Rohingya Muslims found on boat rescued by Myanmar navy


ALAETHAKAW VILLAGE, Myanmar, May 24 - At least eight Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar were among some 200 migrants rescued from a trafficking boat by the Myanmar navy on Thursday, according to interviews conducted by Reuters, contradicting official accounts that all onboard were from Bangladesh.


Myanmar's Rakhine State denies persecution at root of migrant crisis 22 May 2015

SITTWE, Myanmar/YANGON - The head of the Myanmar state from which thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing denied that persecution had prompted the exodus after the United States called on the country to deal with its root causes. | Video

Myanmar navy rescues boat with 200 migrants aboard 22 May 2015

YANGON - Myanmar's navy has found a boat carrying more than 200 migrants, a government spokesman said on Friday, amid mounting international pressure to tackle a "boat people" crisis that has seen hundreds of migrants land in Indonesia and Malaysia over the past month.


Malaysia orders rescue of migrants, Myanmar to attend conference 22 May 2015

KUALA LUMPUR/BANGKOK - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to rescue thousands of migrants adrift at sea, and a Thai official said Myanmar had agreed to attend an emergency conference on the crisis.


Beaten and starving, some Rohingya flee boats, return to camps 20 May 2015

SAY THA MAR GYI, Myanmar - Scores of Myanmar's minority Rohingya Muslims are paying off people smugglers and returning to the squalid camps they used to live in after being held for months on overcrowded ships that were to take them to Thailand but did not move far from shore.

U.S. official to discuss 'boat people' on visit to Myanmar 20 May 2015

JAKARTA - A senior U.S. state department official will visit Myanmar on Thursday for talks with the government about a "boat people" crisis in the Andaman Sea.

China lodges protest with Myanmar after artillery shells injure five 20 May 2015

BEIJING - China on Wednesday said it had lodged a protest with Myanmar after shelling injured five people in the southwestern province of Yunnan last week, the latest incident of cross-border fire that has strained ties between the neighbours.


Thailand arrests suspected trafficker, ministers to meet on boat crisis 18 May 2015

BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR - Thailand arrested the suspected kingpin of a human trafficking network on Monday, the latest bust in a crackdown on people smuggling that has triggered a humanitarian crisis on the region's seas. | Video


Pressure mounts on Myanmar over Asia 'boat people' crisis 17 May 2015

KUALA LUMPUR/KOH LIPE, Thailand - Malaysia prodded Myanmar on Sunday to halt the exodus from its shores as concern grew for uncounted migrants adrift in rickety boats around the Andaman Sea.

Kerry discusses shelter for Rohingya with Thai minister 16 May 2015

WASHINGTON - The United States said on Friday it had urged Thailand to consider sheltering stateless Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar and are adrift in boats in the Indian Ocean, and urged countries in the region not to send the migrants back to sea.

Images from Myanmar

A patient from Myanmar looks through the window of the Mae Tao clinic in Mae Sot, in northwest Thailand October 13, 2010.  REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

An uncertain fate

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