Malaysia Is Using Coronavirus to Deport Rohingya Refugees

The Rohingya have looked to escape persecution in Myanmar in Malaysia — but now the Malaysian government no longer wants to offer them asylum and is putting the Rohingya population in detention centers.

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Rescued Rohingya speak about smuggling ordeal | AFP

Rohingya asylum seekers who were rescued off the coast of Indonesia speak about their ordeal during a month-long sea journey. Around a million Rohingya live in squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, where human traffickers also run lucrative operations promising to find them sanctuary abroad.

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Rescued Rohingya speak about smuggling ordeal | AFP

Rohingya asylum seekers who were rescued off the coast of Indonesia speak about their ordeal during a month-long sea journey. Around a million Rohingya live in squalid refugee camps in Bangladesh, where human traffickers also run lucrative operations promising to find them sanctuary abroad.

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Stranded Rohingya pulled to shore by sympathetic Indonesians | AFP

Nearly 100 Rohingya asylum seekers stranded off the coast of Indonesia were pulled to shore by locals angered at the refusal of authorities to give them shelter over coronavirus fears.

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Nearly 100 Rohingya rescued off Indonesia | AFP

Nearly 100 Rohingya migrants from Myanmar, including 30 children, were rescued from a rickety wooden boat off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra island on Wednesday. They had gone without food for several days, officials said.

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Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine | AFP

Myanmar ships hundreds of recently released Rohingya inmates back to the country’s restive western borderlands, after fears that its overcrowded prisons could become hotbeds for runaway coronavirus outbreaks.

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‘Relying on the mercy of Allah’: Rohingya refugees and coronavirus | AFP

The sewage-soaked alleys and cramped canvas and bamboo shacks that house one million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh are a horrifying scene as the coronavirus pandemic creeps closer. “We have received soap and were told to wash our hands. And that’s it. We don’t know anything else,” says one refugee.

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Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide | AFP

The UN’s highest court orders Myanmar to do everything in its power to prevent the alleged genocide of Rohingya Muslims, as international justice stepped into the crisis for the first time.

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Top UN court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide | AFP

International Court of Justice presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf declares that the UN’s top court orders Myanmar to take “all measures within its power” to prevent alleged genocide against Rohingya Muslims. IMAGES

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The UN’s top court ordered Myanmar on Thursday to take “all measures within its power” to prevent alleged genocide against Rohingya Muslims.VIDEOGRAPHICS

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Top UN court says it can rule in Rohingya case | AFP

International Court of Justice presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says the UN’s top court has the authority to rule in an urgent case in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. IMAGES

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Residents in Myanmar react after three-day ICJ hearing on genocide case | AFP

“If it were genocide, there would not be any of these people (Rohingya) left,” says one Yangon resident as people in Myanmar give their take on the hearing at the International Court of Justice where de facto civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has urged judges to throw out a genocide case.

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Rohingya refugees react after Suu Kyi’s speech at ICJ | AFP

Rohingya refugees in Ukhia, Bangladesh, react after watching Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), during which she rejected the allegations of genocide against Myanmar.

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Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at ICJ for Rohingya genocide case | AFP

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the UN’s top court in The Hague for the third day in the genocide case against Myanmar. IMAGES of her arrival

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Suu Kyi denies Myanmar genocide allegations at top UN court

Myanmar’s former pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has denied that her country’s armed forces committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, telling the United Nation’s top court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Muslims was the unfortunate result of a battle with insurgents.

Suu Kyi says ‘genocidal intent cannot be the only hypothesis’ in Rohingya case | AFP

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi tells the UN’s top court there was no proof of “genocidal intent” behind her country’s military campaign against Rohingya Muslims. SOUNDBITE

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Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for second day of trial over Rohingya genocide case | AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s former democracy icon arrives at the International Court of Justice in The Hague for the second day of a trial over the bloody military crackdown in which thousands of people were killed and around 740,000 Rohingya minorities fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Suu Kyi is expected to take the stand a day after Gambia urged the country to ‘stop the genocide’ against Rohingya muslims. IMAGES of her arrivals

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The Myanmar military launched a ferocious crackdown against its Rohingya Muslim population in 2017, driving around 740,000 into neighbouring Bangladesh. On Tuesday the UN’s top court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), is hearing a case brought by Gambia accusing Myanmar of genocide against the Rohingya.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi rally ahead of ICJ case | AFP

People in Yangon, Myanmar gather in support of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, as she is set to face the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague over the Rohingya crisis. IMAGES

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Videographic on the Rohingya. The International Criminal Court on Thursday approved a long-awaited full investigation into Myanmar’s alleged abuse of Rohingya Muslims, including crimes against humanity and persecution.VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Here’s the latest for Thursday October 24th: House Republicans disrupt closed-door impeachment session; Bangladesh plans to relocate thousands of Rohingya refugees; Florida state senate upholds sheriff’s suspension; More rolling blackouts in California.

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200,000 Rohingya rally to mark ‘Genocide Day’ in Bangladesh camps | AFP

Some 200,000 Rohingya rally in the Bangladesh Kutupalong refugee camp to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees. IMAGES

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Myanmar’s Rohingya | AFP Animé

Two years after the start of the influx of Rohingya refugees from Burma to Bangladesh, hostility has increased. Videographic on the Rohingyas. VIDEOGRAPHIC

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Move over Angelina Jolie, it’s ‘humanitarian pup’ | AFP

With interest in the Rohingya refugees fading two years after they fled their homeland, the World Food Programme has found a new weapon to maintain awareness – one with a wet nose and a wagging tail.

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Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh | AFP

When hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled Myanmar into Bangladesh two years ago, local communities were mostly welcoming. Today that welcome has worn thin, and resentment, anger and fear are creeping in.

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