Rohingya Muslim rescued at sea off Indonesia

Rights groups have said they are expecting many more refugees from Myanmar to attempt the dangerous sea crossings. Indonesian fishermen have rescued at least five Rohingya off the island of Sumatra in the early hours of Friday and brought them ashore, officials said, in the first such landing this year amid media reports that five others had died at sea. […]

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UN: Facebook had a 'role' in Rohingya genocide

‘I’m afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast.’ UN human rights experts investigating a possible genocide in Myanmar have said that Facebook had played a role in spreading hate speech against the majority-Muslim Rohingya minority. The UN‘s Special Rapporteur on Myanmar also said that the Rohingya crisis in the Rakhine State “bears the hallmarks of genocide”. More than 650,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s […]

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UN: Myanmar should be investigated for crimes against Rohingya

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein also calls on Myanmar to allow monitors in to investigate suspected ‘acts of genocide’. The UN human rights chief has called for all atrocities committed against Myanmar’s Rohingya to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for prosecution. Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, who has previously described Myanmar’s campaign against the Rohingya as a “textbook […]

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Amal Clooney to defend Reuters journalists held in Myanmar

Amal Clooney asserts the innocence of Reuters journalists on trial for reporting Rohingya massacre in Rakhine state. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she would represent two Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar for reporting the massacre of the Rohingya people in western Rakhine state. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested last December, and have been […]

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Amal Clooney to defend Reuters journalists held in Myanmar

Amal Clooney asserts the innocence of Reuters journalists on trial for reporting Rohingya massacre in Rakhine state. Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she would represent two Reuters journalists on trial in Myanmar for reporting the massacre of the Rohingya people in western Rakhine state. Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, were arrested last December, and have been […]

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Living on the edge: Rohingya avoid return to Myanmar

Rohingya in Bangladesh say they are still anxious about repatriation to Myanmar, despite the plan being put on hold. Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Arif Ahmed felt somewhat relieved as he sat by a muddy body of water in no-man’s land along Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar. The fate of the Rohingya refugee hung in the balance this week when a plan […]

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Bangladesh: Trafficking of girls rife in Rohingya camps

Rights groups say Rohingya refugees are being increasingly targeted by human traffickers at camps in Bangladesh. Noyona Katun, a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar, said her daughter Yasmin was 13 years old when she was snatched by a man in the Kutupalong Refugee Camp in southern Bangladesh and smuggled to India. That was three years ago. Noyona and Yasmin fled a […]

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Myanmar holds 106 Rohingya aboard boat to Malaysia, official says

KYAUKTAN, Myanmar (Reuters) – Myanmar immigration authorities detained 106 Rohingya Muslims aboard a boat off Yangon on Friday, officials said, raising fears of a fresh wave of dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers. The boat was bound for Malaysia when authorities stopped it in the early morning some 30 km (20 miles) south of Myanmar’s largest city, […]

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China expresses satisfaction over Rohingya repatriation deal

BEIJING (Reuters) – China is “happy” that Bangladesh and Myanmar have reached a deal to start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees to Rakhine, its government’s top diplomat said on Friday. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees crossed into Bangladesh from western Myanmar, U.N. agencies say, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on Myanmar security forces in August 2017 triggered a sweeping […]

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