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Malaysia: Court Overturns Caning Sentence for 27 Rohingya Refugees

A court in northern Malaysia’s Kedah state threw out a lower court’s ruling that 27 Rohingya be caned for entering the country illegally, calling it inhumane to punish refugees with strokes from a rattan stick, setting aside a lower court’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grow

Survivors of dangerous sea journey convicted amid a rise in hate speech and mass detentions in centres rife with Covid-19.  A group of 31 Rohingya men who disembarked from a boat in April have since been convicted under the Immigration … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grows

A group of Rohingya refugees who survived a treacherous journey at sea now face caning and seven months in jail after they were convicted under the immigration act in Malaysia, where activists have warned of an alarming rise in xenophobia … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Rohingya scapegoated as Bangladesh battles COVID-19

“Two more Rohingya die from corona: Locals in panic” — screamed a recent newspaper headline in southeastern Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar. Social media has sometimes been equally hysterical. One college teacher posted on Facebook that lack of awareness about COVID-19 among … Continue reading

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Indonesia: EU Welcomes Indonesia’s Decision to Help Rohingya Refugees

The European Union (EU) has welcomed Indonesia’s decision to provide a safe-landing and humanitarian assistance to 99 Rohingya refugees stranded off the northern coast of Aceh last week.  The refugees claimed to have been adrift at sea for four months. … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Refugee Artists Pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in Fear of Xenophobic Backlash

Artists from refugee communities have decided to pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in light of heightened xenophobia, said to have spurred out of the Malaysian government’s pushback of Rohingya boats in fear of them bringing COVID-19. The authorities have also … Continue reading

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Indonesia: Locals Defy Authorities’ Covid-19 warnings to rescue Rohingya refugees

Governments across south-east Asia are turning away boats but in Aceh locals took matters into their own hands. On Thursday afternoon, residents of Aceh, Indonesia, waded back and forth in water helping Rohingya refugees clamber to safety. Exhausted children were … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: Fear, Covid-19 stalk Rohingya refugee children

There are broadly two things that govern how nations and communities are coping with Covid-19: leadership and resources. More than three months after the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, it’s clear that some countries are doing well while … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Prime Minister Insists Malaysia cannot Take Anymore Refugees Amid Rising Pressure on ASEAN to Respond to the ‘Rohingya Crisis’

During the 36th ASEAN Summit, held virtually on the 26th June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyidden Yassin stated that Malaysia can no longer take in Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in light of their … Continue reading

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Bangladesh: In Rohingya refugee camps, coronavirus is under control — for now

The coronavirus pandemic reached Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps a month ago, raising alarm it could spiral out of control. While the situation is under control — at least for now — refugees need continued support. Source: https://bit.ly/2V9B1hj

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