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Amnesty strips Suu Kyi of top honour over atrocities against Rohingya Muslims

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SHAFAQNA- Leading international human rights group Amnesty International said Monday it is stripping Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its top honor over the atrocities committed by the country's military against the Muslim-majority Rohingya. The…

UN warned: any attempt to return Rohingya Muslims would risk more deaths

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SHAFAQNA- The pledge to begin returning the Rohingya comes just days after UN investigators warned of an "ongoing genocide" against the Muslim minority in Myanmar. But, chair of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar, warned that the conditions…

Canadian MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader of honorary citizenship

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SHAFAQNA-The Canadian parliament has voted unanimously to strip the honorary citizenship of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar leader, in response to the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims. In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the…

German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

Myanmar's First Rohingya Repatriation is 'A Deception’ call rights groups

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SHAFAQNA - Rights groups are expressing skepticism over the announcement that Myanmar has repatriated the first Rohingya Muslim family, despite warnings from the UN. "This is a deception," Rohingya Blogger, a watchdog and Rohingya rights…

War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Muslim Deportations

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SHAFAQNA - A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya Muslims, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. “This is not an abstract question…

US diplomat quits Rohingya advisory board in protest

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SHAFAQNA - Bill Richardson, a US diplomat and long-time friend of Myanmar leader Aung Suu Kyi, has resigned from a panel formed to advise on the Rohingya crisis, where over 700,000 have fled and thousands of others murdered[1] by government…

Bangladesh delays repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, says 'a lot of preparation' still needed

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SHAFAQNA - The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting "a lot of preparation" was still needed. Dhaka had been due…

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…

Rohingya Muslims daunted by idea of return to Myanmar

SHAFAQNA - Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar and taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh since the beginning of a brutal military crackdown in late August say the prospect of returning to Myanmar is a daunting or even impossible…

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 Crisis Needs International, Urgent Action

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SHAFAQNA - Two Vancouver residents have been working tirelessly to bring attention to the unfolding crisis of the Rohingya Muslim people in Bangladesh and Myanmar. But they say so much more needs to be done to help this group of people and…

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…

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…

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…

Rohingya massacre: Accounts of rape, burning children and murder

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SHAFAQNA - Discarded and left for dead, Mumtaz says she found herself on top of a mound of charred, entangled bodies. "They killed and killed and piled the bodies up high. It was like cut bamboo," says Mumtaz, a Rohingya woman from the village…

Four Rohingya Drown as Refugee Boat Capsizes off Bangladesh

SHAFAQNA - Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said. People living…

Rally Held in Front of White House in Protest at Rohingya Muslims' Genocide

SHAFAQNA - The United States' largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organizations, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Muslim American Society (MAS) and many others took their grievances…

'Many are Unable to See Muslims as Victims': Jordan's Queen Rania on Rohingya Crisis

SHAFAQNA - Queen Rania of Jordan on Monday called on the international community to respond “effectively, quickly and generously” to alleviate the suffering of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, decrying global inaction in the face of…

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…

UN says over 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh

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SHAFAQNA - More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since violence erupted in northern Rakhine in August, said a UN report. The grim new landmark comes as authorities in Bangladesh were bracing for another possible…

Sexual predators, human traffickers preying on Rohingya children: Report

SHAFAQNA - Sexual predators and human traffickers are flocking to Rohingya refugee camps on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border looking to exploit vulnerable women and children of the suppressed Muslim minority, aide groups have warned. Since August,…

OIC Launches Awareness Campaign on Rohingya Suffering

SHAFAQNA - The Department of Information Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has launched an awareness campaign on social media to highlight the issue of the Rohingya Muslim minority persecuted in Myanmar. This follows…

UN fears further exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar - REPORT

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations braced on Friday for a possible further exodus of Muslim Rohingya refugees from Myanmar into Bangladesh six weeks after the world's fastest-developing refugee emergency began. Around 515,000 Rohingya have…

10,000s children face malnutrition in Rohingya crisis

SHAFAQNA - A UK charity has warned that about 145,000 Rohingya refugee children pouring into Bangladesh to stay safe from a brutal crackdown by the Myanmar government are now at risk of severe malnutrition. According to the Disasters Emergency…