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Rohingya escape after Myanmar threat

Hundreds of Rohingya living in no man’s land have left their makeshift camp and crossed into Bangladesh after soldiers from Myanmar used loudhailers to threaten them, community leaders said Wednesday. Around 6,000 Rohingya have been living on a thin strip of land between the two countries since fleeing Myanmar in ...

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Bangladesh hands over list of Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar

Bangladesh has formally handed over to Myanmar’s Home Minister Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe a list of more than 8,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees as Dhaka moves to launch their repatriation under an agreement signed between the two countries last year.   The delivery of the list occurred after officials of the ...

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Myanmar bulldozing villages in Rakhine to erase Rohingya history, show aerial photos

New aerial pictures of Rakhine state appear to show several bulldozed settlements of the persecuted Rohingya people, giving rise to concerns that Myanmar is wiping out history of the Muslim minority. The haunting photos, recently posted on the Twitter account of the European Union ambassador to Myanmar, Kristian Schmidt, show ...

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Myanmar: ‘Bodies half-buried, faces burned with acid’

The Associated Press has confirmed the discovery of more than five new mass graves in Rohingya Muslim villages in Myanmar where the military and Buddhist mobs have been running amok in a campaign of death and destruction against minority Muslims. The news agency said the findings, obtained through multiple interviews with ...

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In Myanmar, Pope urges justice, respect for ethnic groups

Pope Francis, who is on a historic visit to Myanmar, has called for “justice” and respect for the human rights of ethnic groups, a thinly-veiled reference to the minority Muslim Rohingya who have been facing state-sponsored violence in the Southeast Asian country. Peace can only be achieved through “justice and ...

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Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of UK award over Rohingya genocide

The British city of Oxford has stripped Myanmar’s de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi of a prestigious award over her government’s brutal persecution of Rohingya Muslims. The city’s councilors retracted Suu Kyi’s 1997 Freedom of Oxford award, which she personally collected in 2012 for her “pro-democracy” campaign as the ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi is named Islamophobe of the year

SHAFAQNA – Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was announced the 2017 International Islamophobe of the Year on Sunday. Her atrocities targeting Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority are so egregious that she shot past other nominated international Islamophobes, US President Donald Trump, French far-right party National Front leader Marie ...

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Pope Francis Visits Myanmar, Bangladesh Next Week

The head of the Catholic church and one of the most influential religious figures in the world, Pope Francis is visiting Myanmar at a time when Amnesty International has declared the treatment of Rohingya minorities in Myanmar as “apartheid” and Washington has already said that the situation in Myanmar is ...

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Myanmar treatment of Rohingya called apartheid: Amnesty

Myanmar has subjected Rohingya Muslims to long-term discrimination and persecution that amounts to “dehumanizing apartheid,” Amnesty International said Tuesday in a report that raises questions about what those who have fled a violent military crackdown would face if they returned home. (AP) — Since late August, more than 620,000 Rohingya have ...

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Rohingya refugees “drained” by trauma, says U.N. refugee chief

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar have been “drained” by the trauma they suffered during the crisis and a struggle to overcome desperate want, the United Nations refugee chief said on Wednesday. REUTERS–   More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since ...

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