The recent Rohingya crisis started on August 25 when Muslim insurgents of Rohingya origin attacked security posts in Myanmar's Rakhine state. The tough response of the country's authorities triggered violent clashes, resulting in the death of hundreds of people and forcing thousands of others to flee.
The Rohingya refugee crisis is high on the agenda of the Asia-Europe Meeting for foreign ministers, which has kicked off in Myanmar.
With a report by the International Organization for Migration ringing alarm bells over the widespread abuse of Rohingya children at refugee camps in Bangladesh, Olivia Headon, information officer at the International Organization for Migration, has called for a political solution to the Rohingya crisis in an interview with Radio Sputnik.
The HRW has issued a report shedding light on sexual violence against Rohingya women.
It seems that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Myanmar in mid-November will come amid strained ties between the two countries.
Just a year after the United States lifted its sanctions against the government of Myanmar, Washington is considering re-imposing them over violence against the country's Muslim minority.
Refugee camps in Bangladesh are housing hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled neighboring Myanmar when a new wave of violence broke out two months ago. European Union Commissioner Christos Stylianides paid a visit to some of these camps and was appalled by the magnitude of the crisis.
The United States has announced new restrictions concerning engagement with the Myanmar military over the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State. Washington is also weighing economic measures against those involved in the reported atrocities.
Amnesty International has released a new report on the crackdown on the Rohingya people in Myanmar: as the months keep passing by, the minority is still exposed to violence.
Though India has assured full humanitarian support to Bangladesh to deal with the influx of Rohingya refugees, Bangladesh wants India to play a more pro-active role and put pressure on Myanmar to end violence against Rohingyas.
Cattle smugglers, engaged in the $600 million annual slaughter business are making hay while India’s border guards are busy checking the influx of Rohingyas from Bangladesh.
Bangladesh is constructing the largest refugee camp for the Rohingyas who have been entering the country after fleeing persecution in Myanmar. However, Bangladesh is also not in favor of housing them permanently in the country as it sees them as a “potential” security threat to the entire region.
At least a hundred Rohingya Muslims were executed and sexually assaulted by Myanmar's military during a raid in late August, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report. *
Bangladesh has proposed a plan for peaceful repatriation of Rohingya refugees but says it is not sure whether they will be persecuted again once they reach Myanmar.
India’s apex court has asked the government to reply within ten days whether New Delhi can protect the Rohingya refugees, especially women and children.
Myanmar has rejected accusations of “a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,” the violent crackdown on the Rohingya minority allegedly authorized by the country’s government, and blamed the current crisis on “terrorists.”
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has disclosed plans to launch a fresh ambush on Myanmar military similar to the one on August 25 this year.
Iran has sent its first aid shipment for Rohingya refugees and wants to increase its humanitarian assistance in the ongoing crisis in Myanmar. At the same time, the Iranian government is also considering a political strategy to stop what UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein denounced as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
On Tuesday, Myanmar's state counselor and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, broke silence on the ongoing Rohingya crisis in a televised address. But the speech required reasonable fact-checking and was even described as a "a mix of untruths and victim blaming" by Amnesty International.
Rohingya refugees are fleeing to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar only hoping to survive, representatives of humanitarian agencies told Sputnik.
The organization has analyzed fire-detection data, satellite imagery and photos and videos from the ground. According to Amnesty International, the evaluation of its information has revealed that an orchestrated campaign to burn the villages of the Rohingya Muslim minority has been ongoing across the region for almost three weeks.
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