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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. 

animal movement in Cox’s Bazar

Govt focuses on keeping animal movement in Cox’s Bazar undisturbed

The government wants to continue its efforts with other stakeholders to keep the movement of animals, especially elephants, undisturbed following the significant impacts on wildlife and subsequent human-elephant conflict due to installation of makeshift camps for Rohingyas, officials say.

  • 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.

  • Rohingya crisis

    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.

  • OIC to form a body for Rohingya crisis

    200 Rohingyas wait to enter Cox's Bazar

    A couple of hundred Rohingyas have gathered across the border in the last four days hoping to enter Cox's Bazar.

  • Only words, no action

    In an unprecedented move since the 1989 Lebanon conflict, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a letter to the Security Council a year ago seeking action against the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar.

  • They must face genocide trial

    The Myanmar military leadership, including its commander-in-chief and five top generals, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over its actions against the Rohingyas, a UN fact-finding mission said.

  • Rights Abuses: Facebook bans Myanmar army chief, top brass

    Facebook yesterday banned Myanmar's army chief and other top military brass after a UN investigation recommended they face prosecution for genocide for a crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.


    The military has consistently failed to respect international human rights law and the international humanitarian law principles of

  • Rohingya refugee crisis in key dates

    UN investigators yesterday called for the prosecution of Myanmar's army chief for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority after a ferocious army crackdown drove more than 700,000 of them into Bangladesh. Here are key dates since the exodus began a year ago:

  • Rohingya repatriation

    UN probe report outlines atrocities of armed forces against Rohingyas

    An independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar formed by the UN Human Rights Council outlines in its report four key common characteristics of the operations of the armed forces of Myanmar in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States.

  • UN, int’l community must ensure safe Rohingya repatriation: Report

    The United Nations (UN) and international community must ensure that the repatriation of displaced Rohingyas only occurs when it is safe, voluntary and dignified, with explicit human rights protections in place, including citizenship, an independent fact-finding mission recommends.