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Syria, Yemen, Myanmar in Focus at Fajr Broken Olive Branches 2018

SHAFAQNA - Fajr International Film Festival has announced the number of top movies playing in the 2018 Broken Olive Branches section. The section will screen more than 10 feature films, and the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar are the…

Amnesty: Myanmar army ‘continuing to force Rohingya Muslim out of the country

SHAFAQNA- The tactics of ethnic cleansing are still widespread, despite Myanmar signing a recent repatriation deal with Bangladesh, where close to 700,000 Rohingya refugees have sheltered since the start of a brutal military crackdown in August,…

Swiss President Calls for Voluntary, Safe Return of Rohingya Muslims

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SHAFAQNA- Swiss Confederation President Alain Berset has assured Bangladesh of continued support in providing humanitarian aid to the Rohingya people as well as ensuring their safe return to Myanamar. Switzerland understands the magnitude…

100,000 Rohingya refugees in grave danger from monsoon rains: UN

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SHAFAQNA -  More than 100,000 Rohingya refugees huddled in camps in Bangladesh will be in grave danger from landslides when the mid-year monsoon season begins, a UN humanitarian report has warned. There are now more than 900,000 Rohingyas…

Rohingya Muslims return to Myanmar puts them at ‘grave risk’, say UK MPs

SHAFAQNA - There is a “grave risk” in plans for repatriation for Rohingya refugees to Myanmar without the understanding of their legal status, destination and willingness to return, a parliament committee report said. The report by a…

Myanmar Military Admits Part in Killings of Muslims Found in Mass Grave

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SHAFAQNA - Soldiers in Myanmar’s military and villagers were behind the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Rakhine state’s Inn Din village, commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday in a statement…

In Myanmar, hatred for Rohingya Muslims runs so deep that a diplomat called them 'ugly as ogres' — and got promoted

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SHAFAQNA - Inside his monastery stands a tall stone monument to students killed in pro-democracy protests. In 2007, he and tens of thousands of monks marched peacefully in streets nationwide, staring down columns of soldiers in what was dubbed…

500,000 Rohingyas Unlikely to Receive Schooling in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - A humanitarian organization has warned of a "lost generation" with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions…

Myanmar blocks UN rights investigator amid Rohingya crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Myanmar has told the UN independent investigator into human rights in the country that it will not cooperate with her or grant her access to the country for the rest of her tenure, she said in a statement on Wednesday. Yanghee…

6,700 Rohingya Muslims killed in attacks in Myanmar, MSF says

SHAFAQNA - At least 730 young children among people shot, burned or beaten to death in Rakhine state between August and September. More than 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including at least 730 children under the age of five, were killed between…

Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh says UNHCR

SHAFAQNA - Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. The number of refugees appears…

Pope falls short on Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis has arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar, urging the international community to address the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in the country. More than 700,000 people have fled to Bangladesh after Myanmar’s…

UN seeks report from Myanmar on rapes, deaths of Rohingya women

SHAFAQNA - A United Nations women’s rights panel called on Myanmar on Tuesday to report within six months on rapes and sexual violence against Rohingya women and girls by its security forces in northern Rakhine state and measures taken to…

Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Oxford award over Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA - Aung San Suu Kyi has been formally stripped of the Freedom of the City of Oxford award over her response to the repression of her country’s Rohingya Muslims. Oxford city council voted unanimously to permanently remove the honour…

Pope visits Myanmar in shadow of Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis arrived in Myanmar on Monday on a delicate visit for the leader of the Roman Catholic church to a majority-Buddhist country that the United States has accused of “ethnic cleansing” against its Muslim Rohingya people. The…

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi is named Islamophobe of the year

SHAFAQNA - Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was announced the 2017 International Islamophobe of the Year on Sunday. Her atrocities targeting Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority are so egregious that she shot past other nominated…

Al-Azhar Sheikh Calls Off Visit to Rohingya Refugee Camp

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh el-Tayeb had been planned to lead a senior delegation to Bangladesh but sent Abbas Shuman, al-Azhar’s deputy head instead. The decision came following Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt. On Friday,…

UN envoy speaks on Myanmar

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SHAFAQNA - Widespread atrocities against Rohingya Muslim women and girls have been orchestrated and perpetrated by Burma's military and may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the UN envoy on sexual violence in conflict…

Myanmar military denies atrocities against Rohingya Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Myanmar’s military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces committed atrocities during “clearance operations” in the west of the country, saying an internal investigation had absolved them of any wrongdoing…

“I Thought I Would Die”- New Report on Rohingya by BROUK

SHAFAQNA- A new report documenting atrocities against the Rohingya has been released on November 1st by BROUK (Burmese Rohingya Organization UK). The report is based on more than a dozen interviews conducted in the Cox’s Bazar…

Ayatollah Makarem urges Islamic nations not to keep silent on plight of Rohingya

SHAFAQNA - Senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi deplored the appalling conditions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and called on all Islamic nations not to keep silent on the human tragedy in the Southeast Asian country. “The…

Canada’s Response to Rohingya Muslim Crisis

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SHAFAQNA- Canada's ambassador to Myanmar is one of very few Canadians, or foreigners from anywhere, who have seen that troubled strip of land since the violence and displacement started, prompting many, including the UN and Canada, to describe…

Silent march along seafront to show solidarity with Rohingya muslims in Brighton - UK

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SHAFAQNA - A HUNDRED human rights campaigners marched on Sunday to protest against the displacement and slaughter of Rohingya muslims in Myanmar. The march was organised by leaders from Brighton and Hove’s muslim community and started…

Plight of Myanmar Muslims Proof of West’s Double-Standards

SHAFAQNA - An Iranian official described the current conditions of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as evidence of the West’s double standards when it comes to protecting human rights. Speaking to IQNA, Gholam Reza Mesbahi Moqaddam, a member…

Ayatollah Khamenei donates funds for Myanmar refugees

SHAFAQNA-Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on Tuesday donated funds for the Myanmar refugees. According to his official website, following his Representative Hojatoleslam Abdolhossein Moezzi report on the catastrophic status of Myanmar Muslims,…

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…

Starving Muslims in Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - The Burmese army is now using starvation as a new cruel tactic to drive the remaining communities of the Muslim Rohingya minority out of Burma, British Rohingya activists have claimed. Military and government restrictions…