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SA ulema condemn Rohingya human rights abuses

In what the United Nations warned as bordering ethnic cleansing, South African ulema are working together to lobby the South African government to support the Rohingya Muslim minority who are fleeing persecution in Myanmar.  The horrific images streaming onto social media has plunged the Rohinyga crisis back into the spotlight,[…]

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Urgent appeal for humanitarian aid for Rohingya

The United Nations have called the Rohingya of Myanmar one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minorities. Gross human rights violations of the Rohingya have been recorded since 1978. The state sanctioned violence against them is symptomatic of a long and oppressive history of discrimination by the Myanmar government. Myanmar[…]

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Myanmar faces international condemnation over Rohingya

Myanmar’s security forces and civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi have been facing international condemnation over the recent plight of the Rohingya Muslim minority. Nearly 90,000 Rohingya have flooded into Bangladesh in the past 10 days following an uptick in fighting between fighters and Myanmar’s military in strife-torn western Rakhine state. The[…]

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Myanmar: Who are the Rohingya Muslims?

Who are the Rohingya? The Rohingya are often described as “the world’s most persecuted minority”. They are an ethnic Muslim group who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims who live in the Southeast Asian country. The Rohingya speak Rohingya[…]

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Rohingya: ‘Even a baby was not spared by the army’

The Myanmar army has been accused of carrying out extrajudicial killings in the restive Rakhine region, with residents and activists accusing soldiers of shooting indiscriminately at unarmed Rohingya men, women and children and carrying out arson attacks. Authorities in Myanmar say close to 100 people have been killed since Friday[…]

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Myanmar must ‘allow Rohingya to leave camps’

Myanmar should close bleak camps where tens of thousands of displaced Rohingya Muslims have been trapped for nearly five years, according to a commission led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan. More than 120,000 Rohingya have languished in internally displaced people (IDP) camps since they were driven from their[…]

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‘Hundreds of Rohingyas’ killed in Myanmar crackdown

Myanmar’s security forces have committed mass killings and gang rapes of Rohingya Muslims and burned down villages since October in a campaign that likely amounts to crimes against humanity and possibly ethnic cleansing, according to the United Nations. “The ‘area clearance operations’ have likely resulted in hundreds of deaths,” a[…]

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Rohingya abuse may be crimes against humanity: Amnesty

Military actions against the Rohingya Muslim minority may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said, as the Myanmar government called a meeting of regional leaders to discuss the issue. “The Myanmar military has targeted Rohingya civilians in a callous and systematic campaign of violence,” Rafendi Djamin, Southeast Asia director[…]

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