Bangladeshi security forces have stopped nearly two dozen Muslim Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia.
Bangladeshi security forces have stopped 30 Rohingya refugees from heading to the more prosperous and Muslim-majority Malaysia, officials say.
Scores of tribal villagers in western Myanmar have crossed into Bangladesh in recent days amid fierce fighting between the army and ethnic rebels in the restive Rakhine state.
Bangladesh has summoned Myanmar’s ambassador to protest against a new influx of refugees fleeing clashes in the restive Rakhine state.
The United Nations (UN)’s envoy for Myanmar says the country’s army chief should be prosecuted for committing genocide against minority Rohingya Muslims, many of whom have now fled but face repatriation to the Buddhist-majority state.
Bangladesh has denied entry to dozens of Rohingya Muslims seeking to enter the country from neighboring India, leaving them stranded in the no man’s land on the border.
Some 2,000 Rohingya Muslims, who had fled to India from death and violence in Myanmar, have reportedly left the South Asian country too, fearing continued harassment there and possible deportation.
The United Nations has expressed grave concerns about the condition of civilians in Myanmar’s state of Rakhine, calling on the government to allow “rapid and unimpeded” humanitarian access to the region.
Myanmar’s High Court has upheld a seven-year jail term against two Reuters journalists for breaking the Official Secrets Act, while reporting on the killing of Rohingya Muslims by the military in Rakhine state.