Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh - UNHCR

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. The number of refugees appears to have slowed. 625,000 have arrived since Aug. 25. 30,000 came last month and around 1,500 arrived last week, UNHCR said “The refugee emergency in Bangladesh is the fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world,” said deputy high commissioner Kelly ...

Rohingya Muslims should only return to Myanmar under UN supervision

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Global media has reported that Bangladesh has reached an agreement with the government of Myanmar that will allow hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to return to Myanmar. Rohingya Muslims have been victims of genocide and rape and have had their property destroyed by the Myanmar military and security officers. The United Nations, the US Administration and international human rights organizations have said that these acts were tantamount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The ...

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Pope lands in Bangladesh with Rohingya crisis looming large

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Pope Francis arrived Thursday in Bangladesh for the second leg of his six-day trip to Asia with the Rohingya crisis looming large. Francis arrived in the capital amid tight airport security and much anticipation. Huge banners with pictures of the pope and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were put up around Dhaka, and St. Mary’s Cathedral was decorated with lights in preparation for his three-day trip to the Muslim majority nation. Security was a concern after a Christian priest ...

Oxford strips Suu Kyi of city’s freedom

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been stripped of the honorific freedom of Oxford, the British city where she studied and raised her children, over her “inaction” in the Rohingya crisis. “When Aung San Suu Kyi was given the Freedom of the City in 1997 it was because she reflected Oxford’s values of tolerance and internationalism,” the city council said in a statement issued late Monday. “Today we have taken the unprecedented step of stripping her of the ...

Pope Francis to meet Myanmar’s Suu Kyi amid Rohingya crackdown

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Pope Francis will be meeting with leaders of Myanmar's different religious communities at the Catholic archbishop's residence in Yangon. He arrived in the country on Monday and is scheduled to meet separately Tuesday with the country's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital. Myanmar is predominantly Buddhist with small Muslim, Hindu and Christian populations. The country's most revered and prominent Buddhist leader Sitagu is not among the religious leaders expected to meet the pope on Tuesday ...

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar for UNHCR to assist Rohingya’s return

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to take assistance from the UN refugee agency for the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali said on Saturday. READ ALSO: Will the Rohingya ever return to Myanmar? The two governments signed a pact on Thursday settling terms for the repatriation process, and the return of Rohingya to Myanmar is expected to start in two months. Uncertainty over whether the United Nations High ...

Will the Rohingya ever return to Myanmar?

Thursday, 23 November 2017

The idea that the Rohingya may yet return to Myanmar when the offensive against them in Rakhine state by the Myanmar military stops is being kept alive by at least some. The authorities in Bangladesh certainly seem to hope this will happen, and they use this hope to avoid giving full refugee status to many of those coming across the border from Myanmar.And Aung San Suu Kyi and her civilian government in Myanmar also like to assert that the Rohingya may return: just so long as they can prove ...

Dr. Azeem Ibrahim

Author on Rohingya says Myanmar ‘buying time until attention moves on’

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Myanmar is buying as much time as possible until the world’s attention moves on to the next crisis, a Rohingya expert told Al Arabiya English. Dr. Azeem Ibrahim, research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the US Army War College, has authored “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide”. During the interview with Al Arabiya English, he also discussed Russian intervention in the Middle East, Trump’s presidency and other related issues.

Watchdogs: ‘Mounting evidence’ of genocide in Myanmar

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Myanmar security forces slit the throats of Muslim Rohingya and burned victims alive, watchdogs said in a report on Wednesday that cited mounting evidence of genocide against the minority group.The report by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Southeast Asia-based Fortify Rights documents “widespread and systematic attacks” on Rohingya civilians between October 9 and December of last year, and from August 25 of this year.The 30-page report, entitled “They tried to ...

Tillerson says US considers individual sanctions for Myanmar

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. Speaking at a joint news conference with leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar’s capital, Tillerson said the US would consider individual sanctions against people found ...

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