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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. 

‘No Rohingya settlement in CHT’
Rohingya Crisis

‘No Rohingya settlement in CHT’

The government has decided not to erect makeshift Rohingya settlements in three southeastern hill districts of Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban considering their delicate ecological and socio-economic systems, officials say.

  • Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Return to start in two months

    Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to begin repatriation of “hundreds of thousands” of Rohingyas in two months amid the international community's repeated calls for the return of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their homeland.

  • Start Rohingya repatriation immediately

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday renewed her call to Myanmar to immediately start the repatriation of the Rohingyas.

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    83 HIV-infected Rohingyas traced

    A total of 83 HIV-infected Rohingya patients are traced in Cox's Bazar till August 25 last, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim tells parliament.

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    Canada to extend full support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue

    The visiting Canadian Minister for International Development and La Francophonie, Global Affairs Marie-Claude Bibeau assures her country's full support to Bangladesh on Rohingya issue.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    Start Rohingya repatriation, PM to Myanmar

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina renews her call to Myanmar to immediately start the repatriation of their forcibly displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh.

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    Rohingya repatriation to begin in 2 months, deal inked

    Bangladesh has signed a deal with Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation without any specific deadline but with high hopes that the forcibly displaced Rohingyas will start returning to their homeland within the next two months.

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    US condemns ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

    The United States yesterday toughened its stance on Myanmar, accusing the country's security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the Rohingya that amount to "ethnic cleansing" of the Muslim minority.

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    Deal on Rohingya return likely today

    Although some contentious issues remain unresolved, Bangladesh and Myanmar are likely to sign an agreement today on the return of Rohingyas to Rakhine.

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    Violence still forcing them to flee home

    Armed conflicts in Myanmar's Rakhine state have deescalated, but communal violence continues to force the Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh, an official of Red Cross said.

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    US terms violence against Rohingyas as ‘ethnic cleansing’

    The United States declares the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing”, putting more pressure on the country’s military to halt a brutal crackdown that has sent more than 600,000 refugees flooding over the border to Bangladesh.

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    MoU on Rohingya repatriation likely Thursday

    Bangladesh and Myanmar are expected to sign an 'Arrangement on Return of Displaced Persons from Rakhine State' in Naypyitaw on Thursday as some vital points are still to agree on.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    Bilateral talks on to repatriate Rohingyas: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says that the government has started bilateral discussions with Myanmar to repatriate the Rohingya refugees.

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    ‘It makes us happy’

    After her parents were forced to flee from Rakhine state of Myanmar, Noor has developed friendship with many similar to her age at a tiny village of Bangladesh.

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    Unicef concerned over high level water contamination at Rohingya camps

    Unicef has shown a deep concern over reports suggesting high levels of bacterial contamination (E.coli) from water drawn from wells inside the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar in Chittagong.

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    Rohingya crisis: Dhaka-Naypyitaw talks begin

    Bangladesh and Myanmar have begun their long-sought two-day talks with high hopes that it will yield outcomes to sign an MoU enabling both the countries to start the repatriation process of all the Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their homeland Myanmar.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    Rohingyas return: Suu Kyi hopes to strike deal with Bangladesh this week

    After glossing over the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis at 13th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM), Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi hopes to strike a deal with Bangladesh by this week on the “safe and voluntary return” of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh in the past three months.

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    Amnesty accuses Myanmar of imposing ‘apartheid’ on Rohingyas

    Myanmar’s suffocating control of its Rohingya population amounts to “apartheid”, Amnesty International says on Tuesday in a probe into the root causes of a crisis that has sent 620,000 refugees fleeing to Bangladesh.

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    China draws 3-stage path to resolve Rohingya crisis

    China has proposed a three-phase plan for resolving the Rohingya crisis, starting with a ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that refugees can return from Bangladesh, China's foreign ministry says ahead of meeting of European and Asian officials in Myanmar.

  • Suu Kyi silent on Rohingya crisis at ASEM

    Though silent about the protracted Rohingya crisis, State Counsellor and Union Minister of Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi calls for a new and stronger partnership among countries in Asia and Europe for the maintenance and promotion of peace and sustainable development through collective efforts.

  • Mogherini

    Resolving Rohingya Crisis: Europe stands by Bangladesh

    Germany, Sweden and the European Union yesterday extended their strong support to Bangladesh on the Rohingya issue. They also highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her great humanitarian gesture of sheltering tens of thousands of forcibly displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh, reports BSS.

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    Japan will press for Rohingya repatriation

    Visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono says he will press Myanmar for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in Asean summit.

  • Visiting US Senators Jeff Merkley and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

    US senators dub atrocities in Myanmar as 'war crime'

    Visiting US Senators has dubbed as "war crimes" the atrocities inflicted on Rohingyas by Myanmar security forces as they called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a day after visiting them in their makeshift refuge in Cox's Bazar.

  • Canadian minister to visit Bangladesh Nov 21-23

    Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, is to visit Bangladesh from November 21 to 23 to witness first-hand the devastating impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis and discuss with Bangladesh government its efforts to address the crisis.

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    Neighbours must have good ties: Myanmar to BD

    When Bangladesh is seeking genuine efforts from Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya crisis with growing international pressure on it on the issue, Myanmar’s Union Minister for Information Dr Pe Myint has laid emphasis on maintaining good relations as neighbours.

  • UNHCR concerned over Rohingyas' desperate attempts to flee Myanmar

    As more than 30 makeshift rafts carrying over 1,000 Rohingyas arrived in Bangladesh in the past 10 days, the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, says it is concerned at the growing number of people resorting to desperate means to flee Myanmar.

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    Rohingya crisis: US fact finding body visits Ukhia camp

    A US delegation on a fact finding mission visits the Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

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    Myanmar troops committed mass rape of women

    Human Rights Watch yesterday accused Myanmar security forces of committing widespread rape as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Rohingyas in Rakhine State.

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    Rohingya return a long way off

    Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until "real Myanmar citizens" are ready to accept them, the country's army chief said yesterday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority.

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    End violence immediately for Rohingyas' return: US

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee of the United States has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar so that the Rohingya refugees can go back to their homes.

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    FM to visit Rohingyas with top foreign dignitaries

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will accompany top dignitaries of the European Union, Japan, Germany and Sweden to visit the Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar on November 19.