UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.
The reporters were arrested on December 12, after being invited to meet police officials on the outskirts of Yangon, and accused of violating Myanmar’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act.
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.
Doctors Without Borders has treated around 2,000 patients in the past few weeks and is receiving around 100 new cases daily.
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.
Staying in Cox’s Bazar is the best option for the Rohingya at the moment.
Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh has proved to be a fertile ground for ARSA, providing the group with sources of funding, weapons and recruits.
Behind the savaging of a land and its people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a murky tale of resource appropriation and prospects of spoils from reckless industrial development.
Journalists flown to site of mass killing in Rakhine that survivors and the Myanmar army say was carried out by Rohingya militants.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
“The UN Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign,” Human Rights Watch said.
Bangladesh said Myanmar drones and helicopters had violated its air space three times in the last week, warning that such “provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences”.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
The first tranche of the relief material reached Chittagong in an Indian Air Force plane today.
A UN commission of experts defined ethnic cleansing as “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups”.
The violence in Myanmar was set off by a coordinated attack on Augut 25 on dozens of police posts and an army base by Rohingya insurgents.
The fighting – still going on in some areas – marked a major escalation in a simmering conflict in the northwestern state since last October
In Myanmar’s waves of racial and religious violence, how many promising individuals have been killed, maimed or otherwise destroyed?
Rohingya Refugees, whose have travelled to Bangladeshi camps in order to escape the violence is Rakhine have been assaulted on many occasions by a group the police call the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army
Myanmar has rejected the UN fact-finding mission into human rights abuses against the Rohingya, as Suu Kyi claims it would upset the delicate region.
Under Suu Kyi’s plan to shut down all camps in Rakhine district, people struggle to put their lives together, while others are hopeful for a better future.
Rohingya elders estimate some 600 people were killed over two weeks in November 2016. A UN report said the likely toll was hundreds.
A UN report in February said Myanmar’s security forces had committed mass killings and gangrapes against Rohingya during their campaign against insurgents.
It was the first time the top generals directly addressed the mounting accusations of human rights abuses which, according to UN experts, may amount to crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing.
The government forces providing security to workers preparing a border fence in Buthidaung township of Rakhine State were attacked by about 30 armed men.
The government last week said the situation in northern Rakhine had stabilised and that it had ended a four-month security crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.
Canada, Australia and the US were the top providers of asylum to Rohingya Muslims who came to Bangladesh from Myanmar before Dhaka stopped the programme around 2012.
Two senior government officials confirmed the news and said that the army will now just ‘maintain peace’.
A growing number of Rohingya girls are becoming victims of human traffickers, who sell them to Rohingya men as child brides in neighbouring Malaysia.
Since October nearly 70,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar’s Rakhine State to Bangladesh.
An island which floods at high tide seems to be the only possible solution Bangladesh could come up with to relocate around 69,000 fled Rohingya Muslims.
Malaysia’s intervention in the Rakhine crisis marks a break with ASEAN members’ tradition of non-intervention in each other’s internal affairs.
As the violence against the Rohingyas community continues in Rakhine, Aung San Suu Kyi and her government, is facing criticism for doing too little.
Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the River Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Four ethnic armed groups have attacked security forces in the north of Myanmar, dealing a major blow to leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s government.
Eight Rohingya women, all from U Shey Kya village in Rakhine State, described in detail how soldiers last week raided their homes, looted property and raped them at gun point.
The UN chief and Aung Suu Kyi met reporters as the Myanmar leader launched a push to end decades of fighting between Myanmar’s military and ethnic rebels.
As it moves towards democracy, the country is facing questions over who belongs to the national community, and which groups it is willing to include.