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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. 

Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Return to start in two months
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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: Return to start in two months

Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to begin repatriation of “hundreds of thousands” of Rohingyas in two months amid the international community's repeated calls for the return of the forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals to their homeland.

  • Angelina Jolie

    Female Rohingyas survivors of sexual violence: Jolie

    Pointing at the Rohingya exodus taking place in Rakhine state of Myanmar, Hollywood star and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie says that almost every female refugee is a survivor of or witness to sexual violence including rape.

  • NHRC Chairman Kazi Rezaul Hoque

    ‘Myanmar military should be brought to justice’

    Myanmar military officials responsible for the atrocities on Rohingyas should be brought to justice, National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Rezaul Hoque has said.

  • Rohingya woman in Bangladesh

    Rohingya woman in Bangladesh helps others flee Myanmar

    Zahida Begum doesn't remember her home village, a tiny speck amid the mountains and forests of Myanmar. She was only 18 months old when her mother smuggled her across the Naf River on a fishing boat, carrying her into Bangladesh, among hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya fleeing persecution in their home country.

  • Sheikh Hasina

    Bangladesh facing unprecedented crisis over Rohingya issue: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says Bangladesh is facing an unprecedented crisis over providing humanitarian assistance to tens of thousands of Rohingyas and sending them back to their own country.

  • Rex Tillerson

    Myanmar sanctions won’t solve Rohingya crisis: Tillerson

    Washington's top diplomat says he would not yet push for sanctions against Myanmar over the Rohingya refugee crisis, but he calls for an independent investigation into "credible" allegations that soldiers are committing atrocities against the Muslim minority.

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    Rights watchers slam Myanmar’s ban on protests in biggest city

    Human rights monitors urge Myanmar to withdraw a ban on protests in its largest city, Yangon, amid fears that free speech is under pressure under the government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • Swedish minister to visit Rohingya refugee camps

    Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Margot Wallström will visit Bangladesh, Myanamar and Vietnam from November 19 to 23.

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    Rohingyas send what little they can to fleeing relatives

    Among many shops in the Malaysian capital that Rohingyas use to send money to the two vast refugee camps in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in August prompted over 600,000 members of the ethnic group to flee Myanmar.

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    Myanmar army investigation a 'whitewash'

    Myanmar military investigation into alleged atrocities against Rohingyas is a “whitewash”, says rights group Amnesty International, calling for UN and independent investigators to be allowed into the country.

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    11 Rohingyas detained from Cox’s Bazar Jamaat leader’s flat

    A mobile court detains 11 Rohingyas including five children from a flat of a Jamaat leader in Cox’s Bazar town.

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    Myanmar military probe a whitewash: Amnesty

    Human rights group Amnesty International pours scorn on a Myanmar military investigation into alleged atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, branding it a “whitewash” and calling for UN and independent investigators to be allowed into the country.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi

    ‘Rohingya repatriation after signing MoU with Bangladesh’

    Widely criticised for her stance over Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi now tells her fellow Southeast Asian leaders that her country will take back Rohingya refugees after it signs an agreement with its neighbour Bangladesh.

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    Myanmar military denies atrocities against Rohingyas

    Myanmar's army releases a report denying all allegations of rape and killings by security forces, having days earlier replaced the general in charge of the operation that drove more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh.

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    US to step up pressure on Myanmar army

    In the face of widespread "atrocities" against ethnic Rohingya people in Myanmar, the United States has been cautiously stepping up pressure on Myanmar's army, while taking care to avoid endangering the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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    Myanmar replaces general in charge of Rakhine

    Myanmar’s army replaces the general in charge of Rakhine state following a military crackdown that has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims into neighbouring Bangladesh amid reports of mass rape, torture and other crimes against humanity.

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    ASEAN summit draft statement skips over Rohingya crisis

    A draft of the statement to be issued after a Southeast Asian summit makes no mention of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar's Rakhine state following a military crackdown that has been described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

  • Rohingya women gang-raped by Myanmar army: UN

    Rohingya women gang-raped by Myanmar army: UN

    United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Pramila Patten says they consistently heard about sexual violence from Rohingya survivors, including gang-rape of women by multiple soldiers.

  • EU top diplomat to visit Rohingya camps Nov 19

    The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy will be paying a visit to Bangladesh on November 19.

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    Rohingya rafts keep coming

    Over 1,500 Rohingya floated into Bangladesh in a single day yesterday as the persecuted minorities continue to flee violence in Myanmar.

  • Myanmar jails foreign journalists for attempt to fly drone

    A Myanmar court jails for two months two journalists on assignment for Turkey's state broadcaster, along with their interpreter and driver, for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone.

  • Rohingya children face harsh reality

    When much of the camp around her is still fast asleep, Radia, 12, wakes up at 5:00am and quickly buries herself in her Quran study. Throughout the day, she spends as much time as she can -- eight to ten hours daily -- memorising the Arabic texts.

  • Rohingya village

    Aid access still challenging

    Though the Myanmar authorities have agreed to allow the UN to resume food distribution in Rakhine, aid access in the state remains extremely challenging, says the UN.

  • Rohingya repatriation

    Address Rohingya crisis at APEC, ASEAN meets

    Human Rights Watch has called on world leaders meeting in two summits in the Philippines and Vietnam to address the Rohingya crisis.

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    Myanmar hits back at UN statement

    Myanmar yesterday hit back at a UN Security Council statement critical of its handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis, saying it could "seriously harm" efforts to repatriate the Muslim minority from Bangladesh, reports AFP.

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    Food supply gets more challenging

    UN food agency sees tough days ahead as it struggles to raise funds for continuing food support for over 800,000 Rohingyas amid conflicts in various parts of the world.

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    UN move can harm talks: Myanmar

    Myanmar says that the UN Security Council's statement on the Rohingya refugee crisis can “seriously harm” its talks with Bangladesh over repatriating more than 600,000 people who have fled there to escape a Myanmar military crackdown.

  • Bangladesh saved over 6,00,000 lives

    Any return of the Rohingya refugees who took shelter in Bangladesh must be voluntary, safe and dignified, the UNHCR assistant high

  • Rohingya Crisis for food

    Act now to solve Rohingya crisis

    Lawmakers from Commonwealth countries have called upon the international community to take urgent action to resolve the Rohingya crisis.

  • Myanmar needs to engage with UN, Bangladesh

    The UN Security Council has called upon Myanmar and Bangladesh to invite the UN refugee agency and other relevant international

  • WB offers both loan and grant

    At a time when Bangladesh is hosting over a million Rohingya refugees as a show of compassion, the World Bank is offering the