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Ramadan is the strongest antidote for Islamophobia

Omar H is a Muslim-American living in Chicago.* As a Rohingya Muslim, he was forced to flee ethnic and religious violence in western Myanmar, where he was neither recognised as a citizen nor given basic political and legal rights. For three precarious decades, Omar drifted from one inhospitable country to[…]

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Myanmar bans officials from saying ‘Rohingya’

Myanmar has banned its officials from referring to the oppressed Muslim minority as Rohingya, instead insisting they are called “people who believe in Islam”. The order by the Information Ministry attempts to sidestep the controversy that surrounds the identity of the Rohingya and head off disquiet during an ongoing visit[…]

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‘Strong evidence’ of ethnic discrimination in Myanmar

There is strong evidence that Myanmar’s Rohingya people are facing genocide at the hands of the country’s Buddhist rulers, leaving the ethnic minority group with little choice but to either die at the hands of local persecution, or put their lives in the hands of “people-smugglers” and attempt to flee[…]

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Fasting through persecution and siege

Muslims around the world are observing Ramadaan, and some are fasting under appalling circumstances. The Media Review Network’s Suraya Dadoo looks at some of the most disturbing places: CHINA: Until recently the population of Xinjiang, the largest of China’s administrative regions, was mostly Uighur. Most Uighurs are Muslim, and Islam[…]

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Wear black for Rohingya

A group called Protect the Rohingya has called on South Africans to highlight the plight of the Rohingya by wearing black on Saturday 13th June. According to the UN, the Rohingya in Burma are one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minorities. Human rights violations against the Rohingya have been[…]

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Saudi Arabia, Malaysia vow support for Rohingyas

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held talks here Sunday with visiting Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Najib Razak on major international and Islamic issues and explored prospects of expanding cooperation between the two key OIC countries. The two leaders also discussed “the racial discrimination and ethnic cleansing” against[…]

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U.S. says Rohingya should be citizens

Myanmar brought ashore more than 700 “boat people” it had kept at sea for days aboard a seized vessel, as the United States on Wednesday called on the country to help solve a migrant crisis by recognizing the rights of its Muslim Rohingya minority. U.S. President Barack Obama has sought[…]

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139 bodies found in suspected migrant graves

Malaysia has said it believes 139 people are buried in graves at remote detention camps used by people smugglers on the Thai border which were discovered on the weekend. Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said on Thursday that each grave site contained the remains of one person, not multiple[…]

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