A stranded boat which was used by Rohingya Muslims is seen at the Thande village beach outside Yangon, Myanmar. File photo/Reuters
The UN refugee agency says Myanmar and Bangladesh are making a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 of them fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago.
Agency spokeswoman Caroline Gluck said on Friday that the Bangladesh government has asked for its help in verifying the 3,450 people on a new list of returnees are going back to Myanmar voluntarily. She said the list was whittled from 22,000 names that Bangladesh had sent to Myanmar for verification.
Myanmar’s military in August 2017 launched a counterinsurgency campaign in response to an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group. The army operation led to the Rohingya exodus to Bangladesh and accusations that security forces committed mass rapes and killings and burned thousands of homes.
Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had shut 216 social media pages, groups and accounts in Myanmar, some tied to the army, to stymie efforts to “manipulate or corrupt public debate.”
The Myanmar military has said it is investigating “possible wider patterns of violations” before and during a 2017 crackdown in Rakhine State that the United Nations has said was executed with genocidal intent against Rohingya Muslims.
The outbreak, first detected at a seafood market near Bangkok, has prompted a flare-up in such online hate speech as well as questions over the treatment of millions of migrant workers in traditionally tolerant Thailand.
The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee for the COVID-19 Pandemic has updated procedures to enter Abu Dhabi from within the country as part of proactive efforts to contain and eliminate the spread of COVID-19. The new procedures are effective from Sunday, 17 January.
The eagerly anticipated new season of #letsmajaz is back, and set to open at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah on Feb.5, with a grand celebration of the rich musical traditions of Iraq.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why,” said the American writer Mark Twain. “Why” here refers to finding out one’s life purpose or passion.
The Information City, under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Maktoum Bin Juma Al Maktoum, with its strategic partner MTN inaugurates the new year 2021 by dedicating a number of humanitarian and social initiatives, as it has promised over the past fifteen years. The Information City emphasised through those initiatives its determination to continue its efforts in light of the difficult circumstances imposed by the global COVID-19 pandemic.