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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,...

8 January 2017 16:59

  Myanmar’s military forces have tortured to death two Rohingya Muslim civilians and arrested scores of others in the country’s state of Rakhine. Local sources reported on Saturday that the killings had taken place during a series of sporadic raids on a number of villages across northern Buthidaung, adding that many other villagers had also been severely tortured during a day-long siege. During...

7 January 2017 13:21

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has written to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to demand international action to stop rights violations against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. In a letter addressed to Guterres on Friday, Zarif said the plight of the Rohingya has caused international concern. The ethnic Muslims have not only been deprived of their most basic right —...

5 January 2017 13:46

Human Rights Watch (HRW) and other rights groups have accused Myanmar of trying to cover up abuses perpetrated by the country’s government forces against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine. Criticism poured in on Wednesday after a government-led commission in Myanmar released a report that flatly dismissed allegations of genocide and abuses by security forces in the region. The report...

2 January 2017 22:19

  A new video has emerged showing Myanmar’s police using excessive force against Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine.  A front-page story on Monday in the state-owned Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper said that the video clip was recorded by a police constable. The footage shows Myanmar’s police beating and kicking young villagers during an 'area clearance' operation. Three officers attack...

30 December 2016 17:56

  An aid flotilla organized to deliver food and emergency supplies from Muslim majority Malaysia to Rohingya Muslims is yet to receive permission to enter Myanmar, raising fears of confrontation and deterioration of already-tense ties between the countries. The flotilla will sail from Malaysia for Myanmar's crisis-hit Rakhine State on January 10, the Malaysian organizer said on Friday. It would be carrying...

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