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19 February 2017 17:17

Hundreds of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar have returned home, community leaders said Sunday, adding that most had gone back temporarily to fetch relatives. Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled across the border from Myanmar's Western state of Rakhine since October to escape a bloody crackdown by troops and police, Ahram Online reported. Dudu Mia, a...

16 February 2017 13:29

  Government officials in Myanmar say the army has ended the “clearance operations” in the country’s troubled Rakhine State, where a four-month, all-out military crackdown targeted ethnic Rohingya Muslims. “The situation in northern Rakhine has now stabilized. The clearance operations undertaken by the military have ceased, the curfew has been eased and there remains only a police presence to maintain the peace,” Myanmar’s...

7 February 2017 13:13

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Myanmarese government forces have committed “rape and other sexual violence” against women and girls of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority while carrying out their so-called counter-militancy operations in the western province of Rakhine.  The rights group on Monday strongly called on the Southeast Asian country to immediately endorse an independent and international probe into the alleged abuses against the...

29 January 2017 23:25

  A prominent Muslim lawyer and adviser to Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party has been assassinated along with a taxi driver outside the country’s busiest airport. Ko Ni was shot dead as he got into a taxi in front of the main terminal of Yangon International Airport at 5:00 pm (1030 GMT) on Sunday after returning from a government-led trip...

21 January 2017 11:46

  Myanmar has defied a call by Muslim governments to stop atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, slamming instead Malaysia for hosting a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). At an extraordinary OIC meeting in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday, the Malaysian premier called on Myanmar to end its crackdown on Rohingya Muslims and stop the "unspeakable cruelty" against them. Myanmar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

19 January 2017 12:21

  An Iranian top diplomat has called on Myanmar’s government to put an end to the ongoing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in the country. “We will not tolerate victimization of Muslims in anywhere and we call on Myanmar’s government to control the situation and prevent the crimes against Muslims,” Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday. He...

11 January 2017 17:16

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is to discuss the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar next week, a Malaysian official says. The official said on Wednesday that Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who recently called on the global community to help stop the "genocide" of the Rohingya, would chair the meeting in Kuala Lumpur, which is scheduled to be held...

11 January 2017 10:29

  Heavy fighting in Myanmar’s northern state of Kachin has forced thousands of people to flee their homes and prevented a United Nations (UN) special envoy from visiting the embattled area near the Chinese border, activists say. According to the secretary of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, Dashi Naw Lawn, army warplanes carried out air raids near the town of Laiza on...

9 January 2017 16:48

  At least 65,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution and violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since the army launched a crackdown in the northwestern Rakhine State early October, the United Nations says. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in its weekly report  on Monday that 22,000 Rohingya had fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh over the past week. "Over...

9 January 2017 16:35

  A United Nations (UN) special envoy has arrived in Myanmar to begin an investigation into a brutal and deadly military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in the country. Yanghee Lee, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, arrived in the country late on Sunday and will visit the northwestern Rakhine State, where the Rohingya are being subjected to executions, rape,...

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