Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ampang Tasek Medical service – Nov 17, 2013

Posted on 24th November 2013
As part of a new ongoing initiative to link MMK member churches directly with local refugee communities, MMK facilitated another medical service visit to a refugee enclave in Ampang Tasek, near KL.
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An earlier medical service, in October, had been successfully completed in Ampang Hilir by Elim Evangelical Church.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Growing detention problem in Asia-Pacific, warns civil society and UNHCR

Published: 11 November 2013

BANGKOK, Thailand, November 11 (UNHCR) – Growing numbers of refugees and asylum-seekers are being detained in the Asia-Pacific region as states increasingly use detention to deter irregular migration, UNHCR and its partners have warned.

These concerns were raised at a regional consultation on immigration detention for south and south-east Asia held last week in Bangkok. Co-hosted by UNHCR, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APPRN) and the International Detention Coalition, the Thursday-Friday meeting brought together members of the region's civil society, national human rights institutions as well as other UN agencies and other partners.

6 Rohingyas killed in Cox’s Bazar road crash

(Burma Times) 15 Rohingyas also sustained injuries in the the head-on collision
At least six Rohingyas were killed and 15 others injured in a head-on collision between two jeeps on the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf road near Ukhiya Degree College in the district on Thursday morning.

CHOKORIA IMAGEThe deceased were identified as Ali Ahmmod, 45, Abul Boshar, 30, Nurul Haque, 26, Belal, 35, Mohammad Alam, 30, and Saydul Alom, 25.

Quoting witnesses, Ukhiya police station Officer-in-Charge Gias Uddin Miah said: “A Cox’s Bazar-bound public jeep, locally known as Chander Gari, collided head-on with another jeep coming from the opposite direction near Ukhiya Degree College around 8am, leaving five people dead on the spot and injuring 16 others.”
Later, one person succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, police said.

Earlier, the OC said three of the injured had died in hospital, but later Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital and Ukhiya police station sources confirmed that only one person died at the hospital.

The injured were admitted to Ukhiya and Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospitals.

Locals said the Cox’s Bazar-bound jeep, carrying 30-35 Rohingyas, left Kutupalong Rohingya Camp in Ukhiya around 7:45am.

Source BD

Briefing With UNHCR Malaysia

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) would like to cordially invite you to a briefing with UNHCR Malaysia representative Michele Manca di Nissa. Event details as follows:-

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 745pm; briefing starts at 8pm
Venue: UNHCR, 570 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur

Mr. Manca di Nissa, who moved to Kuala Lumpur in July, will give a brief overview of the refugee situation here in Malaysia and will then take questions.

As of end of September, there were more than 115,800 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia. Most of them are from Myanmar. Before moving to Malaysia, Mr. Manca di Nissa was based in Kabul.

Please note that this is an OFF-THE-RECORD briefing for FCCM MEMBERS ONLY. To RSVP, please drop an email to info@fccm.my You can find more information on FCCM membership on our website under "Membership".

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1000s of Rohingyas pushed into cheap labor in India

Sun Nov 10, 2013 11:4PM
Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been pushed into cheap labor in India after fleeing sectarian violence in Myanmar, Press TV reports.

Escaping the death and destruction in their own country, thousands of Rohingya are living in abysmal condition in Muslims in Jammu region of Indian-controlled Kashmi where they work as laborers.

Working in a walnut packaging factory is the only chance of survival for many of the refugees -- young and old.
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OIC Secretary-General To Visit Myanmar To Discuss Rohingya Muslim Issue

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 11 (Bernama) -- Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu is set to leave for Myanmar on Tuesday to discuss the humanitarian, political and legal situation of Rohingya Muslims.

He said the visit, together with seven foreign ministers and senior officials from members of the OIC contact group on the Rohingya minority, would be a milestone in relations between the Muslim world and Myanmar where serious steps towards drawing a roadmap to improve the situation of Muslims in the country would begin.

The visit would include meetings with Myanmar's political leadership, Muslim and Buddhist members in Myanmar's parliament, as well as visiting affected Muslims in Arakan, Ihsanoglu said in an OIC statement Monday.

Burma minister warns Arakan NGOs against aid ‘bias’

Rohingya men who were shot by the police during a riot on Friday rest in Dapaing district clinic, outside of Sittwe, on 11 August 2013. (Reuters)
It follows the latest eruption of violence in the western state, where communal clashes between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims have claimed hundreds of lives since last year.

On Saturday, at least four people, including three Rohingyas, were killed in Pauktaw township, an area about two hours northeast of the state capital Sittwe. Local Buddhists later accused Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) of “bias” for taking three injured Muslim men to hospital.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

US Holocaust Musium focus the plight of Rohingya

The Plight of the Rohingya

Long considered one of the world’s most persecuted peoples, the Muslim Rohingya have no legal status in Burma and face severe discrimination, abuse and escalating violence.  In 2012, violent attacks, fanned by a campaign of virulent anti-Muslim hate speech that continues today, destroyed numerous Rohingya communities and displaced well more than 100,000. Today, the Rohingya in Burma are forcibly isolated, cut off from nearly all goods and services and unable to provide for themselves.  According to the United Nations, crimes against humanity have been, and continue to be, perpetrated against the Rohingya.  Their treatment, combined with statements by government, political and religious leaders indicate that the Rohingya are being subjected to ethnic cleansing.
While the Burmese government has signaled its intention to alleviate the plight of the Rohingya, little has as yet been done to address the fundamental causes of their suffering. Burma’s democracy movement has been largely silent about the treatment of the Rohingya.


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Boat Carrying 70 Muslim Rohingya Sinks off Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar November 3, 2013 (AP)
A boat carrying 70 ethnic minority Muslim Rohingya capsized Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found.

The boat was in the Bay of Bengal and headed for Bangladesh when it went down early Sunday, said Abdul Melik, who works for the humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger.

The incident comes after the United Nations warned that an annual and often deadly exodus of desperate people from Myanmar's Rakhine state appears to have begun. The exodus usually kicks off in November, when seas begin to calm.

As many as 1,500 people have fled in the last week, Dan McNorton, a spokesman for the U.N. High commission for Refugees, said at a press briefing Saturday in Geneva.