Myanmar deploys more troops to Rakhine amid ongoing crackdown on Rohingya Muslims
August 12, 2017 – 2:42 PM News Code : 847710 Source : AFP Link
(AhlulBayt News Agency) – Myanmar is imposing new curfews and deploying more troops to Rakhine state, the government confirmed on Saturday, after the UN expressed alarm at reports of a military build-up in the region where authorities are accused of widespread rights abuses.
News that an army battalion was flown into Rakhine this week to boost security was met with criticism from UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee on Friday, who warned it was “cause for major concern”. Rakhine has been gripped by violence since October last year when ethnic Rohingya fighters attacked police posts, sparking a months-long bloody military crackdown.
The OIC must now lead the efforts to stop Rohingya persecution
Saturday, 12 August 2017 Last Update: Saturday, 12 August 2017 KSA 08:57 – GMT 05:57
As the persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar is getting worse by the day, we must now acknowledge that the United Nations is failing to enforce the principles of its own 1948 Genocide Convention.
Leaked documents from earlier this year described the office of the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, Reneta Lok-Dessallien, as ‘glaringly dysfunctional’, in no small part due to her putting human rights considerations on the back-burner, in favour of economic development goals. She was accused by many of her own staff of having too cosy a relationship with the civilian government and the military elite, whilst the persecution of the Rohingya and other minorities dropped off her agenda.
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Friday, August 11, 2017 16:51
by Alice Salles
About 40,000 of Rohingya Muslims, who entered India out of despair and lack of places to go, are now at risk of being sent back to Myanmar to face death.
The Rohingya Muslims have suffered relentless persecution in Myanmar where tens of thousands have been displaced since 2014. Now, India is also cracking down on the few thousands of them who crossed its borders in search of peace.
Suu Kyi’s failure to acknowledge the persecution of Rohingya Muslims
Thursday, 11 May 2017 Last Update: Thursday, 11 May 2017 KSA 14:39 – GMT 11:39
When Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to collect her Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, the committee’s chairman described how her “firmness of principle” in the struggle for human rights and democracy had made her “a moral leader for the whole world”.
Since taking power in Myanmar, the former political prisoner’s moral credibility has been vastly diminished if not demolished by her failure to even acknowledge the brutal persecution of the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state. A dozen fellow Nobel Peace Laureates have lamented her inaction faced with “a human tragedy amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity”.
August 11, 2017 / 2:18 PM
India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingyas
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled persecution in Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh since the early 1990s, with some of them then crossing over a porous border into Hindu-majority India.