NAY PYI TAW â Myanmarâs government has enforced a compulsory military service law as the junta continues to battle armed ethnic militias and resistance forces on multiple fronts across the nation.All
JAKARTA: Arriving on a rickety boat in western Indonesia from squalid Bangladesh camps after weeks at sea late last year, hundreds of Rohingya refugees came to shore only to be turned around and pushed back.
The persecuted Myanmar minority were previously welcomed in the ultra-conservative Aceh province, with many locals sympathetic because of their own long history of war. But a wave of more than 1,500 refugees in recent months has been treated differently.
Jakarta: More than 130 Rohingya landed on the shores of Indonesiaâs Aceh province on Thursday, the UN refugee agency said, amid increasing numbers of people from the persecuted minority taking risky boat journeys to reach the Muslim-majority Southeast Asian country.
Some 569 Rohingya â out of nearly 4,500 people â died or went missing last year while trying to relocate to another country through deadly sea crossings on often rickety boats, the highest figure in nine years.