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.
An investigation conducted by The Associated Press has shown that Rohingya Muslim women were victims of systematic rape by Myanmar’s military forces during the alleged government-backed "ethnic purges" in Rakhine State.
Despite addressing the crisis in Myanmar, the Pope has previously abstained from using the word "Rohingya," the country's Muslim minority group.
During his three-day visit to the conflict-ravaged Southeast Asian nation, His Holiness Pope Francis held a historic mass, where he urged reconciliation, while conspicuously omitting any reference to the plight of over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims who are caught in what top diplomats are calling a "major humanitarian crisis."
The Pontiff, who arrived in Myanmar on Monday to hold private talks with Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing amid the brutality of the ongoing clampdown of the country's military on the Rohignya people, wasn't very specific when he called for an end to the violence.
The Pontiff is due to hold private talks with Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing later on Monday, amid the brutality of the ongoing crackdown of the country's military on the Rohignya people.
There may be less information about the crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state, but only because reporters are allegedly being targeted by the troops.
Experts are concerned whether the bilateral pact between Myanmar and Bangladesh will be fruitful, as there is no third party involvement to oversee the implementation of the pact.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has changed his position regarding the Myanmar government's actions against the predominantly Muslim Rohingya people, branding it as "ethnic cleansing."
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. *
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