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Rohingya crisis: The other face of today’s humanity


Looking at the fleeing Rohingyas today – young, old and new born, men and women – all trying to escape a murderous Myanmar army, one may wonder if we have come away from the age of Halagu Khan and his atrocities. The brutality that the Myanmar junta and its Buddhist supporters showed can only match that of Khan and what he inflicted during his siege of Baghdad in 1257. His victims look no different from what we see in the Rohingyas.

Today, in a world we boast of being complete with compassion, empathy and advancements, a pair of twins, barely days old and fleeing for their lives, confront and compel us to reflect on all the things we behold as achievements and progress in humanity. A fleeting mass of people we name as Rohingyas who made desperate attempts to scurry for refuge with stories of mass persecution, torture, rape and arson shake us back to the reality of a world we thought was long left behind.

This is a full coverage of what we have so far written and documented on the Rohingya persecution. 

Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas
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Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas

Myanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon yesterday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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    Genocide against Rohingya 'ongoing'

    A genocide against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims is still continuing, UN investigators said Wednesday as they presented a report to the Security Council, calling for the issue to be referred to an international tribunal.

  • President Abdul Hamid

    An acid test for global community

    President Abdul Hamid yesterday called for mounting pressure on Myanmar from across the world to take back the forcibly displaced Rohingyas from Bangladesh.

  • Donald Trump

    If human rights shelved in NKorea talks, look at Myanmar: UN

    A United Nations investigator voices concern about human rights being sidelined during US and South Korean talks with North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, warning on Tuesday: look at what happened in Myanmar.

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    Rohingya Violence: Australia slaps sanctions on 5 top Myanmar army officers

    Australia yesterday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States.

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    8000 Rohingyas to return to Myanmar soon, FM tells ASEM Summit

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali expresses hope that the first batch of eight thousand Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon.

  • Rakhine State

    Fire kills six at Rohingya camp in Myanmar

    Six Rohingyas were killed early yesterday after a blaze tore through an overcrowded camp for the persecuted minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the local fire service said.

  • A deportation and India's Rohingya challenge

    When India deported seven Rohingyas back to Myanmar on October 4, it brought out certain fresh dimensions to New Delhi's stand on the issue with its legal, ideological and diplomatic ramifications.

  • 9 UNSC members ask to discuss Myanmar inquiry

    The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar's military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said on Tuesday.

  • Myanmar Buddhist monk Wirathu

    Rohingya crisis: Myanmar monk hits back at international community

    An ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- condemns the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.

  • World Bank want to supports for Rohingya Refugees

    WB chief wants supports for Rohingyas to come as grants: Muhith

    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim wants that all the supports for the Rohingya people, who were forcibly displaced to Bangladesh from Myanmar, should come in the form of grant, Finance Minister AMA Muhith says.

  •  Aung San Suu Kyi

    Conduct credible Rohingya probe

    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi that a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims is key to resolving tensions in the country's Rakhine state.

  • Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

    $22.25m UK fund for Rohingyas, host communities

    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh welcomes a new contribution of US $22.25 million from the United Kingdom that will help meet the immediate food and nutrition needs of Rohingya refugees living in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh as they face the dangerous monsoon season.

  • Madrasa a place of prayer and peace for Rohingya kids

    Inside a stifling bamboo shanty, eight-year-old Saleema Khanam throws a bright yellow shawl over her head and steps out into the enormous Bangladesh refugee camp tightly clutching her treasured Koran.

  • India, in a first, sends 7 Rohingyas for deportation to Myanmar

    Indian police bussed seven Rohingya Muslims to the border to be deported to neighbouring Myanmar for illegal entry, officials and activists say, the first such move against the community.

  • United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urges India on Rohingya Crisis

    Support Dhaka on Rohingya crisis

    Making a strong pitch for holding those involved in violence against Rohingyas accountable, UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres has said India can help tackle the crisis by backing Bangladesh in humanitarian assistance and using its influence in Myanmar to bring about reconciliation.

  • The United Nations

    India’s move to deport Rohingya alarming: UN rights expert

    A UN human rights expert has expressed alarm at the Indian Government’s plan to deport seven Rohingya men to Myanmar, saying their forcible return could constitute refoulement which violates international law.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi's honorary citizenship of Canada

    Canada revokes Myanmar leader’s honorary citizenship

    Canada’s Parliament formally strips Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya people.

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    Atrocities against Rohingyas: Asean ministers for prosecuting the culprits

    Southeast Asian foreign ministers have urged Myanmar to prosecute those responsible for the brutal military crackdown on Rohingyas and give full mandate to an inquiry commission to hold accountable those responsible for the violence in Rakhine.

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    Myanmar rights commission urges quick repatriation of Rohingyas

    The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission urges the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to immediately start the repatriation of more than 700,000 Rohingya people who fled to Bangladesh, according to the Myanmar Times.

  • Rohingya refugee atrocities

    Plan to shift Rohingyas to Bhashan Char postponed

    Government has postponed plans to begin relocating Rohingya Muslims to a remote island, officials said yesterday, amid staunch opposition to the controversial idea among refugees living near the Myanmar border.

  • Myanmar Rohingya refugee

    Myanmar’s situation deeply disturbing: Australia

    The situation in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Shan and Kachin states are deeply disturbing and the atrocities committed there are highly condemnable, the Australian High Commission in Dhaka says in a statement.

  • Malaysia won't support Suu Kyi anymore

    Malaysia will no longer support the leadership of Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi over her handling of the Rohingya crisis in her country, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday.

  • Rohingya refugee crisis

    Atrocities on Rohingyas genocide

    US Congressman Steve Chabot, Chairman Royce and Ranking Member Engel introduce a bipartisan measure to declare “the Burmese military’s atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority genocide.”

  • Amal Clooney calls on Suu Kyi to pardon Reuters reporters

    The families of two Reuters reporters imprisoned in Myanmar have asked for a pardon, human rights lawyer Amal Clooney told a press freedom event at the United Nations on Friday as she pressed the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to agree.

  • Bangladesh, UN agree to address sexual violence against Rohingyas

    The government of Bangladesh and the United Nations will jointly address conflict-related sexual violence committed against members of the Rohingya population forcibly displaced from Myanmar to Bangladesh.

  • Rohingya crisis: PM pushes for quick solution

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has demanded immediate and effective implementation of the Myanmar-UN agreement on the solution to Rohingya crisis which is putting immense socioeconomic pressure on Bangladesh.

  • PM receives 2 int'l awards for hosting Rohingyas

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received two international awards -- the IPS International Achievement Award and the 2018 Special Distinction Award for Leadership -- for her humanitarian and responsible policy in hosting the Rohingyas and for her far-sighted leadership over the Rohingya issue.

  • Rohingya Crackdown: Hold members of security forces accountable

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged Myanmar's government to take concrete steps to investigate human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims and hold accountable members of its security forces and others for any involvement in those actions, a State Department official said yesterday.

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    Those responsible for Myanmar crimes could face genocide charges: US

    A US government probe into Myanmar’s campaign against the Rohingya Muslim minority was not aimed at determining whether genocide or crimes against humanity had been committed, but those responsible could still be held accountable for those crimes, a top State Department official says.

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    Bangladesh needs sustained support for Rohingyas: WB

    World Bank Vice President for South Asia Region Hartwig Schafer yesterday said the world needs to provide sustained support to Bangladesh, to meet the urgent needs of the Rohingyas as well as the host community in Cox's Bazar.