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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. 

A deportation and India's Rohingya challenge
Rohingya Crisis

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.

  • Rohingya refugee crisis

    PM to open Bhasanchar project Oct 4 for shifting Rohingyas

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the Bhasanchar Island project on October 4 to relocate Rohingyas.

  • Prime minister Sheikh Hasina

    Invest in Myanmar as well for Rohingya children’s education: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urges the international community to invest in Myanmar too so that the Rohingya children can enjoy their rights, including that to education, upon their return to their homeland.

  • Myanmar Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing

    UN has 'no right to interfere'

    Myanmar's powerful army chief says the United Nations has no right to interfere in his country's sovereignty, a week after UN investigators called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for "genocide" against the Rohingya.

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the United Nations General Assembly

    Ending Rohingya Crisis: PM places 3 proposals at UN meet

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday made three recommendations for solving the Rohingya crisis at its root, including abolition of discriminatory laws, policies and practices of Myanmar against the minority group.

  • Rohingya refugees with disabilities suffering in camps

    Rohingyas with disabilities suffering in camps: HRW

    Overcrowded, hilly and rain-soaked mega camp for Rohingya refugees is precarious for everyone, but especially for people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch says.

  • animal movement in Cox’s Bazar

    Govt focuses on keeping animal movement in Cox’s Bazar undisturbed

    The government wants to continue its efforts with other stakeholders to keep the movement of animals, especially elephants, undisturbed following the significant impacts on wildlife and subsequent human-elephant conflict due to installation of makeshift camps for Rohingyas, officials say.

  • rohingya camp

    WB approves $25m grant for Rohingyas

    The World Bank (WB) has approved another $25 million, including $4 million from Canada, to help Bangladesh provide education and support to heal the psychological wounds of Rohingya children and youths who had fled violence in Myanmar.

  • World Bank Vice President Hartwig Schafer

    WB regional vice president due today

    World Bank Vice President for the South Asia region, Hartwig Schafer, is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka today to further deepen the

  • Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar


    Canadian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously voted to declare Myanmar's military against the Rohingya people a "genocide."

  • United Nations General Assembly

    UN Gen Assembly: PM to ask for sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will leave for New York this morning to attend the United Nations General Assembly, where she will highlight her response to the Rohingya crisis and seek global support for a sustainable solution to it.

  • The world will not rest on Rohingya crisis

    British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt yesterday called for justice on the Rohingya crisis after his visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state, telling embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi the world "won't let it rest".

  • ICC referral may need to be considered over Rohingya treatment: UK

    British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt says the international community should consider referring the treatment of Rohingya in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court unless those responsible are tried and held accountable in the country.

  • Rohingya refugee atrocities

    ASEAN MPs urge UN to act on devastating Rohingya atrocities report

    Lawmakers from South East Asia urges the UN to act on a devastating report on atrocities against Rohingya in Myanmar and do everything it can to pave the way for justice for victims.

  • Atrocities on Rohingya: Australia considers targeted sanctions against Myanmar

    Australia is considering targeted sanctions in response to atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine state of Myanmar.

  • No scope for long-term stay of Rohingyas in Bangladesh

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday told parliament that Bangladesh will place its proposals on the future action plans over the Rohingya crisis in different multilateral meetings during the upcoming 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

  • UK Foreign Secy Hunt to meet Suu Kyi during Myanmar visit

    British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will arrive in Myanmar on Wednesday for a two-day visit during which he will have talks with the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Foreign Office said.

  • UN's Myanmar probe: Crimes of the highest order

    A United Nations probe into abuses against the Rohingya committed by Myanmar's military, released yesterday, determined the level of brutality employed was "hard to fathom". Here are extracts from the speech delivered by Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar in Geneva, as he unveiled the report.

  • Delhi to keep backing Dhaka

    Indian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Monday said India will continue to extend humanitarian assistance to support the government of Bangladesh in its efforts to provide succour to the Rohingyas.


    A UN probe is calling for six members of Myanmar's military -- including its commander-in-chief -- to be investigated for 'genocide' against the Rohingya. Here is what we know about those the UN team has singled out as most responsible for the crimes.

  • Restore Rohingya rights to citizenship

    A group of UN investigators yesterday called on the Myanmar government to suspend the citizenship verification process based on the 1982 Citizenship Law and restore the citizenship rights of Rohingyas through a speedy administrative process.

  • 4,300 acres of hills, forests razed for Rohingya shelters

    A total of 4,300 acres of hills and forests were razed down to make temporary shelters, facilities and cooking fuel in Ukhia and Teknaf of Cox's Bazar, threatening the biodiversity of the three ecologically-critical areas of the country, according to a latest report.

  • Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

    Experts air new concerns about UN response to Myanmar crisis

    UN-backed investigators who examined a crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issue a searing critique of the United Nations’ own response to the human rights crisis.

  • Government provide 1.1m euro for Development project

    Germany to provide 1.1m euro for dev project in Cox’s Bazar

    Germany is to provide 1.1 million euro for implementation of Support to Community Stabilisation and Resilience project in Ukhia and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar.

  • How Britain is striving to end the Rohingya crisis

    We know that strong foundations matter. Whether it is a nation or a new home. With the right foundations in place, we can build safely and securely. We can build with confidence for the future.

  • Rohingya crisis issue

    Could've been handled better

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that, with hindsight, her government could have better handled the situation in Rakhine state that led to the forced displacement of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims.

  • ICC's Rohingya decision offers 'real hope'

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said the decision by the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) offers real hope for accountability for the crimes committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

  • Myanmar must release Reuters journalists: MEPs

    Conservative Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) backs overwhelming calls in the European Parliament for the immediate release of journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating the Rohingya crisis.

  • Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters journalists

    Myanmar government leader Aung San Suu Kyi says two jailed Reuters journalists can appeal their seven-year sentence, and that their jailing had nothing to do with freedom of expression.

  • Rakhine State

    UN gets access to Rakhine

    The UN began work inside Myanmar's violence-torn northern Rakhine state yesterday, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area last year.

  • No plan to take in Rohingyas permanently

    Bangladesh has no plans to take in hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees permanently, Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque said yesterday, adding that they "belong" to Myanmar from where they fled.