Exodus of the Rohingya people after persecution
- The clashes between Rohingya Muslim minority and the state's Buddhist community started in 2012, with more than 100,000 Rohingyas deserting Myanmar by sea.
- Most of the Rohingya people took the arduous journey to escape forced segregation and infliction at the hands of the government.
- Denied citizenship by the Burmese, Rohingya people are effectually stateless.
Identity crisis for the Rohingyas of Myanmar
Myanmar offered the Rohingya people citizenships if they changed their ethnicity to Bangladeshi, thereby admitting that they were living illegally in Myanmar.
Malaysia and Thailand refuse entry to Rohingya migrants
14 May 2015
- Malaysia turned away 2 boats packed with hundreds of Rohingya migrants.
- Thailand made it clear that the migrants were not welcomed on its shores.
- Southeast Asia is in the middle of this humanitarian crisis since 2012.
- Appeals by U.N. have fallen on deaf ears as no government in the region, whether Thai, Indonesian or Malaysian are willing to take the refugees into their hinterland.
Ban Ki Moon’s critique of Myanmar
18 May 2015
- After the entire world asked the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to intervene, he extended his support to the plan of the regional meeting in Thailand about the migrant crisis.
- He came down hard upon the Myanmar government for trying to shirk away from responsibility; Myanmar on its part asked ASEAN for help.
- Human Rights Watch too urged for the pushing game to stop.
Pope speaks of the plight of Rohingya people
20 May 2015
- While speaking to those present in the Vatican's Saint Martha guesthouse for daily Mass, the Pope talked of 'farewell'.
- He spoke of the poor stranded Rohingya people who had to say goodbye to their homeland after the 2012 communal violence.
- He explained how these people have "been in boats for months over there... people give them water and food... tell them to go away."
A bleak ray of hope for the Rohingyas
20 May 2015
- Acting upon the requests of the Pope and the UN secretary-general, Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to provide interim shelter to the migrants stranded at sea.
- So far, this is the first breakthrough in the humanitarian crisis confronting south-east Asia.
- The announcement came from Anifah Aman, the Malaysian foreign minister, after he met with his counterparts from Indonesia and Thailand to address the issue.
Myanmar protests against pressure about Rohingya crisis
28 May 2015
- Protesters believe that Myanmar is being unfairly accused about its treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
- According to them, majority of the people are actually Bangladeshis posing as the tribe, so as to be classified as refugees.
- They have urged the government to resist this international pressure by voicing its opinion in the 17 nation crisis meeting over this issue, scheduled in Bangkok on 29 May.
Rohingya camp catches fire, 440 families left homeless
3 May 2016
- A major fire broke out in the Yangon region, destroying the homes of almost 2,000 Rohingya Muslims living in a camp after being displaced in 2012 communal fighting in western Myanmar.
- A UN statement said that 14 people had been injured, while the fatalities could not be confirmed.
- The incident highlighted the appalling conditions of the Rohingya refugee camps where 145,000 Rohingyas lived.
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says save Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants, deal with cause of flight - timesofindia-economictimes