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HRW report accuses Burmese soldiers of atrocities

SHAFAQNA - Burmese soldiers have gang raped Rohingya women in continued violence against the Muslim minority in the Rakhine state, according to a Human Rights Watch report. Human Rights Watch cited firsthand interviews with 52 Rohingya women…

Amnesty International: "EU states must unite to end ethnic cleansing in Myanmar"

SHAFAQNA - As the European Union’s Foreign Affairs Council meets today to discuss subjects including Human Rights and Myanmar, Iverna McGowan, Director of Amnesty International’s European Institutions Office, said: “In the face of…

New angles of Buddhist atrocities against Myanmar Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - After months of banning media coverage of Myanmar's bloody incidents against the Rohingya minority, a group of journalists were allowed to visit the victims and publish a handful of stories. A group of Muslim women told reporters…

Myanmar's Muslims out in the cold during Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Huddled under umbrellas to escape a monsoon downpour, dozens of Muslims stood in line at a Yangon mosque for a small portion of rice and curry to break their Ramadan fast. Many would have normally prayed at Islamic schools, or…

Shafaqna interview with Press TV: Myanmar crisis

SHAFAQNA - Malaysia’s Prime Minister says the fact that the Rohingya are forced to flee Myanmar is a tragic indictment of the situation they face at home. Razak made the remarks in an urgent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation…

Myanmar Muslims Hope UN Envoy's Visit Will Bring Change

SHAFAQNA - Muslim villagers in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state said Sunday that they hope positive change will result from a U.N. envoy's visit to the region, where soldiers are accused of widespread abuses against minority Muslims,…

Myanmar to probe police abuse of Rohingya

SHAFAQNA - Tens of thousands of people from the persecuted ethnic group -- loathed by many of Myanmar's Buddhist majority -- fled a military operation in Rakhine state launched after attacks on police posts. Bangladesh said some 50,000 Rohingya…

Malaysian PM urges intervention to stop 'genocide' of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called for foreign intervention to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Sunday, as he joined thousands of Rohingya protesters in Kuala Lumpur. Muslim-Majority Malaysia has…

Myanmar Doesn't Recognize Its Muslims And Doesn't Want US To, Either

SHAFAQNA - Despite the push for human rights in Myanmar, the majority party leader told a U.S. ambassador to not call the minority Muslim population "Rohingya." Myanmar still doesn't recognize a minority Muslim population in its borders…