Bob Rae, special envoy to Myanmar, to release report on Rohingya crisis

Bob Rae, special envoy to Myanmar, to release report on Rohingya crisis

Bob Rae, special envoy to Myanmar, to release report on Rohingya crisis

Though many Rohingya say their families have lived in Myanmar for generations, they are not among the 135 officially recognised ethnic groups and so are denied citizenship.

A Myanmar government minister is scheduled to visit Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh next week, becoming the first high-ranking official from Naypyidaw to undertake such a trip, a senior Bangladeshi diplomat said Monday.

The boat had stopped at a Thai island to restock itself on Saturday.

"The boat and its passengers will be handed over ... to the immigration authorities".

"Noor", a 16-year-old Rohingya girl from Maungdaw Township in Myanmar's Rakhine State told Fortify Rights that she boarded a ship off the coast of Myanmar in February to flee the aftermath of attacks on her village by Myanmar state security forces.

Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, an independent research and advocacy group, said Sunday's stopover of a fishing boat with 56 people at an island in Thailand's Krabi province is probably not a harbinger of more soon to come, because the weather will soon turn too rough for such crossings.

Those sources also say that that the special envoy's report addresses "strong signals" that crimes against humanity have been committed in the country.

In Bangkok on Monday, human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights urged Thailand and Malaysia to provide protection for Rohingya refugees in accordance with global law and standards.

He said local villagers donated food to the Rohingya and that they were "happy" with the help.

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Rohingya migrants trying to travel south by boat have been rare since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, leaving thousands of migrants abandoned in open waters or jungle camps.

An official from Bangladesh, where thousands of Rohingya have found shelter following the latest wave of violence in neighboring Myanmar, said the boat could not have crossed his country's waters.

When he was appointed, Rae said his task would be to try and hear from all sides of the violence and to gather facts to shape a plan for how Canada and other countries should work to end the violence that has now displaced half a million Rohingya into neighbouring Bangladesh, with numerous women who have fled reporting rape and sexual violence by security forces.

While describing Bangladesh's achievements, including its becoming eligible for graduating to a developing country from a least developed one, Ali narrated how the possibility of outstanding economic and social development tempo of Bangladesh may face challenge by the Rohingya influx.

In February, the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) warned that at least 100,000 Rohingya huddling in squalid and low-lying refugee camps interspersed with rolling hills could be in grave danger from landslides and floods caused by monsoonal rains.

"We have already shifted some 10,000 refugees from different locations to safer settlements", he told Agence France-Press (AFP).

The U.N. says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh's southeast - where almost one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides - are extremely vulnerable to disease and disaster this rainy season.

Reported byBenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

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