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Rohingya say Myanmar targeted the educated in genocide


Soldiers targeted the educated, they said, so there would be no community leaders left willing to speak up against the pervasive abuse An Amnesty International report from November documented a system of institutionalized discrimination and segregation of the Rohingya that was meant to erase their identity BALUKHALI REFUGEE CAMP, Bangladesh: The last time Mohammed Hashim saw his brother alive, he ... Read More »

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees: UN official


YANGON: Myanmar is not ready for the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, said the most senior United Nations official to visit the country this year, after Myanmar was accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 700,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. “From what I’ve seen and heard from people – no access to health services, concerns about protection, continued displacements – conditions ... Read More »

Adviser to Bangladesh PM urges re-sanctioning of Myanmar


DHAKA: The international community should re-impose sanctions on Myanmar for its “mass killing, genocide and ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims, the Bangladeshi prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser, Gowher Rizvy, said on Wednesday. Speaking at an international conference on “The Rohingya Refugee Crisis: Toward Sustainable Solutions” at Dhaka University, he said: “We have to re-impose sanctions because they were removed as ... Read More »

King Salman orders $15 million aid for Myanmar Rohingya refugees


DUBAI: Saudi’s King Salman has ordered the payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar as a result of genocide and torture. The announcement came in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, which was briefed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman ... Read More »

Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar for Bangladesh


DHAKA: Thousands of Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since Myanmar announced a military build-up in Rakhine state earlier this month, community leaders said Wednesday. Rakhine in northern Myanmar has been gripped by violence since October, when militants attacked police posts. That sparked a bloody military crackdown that the UN believes may amount to ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya, a mainly ... Read More »

Dozens missing after Myanmar landslide


YANGON: Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide struck a remote jade mining region in northern Myanmar, the second such incident in a month, officials said Saturday. The landslide occurred Friday in Kachin state’s mining community of Hpakant, said Khin Maung Myint, a local member of the opposition National League for Democracy party. He joined rescue ... Read More »

Myanmar to hold general polls in November


YANGON: Myanmar on Wednesday announced Nov. 8 as the date for a historic general election set to be the first contested by Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition in a quarter of a century. The announcement from the country’s election commission fires the starting gun for the much-anticipated poll in the former junta-run nation, which has launched a series of reforms ... Read More »

Racial discrimination, ethnic cleansing in Myanmar flayed 


JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has called on the international community to act against the Buddhists who are persecuting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Citing resolutions adopted by the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Council of Ministers, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, said a policy of racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing was under way ... Read More »

Myanmar escorts boatload of 700 migrants to Rakhine state


YANGON: Myanmar’s navy on Tuesday escorted a boatload of more than 700 migrants toward its western state of Rakhine, authorities said, five days after it was found adrift in the Bay of Bengal. Around 3,500 migrants, mainly Rohingya from Myanmar or economic migrants from neighboring Bangladesh, have come ashore in Southeast Asia in recent weeks in an ongoing migrant crisis. ... Read More »

Myanmar stops journalists approaching migrant island


HAIGYI ISLAND: Myanmar refused on Sunday to let journalists approach a remote island where more than 700 migrants are said to be held following their rescue last week. Myanmar’s navy briefly detained and turned back journalists near a migrant boat being held off the country’s southern coast, as officials remained guarded over what would be done with the people on ... Read More »

Myanmar to deport migrants as UN chief urges more rescues


YANGON: A group of migrants recently rescued by Myanmar will be deported to Bangladesh, officials confirmed Saturday, as the United Nations chief called on regional nations to prioritize saving the lives of those still stranded at sea. Southeast Asia is currently battling an exodus of boat people fleeing persecution and poverty, with up to 2,000 vulnerable migrants thought to be ... Read More »

Myanmar denies responsibility for migrant boat crisis


Myanmar's government has said it is not responsible for the migrant boat crisis in south-east Asia, and may not attend an emergency summit on the issue. Thousands of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar are feared stranded in boats in the Andaman Sea after their crews deserted them. Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand have been turning away migrant boats. Survivors have described ... Read More »

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