In Myanmar, state racism isn’t just perpetrated by its military, but liberals like Aung San Suu Kyi.
Fleeing the Arakan conflict zone, around 1,600 Myanmar nationals have poured into Mizoram since November 2017.
Bangladesh said on Tuesday it would complete the process of returning within two years.
The meeting in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw was the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of the November repatriation agreement.
More than 650,000 Rohingya have headed across the border to Bangladesh after a sweeping Myanmar army counter offensive in response to Rohingya militant attacks on August 25, 2017.
China’s attitude towards Myanmar reflects a bigger strategy: to bolster its presence in Asia at the expense of other powers.
The Reuters journalists had been arrested a month ago in connection with reporting on the situation in Rakhine state.
The two journalists had worked on a Reuters coverage of the crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where about 655,000 Rohingya Muslims had fled from a military crackdown on militants.
The exodus of some 6,50,000 Rohingya villagers to Bangladesh apart from the violence inflicted on the minority, was an offshoot of raids launched by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army on the Myanmar security forces on August 25.
Victims of sexual and physical violence in Rakhine State, women have been disproportionately affected by the crisis.
A Reuters graphic makes use of data from the UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme to show hundreds of villages in Rakhine state burned down.
Kutupalong refugee camp is one of several sprawling settlements of bamboo poles and plastic sheets in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar.
Doctors Without Borders has treated around 2,000 patients in the past few weeks and is receiving around 100 new cases daily.
Police detained the two journalists on assignment for the TRT World television station on October 27.
UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee singled out China and Russia because they had failed to back some moves in the UN aimed at trying to halt the Myanmar military’s crackdown on the Rohingya Muslims.
The imprisoned journalists were serving a two-month prison sentence for violating an aircraft law by flying a drone.
Myanmar had asked the UN to replace special rapporteur Yanghee Lee with someone who knows Myanmar well and is both fair and impartial.
The working group’s agenda is in line with an ill-defined repatriation deal signed between the countries last month.
This was agreed upon as part of a new memorandum of understanding signed during foreign secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Myanmar on Wednesday.
Staying in Cox’s Bazar is the best option for the Rohingya at the moment.
The world’s ‘most persecuted minority’ has been facing a human rights and health crisis due to an acute shortage of resources to meet an increasing demand for humanitarian assistance such as food , shelter, clean water and sanitation.
Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya community and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality.”
The Rohingya tragedy has been unfolding for decades, going back to 1948, when Myanmar gained independence.
Dehumanisation does not cause us to commit ‘moral violence’, where people actively desire to harm victims who they think deserve it.
While sympathising with the Rohingya, local populations complained about a rise in prices and the loss of jobs.
Bandwagoning with the US cannot be a substitute for a working foreign policy in our own region and near abroad.
The UN defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.
The pope held talks with Myanmar’s military chief and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi as well. He will also travel to Bangladesh, where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled.
At the official press briefing, Bangladeshi foreign minister A.H. Mahmood Ali couldn’t come up with a proper justification about the MoU.
A discriminatory citizenship structure and pervasive anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar suggest that if the Rohingya return home they are likely to face violence and persecution once again.
Returning Rohingya people to the hands of their persecutors, violates international law and raises fundamental questions about the protection of those fleeing the most heinous crimes and abuses.
“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
The Dhaka Lit Fest said the purpose of its statement was “to keep the news of this unfolding situation at the forefront of global consciousness”.
A military clearance operation launched in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has driven more than 600,000 Rohingya out of the Buddhist-majority country since late August.
More than 600,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August driven out by a military clearance operation in Buddhist majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since late August, driven out by a military counter-insurgency clearance operation in Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
A senior UN official, who had toured the refugee camps in Bangladesh, on Sunday accused Myanmar’s military of conducting organised mass rape and other crimes against humanity.
About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.
The draft did not give any details of the situation in northern Rakhine state or use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders not to use.
Ten years after the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, some Theravāda Buddhist monks are now preaching violence against Muslim or Hindu minorities in the name of “holy war”.