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Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis began

Nearly one million Rohingya Muslims marked Eid al-Adha on Wednesday in the world’s largest refugee camp, almost a year to the day since a brutal military crackdown drove the persecuted minority from Myanmar in huge numbers. Prayers were offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows were…

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August 22, 2018


‘Our families would be killed’: Rohingya brace for monsoon

Marooned on a dusty slope in the world’s largest refugee camp, Osiur Rahman looked to the hill where a Rohingya girl was buried in a landslide just days earlier and contemplated his chances should the earth give way beneath his feet. “Our families would be killed. There are children everywhere around here. We constantly fear…

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May 27, 2018


Bangladesh begins relocating Rohingya before monsoon

Dhaka: Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya refugees to safer ground before the monsoon season for fear of deadly landslides and floods in the congested camps, an official said Sunday. The UN says about 150,000 refugees in Bangladesh’s southeast — where nearly one million Rohingya in total live in shanties on hillsides — are extremely vulnerable…

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April 1, 2018


Myanmar ready to take back Rohingya refugees

Myanmar’s Home Minister Kyaw Swe says that his country is ready to take back Rohingya Muslims who fled during violence. He told Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid in Dhaka on Friday that Myanmar is ready under a deal signed by the two countries last year. He said that Myanmar will implement the recommendations by a commission…

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February 16, 2018


Persecuted Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar

NEWS DESK: Attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine State triggered a response by the army and Buddhist vigilantes so brutal a senior U.N. official denounced it as a textbook example of ethnic cleansing, reported Reuters. Days, weeks and months after the Aug. 25 violence, more than 600,000 Rohingya fled…

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December 20, 2017


6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

YANGON, MYANMAR: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday. The figure is the highest estimated death toll yet of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered a massive…

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December 14, 2017


International Human Rights Day being observed today

International Human Rights Day is being observed today, with the theme “Stand up for Human Rights”. This year, the day has assumed special significance as it coincides with the 70th anniversary of the adoption of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In his message on the occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain said the government is committed to…

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December 10, 2017


Myanmar troops gang-raped countless Rohingya women and girls: HRW

United Nations: Myanmar troops gang-raped countless Rohingya women and girls during a military campaign that sent hundreds of thousands fleeing across the border to Bangladesh, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The US-based rights group said in a report that the sexual violence, along with other atrocities committed by Myanmar security forces, amount to crimes against…

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November 16, 2017


Myanmar troops systematically gang-raped Rohingya women: UN

DHAKA: Myanmar soldiers “systematically targeted” Rohingya women for gang-rape during violence against the minority Muslim community which triggered an exodus to Bangladesh, an UN special envoy said Sunday. Pramila Patten, a special representative of the UN Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict, made the comments after visiting Bangladesh’s southeastern district of Cox’s Bazar where some…

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November 12, 2017


U.N. Security Council urges Myanmar to stop excessive military force

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Security Council urged the Myanmar government on Monday to “ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine state,” where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Asian country, reported Reuters. The United Nations has denounced the violence during the past 10 weeks as…

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November 7, 2017


Myanmar must give citizenship to Rohingya: UN refugee chief

UNITED NATIONS: Myanmar must grant citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims so that they can return from Bangladesh to the Southeast Asian country, where they fled government-run violence against the persecuted minority group, the head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has said. “These people cannot remain…

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November 3, 2017


Four Rohingya drown as refugee boat capsizes off Bangladesh

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. People living in the coastal strip south of the Bangladesh port of Cox’s Bazar fished 37 survivors out…

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October 31, 2017


Tillerson tells Myanmar army chief U.S. concerned about reported atrocities

WASHINGTON: U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke on Thursday with Myanmar’s army chief and expressed concern over reported atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, the U.S. State Department said in a statement, reported Reuters. Tillerson urged the army chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, to support the Myanmar government in ending the violence…

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October 27, 2017


Watch: Striking drone footage shows extent of Rohingya exodus

COX’S BAZAR: Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh, where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps, according to witnesses and a drone video shot by the U.N. office for refugees. The UNHCR video shot Monday shows thousands upon…

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October 17, 2017


14,000 lone children among Rohingya refugees

Cox’s Bazar: Nearly 14,000 children who have lost one or both parents are among the more than half a million Rohingya refugees who crossed in Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar, an official said Sunday. The UN says 536,000 mainly Rohingya refugees have arrived from Myanmar’s strife-torn Rakhine state since August 25, the majority of…

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October 15, 2017


Former UN chief says Rohingya must return to Myanmar

UNITED NATIONS: Former UN chief Kofi Annan urged the Security Council on Friday to push for the return to Myanmar of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have been driven out in an army campaign. Annan, who led an advisory commission to the Myanmar government, said world powers must work with the country’s military…

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October 14, 2017


Myanmar army in ‘systematic’ bid to drive out Rohingya Muslims: UN Report

Geneva: Myanmar’s “systematic” crackdown on the Rohingya has been designed to permanently eliminate the minority Muslim community from their home in Rakhine state, the United Nations said Wednesday. “Brutal attacks against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State have been well-organised, coordinated and systematic, with the intent of not only driving the population out of Myanmar but…

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October 11, 2017


Rohingya insurgent ceasefire ends in Myanmar with no report of attacks

YANGON: Myanmar authorities said there was no sign of attacks by Rohingya Muslim militants on Tuesday as a one-month insurgent ceasefire came to end, reported Reuters. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) announced the ceasefire from Sept. 10 in order, they said, to facilitate aid deliveries to Rakhine State, where their attacks on the security…

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October 10, 2017


At least 12 dead as Rohingya refugee boat sinks off Bangladesh

SHAH PORIR DWIP: At least 12 Rohingya refugees, most of them children, drowned and scores more were missing Monday after their overloaded boat capsized in the latest tragedy to strike those fleeing violence in Myanmar. Authorities in Bangladesh said the boat was carrying between 60 and 100 people when it overturned and sank late Sunday…

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October 9, 2017


Rohingya Muslim crisis: UN blasts Myanmar after access refused to Rakhine state

GENEVA: Muslim Rohingyas continue to flee Myanmar to Bangladesh and the United Nations is bracing for possible “further exodus”, the U.N. humanitarian aid chief said on Friday. Mark Lowcock, U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs, reiterated the world body’s appeal for access to the population in northern Rakhine state saying that the current situation was “unacceptable”….

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October 6, 2017


Myanmar beauty queen dethroned ‘after posting Rohingya video’

YANGON: A Myanmar beauty queen says she was stripped of her pageant title after posting a graphic video accusing Rohingya Muslims of causing communal violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. In a video posted on her Facebook last week, Miss Grand Myanmar Shwe Eain Si accused the Rohingya Muslims of leading a “media campaign” to trick…

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October 4, 2017

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