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Pope urges respect for rights, justice and ethnic diversity in Myanmar speech

Yangon: Pope Francis on Tuesday urged Myanmar to respect human rights, justice and different ethnicities in a keenly-watched public speech in a country waiting to see if he will address the Rohingya crisis head-on. Peace can only be achieved through “justice and a respect for human rights”, he said in an speech that also called…

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Pope faces diplomatic dilemma in Myanmar visit

Pope Francis visits Myanmar next week, a delicate trip for the world’s most senior Christian to a majority Buddhist country accused by Washington of the “ethnic cleansing” of Muslim Rohingya people. He will also visit Bangladesh to where more than 600,000 people have fled from what Amnesty International called “crimes against humanity” including murder, rape…

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Myanmar and Bangladesh sign deal over Rohingya repatriation

Yangon: Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a deal on Thursday paving the way for the possible repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Rakhine state, officials said, as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis. More than 620,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh since August, running from a Myanmar military crackdown that Washington said…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Army in ‘systematic’ campaign to drive Rohingya from Myanmar: UN

Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya is aimed at permanently expelling the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday.  The UN report, which is based on interviews with refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, details a campaign by Myanmar’s military to terrorise the Rohingya through atrocities that range…

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Aung San Suu Kyi to be stripped of Freedom of Oxford over Rohingya Muslim crisis

NEWS DESK: Aung San Suu Kyi is to be stripped of her Freedom of Oxford award because of her response to the Rohingya crisis, reported The Independent. Burma’s de facto leader, who completed her undergraduate degree at Oxford University, was granted the honour in 1997 for her “struggle for democracy”. But Oxford City Council voted…

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UN finds ‘unimaginable’ suffering in Myanmar’s Rakhine on visit

The scale of the suffering inside Myanmar’s Rakhine state is “unimaginable”, the United Nations said Monday, after three of its members joined a belated government-steered visit for aid agencies and diplomats to the conflict-battered region. Myanmar has tightly controlled access to the state since last month when attacks by Rohingya militants prompted an army kickback…

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Freedom fighter or curse? The man behind the Rohingya insurgency

To his foes, Ata Ullah is a reckless amateur who has brought untold misery to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya after launching an insurgency in Myanmar. But to supporters of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, their leader is an intrepid fighter who left a life of luxury in Saudi Arabia to defend the stateless group…

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Heart-wrenching image of a Rohingya mother with her dead baby goes viral

BAY OF BENGAL: The heart-wrenching image of a Rohingya mother cradling her dead son, who became a casualty after the family escaped from Myanmar, went viral over the internet.  The plight of the Rohingya is falling on deaf ears around the world despite the fact that their suffering is being captured through horrifying pictures and…

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Rights group urges new Myanmar sanctions over Rohingya crisis

YANGON: A rights group has called for targeted sanctions and an arms embargo against the Myanmar military in response to an offensive that has sent 410,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh to escape what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. The latest spasm of violence in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State began on…

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After India, China supports Myanmar in its efforts to safeguard ‘development and stability’

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Pressure mounted on Myanmar on Tuesday to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home. But China, which competes for influence in its southern neighbor with the United…

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We are ‘Aung San Suu Kyi’ in disguise

By: Faizan Afzal As the plight of the Rohingya’s Muslim of Burma goes from bad to worse, opinions in Pakistan is same like the rest of the world. Everyone here want the atrocities of Rohingya’s to end and a permeant solution of the crisis, acceptable to all stakeholders including Rohingya’s and Myanmar state, on the…

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Desmond Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi: ‘Silence is too high a price’

NEWS DESK: Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has called on Aung San Suu Kyi to end the violence against her country’s Rohingya Muslim minority in a heartfelt letter to the Myanmar leader, reported The Independent. The 85-year old archbishop said the “unfolding horror” and “ethnic cleansing” in the country’s Rakhine region had forced him to speak…

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Israel continues to sell arms to Myanmar’s military junta

According to a major UK newspaper, Israel is behind the sale of weapons to Myanmar’s military junta amid the ongoing bloody violence against Rohingya in Myanmar. As more than 150,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar via boats in the recent days after fresh incidences of violence spread against the Muslim community in Burma, it has come…

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi says ‘fake news’ is fuelling Rohingya crisis

NEWS DESK: Burma’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi blamed fake news and a misinformation campaign for fuelling a crisis that the UN says has now pushed more than 125,000 minority Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh with tales of atrocities at the hands of security forces, reported The Independent. Suu Kyi told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…

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Bilawal Bhutto condemns genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed grave concern over massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and demanded immediate end to the atrocities against the innocent Rohingyas. Strongly condemning the tragedy inflicted on the Rohingya people, in a statement, the PPP Chairman said that reports about pouring in from Myanmar are horrifying and…

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Malala calls upon Aung San Suu Kyi to act over Rohingya violence

NEWS DESK: Malala Yousafzai has issued a statement, calling on Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader and a Nobel laureate, to condemn the “tragic and shameful” treatment of the Myanmar’s Rohingya people following violence that has left hundreds dead. In a statement on Twitter, the Nobel peace prize winner told her fellow laureate…

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17 Rohingya, including children, drown fleeing Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Bangladesh coastguards on Thursday found the bodies of 17 Rohingya, many of them children, who drowned when their boats capsized as they fled violence in Myanmar that has forced at least 18,500 to seek refuge across the border. Officials in Bangladesh say growing numbers of Rohingya are trying to cross the Naf…

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At least 18,500 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh as Rakhine unrest rages

MAUNGDAW , Myanmar: At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organization for Migration said Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to an AFP reporter on a government-led trip to the…

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Armed Rohingya group asserts right to self defence

Naypyidaw: An armed group representing the persecuted Rohngya in Myanmar have asserted their right to self defence and called on the international community to send in peacekeeping troops in the country. According to a press release issued by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, the group held responsible successive Burmese regimes for persecuting the Rohingya community…

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Myanmar rebuffs UN probe of crimes against Rohingya

Naypyidaw: Myanmar on Saturday rejected the UN rights council’s decision to investigate allegations that security officers have murdered, raped and tortured Rohingya Muslims, saying the probe would only “inflame” the conflict.   The Geneva-based body agreed Friday to “urgently” dispatch a fact-finding mission to the Southeast Asian country, focusing on claims that police and soldiers…

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