Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Tuesday, July 07, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 07072020 1130 UTC
Today: Tuesday, July 07, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· China has warned the United Kingdom not to sniff at Hong Kong after the introduction of a new national security law.
· At least 44 people have been killed in three days of flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains on the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu.
· Saudi government imposes new health restrictions on Hajj
· After bloody clashes on the Ladakh border, China has finally begun withdrawing troops from a confrontation in the Galvan Valley.
· UK imposes sanctions against two senior generals in the Myanmar army, over the state's suppression of the minority Muslim Rohingya population in Rakhine state
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 6:10 minutes
Translator: Mohammed Hussain
Topic: Turkish court weighs bid to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque (with 2 actualities)
Summary: A Turkish court on Thursday heard a case aimed at converting the Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul back into a mosque and will announce its verdict within 15 days, a lawyer said, on an issue which has drawn international expressions of concern. President Tayyip Erdogan has proposed restoring the mosque status of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, a building at the heart of both the Christian Byzantine and Muslim Ottoman empires and today one of Turkey's most visited monuments. The court case disputes the legality of a decision in 1934, in the early days of the modern secular Turkish state under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, to convert the huge sixth-century building - known in Turkish as Ayasofya - from a mosque into a museum.
"We think they (the court) will see that Ayasofya being a museum for 86 years has hurt and saddened the Turkish people," Selami Karaman, lawyer for the association which brought the case, told reporters after the short hearing.
"This mosque... is the personal property of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror," he said, referring to the Ottoman leader who captured the city, then known as Constantinople, in 1453 and turned the already 900-year-old Byzantine church into a mosque. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the spiritual head of some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and based in Istanbul, said converting it into a mosque would disappoint Christians and would "fracture" East and West. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Greece have also urged Turkey to maintain the building as a museum. But Turkish groups have long campaigned for Hagia Sophia's conversion into a mosque, saying this would better reflect Turkey's status as an overwhelmingly Muslim country. Erdogan, a pious Muslim, threw his weight behind their campaign ahead of local elections last year.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:25 minutes
Topic: Depriving Rohingya youths from education in the camp will have a serious impact on building of proper Rohingya nation: A Rohingya Youth
Translation Summary: Education is one of the most important rights and needs for a human being. Every nation gives priority to ensure proper education. Now in the refugee camp in Bangladesh, almost half of the populations are children and youth among almost 1.1 million Rohingyas. They are facilitated with temporary basic rights. They are not given full education facility due to government decision.
23 years old Mohammad Shafiq is a Rohingya youth form the camp has been living in the camp since 2017. He worked at INGOs as volunteer and now unemployed. He is seriously worried about the future of the