22 July 2018


UN: 11,432 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar in 2018

KONFRONTASI - At least 11,432 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh so far in 2018, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says.

Zeid said in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims continue to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state with many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning of their homes.

Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide, Rohingya refugees say

KONFRONTASI - Members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya community say government forces have specifically targeted the minority group’s religious figures and teachers in their crackdown in Rakhine state.

More than a dozen Rohingya teachers, elders and religious leaders from the Rohingya community, who fled to neighboring Bangladesh, recently told Associated Press that they were singled out and disproportionately targeted by security forces.

Pengungsi Rohingya Kloter Pertama Tiba di Myanmar

KONFRONTASI - Kelompok pertama yang terdiri dari 62 Muslim Rohingya yang terpaksa mengungsi ke Bangladesh akibat kekerasan di Provinsi Rakhine dilaporkan kembali ke negaranya.

Kanada Siap Tampung Pengungsi Rohingya

KONFRONTASI-Kanada, Rabu (23/5), mengatakan siap untuk menerima pengungsi Rohingya, menjanjikan bantuan besar dan menyerukan penuntutan terhadap mereka yang bertanggung jawab atas kekejaman hak asasi manusia di Myanmar.

Bayi Hasil Korban Perkosaan Mulai Lahir, Derita Rohingya Belum Berakhir

Oleh: Yuyun Rumiwati

Tidak terasa hampir 9 bulan tragedi Rohingya Agustus 2017 sudah berlalu. Namun, derita belum berakhir, bahkan wanita Rohingya korban kekerasan seksual oleh pasukan Myanmar 9 bulan lalu pun mulai melahirkan. Dokter pun mulai mempersiapkan lonjakan wanita Rohingya yang akan melahirkan dari korban kekerasan tersebut. (republika co.id 2/5/2018)

Indonesia Harus Dorong ASEAN Keluarkan Pernyataan Resmi Terkait Rohingya

KONFRONTASI-Komisi Antarpemerintahan ASEAN tentang HAM (AICHR), menilai Indonesia perlu terus mendorong ASEAN untuk segera mengeluarkan pernyataan resmi untuk mengatasi krisis kemanusiaan Rohingya di Rakhine, Myanmar.

"Indonesia perlu melakukan sesuatu untuk mendorong ASEAN menyatakan posisi resmi tentang Rohingya agar kita bisa gunakan semua sumber daya di ASEAN untuk membantu mengatasi masalah ini," ujar Wakil Indonesia untuk AICHR, Dina Wisnu, di Singapura, Rabu.

Tak Punya Izin Tinggal, Pengungsi Rohingya Diamankan Imigrasi Jember

KONFRONTASI-Tim Pengawasan Orang Asing Kantor Imigrasi Kelas II Jember mengamankan seorang pengungsi asal Rohingya bernama Mir Ahmad Kholli Ahmad yang tidak memiliki izin tinggal di Kabupaten Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur.

Foto Rohingya Bawa Reuters Raih Pulitzer

KONFRONTASI-Reuters turut memenangkan Hadiah Pulitzer, Senin waktu setempat, untuk kategori reportase dan fotografi internasional, sedangkan New York Times dan Washington Post diganjar penghargaan ini karena mengungkap pelecehan seksual di Amerika dan investigasi keterlibatan Rusia dalam Pemilihan Presiden Amerika Serikat 2016.

How the families of 10 massacred Rohingya fled Myanmar

KONFRONTASI-Rehana Khatun dreamed her husband came home. He appeared without warning in their village in western Myanmar, outside their handsome wooden house shaded by mango trees. “He didn’t say anything,” she said. “He was only there for a few seconds, and then he was gone.” Then Rehana Khatun woke up.

She woke up in a shack of ragged tarpaulin on a dusty hillside in Bangladesh. Her husband, Nur Mohammed, is never coming home. He was one of 10 Rohingya Muslim men massacred last September by Myanmar soldiers and Rakhine Buddhists at the coastal village of Inn Din.

Rehana Khatun’s handsome wooden house is gone, too. So is everything in it. The Rohingya homes in Inn Din were burned to the ground, and what was once a close-knit community, with generations of history in Myanmar, is now scattered across the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh.

A Reuters investigation in February revealed what happened to the 10 Rohingya men. On September 1, soldiers snatched them from a large group of Rohingya villagers detained by a beach near Inn Din. The next morning, according to eyewitnesses, the men were shot by the soldiers or hacked to death by their Rakhine Buddhist neighbors. Their bodies were dumped in a shallow grave.

The relatives the 10 men left behind that afternoon wouldn’t learn of the killings for many months - in some cases, not until Reuters reporters tracked them down in the refugee camps and told them what had happened. The survivors waited by the beach with rising anxiety and dread as the sun set and the men didn’t return.

This is their story. Three of them fled Inn Din while heavily pregnant. All trekked north in monsoon rain through forests and fields. Drenched and terrified, they dodged military patrols and saw villages abandoned or burning. Some saw dead bodies. They walked for days with little food or water.

They were not alone. Inn Din’s families joined nearly 700,000 Rohingya escaping a crackdown by the Myanmar military, launched after attacks by Rohingya militants on August 25. The United Nations called it “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” which Myanmar has denied.

On Tuesday, the military said it had sentenced seven soldiers to long prison terms for their role in the Inn Din massacre. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay told Reuters the move was a “very positive step” that showed the military “won’t give impunity for those who have violated the rules of engagement.” Myanmar, he said, doesn’t allow systematic human rights abuses.

Reuters was able to corroborate many but not all details of the personal accounts in this story.

The Rohingya streamed north until they reached the banks of the Naf River. On its far shore lay Bangladesh, and safety. Many Inn Din women gave boatmen their jewelry to pay for the crossing; others begged and fought their way on board. They made the perilous crossing at night, vomiting with sickness and fear.

Now in Bangladesh, they struggle to piece together their lives without husbands, fathers, brothers and sons. Seven months have passed since the massacre, but the grief of Inn Din’s survivors remains raw. One mother told Reuters her story, then fainted.

Like Rehana Khatun, they all say they dream constantly about the dead. Some dreams are bittersweet - a husband coming home, a son praying in the mosque - and some are nightmares. One woman says she sees her husband clutching a stomach wound, blood oozing through his fingers.

Daytime brings little relief. They all remember, with tormenting clarity, the day the soldiers took their men away.

Seven Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years for Rohingya massacre

KONFRONTASI-Seven Myanmar soldiers have been sentenced to “10 years in prison with hard labor in a remote area” for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in a village in northwestern Rakhine state last September, the army said on Tuesday.

The military said in a statement published on Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s office Facebook page that seven soldiers have had “action taken against them” for “contributing and participating in murder”.