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Myanmar says willing to take back all Rohingya refugees

Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh if they volunteer to return, the country’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Saturday. He was speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue, a regional security conference in Singapore, where he was asked if the situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live, could trigger use of the…

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‘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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Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year’s turmoil: Amnesty

Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state. The killings took place on August 25, 2017, the report said, the same day that the Rohingya insurgents staged coordinated deadly raids on police…

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Poverty and politics trip up urban refugees in India

When Hujjat Islam heard a fire had razed a Rohingya camp in New Delhi, his first reaction was relief: it could have been him and his family, their belongings burned to ashes, if he had not found a home for them elsewhere in the city. The fire last month gutted the flimsy shacks of plywood…

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Myanmar soldiers sentenced to 10 years over Rohingya killings

Yangon: Seven soldiers in Myanmar were sentenced for their part in the extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya Muslim men, according to a Facebook post by the army chief late on Tuesday. The bloody incident in Inn Din village on 2 September is the only atrocity to which the military has admitted during its violent crackdown…

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Why Lankan Buddhist extremist couldn’t turn Sri Lanka into Myanmar

By Jawad Akram Recent flare-up of anti-Muslim riots in Kandy, a central district in Sri Lanka, by Sinhalese Buddhist extremists has recalled the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar by local Buddhist majority, last year (2017). Sinhalese Buddhists constitute about 75 percent of Sri Lanka’s 21 million population and Muslims in…

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Thousands of Rohingya flee ‘no man’s land’ after resettlement talks

DHAKA/YANGON: Thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a strip of land on the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh after the two countries met to discuss resettling them, an official and a community leader said, reported Reuters. The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern that some 5,300 people who were staying in the area –…

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Myanmar still not allowing Rohingya to return: UN refugee chief

United Nations, United States: Myanmar has failed to put in place conditions for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled an army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief said Monday. The refugees are sheltering in makeshift camps in Bangladesh despite an agreement reached between Myanmar and Bangladesh allowing for their return…

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Bulldozed Rohingya villages deepen fears Myanmar is erasing history

Yangon: Aerial photos of Rakhine state have emerged that appear to show several bulldozed Rohingya settlements, renewing accusations Myanmar is wiping out the homes and history of the Muslim minority. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Bangladesh since insurgent attacks on police posts triggered a brutal military crackdown. The UN has led…

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Evidence of mass graves found in Myanmar

BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh: The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Noor Kadir finally recognized his friends only by the colors of their shorts, reported AP. Kadir and 14 others, all Rohingya Muslims in the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin, had…

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Myanmar finalizes Rohingya repatriation preparations as doubts mount

YANGON: Myanmar was making final preparations to take back the first batch of Rohingya Muslims who had fled conflict in troubled Rakhine state, state media said on Saturday, despite growing doubts about the plan among refugees and in the United Nations. Rakhine state Chief Minister Nyi Pu “insisted on completion of the finishing touches on…

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Myanmar military says soldiers murdered 10 captured Rohingya

YANGON: Myanmar’s military said its soldiers had murdered 10 captured Muslim “terrorists” during insurgent attacks at the beginning of September, after Buddhist villagers had forced the captured men into a grave they had dug, reported Reuters. “Villagers and members of the security forces have confessed that they committed murder,” the military said in a statement…

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Rohingya insurgents say they have no option but to fight Myanmar

FILE – In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, groups of Rohingya Muslims cross the Naf river at the border between Myanmar and Bangladesh, near Palong Khali, Bangladesh. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, was basking in international praise just a few years ago as it transitioned to democracy after a half-century of…

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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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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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Pope says his defense of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that…

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Pope says he ‘wept’ while meeting Rohingya refugees

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis on Saturday said he wept hearing the plight first-hand of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, adding that this meeting was a condition set for his trip to Myanmar and Bangladesh. The Rohingya meeting was a highly symbolic gesture of solidarity with the Muslim minority fleeing violence in Myanmar, and the pontiff told…

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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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U.S. calls Myanmar operation against Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

The United States called the Myanmar military operation against the Rohingya population “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday and said it would consider targeted sanctions against those responsible, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.  Referring to “horrendous atrocities” that have occurred, Tillerson said, “After a careful and thorough analysis of available facts, it is…

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China to help resolve Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh

Dhaka: China has offered to help defuse the Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh said Saturday, following meetings with Beijing’s top diplomat that Dhaka hopes will apply pressure on Myanmar take back hundreds of thousands of refugees. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August….

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Rohingya can return only if Myanmar’s ‘real citizens’ accept: Army

Yangon: Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said Thursday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority. More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late…

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