Malala calls on world leaders to save Rohingya


Dawn [8/6/15]:

Education activist Malala Yousafzai on Monday spoke up for the rights of Rohingya Muslims, urging influential world leaders to take action against the persecution of the minority group, said a statement released by the Malala Fund.

"I stand with the Rohingyas, and I encourage people everywhere to do so,” Malala said.

“I call on the leaders of Myanmar and the world to take immediate action to halt the inhuman persecution of Burma's Muslim minority Rohingya people," she said.

She stressed the right of Rohingyas to citizenship in their country of birth, saying they deserved equal rights and opportunities.

"The Rohingyas deserve citizenship in the country where they were born and have lived for generations. They deserve equal rights and opportunities."

The 17-year-old said Rohingya Muslims "deserve to be treated like we all deserve to be treated – with dignity and respect. Today and every day."

Young Malala is currently in the United Kingdom completing her studies at the Edgbaston High School, a private school in an upmarket part of Birmingham.




About 150 migrants [refugees] found adrift in a boat off Myanmar's coast were set Monday for transfer to neighbouring Bangladesh, an immigration official said, returning them to homes many tried to flee months ago.

Southeast Asia's migrant [humanitarian] crisis unfurled at the start of May, leaving thousands from Bangladesh and Myanmar's Rohingya minority trapped at sea.

Since then, around 4,500 of them have returned to shore, but the UN estimates about 2,000 others are still on the water. 

Nearly 1,000 have been taken to Myanmar's western Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh, after being found by Myanmar's navy in two boats in the Bay of Bengal.

Neither nation initially showed a willingness to accept them and rights groups are concerned some could be pushed to the wrong side of the border. But they now appear to have agreed on the nationality of some of the rescued migrants, who come from a first boatload of more than 200 found in late May.

"Bangladesh will transfer 150 migrants [refugees] after a friendly meeting between two countries," Saw Naing, deputy director of Maungdaw district immigration told AFP.

The group -- all men -- moved from a holding camp on Monday to a bridge over the Naf River that separates the two countries, according to AFP reporters.

They were given new, clean clothes, making a marked contrast to the conditions they were found in -- unwashed, bare-chested and hungry after weeks on an overcrowded boat.

Myanmar initially said all 208 on the first boat they intercepted were from Bangladesh, leading to fears it may try to deport unwanted Rohingya Muslims, 1.3 million of whom live in Rakhine State.

The country has yet to clearly state what the origins of the remaining passengers are or what will happen to migrants who are not deemed to be from Bangladeshi territory.

The fate of 733 other migrants [refugees] found on another boat on May 19 has also yet to be decided, with officials from both countries still in the process of verifying their nationalities. ... [Yahoo - 8/6/15]





Rohingya 'trafficker' shot dead in Bangladesh [New Straits Times – 8/6/15]:




... However, a Rohingya community leader in the Nayapara refugee camp said Amanullah, a resident of the camp, had been shot dead while in police custody.

"Police arrested him at 4pm Sunday and this morning they shot him dead in cold blood near a road," the leader said, speaking on condition of anonymity.





Rohingya escapees from Thai "detention centre for human trafficking victimes” recaptured [Bangkok Post - 8/6/15]






Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves.

Police gave a breakdown of their anti-trafficking activities with 56 cases recorded between January and May, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported, citing police captain Min Naing.

The report added that police had made 93 arrests over the last five months.  ... [Naharnet - 8/6/15]


Prisoners climb onto roof of Wolston Correctional Centre in Brisbane

ABC [8/6/15]:

Two prisoners have climbed onto the roof in a secure area of the Wolston Correctional Centre, in Brisbane's south-west.

A Justice Department spokesman said the prisoners gained access to the roof about 2:40pm on Monday.

He said police negotiators were hoping to convince the men to come down.

The rest of the prison is operating as normal and remains peaceful.

The incident will be referred to the police custodial services investigation unit.








Six guards have been suspended and police are investigating following allegations of mistreatment of a male prisoner at a Queensland jail.

Queensland Corrective Services on Friday stood down the six prison officers after being made aware of an incident that allegedly occurred at the high-security Wolston Correctional Centre, in the western outskirts of Brisbane, last month.  ... [SBS - 15/5/15]



Australia:  Man allegedly bulldozes cars and a home with woman and children inside



Canberra Times [8/6/15]:

A man has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly drove a bulldozer in pursuit of a man before demolishing a house while a woman and her two daughters were inside.

Police are expected to lay a total of 11 charges against the man including breaching an apprehended violence order, which was in place to protect one of the females who was living in the home flattened by the bulldozer.

Lake Macquarie police have also revealed how one of their officers smashed the window of the bulldozer cabin before flooding it with capsicum spray.

The officer then hit an emergency shutdown button.

A neighbour also played a role in alerting the three females inside the home and ushering them to a neighbouring property.

Detectives are investigating what may have motivated a man to allegedly steal a large bulldozer before destroying the house and four cars in Teralba, 20km west of Newcastle on Monday.

They allege the 48-year-old drove the dozer at a 29-year-old man who had been sleeping in a detached garage on the property.

He stopped pursuing the man a short time later and turned the bulldozer towards the house before continuing over the building until it was demolished, police said.

A neighbour ran to the property and assisted a 56-year-old woman and her two daughters, aged 15 and 20, from the home before it was destroyed.

No one was injured.

Officers were called to a property on The Weir Road about 7.30am after receiving triple zero calls about a man threatening to drive into the house.

The dozer had been allegedly stolen from Teralba mine before being driven over three cars parked outside the house.

All that remains of the buildings is a rear laundry while people are sifting through the rubble to find personal items for the family.

He was arrested and taken to Charlestown police station where he was charged on Monday afternoon.

Police said the man who was arrested was known to the family, but did not elaborate on his relationship with them.

Man, woman found dead in cabin at Kurrajong, north-west of Sydney [Sydney Morning Herald – 8/6/15]







An 80-year-old woman was killed in a house fire near the Snowy Mountains on Monday morning. ... [Canberra Times - 8/6/15]







Boy, 9, suffers burns to 45 per cent of body after clothes catch alight in drum fire [ABC - 8/6/15]:

A nine-year-old boy has suffered critical burns in a drum fire on a property on the Darling Downs, in southern Queensland.

Paramedics said the boy's clothing caught alight from a fire in a drum on a property at Millmerran, west of Toowoomba, just after 4:00pm (AEST) on Sunday.

He ran to the house to get help and his parents both suffered burns to their hands trying to put the flames out.

The boy suffered burns to 45 per cent of his body, including his face, back and stomach.

Ambulance crews took him to Millmerran hospital for treatment but he was flown to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in Brisbane in a critical condition.






Update: fatal traffic crash between Gin Gin and Miriam Vale

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

A 54-year-old Caboolture man died this afternoon after the truck he was driving rolled and caught fire on the Bruce Highway.

Preliminary information suggests the truck was travelling northbound on the Bruce Highway when it lost control approximately 44 kilometres north of Gin Gin, in the vicinity of Boundary Gully.

The driver and sole occupant of the truck died at the scene.

The highway remains closed with motorists advised to delay travel times or northbound traffic to divert via Rosedale and southbound traffic to divert via Miriam Vale.

Investigations by the Forensic Crash Unit continue.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.




Truck driver airlifted after Western Downs rollover [Chronicle – 8/6/15]




Teenager dies in SW truck crash [West Australian – 8/6/15]




Serious traffic crash, Nandawar

QPS Media [8/6/15]:

Police are investigating a motorcycle traffic crash at Nandawar near Inglewood.

Preliminary investigations suggest a motorcycle crashed into the back of another motorcycle at the intersection of Nandawar Tin Hut and Tobacco Roads. Both riders were thrown from their bikes.

A 70-year-old Kyoomba man was taken to the Toowoomba General Hospital with life threatening injuries.

A 39-year-old Stanthorpe man was also taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.





Fatal traffic incident, The Caves


QPS Media [8/6/15]:

Police are currently at the scene of a fatal traffic incident on the Bruce Highway, The Caves just north of Rockhampton.

Initial investigations suggest around 2pm a single vehicle was travelling south along the Bruce Highway when it suddenly veered into an embankment and came to a stop.

A 48-year-old man was pronounced deceased at the scene. No one else was injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating whether a medical condition contributed to the crash.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.



Armed robbery, Aitkenvale

QPS Media [8/6/15]:

Police are investigating an incident in which four men robbed a convenience store in Aitkenvale overnight.

At around 10.55pm, the men entered the Nathan Street store, threatened the shop attendant with a knife and a metal bar, and demanded cash.

The group left the store with a sum of money, cigarettes, confectionary and other items.

No-one was physically injured.

All four men are described as being Caucasian in appearance with a slim build. Three of the men range in height from 170cm to 178cm.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.




Armed robbery, Mount Warren Park




QPS Media [8/6/15]:



Police are investigating an armed robbery at a service station on Rochester Drive, Mount Warren Park today.

Just before 4.45pm a man entered the business armed with a box cutter and made demands for cash.

The male attendant complied with demands and the man fled on foot.

No one was injured during the incident.

Police have released a CCTV still image a man that may be able to assist with their inquiries.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.



Man charged over gun at street fight, Varsity Lakes

Yahoo [8/6/15]:

A man who allegedly flashed a gun around during a fight on a Gold Coast residential street will face court.

Police were called to reports of a fight on Dartmouth Crescent, Varsity Lakes, about 3pm on Sunday.

A local resident, a group of youths and the 34-year-old man were fighting when officers arrived.

The man had allegedly been waving a gun around before police arrived.

Officers later searched his Robina home and allegedly found a gun and drug substances and paraphernalia.

The man has been charged with two counts each of carrying an exposed weapon in a public place, possessing dangerous drugs and possessing utensils.

He is due to appear in Southport Magistrates Court on July 17.


Update: Grievous bodily harm charge, Manoora

QPS Media [7/6/15]:

A 52-year-old Manoora man injured during an alleged altercation at a Pease Street, Manoora home on May 27 passed away this afternoon in the Townsville Base Hospital.

Cairns detectives charged a 36-year-old Gordonvale man with grievous bodily harm following police investigations into the incident with the man appearing in the Cairns Magistrates Court on May 28.

He was remanded in custody and is due to re-appear in court on June 22.

Both men were known to each other.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.




Afghanistan war shell shock fuels thefts, driving offences [Gladstone Observer – 6/6/15]


Man arrested at gunpoint had meth, knife in car [Gladstone Observer – 6/6/15]







[US-backed] Saudi-led air strikes killed at least 44 people during an air raid on the main headquarters of the Yemeni army in central Sanaa on Sunday, the Houthi-run state news agency Saba said.

The agency said that more than 100 people, including civilians, were also wounded in the attack which also destroyed private houses in Tahrir district in central Sanaa. ... [Reuters - 7/6/15]




Saudi Arabia upholds 10-year prison, 1,000 lashes sentence for blogger Raif Badawi [Al Jazeera – 7/6/15]






A police officer in the Dallas suburb of McKinney is on administrative leave after a YouTube video showed a chaotic confrontation Friday between teenagers and law enforcement at a community pool in an upper-middle-class neighborhood.

The approximately seven-minute video opens as officers try to gain control of a group of teenagers at the pool.

Several minutes into the video, an officer throws a teenage girl wearing a bikini to the ground and shoves her head down.

Two teenage boys approach and the officer takes out his firearm and chases them away, then turns his attention to the girl again.

He grabs her arm and simultaneously re-holsters his gun. ... [CNN - 8/6/15]






See how remorseful he is .... NOT




The News Tribune [6/6/15]:


The soldier who committed the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan War acknowledged while asking for a reduced sentence last year that he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of his four combat deployments with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade.

“My mind was consumed by war,” the former Staff Sgt. Robert Bales wrote in a letter late last year to the senior Army officer at JBLM.

“I planted war and hate for the better part of 10 years and harvested violence,” he wrote. “After being in prison two years, I understand that what I thought was normal was the farthest thing from being normal.”

Bales, who was sentenced in August 2013 to life in prison for the killings of 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, failed to persuade Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza to overturn his conviction or modify his sentence. Lanza in March rejected Bales’ clemency bid after considering the weight of evidence in Bales’ court-martial, I Corps spokesman Col. Dave Johnson said Friday.

Lanza’s rejection automatically sent the case to the Army Court of Criminal Appeal, where it might be considered again by military judges one day.

The News Tribune on Friday obtained 27 pages of letters Bales and his loved ones wrote to Lanza last fall while the general was considering whether to uphold Bales’ conviction. The set included letters from Bales’ wife, his in-laws and several soldiers who knew him on his earlier Iraq deployments when he was regarded as a sound infantryman.

His veteran friends described the qualities that led them to trust Bales in Iraq and expressed their remorse that they were not in Afghanistan with him at the time of his crimes.

“My only regret in life is that I wasn’t there in Afghanistan when Robert really needed a friend to see that he was struggling and pull him from the edge,” a JBLM staff sergeant wrote on Bales’ behalf.

Bales’s own eight-page letter revealed his continuing struggle to come to grips with the massacre he committed in March 2012 when he twice used the cover of darkness to sneak out of his combat outpost and murder Afghan civilians in their homes.

“I would do anything not to be the bad guy,” he wrote.

Just as he said at his sentencing, Bales wrote that he could not explain his actions.

“Over my past two years of incarceration, I have come to understand there isn’t a why; there is only pain,” he wrote.





Four civilians killed in landmine explosion in Baghlan [Khaama - 8/6/15]




Five soldiers have embraced martyrdom while 41 militants were killed in latest military operation across the country, Ministry of Defense announced on Monday. ... [Khaama - 8/6/15]



United States, “allies” continue bombing Iraq and Syria

US Department of Defense [7/6/15]:

U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Officials reported details of the latest strikes, which took place between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today, local time, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.

Airstrikes in Syria

-Near Al Hasakah, two airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL fighting positions and a vehicle.

-Near Aleppo, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL ant-aircraft artillery piece and an ISIL fighting positon.

-Near Ar Raqqah, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying three ISIL fighting positons, an ISIL rocket system, an ISIL motorcycle and an ISIL weapon transportation vehicle.

-Near Kobani, five airstrikes struck four ISIL tactical units, destroying two ISIL vehicles and two ISIL mortar systems.

Airstrikes in Iraq

-Near Al Qaim, one airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

-Near Bayji, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL bridge, destroying an ISIL vehicle.

-Near Makhmur, three airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit, an ISIL mortar position and an ISIL rocket position, destroying three ISIL heavy machine guns and an ISIL building.

-Near Sinjar, three airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units, destroying four ISIL buildings, an ISIL heavy machine gun and an ISIL vehicle.

-Near Tal Afar, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL heavy machine gun, destroying two ISIL buildings, an ISIL mortar system and an ISIL vehicle.

Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports. All aircraft returned to base safely.





@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [7/6/15]:

Baghdad: Agencies/security source :An employee working at ministry of finance was killed and his wife wounded as a roadside bomb attached to his car exploded in Binook neighbourhood today afternoon.........................

Baghdad: Hussein Ali Gheidan - a civilian- was killed by the government's army when the army stormed into the housing compound in Ibin Sina establishment in Tarmiya in north of Baghdad ......

Baghdad: Agencies/security source: A person was killed and 7 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded near shops in Tobchi today noon......

Baghdad: Agencies/security source : 3 persons were killed as a roadside attached to their car exploded while passing in Hurriya area today night .........

Anbar: The war planes have targeted the civilian homes in Fallujah resulted in killing and wounding of civilians [VIDEO - 6/6/15]




The Big Lie at the Heart of the Myth of the Creation of Israel: Douglas Valentine interview with documentary maker Lia Tarachansky [Counterpunch - 5/6/15]:

DV – Short of Israel giving back everything it’s stolen from the Palestinians, what is the solution to this problem?

LT – Well, I wouldn’t simplify this conflict like that, but there are many solutions on the table. As I’m sure you know there is the well-known Two State Solution, but also the One State Solution, and more recently, variations of the Swiss Solution, meaning a multi-national federation or confederacy. I shy away from the kind of thinking that believes that every problem has a solution, or that everything that breaks can be made whole again. I think the work that we have to do to repair the massive damage that was done is a multi-generational and extremely complex work, but of course the first step is equality, from the river to the sea.

DV – Will Palestinians ever be allowed to return to their homes?

LT – I don’t know how to read the future, but I think that any solution that doesn’t include the Palestinian refugees will be refused by a Palestinian leadership that wishes to survive to the handshake at the end of the agreement.

DV – There is a huge information war going on to rationalize international support for Israel. How does Israel manage to successfully define itself as a victim when it is openly racist and the aggressor?

LT – I think that Israel is a different context than the colonial regimes in Africa, in the sense that it was created because of oppression. If it was not for European anti-Semitism, Israel would not exist. It was therefore created as a result of centuries of crimes against the Jewish people, and that has created a sense of victimhood in our collective psyche that’s going to take longer than a few decades to repair. That, however, is separate from Israel’s policies. The Israeli government plays on that psyche, on that consciousness both at home and abroad to recruit the Israeli people and to enlist the support of its friends abroad. I think that more importantly than that, however, is that Israel serves as a convenient laboratory for those said friends, and its collapse (largely due to the racist and aggressive policies you’ve alluded to) will be the end of a long experiment both in colonialism but also in the idea that you can have a state for one group, at the expense of others. That you can have an “Ethnocracy”, a term defined by Oren Yiftachel as the kind of state Israel is, and the kind of state many Europeans wish their countries were. Right now we’re seeing this idea battle itself out in the laboratory that is Israel, and there are many victims of it, the Palestinians of course but also the African refugees, the migrant workers, and I would argue the Israeli Jewish people themselves as they are increasingly incited against living in a multicultural and therefore stronger society that is based on the values of democracy and equality and not perpetual war.

DV – People who advocate BDS are often slandered as anti-Semitic. Is it an unstated but intentional Israeli policy to publicly slander people as anti-Semitic if they criticize Israel?

LT – I don’t know what the Israel government does intentionally or unintentionally but it is a perversion of real anti-Semitism to claim that criticism of the state of Israel is anti-Semitic. I think that it blinds us from deciphering what real anti-Semitism is (and I have seen that it is still alive and well) and is in my opinion this kind of perversion is very dangerous.

DV – In an attempt to limit the free speech of US citizens, representatives in Illinois voted unanimously to prevent state pension funds from participating in BDS. The US Congress sends $3 billion of US tax dollars to Israel every year, over the objections of an increasing number of its citizens. How does Israel manage to retain the unconditional support of US and Canadian politicians?

LT – I think you should ask American and Canadian journalists that question.



Refugee boy smuggled into Spain in suitcase to be reunited with mother [The Rakyat Post - 6/6/15]:



Australia abuses, and continues to deny medical care to refugee boy on Nauru.

An African boy found inside a suitcase at a Spanish border crossing will be reunited with his mother since DNA tests proved the two are related, the family’s lawyer said.

Eight-year-old Adou Ouattara has been staying at a centre for underage migrants in Ceuta, one of two Spanish enclaves in North Africa, since police found him on May 7 curled up and covered inside a suitcase without air vents at a border checkpoint in the territory.

The suitcase was being taken through a pedestrian border crossing by a 19-year-old woman, whose identity has not been released, when a border security scanner detected the boy inside.

Several hours after the youngster was detected his father, Ali Ouattara who is from the Ivory Coast, was arrested at the same border crossing on charges of human rights abuse, for trying to have the boy smuggled into the country.

“We are going to get the boy on Monday,” the family’s lawyer, Juan Isidro Fernandez Diaz, told AFP.

Officials last month granted Adou authorisation to live in Spain for one year and were waiting for results of DNA tests before turning him over to his mother Lucie Ouattara, who lives legally in Spain’s Canary Islands off the Moroccan coast.

She moved to Spain from the Ivory Coast last year to join the boy’s father, who was already living legally in the Canary Islands.

She brought along their 11-year-old daughter but left Adou behind with his grandmother and brother in the town of Assuefry in the northeast of the Ivory Coast.

After the grandmother died in 2014, Ali requested a residency permit in Spain for Adou, the lawyer said.

But the request for family reunification was declined because his monthly income fell short of what was required by law.





UN to host new rounds of Libya talks in Morocco [Reuters - 7/6/15]:


The United Nations plans to host on Monday in Morocco a new round of talks among Libya's warring factions in an effort to end a conflict that threatens to break up the oil producer.

The internationally recognized government has had to operate out of the East of the north African oil state since an armed alliance known as Libya Dawn took over the capital Tripoli and set up its own self-declared government last year.

Western officials say the U.N. talks are the only hope of forming a unity government and halting the fighting among factions allied to either government.

Previous rounds have yielded little progress with the two governments and parliaments arguing for months over an agreement to form a unity government, but the U.N. said this round would be "decisive".

"The mission has received thousands of messages from Libyans gravely concerned about the deteriorating conditions in their country, demanding the swift resumption of the dialogue talks and expressing hope that the Libyan political actors would seize the opportunity," the U.N. mission for Libya said in a statement.

"The meeting in Skhirat (Morocco) will discuss a new draft of the political agreement based on the latest input of the parties," the U.N. said on its website.





5,900 refugees rescued from Mediterranean over the weekend [Reuters - 8/6/15]




There will be consequences for our cruelty, selfishness and inaction Australia. ---->  Theresienstadt: "... they [Australia's exiled, disappeared Nauru refugees] seem to be settling in nicely.” say the IOM. [Phnom Penh Post - 6/6/15]







Sydney: Indonesia Solidarity protest Australia's treatment of refugees - particularly Rohingya, and refugees in Indonesia [Detik News - 8/6/15]





OIC and the plight of the Rohingya, Hatem Bazian [Daily Sabah - 8/6/15]:




... Myanmar's neighbors, or other friendly countries, should be persuaded to open their doors to refugees, while other countries should be persuaded to open their purse strings to make this happen. The West African country of Gambia has announced its intention to offer settlement to any and all Rohingya, but Gambia unfortunately lacks the resources to transport the refugees to Gambia.

This is where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) can step in. The OIC listed the Rohingya at the top of its agenda for its Annual Summit of Foreign Ministers this past week.

With the representatives from 57 countries convening in Kuwait, this was an opportunity to raise collective support and assistance for the Rohingya. But, of course, pledges and sentiments of support must be followed up with tangible action.

One step in the right direction materialized from the OIC's proposed 2012 plans to provide on-the-ground aid and support to victims of communal violence in Myanmar through the creation and maintenance of a local humanitarian office. Myanmar's government blocked those plans after they had initially agreed to a memorandum of understanding with the OIC. But the OIC is continuing to look for new mechanisms of assistance.






Lippo Group, one of Indonesia’s largest conglomerates, launched on Saturday its first hospital in Myanmar, as part of the group’s plan to spend $1 billion to build 20 hospitals in the country over the next three to five years.  ... [Jakarta Globe - 7/6/15]





FIFA arranges for "good" Myanmar refugees (i.e. not Rohingya boat people) to attend Wellington match [Nelson Mail - 6/6/15]





Karen refugees from Myanmar (Burma) have been relocated to New Zealand through the UNHCR Refugee Agency since 2000.

Many came to this country to escape the impoverished lives they were forced to live as a result of a civil war that has lasted more than 60 years. ...  [ - 25/1014]





Jakarta Post [7/6/15]:



Social Affairs Minister Khofifah Indar Parawansa has called for support from pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) in Mojokerto regency, East Java, to help resolve the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Aceh.

“We are in the process of securing solid commitments from several parties to help take care Rohingya refugees, especially those who are orphans or all alone in the world,” she said as quoted by Antara during a visit to Riyadlul Jannah pesantren in Pacet village, Pacet district, Mojokerto regency, on Saturday evening.

Khofifah said 231 Rohingya refugees were orphaned children and all alone in the world.

“More than 300 pesantren in Banyuwangi have said they are ready to accommodate the Rohingya refugees,” she said, adding that the pesantren had conveyed their readiness either orally or in writing.

Khofifah said 13 pesantren had sent official letters, which explained their readiness to guarantee 100 percent the needs of the Rohingya refugees, to the Social Affairs Ministry.

“Apart from basic needs, the refugees also need trauma recovery support via trauma healing and counseling programs,” she said.During the visit, Riyadlul Jannah head Kyai Mahfud said his pesantren was ready to take care of Rohingya refugees.

“We are ready to take care of the refugees – no matter how many people the government entrusts to us. However, their legality or citizenship must first be made clear so they won’t be any problem in the future,” he said.






8 June 2015