Dozens killed in Bangladesh ferry accident, several missing

Dozens killed in Bangladesh ferry accident, several missing

Issued on: 26/09/2022 – 01:14 At least 25 people were killed and dozens were missing after a boat packed with Hindu devotees sank on Sunday in Bangladesh, a local official said, in the worst waterways disaster to hit the country in more than a year. The bodies recovered so far included 12 women and eight children,

UN envoy won’t return to Myanmar unless she can meet with Aung San Suu Kyi — Radio Free Asia

Zin Mar Aung (R), minister for foreign affairs from Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government, meets with Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky in Prague, the Czech Republic, Sept. 2, 2022. Credit: NUG

The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar said she will not return to the country unless she is allowed to meet with jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she defended an initial visit to the Southeast Asian nation where she held talks with the country’s military rulers. Noeleen Heyzer, the special envoy of

Life is sometimes ‘unbearable’ — Radio Free Asia

Abu Sayyid speaks to a journalist in the courtyard of the Ruhama Mosque in South Tangerang, Indonesia, Aug. 26, 2022. Credit: Pizaro Gozali Idrus/BenarNews

Rohingya refugees living in Indonesia say they are growing more and more desperate as they struggle to get by in the face of an uncertain future, with the prospect of relocation to a third country increasingly remote.  Muhammad Hanif, a Rohingya from Maungdaw township in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, tried to reach Australia from Malaysia by boat

ARSA rebels threaten Rohingya leaders who push for repatriation — Radio Free Asia

A grave is prepared for Muhib Ullah, a Rohingya leader who was assassinated in the Kutapalong camp in Bangladesh, Sept. 31, 2021. Credit: AP

Five years after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled a brutal crackdown by Myanmar’s military, refugees stuck at camps in southeastern Bangladesh say they feel increasingly unsafe as ARSA rebels and armed criminal gangs are targeting community leaders for attack. Mohammed Jubair, who is among those leaders, says the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has threatened

bangladesh: Bangladesh treads cautiously on support from China

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NEW DELHI: Even as Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina prepares to inaugurate later this month the landmark China-built Padma bridge, which promises to transform the country’s economy, Dhaka is treading cautiously on economic assistance from China. The Hasina government, according to an official source in Dhaka, has nixed a proposal for a high-speed Dhaka-Chittagong railway line

China takes dig at US as it again warns Bangladesh against Quad — Radio Free Asia

Liu Jinsong, then deputy chief of mission at the Chinese embassy in India, takes part in a China-India business meeting for investment and trade, at the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi, Feb. 22, 2017. Credit: AFP.

Bangladesh should reject a “cold war mentality and bloc politics,” China told Dhaka’s ambassador this week as it criticized Washington’s policy to contain Beijing that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken outlined in a speech last week. This was China’s second apparent warning to Bangladesh in a little over a year. In May 2021, China’s envoy

Irrawaddy dolphin deaths on Bangladesh’s coast worry environmentalists, authorities — Radio Free Asia

The carcass of an Irrawaddy dolphin lies on the Kuakata beach in Bangladesh’s Patuakhali district, May 14, 2022. Credit:  Dolphin Conservation Committee of Kuakata, Bangladesh.

Growing up, Nuru Majhi and his friends used to see dolphins jumping in Bangladesh’s southern coastal waters. “But now we see a lot less dolphins,” the 58-year-old fisherman from Patuakhali district told BenarNews. “The main cause of death is due to fishing nets. The number of fishermen has increased 10 times compared to 30 years

Malaysian media, officials urged not to fan hatred of Rohingya amid hunt for escapees — Radio Free Asia

Kedah Police Chief Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad (right) and colleagues shows images of four Rohingya men accused of instigating a riot at an immigration depot two days earlier, Bandar Baharu, Kedah, April 22, 2022. Two of the four have been captured. Credit: BenarNews.

Malaysian police have detained two Rohingya they suspect of having instigated a riot and mass breakout at a detention center that led to six escapees being fatally struck by vehicles on a highway in the middle of the night, authorities in northern Kedah state said Friday. Eighty-eight Rohingya remained at large, including nine women and

Family of slain Rohingya leader leaves Bangladesh for Canada — Radio Free Asia

Nasima Khatun, the widow of Rohingya activist Muhib Ullah, speaks to reporters at her home in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 30, 2021. Credit: BenarNews

Canada has actually agreed to provide sanctuary to 11 member of the family of a Rohingya rights activist who was assassinated at a refugee camp in Bangladesh last September, authorities in Dhaka and a human rights group said Friday. Nasima Khatun, the widow of Muhib Ullah, their 9 kids and the hubby of one of

Rohingya refugees reject return to Myanmar without assurances — Radio Free Asia

The International Court of Justice hears proceedings in a trial on charges of genocide against Myanmar in The Hague, Netherlands, Dec. 10, 2019. Reuters

Did they produce essential conditions for us to return to Rakhine state? Junta chief Snr. He is doing this due to the fact that of worldwide pressure and not because of goodwill. We are ready to go back, no matter who makes the decision to call us back, but it is impossible to return unless

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