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Bangladesh and Myanmar discuss repatriation of the Rohingya Refugees

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Repatriation of the Rohingyas is a step in the right direction, the Bangladesh government have been eagerly anticipating this day; but is this what the Rohingyas want?

Despite their hardship in the refugee camps of Bangladesh, to tread back into a life where they are silenced in their own home, with rights stripped off of them is not a life worth going back to.

The Imprisonment of the Make Shift Camp

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Bangladesh is the country which most Rohingyas sought to for a new beginning and a chance to build their life again free from injustice - 250,000 fled to Bangladesh during the years 1978 and 1991 and only 28,000 of those are 'registered' refugees who live in the official refugee camps in the Cox Bazaar district of Nayapura and Kutupalong. The rest, the unregistered Rohingya are now made to live in the make shift camp - but is it through their own choice or has the Bangladeshi officials and government constructed life for the Rohingyas so hard that they had no choice?

New ID Card Policy Could Hit Rohingya Asylum-Seekers

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Bangladesh, since 2008, has been working to introduce the national ID card. This would ensure that the Bangladeshi population enrol into education and find jobs through a channel that would be somewhat more ‘legitimate’ than one that has been employed since the onset of Bangladesh, namely through bribes and monetary persuasion.

However the Rohingyans, a group of people who have been thrown out of Burma by the junta due to their ‘non-adherence’ to the Burmese culture, will be negatively affected by this action. Fleeing to Bangladesh from the mid-90’s, they now have set refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and Teknaf where officially 200,000 reside in.

Nasaka encourages women to become prostitutes in northern Arakan State

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Another reason for the Rohingya's to want to stay in Arakan State? I think not. Not only for the Rohingyas but worldwide, prostition is deemed to be the most shameful and degrading for a woman and her family. The Rohingyas are forever suffering in silence and under extreme scrutiny of the Nasaka, Burma’s border security force, who have taken it upon themselves to force women in to prostitution.

Suspicious Disappearance of 26 Bangladeshi Fishermen

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Restless Beings has been informed of the suspicious disappearance of twenty six Bangladeshi fishermen. The men have not been seen since 2nd November 2010, when they embarked on a night fishing expedition in the Naf River, at the border of Bangladesh and Myanmar. Mabrur Ahmed, Restless Beings Director, who is currently in Bangladesh, has recently been made aware of the situation by a local reporter who cannot be named for security reasons.

The twenty six fishermen, aged between sixteen and thirty two, are all native residents of Kutugdia, Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. None of the men have been seen since they disembarked for their expedition at 10.30pm local time on 2nd November 2010. Mohammed Korim Ali, father to one of the missing persons, Mohammed Romij Ali, has described the events surrounding the disappearance. At approximately 2.30am Korim Ali received a phone call from his son, aged sixteen, who told him that the boat’s engine had cut out and that his father should meet him at Nayapara Port in the morning after sunlight.