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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. 

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Rohingya Crisis

Facebook on 'Dirty List' for human rights' violation in Myanmar

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    The first batch of Rohingyas is all set to be sent back to Myanmar today amid reports that many of the refugees listed for return are hiding in fear of forcible repatriation.

  • Myanmar Refugees Repatriation

    Rohingya return starts tomorrow

    Bangladesh and Myanmar are set to begin the long-awaited repatriation of Rohingyas tomorrow. In the first batch, 2,260 refugees are expected to go home.

  • Myanmar Rohingya repatriation

    Continue pressure on Myanmar for safe Rohingya repatriation

    Bangladesh has reiterated its call for sustained international pressure on Myanmar for safe and dignified repatriation of Rohingya refugees who took shelter in Bangladesh to flee persecution in their home country.

  • Myanmar Rohingya repatriation

    Halt plan for repatriation

    UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Dhaka to halt plans for the repatriation of 2,260 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, warning that the returns would be in violation of international law putting their lives and freedom at serious risk.

  • 'Forced repatriation' to pose security risk

    The International Crisis Group has warned of serious security risks of “forced repatriation” of the Rohingya, just as Myanmar and Bangladesh prepare for the November 15 return of the refugees sheltered in Bangladesh.

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    Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty honour

    The Amnesty International has stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the latest of several honours taken away from her since last year's brutal military crackdown on the Rohingyas.

  • Rohingya repatriation should be voluntary, dignified: US

    US Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (Africa and Asia) Richard Albrighton says the repatriation of Rohingyas should be safe, dignified and voluntary.

  • Rohingya refugees

    'Can't eat, can't sleep': Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

    For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Dhaka wants China's role in persuading Myanmar

    Dhaka has urged Beijing to encourage Myanmar to create a conducive environment for a speedy return of Rohingyas to their home in Rakhine.

  • Rohingya crisis issue

    Rohingyas 'terrified' about leaving

    A plan to start repatriating Rohingyas back to Myanmar is premature and the refugees are "terrified" about leaving Bangladesh where they sought refuge, dozens of aid agencies working in the region said yesterday.

  • Human Trafficking in Bay of Bengal

    Malaysia-Bound Rohingyas: 33 rescued from trawler in Bay

    Bangladesh's coast guard rescued 33 Rohingya and detained six alleged human traffickers from a fishing trawler headed for Malaysia in the Bay of Bengal, an official said Wednesday.

  • Denmark to provide additional Tk 65 crore

    Denmark will contribute an additional Tk 65 crore (approximately DKK 50 million) to the Government of Bangladesh to support the Rohingya crisis and address the adverse implications of the crisis on the host communities in Cox's Bazar.

  • Suu Kyi under the microscope at ASEAN summit

    The customary cordiality of Southeast Asian summits may be missing when the region's leaders meet next week due to sharp differences over Myanmar, whose military is accused of genocide against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

  • Rohingya refugee girls

    Rohingya Refugees: UN expert warns of rushed plans for Rohingyas

    The United Nations' human rights investigator on Myanmar urged Bangladesh on Tuesday to drop plans to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state this month, warning they would face a "high risk of persecution".

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    Should do more to fight Myanmar violence: Facebook

    Facebook Inc says a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it has not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    WB to provide $200m for forestry, Rohingya children’s education

    The government yesterday signed two agreements with World Bank worth $200 million for increasing forest coverage and providing education to Rohingya children, said a press release.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    'Accountability crucial for voluntary return of Rohingyas'

    Bangladesh says accountability would serve as an important confidence building measure for the Rohingyas' to return voluntarily without which the repatriation would not be sustainable.

  • Rohingya Crisis

    EU threatens to slap sanctions

    The European Union has threatened to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar if it does not address the widespread human rights violations against the Rohingyas in Rakhine and other minorities in Kachin and Shan states.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    US for voluntary return of Rohingyas

    The United States has laid emphasis on voluntary return of Rohingyas as Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to begin repatriation of Rohingya refugees in mid-November.

  • Rohingya refugees

    Myanmar officials try to convince Rohingya to return, accept ID cards

    Myanmar officials visit camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, in an effort to kickstart a process to repatriate hundreds of thousands who fled an army crackdown last year.

  • Denmark to provide $4.6m more for Rohingyas

    Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tornaes announces additional funding of US$ 4.6 million to meet the urgent food needs of Rohingyas and host communities.

  • Myanmar Rohingya Repatriation

    Repatriation to begin in mid-Nov

    Myanmar would start taking Rohingyas back from mid-November, said Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque.

  • Rohingya repatriation

    Rohingya Repatriation: Dhaka, Naypyidaw to hold talks today

    Bangladesh and Myanmar will hold their third Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on the repatriation of Rohingyas today.

  • Myanmar Eleven Media

    Myanmar court frees journalists on bail in incitement case

    A Myanmar judge frees on bail three journalists from the country’s largest private newspaper detained on incitement charges after publishing an article that raised questions over government spending.

  • Myanmar Rohingya Repatriation

    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.

  • Min Aung Hlaing

    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.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    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.