Nearly one month into the humanitarian catastrophe and emerging regional security crisis, the world is still waiting for a meaningful reaction.
Bangladeshi media says that India’s modified policy towards the Rohingya crisis came through a Thursday phone call between Sushma Swaraj and Sheikh Hasina.
Sweeping assertions filled with vitriol against the Rohingya have now entered the formal pleadings. The court should not allow unfiltered communal speech.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
How else are we to explain Turkey’s ambition to take the lead in the current crisis and champion the voice of the Rohingya Muslims internationally?
The top UN human rights official has called Myanmar’s operations against the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Politicians around the world must concretely acknowledge the life of those minorities who are excluded on a daily basis from our social lives and our modes of thinking.
Rohingya refugees having been crossing over to Bangladesh in large numbers, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bring up this issue on his recent trip to Myanmar.
Human Rights Watch interviewed over 50 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh, who recounted harrowing tales of fleeing violence.
“All the Muslims in our village, about 10,000, fled. Some were killed by gunshots, the rest came here. There’s not a single person left.”
Despite widespread accusations against the Myanmar government of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas, India has planned to deport around 40,000 Rohingya refugees.
How can India, a country which has hosted refugees ever since its foundation as a nation, deport thousands of people based on their ethnicity and faith?
Suu Kyi has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
Officials said nearly 500 Hindus arrived in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, bordering Myanmar, along with tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims amid escalated violence at home.
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.
In Myanmar’s waves of racial and religious violence, how many promising individuals have been killed, maimed or otherwise destroyed?
The World Food Programme claims that more than 80,000 children might need malnutrition treatment where the Myanmar army cracked down on stateless Rohingyas.
What is common between ‘strangers’ living in Pakistan’s largest metropolis?
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.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees took shelter in the ruins of their camps and waited for help after a night in the rain.
The UN Human Rights Commission has set up a resolution under which Jaising and two others will be examining the mass killing and rape of refugees.
Cyclone Mora struck the islands of Saint Martin and Teknaf which provided refuge for about 200,000 Rohingyas Muslims from Myanmar.
The arrests came after nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union raided flats in Yangon district which has a large Muslim population, leading to scuffles.
The move means that the Vatican will have much more diplomatic influence in Myanmar, which is facing international scrutiny over atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
According to the UNHCR document, the government has begun clearing land for the “model villages” and will give the Rohingya plots and money to build homes.
A UN report in February said Myanmar’s security forces had committed mass killings and gangrapes against Rohingya during their campaign against insurgents.
With a festering Rohingya crisis, increased fighting with ethnic armed groups and a slower economic growth, Suu Kyi has struggled to match expectations.
On the last two days of the UNHRC session, India voted in 15 resolutions and made a statement on Myanmar, the only resolution that did not go to a vote.
A short UN Security Council statement on Myanmar was blocked, diplomats said, after the 15-member body met to discuss the situation in Rakhine state.
The UN human rights office said last month that the campaign of killings and rapes probably amounted to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing.
Two senior government officials confirmed the news and said that the army will now just ‘maintain peace’.
Rohingya songs and drawings are a form of resistance against the persecutions they face in Myanmar and in Bangladesh.
The crisis has prompted international groups and leaders to call for actions like unfettered humanitarian access to all parts of northern Rakhine state.
UN officials said they were concerned the outside world had not fully grasped the severity of the crisis unfolding in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
If forced to leave, it is unclear where exactly the refugees would go since reports indicate intensifying persecution in Myanmar.
“The sexual violence did not appear to be random or opportunistic, but part of a coordinated and systematic attack against Rohingya, in part because of their ethnicity and religion,”said Human Rights Watch.
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.
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s special envoy to Myanmar has requested the UN’s intervention as an estimated 66,000 Muslims flee to Bangladesh.