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Rohingya: US demands prosecution of Myanmar officials

The United States says action must be taken against Myanmar’s military leaders whose operations have forced 500,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee into Bangladesh. Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, accused Myanmar’s authorities on Thursday of carrying out “a brutal, sustained campaign to cleanse the country of an[…]

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Locating the Rohingya in time and space

OPINION by Iftekhar Iqbal Clarifying on its nomenclature, the Annan Commission Report on the Rakhine (Arakan) State (pdf), notes that “In line with the request of the State Counsellor [Mrs Aung San Suu Kyi], the Commission uses neither the term ‘Bengali’ nor ‘Rohingya’, who are referred to as ‘Muslims’ or[…]

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Rohingya fleeing ‘with just clothes on their back’

By Yaseen Kippie Darul Ihsan Relief South Africa, an NGO based in KZN, recently sent a team to assess and evaluate the situation of the Rohingya Muslims traversing the muddy borders between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Moulana Muhammad Ameer, leading the team’s five day fact finding mission, says the situation is[…]

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The very least the UK owes the Rohingya is protection

Condemnation of the brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing being carried out against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is growing around the world, with the Dalai Lama, the Pope, Nobel Laureates and world leaders from many countries calling for an end to hostilities. There is no easy way to end the[…]

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Cox’s Bazar: Chaos all around at Rohingya camps

Hundreds of Rohingya, including children, were jostling to get hold of aid packages being thrown from trucks at Balukhali in the Bangladeshi city of Cox’s Bazar bordering Myanmar. Women, many with babies on their shoulders, stood in torrential rain in the hope of getting food, tarpaulin and clothes distributed by[…]

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Myanmar uses scorched earth tactics in Rakhine: report

Security forces and vigilante mobs in Myanmar are carrying out a scorched-earth policy in the majority-Muslim region of Rakhine State, burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting at people as they try to flee, Amnesty International has said. According to new satellite imagery, fire-detection data, photographs and videos from the[…]

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Foreigners join the #SA4Rohingya campaign

While #SA4Rohingya campaign has garnered attention among locals, Wednesday’s Stop Rohingya Genocide protest in the Cape Town CBD, with the presence of individuals from various foreign national communities, showed that the call for an end to the violence against the Rohingya has reached crisis level. With an influx of Bangladeshi,[…]

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Israeli arms exports fueling Rohingya crisis

Local human rights activists have accused Israel of fuelling the brutal violence against Rohingya in Myanmar by its continued sale of weapons to the military junta. More 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which the UN human rights chief has labelled as “ethnic cleansing”. Sixty Rohingya[…]

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