Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Rushanara Ali: British MPs must pile more pressure on Burma to end the shameful violence against the Rohingya

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On Wednesday morning, the United Nations’ human rights office published their latest report into the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Based on 65 interviews with individuals and groups who had recently fled Rakhine State and crossed the boarder to Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, the report makes for uncomfortable reading. “Brutal attacks against Rohingya” have been “well-organised, coordinated and systematic,”...

Bangladesh tighten Indian border security over Rohingya

There are 40,000 Rohingya in India, but the Indian government wants them deported
Bangladesh has tightened security along its western border with India amid concern that hundreds of Rohingya refugees could be pushed into its territory, officials have said. Patrols have been stepped up along the frontier with India's West Bengal state, where border guards say they have been ordered in recent weeks to steer Rohingya into Bangladesh. Tariqul Hakim, an area commander of...

Tensions Follow Rohingya Refugees to United States

Burmese Army Opens Inquiry into Atrocities Against Rohingyasvideo
As she tightens her traditional head covering, Bibiasha Mohamad Tahir’s thoughts move between the present and the past. She watches her daughter playing on the living room floor of their apartment home in the American state of Indiana. Tahir is a Muslim and a Rohingya refugee. She came to the United States in 2014 after fleeing Myanmar, a country also known...

Kofi Annan Urged UNSC to Push Myanmar for Rohingya Return to their Homes

A young Rohingya refugee shelters from the rain with an umbrella while sitting at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia on September 19, 2017. Pressure grew on Myanmar on September 18 as a rights group urged world leaders to impose sanctions on its military, which is accused of driving out more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims in an orchestrated (AFP/Dominique Faget )
Annan warned that if safe conditions for returns were not created “the world community would be stuck with a very serious, long-term festering problem.” Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, whose commission recently compiled a report on Rohingya crisis, told the Security Council on 13 October to “push the Myanmar government to allow the Rohingya refugees sheltered in Bangladesh to...

Australia refuses to condemn Myanmar over atrocities against Rohingya

Foriza Begum holds a fan to shield her son Yosar Hossein, 7, and daughter Noyem Fatima, 2, on their way to a Bangladesh army run processing centre. Photo: AP
  Bangkok: The Turnbull government has refused to directly condemn Myanmar after a new United Nations report revealed its troops continue the indiscriminate slaughter Rohingya Muslims, including children. Asked by Fairfax Media if it was time to condemn Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi or the country's military, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop side-stepped the question, saying through a spokeswoman...

Bangladesh fails diplomatically on Rohingya issue: Shujan

Bangladesh fails diplomatically on Rohingya issue: Shujan
Shujan Discussants at a roundtable said Bangladesh has been an utter failure in diplomatically handling the Rohingya issue. They also said the atrocities inflicted on Rohingyas meet all conditions for genocide. Shujan (Citizens for Good Governance), a civil society organisation, organised the roundtable, 'Rohingya Crisis: Context, Current Situation and Possible Solution', at the National Press Club on Thursday morning. Politician SM Akram...

Pope to meet top Buddhist monks in Burma, address military

Pope to meet top Buddhist monks in Burma, address military
Pope Francis welcomes Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a private audience at the Vatican on 4 May 2017. (Photo: Reuters) VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will meet Burma’s top Buddhist monks, its military generals and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in November when he visits that country and Bangladesh, both caught up in a crisis over...

Bangladesh foreign secretary: No sign of radicalisation among the Rohingya

Rohingya influx in Bangladesh has increased in the past few monthsAFP
Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque stresses that he has not seen any sign of radicalisation among Rohingya refugees. While New Delhi’s stance is that Rohingya refugees in India pose a national security threat amid fears of radicalisation, Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said: “There has not been any sign of radicalisation in these people”. Shahidul met his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar...

‘The Rohingya are a Myanmar problem, has to be solved by Myanmar, in Myanmar’

Maj Gen (Retd) Anup Kumar Chakma, former Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar (2009 – 2014) Collected
Maj Gen (Retd) Anup Kumar Chakma, former Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar (2009 – 2014), elaborated the Rohingya issue from a diplomatic perspective to the Dhaka Tribune's Syed Zainul Abedin How would you describe your five-year year tenure as the Bangladesh ambassador to Myanmar? I joined our embassy in Yangon in August 2009. Before I joined, there were all kinds of media...

Hamilton rally protests atrocities against Rohingyas in Myanmar

A demonstration to protest the inhumane oppression, ethnic cleansing and genocidal campaign against the Rohingya people of Myanmar was held Friday at Hamilton City Hall. - Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator
A demonstration to protest the inhumane oppression, ethnic cleansing and genocidal campaign against the Rohingya people of Myanmar was held Friday afternoon at Hamilton City Hall. Tahmid Ahmed holds a sign condemning the slaughter of children. - Barry Gray,The Hamilton Spectator   Anwar Arkani's pleas to a Hamilton rally to help his fellow Rohingyas in Myanmar were followed by cries of...

Rohingya insurgents open to peace but Myanmar ceasefire ending

515,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine after Myanmar security forces
  YANGON, Oct 7 (Reuters) - Muslim Rohingya insurgents said on Saturday they are ready to respond to any peace move by the Myanmar government but a one-month ceasefire they declared to enable the delivery of aid in violence-racked Rakhine State is about to end. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) did not say what action it would take after the...

Rohingya crisis: BSF identifies 140 locations to stop illegal immigrants

Rohingya crisis: BSF identifies 140 locations to stop illegal immigrants
Surveillance equipment from other BSF posts have been diverted and deployed all along the eastern frontier   India to Bangladesh: Stop cattle smuggling, curb movement of Rohingyas BSF launches campaign against border touts sneaking Rohingyas into India Rohingyas are threat to national security: Centre tells SC BSF beefs up vigil along Indo-Bangladesh border to prevent Rohingya influx In view of the increasing...

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Russia promises Bangladesh that the Rohingya issue will be seen in new light

Russia promises Bangladesh that the Rohingya issue will be seen in new light

  Rohingya refugees walk by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29,...
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288 Villages, Tens of Thousands of Structures Torched

Burma: New Satellite Images Confirm Mass Destruction Complete destruction of Rohingya villages in close proximity to intact Rakhine village, Maungdaw township, recorded on 21 September...
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Many Parties Complicit in Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

  The persecution of Rohingya Muslims goes beyond religious intolerance, says Dr. Elizabeth Hurd, professor of politics at Northwestern University   I support The Real News Network...
Thousands of Rohingya refugees flee from Myanmar are kept under a tight security by Bangladeshi military after crossing the border in a rice patty field near Palang Khali, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images

Does Democracy’s Toehold in Myanmar Outweigh the Lives of the Rohingya?

Putting pressure on Aung San Suu Kyi could endanger her bargain with the military, but a system that allows ethnic cleansing may not be...
A Rohingya refugee woman who crossed the border from Burma a day before, carries her daughter and searches for help as they wait to receive permission from the Bangladeshi army to continue their way to the refugee camps, in Palang Khali, Bangladesh Credit: REUTERS

UN food agency withdraws Rohingya hunger report ‘at request of Burma’

  The United Nations food agency is pressing for immediate access to Burma’s troubled northern Rakhine state amid accusations that it shelved a critical report...