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UN suspects ‘acts of genocide’ against Rohingya in Myanmar


The United Nations human rights chief said on Wednesday that he strongly suspected that “acts of genocide” may have taken place against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state since August. Reports of bulldozing of alleged mass graves showed a “deliberate attempt by the authorities to destroy evidence of potential international crimes, including possible crimes against humanity,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein ...

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Rohingya crisis: US diplomat quits advisory panel

Veteran US diplomat Bill Richardson has resigned from an international panel set up by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to advise on the Rohingya crisis. He claimed the panel was a “whitewash” and accused Ms Suu Kyi, his long-time friend, of lacking “moral leadership”. Myanmar said he should “review himself” over the “personal attack”. More than 650,000 Rohingya people, ...

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UN failures on Rohingya revealed

The UN leadership in Myanmar tried to stop the Rohingya rights issue being raised with the government, sources in the UN and aid community told the BBC. One former UN official said the head of the UN in Myanmar (Burma) tried to prevent human rights advocates from visiting sensitive Rohingya areas. More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled an offensive by the ...

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I won’t mind visiting Myanmar over Rohingya crisis – Ras Mubarak

MP for Kumbungu, and the leader of the Freedom and Justice Group, Ras Mubarak, is open to visiting Myanmar, as the Asian country contends with allegations of state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of Muslim Minority Rohingya population. The MP said at the moment, the authorities are not allowing independent observers as “the country is putting a lot of restrictions.” But if the opportunity ...

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New evidence of Rohingya village burning

Rights group Amnesty International has released satellite images which it says show an “orchestrated campaign” to burn Rohingya villages in western Myanmar. Amnesty said this was evidence security forces were trying to push the minority Muslim group out of the country. The army says it is fighting militants and denies targeting civilians. Some 389,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since violence ...

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi to miss UN General Assembly

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is to miss next week’s UN General Assembly as criticism of her handling of the Rohingya crisis grows. Some 370,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed to Bangladesh since violence in Rakhine state escalated last month. Ms Suu Kyi is facing allegations from supporters in the West that she has failed to speak out ...

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Rohingya civilians ‘maimed by landmines’

The BBC has spoken to Rohingya Muslims who suffered crippling injuries after apparently stepping on army landmines as they fled violence in Myanmar. One of them, a 15-year-old boy being treated in Bangladesh, lost both legs. A woman at the same hospital said she had trodden on a landmine after she and her family were fired on. It’s unclear who ...

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Desmond Tutu chides Suu Kyi over silence on Burma ‘ethnic cleansing’

South Africa Anti-Apartheid campaigner and social rights activist, Desmond Tutu has condemned Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence on the painful and dreaded ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims in her country. The 85-year-old South African archbishop, who has formally retired from active work said he was forced to write publicly on the matter due to Madam Suu Kyi’s posture. ...

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