Rohingya Muslims have been discarded by the international community and are at high risk for contracting Covid-19 in crowded living spaces.
"Our navy and coastguard are on alert and they have been instructed not to let these boats enter Bangladesh," Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen says of the refugee boats that were turned away by Malaysia.
Eighteen ambassadors to Myanmar –– including from the United States, Britain and Turkey –– issued a joint statement on Wednesday, saying they were "deeply concerned," and called for an end to fighting in the country.
A spokesman for Myanmar's military placed the blame of the attack on the Arakan Army , an ethnic armed group seeking greater autonomy of the restive Rakhine state. A spokesman for the Arakan Army, denied responsibility.
Many of the 700,000-plus Rohingya who fled a military crackdown in Myanmar in 2017 have tried to leave overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on boats headed for Malaysia.
International Court of Justice in The Hague sets a four-month deadline for Myanmar to take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya Muslims in a case pursued by The Gambia under the 1948 Genocide Convention.
Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long considered the Rohingya to be "Bengalis" from Bangladesh even though their families have lived in the country for generations.
Myanmar's gamble to send Suu Kyi to represent the country at the International Court of Justice has backfired.
Israel has gone after people across the world for genocide denial, but now it seems to be supporting Myanmar, a state accused of genocide.
At the heart of Gambia’s brave attempt to seek justice for the Rohingya, lies a very personal story.
Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once the darling of the international community, is now defending herself and her government against charges relating to genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
The case accuses Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through its brutal military campaign in 2017, which targeted the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.
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