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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. 

World Bank Vice President Hartwig Schafer
Rohingya Crisis

WB Vice President Hartwig Schafer due tomorrow

World Bank Vice President for the South Asia Region, Hartwig Schafer, is to arrive on Sunday to further deepen the longstanding partnership between Bangladesh and the World Bank Group and discuss how to help the country cope with the Rohingya crisis.

  • Myanmar ‘rejects’ ICC decision over Rohingya crisis

    Myanmar “resolutely” rejects a ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) empowering the tribunal to probe alleged crimes against the Rohingya even though the Southeast Asian nation is not a member of it.

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    WHO lauds Bangladesh support for Rohingyas

    WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh highly appreciates Bangladesh's all-out support in the full range of care, including good health care, for Rohingya people living here.

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    US to press Myanmar for safe Rohingya repatriation

    The United States says it will continue to press Myanmar to create the conditions necessary to allow safe, voluntary and dignified return of Rohingyas to their homes in Myanmar from Bangladesh.

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    ICC has the jurisdiction

    The International Criminal Court ruled yesterday it has jurisdiction over alleged deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh as a possible crime against humanity.

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    UK's Hunt to host Myanmar talks at UN

    British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he would host talks at the UN this month over allegations Myanmar's military committed genocide against the Rohingya minority, warning the perpetrators must be brought to justice.

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    Dhaka hopes for start of Rohingya repatriation 'soon'

    Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said they are expecting to begin the Rohingya repatriation soon by sending the first batch of over 3,000 forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals.

  • Rohingya protesters call for freedom for Reuters reporters in Myanmar

    About 50 Rohingya Muslim refugees gathers in a muddy sports field in a camp in Bangladesh to protest against the conviction in Myanmar of two Reuters reporters, who were arrested while covering the plight of their community.

  • Pence calls for release of jailed Reuters journalists

    US Vice President Mike Pence calls on Myanmar's government to reverse a court ruling that imprisoned two Reuters journalists for seven years and to release them immediately.

  • Outrage as 2 Reuters journos jailed for 7 yrs

    Two Reuters journalists accused of breaching Myanmar's state secrets law while reporting on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims were jailed for seven years yesterday, fuelling international outrage a week after the army was accused of genocide.

  • Rohingya Photos: Myanmar's army offers rare apology

    The Myanmar military issues a rare apology, acknowledging that two photographs it published in a book on the crisis over the Rohingya Muslim minority were "published incorrectly".

  • UN urges Myanmar to free Reuters reporters 'immediately'

    New UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet says she was "shocked" by Myanmar's jailing of two Reuters journalists for seven years and calls for their immediate release.

  • CPJ condemns jailing of 2 Reuters journos in Myanmar

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the sentencing of two reporters of Reuters in Myanmar to seven years each in prison on charges of breaching the Official Secrets Act.

  • Myanmar verdict a 'major step backward': Reuters

    Myanmar's verdict today jailing two Reuters reporters for seven years on charges of breaching an official secrets act is a major step backward in the southeast Asian nation's transition to democracy, the agency's Editor in Chief Stephen J Adler said.

  • Of lies and deception

    The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar's army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming tool. "Bengalis killed local ethnics brutally", reads the caption.

  • Unidentified youth shot dead in Dhaka

    Rohingya man shot dead by criminals

    Criminals shot a Rohingya man dead inside a camp at Leda in Teknaf upazila yesterday afternoon.

  • Myanmar struggles to digest global anger over Rohingya crisis

    Baffled, hurt or indignant, many inside Myanmar are struggling to digest a week of opprobrium heaped on their country by the UN and even Facebook over the treatment of the Rohingya, a stateless Muslim group whose plight elicits little sympathy in the Buddhist-majority nation.

  • Suu Kyi should have resigned

    Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar's de facto leader over last year's brutal army campaign against the Rohingyas, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC.

  • Myanmar aid restrictions 'could be war crime'

    Government restrictions on lifesaving aid for displaced people in northern Myanmar could constitute a war crime, advocacy group Fortify Rights says, as pressure grows for accountability for rights abuses in the country.

  • OIC to form a body for Rohingya crisis

    Rohingya Genocide: Myanmar planned it long before ARSA attacks

    The UN has found that the Myanmar military had planned the Rohingya genocide long before the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army attacked the country's security personnel, a justification put forward by Myanmar for the violent crackdown on the ethnic minority.

  • No excuse for delaying solution

    Making a call for accountability as an essential prerequisite to regional security and stability, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urges the Security Council to work with Myanmar to end "horrendous sufferings" of Rohingyas.

  • Aung San Suu Kyi won't be stripped of Nobel Peace Prize

    The Nobel Peace Prize to Aung San Suu Kyi will not be withdrawn in the light of a United Nations report that said Myanmar's military carried out mass killings of Muslim Rohingya, the Norwegian Nobel Committee says.

  • Rohingya crisis: UN reveals satellite images of atrocities

    The UN Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar publishes some maps and satellite imageries of atrocities against the Rohingyas in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar.

  • United Nations report on Rohingyas

    Australia welcomes UN report on Rohingyas

    Welcoming the UN fact-finding mission report on Myanmar, Australia renewes its call for justice for those Rohingyas who have suffered saying that the perpetrators must be held to account.

  • We have failed Rohingya: Blanchett

    UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and Oscar-winning actor Cate Blanchett, who visited a refugee camp in Bangladesh last year, says what she saw and heard there left her both “shocked and disturbed”.

  • Top military men responsible for human rights abuse in Myanmar: US

    Mentioning that the findings of a new report indicate widespread human rights abuses by the Myanmar military and its other security forces, the United States says it held high-level military individuals in Myanmar responsible for the situation.

  • Haley says US Rohingya report 'consistent' with UN findings

    Findings of a US State Department investigation into Myanmar's Rohingya crisis are "consistent" with those of a report by UN investigators released this week that called for Myanmar's commander-in-chief and other generals be tried for genocide, the US ambassador to the United Nations says.

  • Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses

    A Myanmar government spokesman rejects a report by United Nations investigators that called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide, saying the international community was making "false allegations".

  • UN Panel Recommendations: Guterres asks all to take heed

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged all UN bodies and the global community to seriously consider the recommendations of the fact-finding mission that accused the Myanmar military of carrying out “gravest crimes” against the Rohingyas under the international law.

  • Human rights violations in Myanmar's Rakhine State

    'There must not be impunity for human rights violations in Rakhine'

    British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field says the gravity of the UN report on human rights violations in Myanmar warrants the attention of both the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Security Council.

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    Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

    Facebook's ban of Myanmar's military leaders marks a new step for the leading social network against state "actors" -- and raises thorny questions on how the company deals with repressive regimes using the platform.