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Rohingya ‘would rather drink poison ’ than return to Myanmar

Members of the persecuted ethnic minority were being sent by authorities in Bangladesh, along with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), back to Myanmar on Thursday. Having surveyed more than 3,000 refugees from a list of 3,454 approved for return, UNHCR officials found out that the Rohingya were deeply opposed to the repatriation, with one saying he would…

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Myanmar military accused of ‘war crimes’ in Rakhine

The UK-based Amnesty announced on Wednesday it was in possession of “new evidence” indicating that Myanmar’s military was “committing war crimes and other human rights violations” against the ethnic rebels, citing extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, and enforced disappearances. Myanmar’s armed forces have reportedly deployed thousands of troops and heavy artillery across northern Rakhine, where so-called Arakan Army (AA) militants…

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UN urges world to end support for Myanmar’s military

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have faced horrific violence since 2012. In 2017-18, Rakhine State in particular was the scene of an organized crackdown on the Muslims by the country’s military and Buddhist mobs. Thousands of Muslims were killed in that crackdown and some 800,000 Rohingya fled to neighboring Bangladesh, where they currently live in camps in dire conditions. The…

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Deaths of inmates in Myanmar military prison spark outcry

Maung Than Nu, 45, Zaw Myo Htun, 22, and 40-year-old Thein Htun Sein all died while in military detention in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. The three had been taken into custody over suspicions that they belonged to the so-called Arakan Army (AA), a Buddhist rebel group calling for greater autonomy for Rakhine. Clashes between the AA and the military escalated…

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Over 50 believed dead in collapse at Myanmar jade mine

Three bodies had been pulled from the debris, Tin Soe, a lawmaker representing the jade-rich Hpakant area of Kachin State in the north, said on Tuesday. Deadly landslides and other accidents are common in the poorly regulated mines of Hpakant. A total of 54 workers for two mining companies, along with 40 machines and vehicles, including backhoes and trucks, were…

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Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

  Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019. (AFP) Following a visit to Bangladesh refugee camps, the ICC’s Phakiso Mochochoko said the fact that Myanmar is not a signatory to the Hague-based international court “will not in any way be a hindrance” to an…

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Individuals responsible for Rohingya atrocities will face justice: ICC

The people responsible for the atrocities that forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee from Myanmar’s Rakhine state will be held to account, an International Criminal Court official said on Monday. Following a visit to Bangladesh refugee camps, the ICC’s Phakiso Mochochoko said the fact that Myanmar is not a signatory to the Hague-based international court “will not…

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UN says Bangladesh must take in Rohingya Muslims

The United Nations has called on the government of Bangladesh not to close the border to Rohingya Muslims fleeing war in Myanmar, after Dhaka declared that it would no longer take in Myanmar’s Rohingya. Bangladesh’s Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told the Security Council on Thursday that the refugee crisis had gone from “bad to worse” Bedeplored the fact that none…

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Amnesty Intl. slams India for repatriating Rohingya family

  Amnesty International has lambasted India for its disregard for international law after a Rohingya family was deported to Myanmar where the persecuted Muslim minority has been subjected to “genocide” by the Myanmarese military. The five-member Muslim family, which had been behind bars in India’s northeastern Assam state since 2013, was handed over to Myanmar authorities on Thursday, the UK-based rights…

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Rohingya refugees need ‘safety and dignity’ to return home

Professor Nasir uddin, a cultural anthropologist based in Bangladesh, believes that at this stage and under the situation prevailing in Rakhine state, it is not safe for the Rohingya refugees to return to Myanmar. The professor, who has been working with Rohingya people in the borderland of Bangladesh and Myanmar for more than two decades and has written on the…

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