jamar, 16, said yesterday that they swam for their lives when the shooting broke out. They are currently being sheltered by sympathetic villagers.

Two fresh graves, said to contain Rohingya, were seen by a
Phuketwan reporter and an Australian news television crew yesterday.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 21:44
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126 famished Rohingya refugees rescued from leaky boat PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 March 2013 06:56

 

126 famished Rohingya refugees rescued from leaky boat


GEORGE TOWN: One hundred and twenty-six Rohingya refugees were found famished by local fishermen, as their cargo boat was on the verge of sinking at 2.5 nautical miles from Muka Head, Teluk Bahang here yesterday.

The refugees, comprising 51 men, 35 women and 40 children, had spent 25 days sailing from Myanmar to Malaysia.

Following a report lodged by the fishermen about 2pm, the Rohingyas were rescued by the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).

MMEA (Northern Region) enforcement chief First Admiral Tan Kok Kwee said, at the time of rescue, the refugees, aged between two months and 50, were found cramped in their boat.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 March 2013 07:03
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Rohingyas not illegal in Myanmar---Nobel laureates PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:12

The charge that the Rohingya are illegal immigrants to Myanmar is false, say Jose Ramos-Horta and Muhammed Yunus, respectively the 1996 and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winners.

“There is evidence that the Rohingya have been in present-day Myanmar since the 8th century,” they said, writing for the Huffington Post. “It is incontrovertible that Muslim communities have existed in [Rakhine] State since the 15th century, added to by descendants of Bengalis migrating to Arakan [Rakhine] during colonial times.”

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