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Rohingya refugees pray for justice as court to rule in genocide case

Rohingya refugees pray for justice as court to rule in genocide caseCOX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) – Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and violence in Myanmar are praying for justice as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague prepares to deliver an initial verdict on Thursday in a genocide case filed against Myanmar. More than 730,000 Muslim Rohingya fled an army offensive in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017. The United Nations says gang rapes and mass killings were carried out with “genocidal intent”.



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Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfight

Rohingya 'bandit' couple killed in Bangladesh gunfightA Rohingya couple was shot dead during a gunfight in a border town camp hours after they were detained by Bangladesh police, officials said Sunday, the latest killings amid growing tensions between the refugees and authorities. Police in Teknaf town said the refugee couple — Dil Mohammad, 32, and his 26-year-old wife Jaheda Begum — were members of a Rohingya “bandit group”. Authorities claim the gang killed a local ruling party official, Omar Faruk, in a refugee settlement in southeastern Bangladesh last month.



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Third Rohingya shot dead in Bangladesh refugee camp

Third Rohingya shot dead in Bangladesh refugee campBangladesh police shot dead a third Rohingya refugee on Monday after they were accused of the murder of a ruling party official that has sparked anger among the local population. Nearly a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in south-east Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar. Police said Mohammad Hasan, a suspected Rohingya “dacoit” or gang member, was shot dead after he allegedly opened fire at officers during a raid to arrest him at Jadimura refugee camp.



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200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh campsSome 200,000 Rohingya rallied in a Bangladesh camp Sunday to mark two years since they fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces, just days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees. During the brutal August 2017 offensive, around 740,000 of the Muslim minority escaped Myanmar’s Rakhine state — joining those who had fled earlier persecution. A total of nearly one million refugees now live in three dozen squalid camps in Bangladesh’s southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar.



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Fear grips Bangladesh camp as 2 Rohingya refugees killed

Fear grips Bangladesh camp as 2 Rohingya refugees killedBangladesh police said they had shot dead two Rohingya refugees during a gunfight in a refugee camp on Saturday after the pair were accused of killing a ruling party official. Nearly a million Rohingya live in squalid camps in southeast Bangladesh, 740,000 of whom fled a 2017 military offensive against the Muslim minority in Myanmar. The incident comes two days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, which saw not a single Rohingya turn up to return across the border to conflict-scarred Rakhine state.



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Bangladesh must improve conditions for Rohingya, scrap island plan: HRW

Bangladesh must improve conditions for Rohingya, scrap island plan: HRWBangladesh should dramatically improve living conditions for Rohingya in the world’s largest refugee camp and scrap plans to move many to a flood-prone island, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Almost one million Rohingya Muslims forced out of Myanmar now live in southern Bangladesh, with 700,000 of them arriving after the latest crackdown on the stateless minority started in August last year. The US and UN have branded operations by Myanmar security forces as ethnic cleansing.



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Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdownAs Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival Saturday with a peaceful demonstration demanding justice and dignified repatriation. For the hundreds of thousands of the Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar since an army crackdown last August, this is the first Eid-al-Fitr they have spent in the cramped tent cities. Rahim Uddin, a 35-year-old refugee, told AFP that the holiday, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, was different this year.



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Myanmar says some Rohingya refugees returned voluntarily

Myanmar says some Rohingya refugees returned voluntarilyMyanmar says dozens of Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighbouring Bangladesh have returned voluntarily and will be sent to a transit centre pending resettlement. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya fled mainly Buddhist Myanmar after a violent army crackdown began last August in the western state of Rakhine, a process that the US and UN have described as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has said it is ready to take them back and has traded accusations with Bangladesh over who is responsible for the delay in implementing a repatriation deal.



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Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar

Indonesian fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims fleeing MyanmarBIREUEN, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea.



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Dozens of Rohingya come ashore in Indonesia

Dozens of Rohingya come ashore in IndonesiaAbout 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat arrived in Indonesia Friday, officials said, the latest batch of the vulnerable minority to come ashore in the world’s biggest Muslim majority nation. The group landed in Aceh province on Sumatra island, just weeks after dozens of the persecuted Muslim minority from Myanmar came ashore in neighbouring Malaysia. All appeared to be in good condition, according to local police chief Riza Yulianto, who added that it was not clear how long they had been at sea.



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