Myanmar says no crimes against humanity in Rakhine violence

Myanmar says no crimes against humanity in Rakhine violence
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) " The Myanmar government's inquiry into violence in northern Rakhine state last year that forced tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh and led to U.N. accusations of crimes against humanity by the army has concluded that no...

Burma: National Commission Denies Atrocities

Human Rights Watch (press release)
(New York) – A Burmese government commission has dismissed allegations of serious human rights violations by security forces in Rakhine State without a credible basis, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 6, 2017, the National Investigation Commission on Rakhine State, headed by Vice...

Myanmar says no crimes against humanity in Rakhine violence

Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe, chairman of Maungdaw Investigation Commission, talks to journalists during a press conference of their final report on Rakhine state investigation at a government guest house Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017,
  Myanmar Vice President Myint Swe, chairman of Maungdaw Investigation Commission, talks to journalists during a press conference of their final report on Rakhine state investigation at a government guest house Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. The Myanmar government's inquiry into violence in...

Burma told by World Islamic body to protect rights of Rohingya Muslim minority

A Rohingya refugee girl peeks through a hole made in a plastic wall dividing the shelters at Balu Kali Refugee Camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, 28 February, 2017 Reuters
Myanmar must protect the rights of its Rohingya Muslim minority, the chief of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) said on Thursday, urging the southeast Asian nation to join hands with Muslim-majority neighbours in tackling a refugee crisis. A group known as Harakah al-Yaqin attacked...

Rights commission to submit recommendations to Myanmar

Former United Nations (UN) chief Kofi Annan (C), who chairs the advisory commission of Rakhine State attends a press conference during four-day visit, at Sule Shangri-la Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar on September 8, 2016.
  Kofi Annan-led commission to submit recommendations in August to solve conflict between Rakhine and Rohingya groups A commission tasked with finding solutions to complicated issues in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state is scheduled to submit its final recommendations to the government by mid-August. A member of the...

Iranians Stage Rally in Tehran in Support of Palestinians, Rohingya Muslims

Iranians Stage Rally in Tehran in Support of Palestinians, Rohingya Muslims
Participants in the demonstration, held in Tehran after Friday prayers, decried recent Israeli attacks against Palestinians and the regime’s moves to desecrate al-Aqsa Mosque. In a statement issued at the end of the rally, the protestors said international organizations’ silence on the oppression of Palestinians...

The Muslims of Myanmar: Has the UN failed the Rohingya?

Elections; Myanmar; Rohingya minority; Genocide; Aung San Suu Kyi, United Nations
Aid workers and human rights groups are critical of how the Rohingya crisis has been handled by senior UN officials A fortnight before Cyclone Mora slammed into his home, Abdel drank tea with us on his porch, reflecting bitterly on his surroundings. "It is a prison,"...

Asean grows richer but democracy left poorer, says Economist

Asean's more than 625 million citizens are growing wealthier with liberal economics but politically, the region is in retreat with despots and leaders clingin on to power despite corruption scandals. – EPA pic, July 21, 2017.
ASEAN might be enjoying boom times, growing at an annual rate of 5% over the past five years, but politically, the region is moving in the opposite direction, The Economist said. At the height of the Asian financial crisis in 1998, the 10 nations making...

Myanmar’s Rohingya: cornered by poverty, stalked by violence

Rohingya escapees have harrowing accounts of security officers slaughtering babies, burning people alive and gang-raping women
Hemmed in by Myanmar security forces and menaced by abductions and killings, Rohingya Muslims in a conflict-scarred corner of Rakhine State say fear is one of the few constants in their lives. Last week foreign media were given partial access to the isolated wedge of...

Over 80,000 Rohingya kids ‘wasting’ from hunger in Myanmar: UN

Rohingya Muslims flee to Bangladesh to escape ongoing violence against them in Myanmar
The United Nations has warned that tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim children under the age of five are in dire need of treatment for "acute malnutrition" in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine. The World Food Program (WFP) reported on Monday that 80,500 children living...

The unwanted: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is not party to the UN convention on refugees and refuses to provide most Rohingya access to education, healthcare and work
Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh (CNN)Children with henna-painted hands play outside mud-walled hovels with damaged roofs in one of Bangladesh's biggest refugee camps. They're among 276,000 Rohingya people living in camps and informal settlements in and around Cox's Bazar, according to estimates by the United Nation Human...

Islamophobia in South Asian context

Islamophobia in South Asian context
There is no doubt that in the contemporary world, Islam is the most misunderstood and misrepresented religion, especially in the West. Prejudice, hatred, fear against Islam and the Muslims is pervasive in the Western discourse of Islam. However, the anti-Muslim hatred exists everywhere yet not...

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Rohingyas say compulsions drove them to take shelter in J&K

Rohingyas say compulsions drove them to take shelter in J&K

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Myanmar offensive: Rohingya Muslims caught in the crossfire

The recent security operation launched by Myanmar's security forces is raising new concerns for the safety of Rohingya Muslims. Rakhine state is home to...