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ICC gives Myanmar deadline over Rohingya case jurisdiction

ICC gives Myanmar deadline over Rohingya case jurisdiction
ICC gives Myanmar until July 27 to respond to a request on whether it should exercise jurisdiction over alleged crimes. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has given Myanmar just over a month to respond to a prosecution request that it consider a case on the alleged deportation of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya to Bangladesh. On Friday, The Guardian newspaper...

Malaysia aims to play bigger role within ASEAN to end Rohingya suffering

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) ruling coalition in Malaysia continues to criticize Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s treatment of the Rohingya. And the coalition senior leader Fahmi Fadzil told Arab News on Friday that Malaysia should play a bigger role within ASEAN to stop Myanmar atrocities. Fahmi Fadzil, a member of Parliament from the People’s Justice Party...

Rohingya: ‘Better to kill us in India than deport us to Myanmar’

Families in Rohingya camp in New Delhi fear forced deportation after seven men were handed to Myanmar border guards. New Delhi, India - Jafar Alam sits by a small grocery shop in the Rohingya refugee camp in New Delhi's Kalindi Kunj area. A police officer who visited the camp had asked Alam to fill a six-page "personal data" form. Alam refused. "Today,...

Saudi Arabia Tells Bangladesh to Take Back 128 Rohingya With Expired Visas

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters
The Rohingya, who entered the kingdom on an Umrah visa using Bangladeshi passports, are currently being detained in jails. Dhaka: The Saudi government has asked Bangladeshi authorities to take back 128 Rohingya, all of whom entered the oil-rich kingdom carrying Umrah visa using Bangladeshi passports. They are now being detained in jails in Saudi Arabia, said sources in Bangladesh’s foreign affairs...

Araghchi denounces Burmese gov. for neglect in Rohingya

Araghchi denounces Burmese gov. for neglect in Rohingya
TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (MNA) – Deputy-FM for Legal and International Affairs has said Muslim world will never allow discriminatory conduct against Muslims anywhere in the world. Mr. Abbas Araghchi who was speaking in a forum to address anti-Muslim hatred and discrimination held by Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Thursday, severly criticized Burmese government to its neglect...

UK committed to working with Dhaka on Rohingyas

UK committed to working with Dhaka on Rohingyas
UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific Alok Sharma made a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at Ganabhaban on Saturday morning. Alok said in an earlier tweet that the UK is committed to working with Bangladesh and Myanmar on the Rohingya issue. He tweeted after the meeting: “Delighted to meet #Bangladesh PM Hasina. Excellent & substantive discussions. Great opportunity...

Myanmar says UN probe of Rohingya rights abuses unwanted

Myanmar says UN probe of Rohingya rights abuses unwanted
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A top Myanmar official said Tuesday that a U.N. agency's resolution to have an international mission probe alleged human rights abuses by government security forces in troubled Rakhine state is unwanted and unconstructive. National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said in a briefing to foreign diplomats and representatives of U.N. agencies that the U.N. Human Rights Council's...

China seeks up to 85% stake in strategic Kyaukphyu port

A jetty for oil tankers is seen on Madae island, Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State, on 7 October 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
China is looking to take a stake of up to 85 percent in a strategically important sea port in Burma, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, in a move that could heighten tensions over China’s growing economic clout in the country.   Beijing has been pushing for preferential access to the deep sea port of Kyaukphyu on the Bay of Bengal,...

Myanmar must investigate ‘army beating’ video: rights groups

At one point in the 17-minute long video, a uniformed man smashes his helmet into the face of one of the victims.
Under Myanmar's junta-era constitution Suu Kyi has little control over the military and fighting between the army and ethnic rebels is currently at its most ferocious in years. Myanmar authorities must investigate a video showing men in military uniforms viciously beating handcuffed detainees suspected of being ethnic rebel fighters, rights groups said on Sunday. The video’s emergence comes as negotiators...

Malaysia a leading example in Muslim world: Tunisian leader

Malaysia a leading example in Muslim world: Tunisian leader
PUTRAJAYA: Tunisian leader Rached Ghannouchi has praised Malaysia's fortitude in upholding Islam despite the "complexity" posed by a multiracial composition. Rached said Malaysia was in fact a leading example in the Muslim world through efforts to promote Islam as a peaceful and moderate religion, against the spread of Islamic deviancy post-Arab Spring which saw the rise of terror group Islamic...

Government dismisses claims of abuse against Rohingya

Hundreds have been killed in violence across the Muslim-minority Rakhine state since October [File: Simon Lewis/Reuters]
State-backed commission rejects UN report of mass killings and systematic rape of Muslim minority by security forces. A government-appointed commission has cleared Myanmar security forces of systematic rape, murder and arson against Rohingya Muslims, dismissing UN allegations of widespread abuses during a recent crackdown. The commission examined the deadly violence which began in northwestern Rakhine state in October last year after...

Bangladesh holds talks with Myanmar envoy, expresses concern over Rakhine violence

A Rohingya man, shot in his arm during fresh violences in Myanmar, crossed the border into Bangladesh. Photo taken on Saturday from a refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar. bdnews24.com
The foreign ministry has held talks with the Myanmar envoy in Dhaka and expressed “serious concern” over the situation in Rakhine state. The chargé d'affaires of Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka, Aung Myint, met Mahbub Uz Zaman, secretary (Asia & Pacific) of the foreign ministry, on Saturday afternoon at the latter’s office to discuss the evolving situation in the Rakhine state,...

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Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India for fear of deportation, persecution

Hundreds of Rohingya families flee India for fear of deportation, persecution Some 2,000 Rohingya Muslims, who had fled to India from death and violence...

Myanmar army kills 13 in attack on Rakhine rebels

Myanmar’s Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, Major General Soe Naing Oo, and Major General Tun Tun Nyi say the army hit back at...

From India to Bangladesh: 1,300 Rohingya fear repatriation to Myanmar

The refugees are from far away Indian Kashmir. To reach south-east Bangladesh, refugees cross the Indian states of Assam, Tripura or West Bengal. On...

31 Rohingyas waiting to make border crossings to Bangladesh from India

More Rohingyas are waiting to enter Bangladesh through Brahmanbaria’s Kasba border from India amid fears of deportation to Myanmar. “As many as 31 Rohingya women,...

Speakers: Bangladesh needs to intensify action to resolve Rohingya crisis

It should move to deportation issues rather than genocide for international prosecution Speakers at a symposium have said Bangladesh’s diplomatic and humanitarian initiatives...