Sunday, July 11, 2021

"On the Rohingya and the Andaman Sea Crisis: Six Years On" (Special Issue of the Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law)


Editors-in-Chief: Simon NM Young and Kelley Loper
Publisher: Brill, Leiden

Pages: 1-7
As this special issue goes to print, a boat believed to be carrying 81 stateless Rohingya refugees – including 23 children – is floating off the coast of India. It left Cox’s Bazar in southern Bangladesh on 11 February 2021 destined for Malaysia, but quickly suffered an engine failure and was left adrift in the Andaman Sea. The United Nations issued an urgent call for nearby governments to find and rescue the vessel which was eventually detected by the Indian coastguard two weeks after setting out on its ill-fated journey. There were eight dead on board, and the surviving passengers were reported to be suffering from starvation, extreme dehydration and illness. Their plight did not end with this ‘rescue’, however. India provided food, water and medical supplies and repaired the boat, but refused to permit its entry to Indian waters or allow its passengers to disembark. India has claimed the Rohingya should return to Bangladesh, while Bangladesh argues they should be accepted by India or returned to Myanmar, from where they fled persecution.

The Peril and Potential of Ambiguity: How National Laws and Policies Can Strengthen and Protect the Rights of Rohingya Refugees
By: Sumaiya Islam, Coline Schupfer, Zaid Hydari, Alexandra Zetes, and Kevin Cole
Pages: 8-27

Rights Adrift: Sexual Violence Against Rohingya Women on the Andaman Sea
By: Natasha Yacoub, Nikola Errington, Wai Wai Nu, and Alexandra Robinson
Pages: 96-114

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