UNHCR chief urges Asia-Pacific leaders to show ‘solidarity’ with Rohingya refugees

Head of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi on Tuesday urged government representatives and business leaders from the Asia-Pacific region to offer more support and protection for over 700,000 Rohingya refugees who have fled violence and discrimin
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Rohingya refugees reject UNHCR papers that do not contain their rights

Dozens of Rohingya refugees gathered in Bangladesh to express their rejection of documents handed to them by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), saying they do not contain their most important human rights demands.
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Angry Iraqis, fed-up Nicaraguans, and a Mosul blooper: The Cheat Sheet

Every Friday, IRIN’s team of specialist editors offers a global round-up of humanitarian trends and developments.   On our radar: Latin America’s new exodus   We’ve been banging the IRIN news drum regularly about Venezuela’s meltdown and how it’s causing regional problems as hundreds of thousands of hungry and desperate people flee south into Colombia and Brazil. Meanwhile, a bit further north another crisis has been brewing,
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MWL launches Integrated Services Center for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Secretary General of the Makkah-based Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa on Saturday inaugurated the Integrated Services Center for Rohingya refugees in the refugee reception areas of Bangladesh.
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Myanmar’s state counselor and whitewash commissions

As more and more international bodies refer to Myanmar’s treatment of the Rohingya as genocide, Aung San Suu Kyi did what she does best to distract the international community: she set up
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‘Genocidal Intent’: Burma’s war on Rohingya was pre-planned

The Burmese government has lied about the violent events that took place in Rakhine State last year. Not only did it falsify an intricate political discourse regarding the nature and extent of the
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The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible

"In my four years as High Commissioner, I have heard many preposterous claims. That claim is almost in its own category of absurdity. Have you no shame, sir, have you no shame? We are not fools." These were some of the remarks made by outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, … Continue reading "The Massacre of Inn Din: How Rohingya Are Lynched and Held Responsible" The post The Massacre of
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UN envoy: Rohingya refugees willing to return home if security guaranteed

UN Special Envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener expressed her sincere appreciation to the government and people of Bangladesh, in particular, the host communities, for the efforts to accept and provide assistance to more than 700,000 Rohingya, who
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World must rally to support one million Rohingya refugees: UN Migration chief

A failure to remain focused on the Rohingya refugee crisis in Bangladesh “would have tragic outcomes” for the nearly one million children, women and men living in Cox’s Bazar, said William Lacy Swing, Director General of the International Organization for
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After hearing shocking accounts of Rohingya crisis, UN chief urges world to step up support

Painting a grim picture of villages being burned to the ground and other “bone-chilling” accounts he heard from Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres has called on the world to answer their calls
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Target the educated: Genocide textbook in Myanmar

There has been some resistance to labelling the attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar as genocide.Yes, some approximately 1 million Rohingya population in the north-western Rakhine state had been
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UN human rights chief calls for ICC probe into Myanmar Rohingya crisis

Myanmar should “have some shame” after attempting to convince the world that it is willing to take back hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled an “ethnic cleansing campaign” last year, given that “not a single” one has returned officially, UN High Com
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Decision on trial for Reuters reporters will test Myanmar’s democracy

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of two Reuters journalists by the Yangon judge who will decide next week whether they will be tried on the trumped-up charges brought against them after they began investigating a Rohingya massacre. After several months of preliminary hearings, Judge Ye Lwin will finally take the fateful decision on 9 July.
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Myanmar not safe for Rohingya Muslims to return: Head of Red Cross

The head of the Red Cross noted on Sunday that it was not safe to return Rohingya Muslims refugees to their homes in Myanmar, where he described whole villages abandoned and destroyed.
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UN chief lauds Bangladesh for ‘opening borders’ to Rohingya refugees

UN Secretary General António Guterres praised Bangladesh for giving a safe haven to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees driven from their homes in Myanmar by systematic and widespread violence.
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UN chief hears of ‘unimaginable’ atrocities as he visits Rohingya camps

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said he heard “unimaginable” accounts of atrocities during a visit Monday to vast camps in Bangladesh that are home to a million Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar.
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UN, World Bank chiefs in Bangladesh to seek support for Rohingya amid monsoon rains

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim began Sunday a two-day visit to Bangladesh to seek support for nearly a million Rohingya refugees who have escaped deadly violence in Myanmar since last August.
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Myanmar's military top brass must face trial for crimes against humanity targeting Rohingya: Amnesty

Myanmar's army chief and military top brass to face justice for crimes against humanity committed during the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslim minority in northern Rakhine State, Amnesty International said in a searing new report on Tuesday.
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Is the UN now pushing fake news in Myanmar?

In November 2017, during the height of the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar, the UN was forced to withdraw its resident coordinator, Renata Lok-Dessallien, for failing to give priority to
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Monsoon rains threaten Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Preparations have been under way to help protect refugees from flooding and landslides since February, but hundreds of thousands have been left to fend for themselves.
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Myanmar bans Radio Free Asia for using the term “Rohingyas”

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Myanmar government’s latest interference in the work of journalists, a ban on local broadcasting by US government-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) for rightly using the term “Rohingyas” to refer to members of the persecuted Muslim community in Rakhine state, in the west of the country. The ban is officially imposed today, six months to the day after the arrest of two Reuters journalists who had been investigating a massacre of Rohingya civilians.
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Rohingya organizations criticize recent UN-Myanmar deal

Rohingya organizations worldwide criticized on Sunday a new agreement signed between Myanmar and the UN on repatriation of Rohingya refugees, saying it did not touch the root causes of the crisis.
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Bangladesh calls for pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated her call on the international community to pile pressure on Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh after facing persecution in their home country.
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UN agencies, Myanmar lay groundwork for possible Rohingya return

United Nations agencies and Myanmar have agreed a framework which it is hoped will lead to the repatriation of Rohingya refugees, but only if their “voluntary, safe, dignified and sustainable” return from camps in Bangladesh can be guaranteed.
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​Rohingya crisis reaches ‘unprecedented proportions’: EU

The Rohingya crisis has reached “unprecedented proportions” in recent months with hundreds of thousands of people in need of humanitarian assistance, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid said on Thursday.
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Canada pledges $300 million in aid to Rohingya Muslims

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau announced that his government has allocated $300 million over the next three years to meet the humanitarian and development needs of the Rohingya Muslim minority.
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60 Rohingya born every day in refugee camps: UNICEF

Every day at least 60 new Rohingya babies are born in Bangladeshi refugee camps facing insecurities and a lack of minimal medical facilities, UNICEF said in a new report published Thursday.
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Rohingya face hard Ramadan in camps

The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village - fish to break the day’s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque.
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US points the finger at China for 'shielding Myanmar'

The US has indirectly criticised China for shielding Myanmar from strong UN Security Council action over a military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims.
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The curious disappearance of Myanmar’s Rohingya rebels

Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has inexplicably stopped tweeting its press releases, grievances and demands. So does the shadowy group still exist? The post The curious disappearance of Myanmar’s Rohingya rebels appeared first on Asia Times .
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Myanmar: "Time to end a judicial farce"

News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the immediate release of two Reuters journalists who were arrested six months ago in Myanmar. They have been held ever since their arrest in a police sting operation on 12 December that was designed to intimidate and silence all of Myanmar’s journalists. While investigating an army massacre of Rohingya villagers, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo responded to an invitation to
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Crisis within a crisis for Rohingya refugees

Monsoon rains threaten a 'new humanitarian crisis' in overcrowded refugee camps already viewed as the region's worst human catastrophe in decades The post Crisis within a crisis for Rohingya refugees appeared first on Asia Times .
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UN Security Council 'gravely concerned' about Rohingya Muslims

The UN Security Council said Wednesday they were shocked to see in person the misery engulfing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who were ousted from their homes in Myanmar and now languishing in refugee camps in Bangladesh.
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Dangers persist of diseases for nearly a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh: WHO

Renewed efforts are underway in Bangladesh to protect nearly one million Myanmar refugees from cholera, amid a warning from the UN health agency on Tuesday that “we’re not out of the woods yet.”
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OIC team to push for ‘action against Myanmar on Rohingya crimes’

Top body of Muslim nations vows to play 'stronger' role in bringing the Myanmar military to book for its ousting of the Rohingya The post OIC team to push for ‘action against Myanmar on Rohingya crimes’ appeared first on Asia Times .
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Islamic countries call Rohingya crisis ‘ethnic cleansing’

A grouping of Islamic countries said Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims is a “serious and blatant violation of international law” and it is calling for international support in solving the crisis.
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OIC FMs voice concern over Myanmar's ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims

Foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed their deep concern at the violations perpetrated by Myanmar's security forces against the Rohingya Muslim community, affecting over 370,000 Rohingyas who were forcibly displaced
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Myanmar blocks OIC Fact-Finding Mission on Rohingya crisis

The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has revealed that the government of Myanmar continues to obstruct the work of IPHRC's Fact-Finding Mission to Myanmar on the Rohingya crisis.
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As monsoon approaches, fears grow for Rohingya in camps

With no sign of them being repatriated from Bangladesh to Myanmar, some are heading to Malaysia and India as the problem becomes a regional one The post As monsoon approaches, fears grow for Rohingya in camps appeared first on Asia Times .
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Security Council urges conditions allowing safe return of Rohingya refugees

After seeing for themselves the conditions facing Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar camps of southern Bangladesh as well as homes they fled in Myanmar, UN Security Council members called on Tuesday for them to be allowed a safe return, according to UN News
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61.5% of refugees worldwide are Muslims; Dhaka meeting to discuss Rohingya crisis

The Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (SESRIC), based in the Turkish capital Ankara, has revealed that 61.5 percent of the world’s displaced people, whose number is estimated at more than 25 million, are f
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ISESCO to be part of visit to Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh

The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) will be part of a visit, to be organized by the government of Bangladesh on May 4, to the temporary camps for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Cox's Bazar district on the Bangladesh
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UN Security Council delegation meets top politicians, civil society leaders in Myanmar

The United Nations Security Council is continuing its mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar, taking a first-hand look at the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border to escape violence.
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Another Myanmar minority is trapped by violence and in need of aid

While the world is focused on attacks on Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a civil war rages, pitting government forces against another of the country’s minorities.
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Dhaka banks on UN Security Council to help send the Rohingya ‘home’

The visit of by a team from the UN's top body could give Bangladesh a way to get China and Russia to help repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine state in western Myanmar The post Dhaka banks on UN Security Council to help send the Rohingya ‘home’ appeared first on Asia Times .
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UNSC team in Bangladesh; vows to work to end Rohingya crisis

A United Nations Security Council team visiting Bangladesh promised on Sunday to work hard to resolve a crisis involving hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to the country to escape military-led violence in neighboring Myanmar.
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UN appeals for financial support as monsoon rains barrel toward Cox’s Bazar camps

The lives of tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees hang in the balance as monsoon and cyclone seasons threaten camps in southern Bangladesh, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) warned on Friday, appealing for urgent financial support to pr
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Myanmar’s military intensify operations against another minority

With the Rohingya minority by and large fully expunged from Myanmar, an emboldened military is intensified operations against another target minority, the Kachin.The Kachin are a collection of several
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Leeds United's tour of Myanmar is morally corrupt, helping to promote a state that carries out mass murder

Comment: As the Shadow Minister for Sport, I am firmly of the belief that sport should be free from political interference on a day-to-day basis, unless absolutely necessary. On this occasion, I believe it to be absolutely necessary
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