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Rohingya sent back to Myanmar camps hungry and in debt

Fleeing Rohingya Muslims sold ration books to help pay hundreds of dollars to traffickers in order to flee squalid Myanmar camps by boat, only to be stopped at sea and forced back destitute, the refugees told AFP on Friday.

Suu Kyi calls for peace in speech which avoids Rohingya crisis

Kathmandu - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is facing international criticism over her country's crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, called Saturday for "a culture of peace" to end conflict between communities.

93 Rohingya fleeing by boat sent back to Myanmar camps: police

Nearly 100 Rohingya Muslims were forced back to Myanmar's Rakhine state after being detained at sea en route to Malaysia, police said Wednesday, stirring fears of a fresh refugee boat crisis.

100 Rohingya found off Myanmar's south coast en route to Malaysia

Ukhrul - A boatload of more than 100 Rohingya Muslims who fled a camp in Myanmar were found off the country's south coast Friday after spending 15 days at sea in a failed attempt to reach Malaysia.

No Rohingya cross into Myanmar under refugee return deal: official

Cox's Bazar - Not one Rohingya refugee crossed back into Myanmar from Bangladesh on Thursday under a disputed repatriation programme, officials said, with Yangon blaming Dhaka for bungling efforts to start returning the stateless minority.

'We don't need their prize': Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Suu Kyi award

Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian le...

Long road ahead for families of jailed Myanmar reporters

Myanmar reporter Wa Lone bends down on one knee, taking a photograph of his bride on an enlarged wedding photo hanging above the cot of their baby daughter -- whom he has yet to meet.It is a snapshot of a happier time.

Myanmar says 2,000 Rohingya to arrive in November despite doubts

Cox's Bazar - A top Myanmar official said Wednesday that his country would take back a first group of 2,000 Rohingya refugees from camps in Bangladesh in November despite widespread doubts over the proposal.

UN Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

New York - The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country's military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.

Firebrand monk Wirathu hits back at UN, international community

Yangon - An ultra-nationalist monk -- dubbed the "Buddhist Bin Laden" -- on Sunday condemned the international community for their calls to bring Myanmar's generals to justice over the Rohingya crisis.

Myanmar 'unwilling' to probe Rohingya abuse, UN must act: rights envoy

Yangon - Myanmar is "unable and unwilling" to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country's generals to be hauled before an international court.

Madrassas a place of prayer and peace for Rohingya kids

Cox's Bazar - Inside a stifling bamboo shanty, eight-year-old Saleema Khanam throws a bright yellow shawl over her head and steps out into the enormous Bangladesh refugee camp tightly clutching her treasured Koran.

India deports seven Rohingya to Myanmar despite UN protest

Guwahati - India on Thursday deported seven Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN warnings that the men faced persecution in a country where the army is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority.

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters' release

New York - Prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday over a pardon for two Reuters journalists imprisoned in Myanmar, saying the Nobel laureate held the key to their release.

New UN panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

Geneva - The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday to set up a panel to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority.

Myanmar army chief defiant after UN 'genocide' probe

Myanmar's powerful army chief says the United Nations has no right to interfere in his country's sovereignty, a week after UN investigators called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for "genocide" against the Rohingya.

Rohingya crisis: UN should not 'interfere': Myanmar army chief

Myanmar's powerful army chief said the United Nations had no right to interfere in the sovereignty of his country, a week after UN investigators called for him and other top generals to be prosecuted for "genocide" against the Rohingya.

UN chief urges Myanmar to pardon Reuters reporters

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said he hoped that Myanmar's government will pardon two Reuters journalists who were sentenced to seven years in jail after they reported on massacres in Rakhine state.

World 'won't rest' on Rohingya crisis, UK's Hunt tells Suu Kyi

Nay Pyi Taw - British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt on Thursday called for justice on the Rohingya crisis after his visit to Myanmar's Rakhine state, telling embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi the world "won't let it rest".

ICC to probe Myanmar crimes against Rohingya

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court's prosecutor opened a preliminary probe on Tuesday into Myanmar's crimes against Rohingya Muslims, including killings, sexual violence and forced deportations.

Myanmar military brutality against Rohingya 'hard to fathom': UN investigator

Geneva - The level of brutality used by Myanmar's military against the Rohingya minority is "hard to fathom", a UN investigator said Tuesday, presenting a damning report calling for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.

Bangladesh to move Rohingya to island from next month: officials

Dhaka - Bangladesh will next month start moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island, officials said Tuesday, despite warnings the silty strip is prone to violent weather.

Level of Myanmar army brutality 'hard to fathom': UN probe

Geneva - Myanmar's army has used unfathomable levels of violence against minority Rohingya, UN investigators said Tuesday, calling for the military to be removed from politics and top generals to be prosecuted for genocide.

Russian 'Facebook' bans Myanmar army chief, hardline monk

Russian social media site VKontakte (VK) has followed Facebook by banning Myanmar's army chief and a nationalist monk known for stirring up Islamophobia in a country condemned globally for the treatment of its Rohingya Muslims.

Dozens rally for jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar

Several dozen people rallied in central Yangon on Sunday against the jailing of two Reuters journalists, lamenting the shrinking space for free expression in Myanmar despite the advent of civilian rule.

EU blasts Myanmar's jailing of reporters after Suu Kyi defence

Strasbourg - The EU's diplomatic chief on Thursday condemned Myanmar's jailing of two Reuters journalists, hours after the country's tarnished democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi strongly defended the men's treatment.

UN teams given first access to Myanmar's Rakhine

Yangon - The UN began work Wednesday inside Myanmar's violence-torn northern Rakhine state, the first time its agencies have been granted permission to operate there since more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled the area last year.

ICC says can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Den Haag - The International Criminal Court said Thursday it had jurisdiction to probe the forced exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar as a possible crime against humanity.The ICC's "pre-trial chamber...

Families of jailed Myanmar reporters appeal for release

The wife of one of two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar made an emotional appeal Tuesday to Aung San Suu Kyi to free her husband for the sake of their young daughter, as the leader comes under increasing criticism for her silence on the case.

US joins in outcry against Myanmar's jailing of 2 reporters

Washington - The United States on Monday condemned the jailing in Myanmar of two Reuters journalists who had reported on a massacre of Rohingya Muslims in that country, calling it "deeply troubling" and urging the men's immediate release.
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