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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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Health services scaled up to combat chicken pox in Cox’s Bazar

Responding to an outbreak of chicken pox in the Rohingya refugee camps, health sector partners led by the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization steps up surveillance and initiates measures to curtail further spread of the disease and prevent any complications.

  • Stop genocide, don't just react

    UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged the international community to prevent genocide instead of just reacting to it.

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    Address root causes of Rohingya crisis: US Ambassador

    US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller urges Myanmar to address the root causes of Rohingya crisis expressing strong support to hold accountable those who are responsible for the atrocities committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

  • Comments on Rohingya Repatriation: Bangladesh demands Myanmar apologise

    Dhaka yesterday protested the "derogatory and provocative" remarks of Myanmar Religious Affairs Minister Thura Aung Ko on Rohingya refugees and asked the country to apologise.

  • Myanmar guilty of genocide, war crimes

    Two US organisations said they had found clear evidence that Myanmar military committed genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Rohingyas and urged the international community to set about a criminal investigation into the atrocities.

  • US envoy visits Rohingya camps

    US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl R Miller visits makeshift camps in Cox’s Bazar and Bandarban where a huge number of displaced Rohingya people took shelter.

  • Officials say boat carrying Rohingya Muslims lands in Indonesia

    Indonesian authorities said a boat carrying 20 men believed to be Rohingya Muslims landed on the Northeastern shore of Indonesia’s Sumatra island today.

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    ‘Urgent need for tribunal for crimes against Rohingya’

    A human rights law group contracted by the US State Department to investigate atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar says there is an urgent need to establish a criminal tribunal to bring those responsible to justice.

  • Rohingyas not to return without security, citizenship: ISCG

    The Rohingya community continues to express ‘unwillingness’ to go back to Myanmar unless their security, basic human rights and citizenship are ensured.

  • INGOs Spending on Rohingyas: Operations eating up a thick slice

    A large portion of the donations meant for the displaced Rohingyas in Bangladesh is being spent as operational cost of international NGOs, says a study.

  • Lost idol: New wave of Myanmar youth activists look beyond Suu Kyi

    Myanmar youth activist and television host Thinzar Shun Lei Yi would once have called herself one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s greatest fans. Now, she is one of her most vocal critics.

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    Rab rescues 10 Rohingyas in Malaysia-bound boat

    The Rapid Action Battalion yesterday rescued 10 Rohingya refugees and detained an alleged human trafficker in a Malaysia-bound boat in the Bay of Bengal.

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    Rohingyas are genocide victims

    A human rights law group contracted by the State Department to interview refugees as part of an investigation into atrocities against Rohingyas in Myanmar has found that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that genocide was committed - even though the US government stopped short of saying so.

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    Nepal should raise Rohingya issue with Suu Kyi: Rights groups

    As Myanmar State Counsellor and Minister for Foreign Affairs Aung San Suu Kyi commences her two-day Nepal visit, the Nepalese government should draw her attention to ensure safe return of the Rohingya Muslim minorities and have a fair investigation into the alleged abuses, said human rights agencies.

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    Make an all-out effort to create right conditions

    The UN refugee agency yesterday urged Myanmar to exert all efforts to create conditions for safe return of Rohingyas and address the root cause of their displacement.

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    Create conditions in Myanmar conducive to refugee returns: UNHCR

    The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, appeals to Myanmar to exert all efforts to create conditions conducive for voluntary return of the Rohingyas and address the root causes of the refugees’ displacement in line with the recommendations of the Kofi-Annan led Advisory Commission on Rakhine State.

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    Int'l support must for inclusive Rohingya education: Unesco

    International support is vital for countries like Bangladesh to make the shift to inclusive education ensuring education for Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, says a new global report.

  • Rohingya refugees gather near the fence in the no man's land

    Leaked data on Rohingyas dangerous in wrong hands

    Leaked data about persecuted minority groups like Rohingyas, in wrong hands "could be used to target these individuals."

  • UN condemns rights abuses in Myanmar

    A key United Nations committee endorsed a resolution on Friday expressing "grave concern" and "strongly condemning" all violations and abuses of human rights against Rohingyas in Myanmar.

  • Cholera vaccines for Rohingyas, host community

    Nearly 330,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladesh host community will be vaccinated against cholera in a month-long campaign beginning today in the refugee camps in Cox's Bazar and its nearby areas.

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    UN resolution condemns Myanmar's rights violation

    Condemning human rights violations in Myanmar, the third committee of the UN General Assembly in New York has adopted a resolution on the situation.

  • Myanmar detains 106 Rohingyas

    Myanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon yesterday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

  • Rohingya Repatriation: Asean to send taskforce to Myanmar

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has decided to send a regional taskforce to Myanmar to assist the Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh.

  • Not willing to go home

    The much-awaited launch of the Rohingya repatriation was cancelled at the last moment yesterday as the refugees refused to return to Rakhine for fear of fresh persecution.

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    ‘We won’t go back’

    “We won’t go back, we won’t go back. We demand punishment of Myanmar,” these are the slogans that the 130 Rohingya refugees chanted in unison at a refugee camp in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.

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    Halt Rohingya repatriation plan: HRW

    The Bangladesh government should follow the recommendations of senior United Nations refugee and human rights officials and immediately halt the proposed repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar, Human Rights Watch says.

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    Take necessary protection for returning Rohingyas: Canada

    Canada has urged the government of Myanmar to guarantee the necessary safeguards for and protection of any returning Rohingya saying repatriation must not be rushed.

  • Minister to brief diplomats on Rohingya repatriation today

    Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali will brief diplomats on the current situation of the Rohingya repatriation, the ministry sources said.

  • Rohingya Persecution: Pence issues sharp rebuke to Suu Kyi

    US Vice President Mike Pence yesterday expressed the Trump administration's strongest condemnation yet of Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims, telling leader Aung San Suu Kyi that "persecution" by her country's army was "without excuse".

  • 150 Rohingyas to return today

    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.

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    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.