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18 July 2018 16:12

The United Nations’ migration chief says the world “must rally” in support of the almost one million Rohingya Muslim refugees who have fled state-sponsored violence in Myanmar and taken refuge in Bangladesh. William Lacy Swing, the director general of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), said on Tuesday that the refugees, living in makeshift camps in southeast Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district,...

6 July 2018 18:34

  Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) have confirmed reports of horrific atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslim refugees, who fled a state-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign at home in Myanmar. Rohingay survivors, who live in refugee camps in southern Bangladeshi port city of Cox’s Bazar, told the doctors what they have been through at the hands of military forces, who torched their villages and forced...

5 July 2018 18:10

At least 11,432 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh so far in 2018, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein says. Zeid said in a speech to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims continue to flee Myanmar's Rakhine state with many testifying about violence, persecution, killings and burning...

27 June 2018 13:14

Human rights group Amnesty International says Myanmar’s top military officials must be tried at the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity over atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority country. Amnesty called for the United Nations Security Council to refer the military officials, including top commanders, to the ICC and impose a “comprehensive arms embargo” on the...

28 May 2018 14:56

  Myanmar has detained dozens of Rohingya Muslim refugees it claims voluntarily crossed the border back into their home country from Bangladesh over the last four months, pending a decision to “pardon” them before resettlement. A total of 58 Rohingya refugees have returned to Myanmar after they could “no longer find it tenable” to live in overcrowded, ill-equipped camps in southern Bangladesh,...

7 May 2018 15:27

  Foreign ministers from Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) have launched a campaign to mobilize international support for action against Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis. Foreign ministers and diplomats of 53-member organization set up a campaign committee during two days of talks in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Sunday. OIC Secretary General Yousef bin Ahmed al-Othaimeen said the new committee would "mobilize...

3 May 2018 11:25

  Rohingya refugees are facing fresh turmoil as the monsoon season fast approaches in Bangladesh. Some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have lived in refugee camps there since last August, after fleeing neighboring Myanmar. They escaped from soldiers and gunfire, mobs that stormed through their villages, killing, raping, and burning. Living in clusters of bamboo and plastic huts, built amid endless waves of steep hills, the...

30 April 2018 9:36

  A Myanmar police officer who shocked observers by testifying against his force when he described their effort to “entrap” two Reuters journalists has been sentenced to jail, a police spokesman said Monday. Deputy police major Moe Yan Naing was brought out as a prosecution witness earlier this month in a pre-trial hearing against the journalists, who face up to 14 years...

26 March 2018 15:16

  Thousands of Rohingya refugees in India are facing a food and health crisis amid deportation threats. The dire situation of Rohingya, who fled Myanmar due to a state-sanctioned persecution campaign, is compounded by the fact that India is not a signatory to international refugee conventions.

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