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Gang rape horrors haunt Rohingya refugees

  

Pns: Shamila clutches her daughter's hand so tightly it turns white as she recounts how soldiers broke into her home in Myanmar and gang-raped her in front of her children -- a story heard over and over in Bangladesh refugee camps. UN observers say they have seen scores of rape and gang rape survivors among the Rohingya who have fled ethnic violence in Myanmar in recent weeks. Almost all said the perpetrators were men in uniform who they identified as Myanmar military.Those...

Iran tests ballistic missile, defying US warnings

  

Pns: TEHRAN: Iran said on Saturday that it had successfully tested a new medium-range missile in defiance of warnings from Washington that such activities were grounds for abandoning their landmark nuclear deal, reports AFP. State television carried footage of the launch of the Khoramshahr missile, which was first displayed at a high-profile military parade in Tehran on Friday. It also carried in-flight video from the nose cone of the missile, which has a range of 2,000 kilometres...

Half of UN Security Council ask UN chief to publicly brief on Myanmar

  

Pns: Seven members of the United Nations Security Council, including the United States and Britain, on Friday (Sep 22) asked UN chief Antonio Guterres to publicly brief the 15-member body next week on the violence in Myanmar that he has described as ethnic cleansing. Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, Egypt, Senegal, and Kazakhstan want Ethiopia, president of the council for September, to arrange the briefing for next week, according to the request seen by Reuters, according...

Fires still torching Rohingya villages: Amnesty

  

Pns: Amnesty International has assessed three new videos taken inside Rakhine State as recently as Friday afternoon showing large plumes of smoke rising from Rohingya villages, one of which was already deserted, as well as satellite imagery with smoke visible over burnt-out structures. Local sources in northern Rakhine State claim the fires were started by members of the Myanmar security forces and local vigilante mobs, reports Amnesty International."This damning evidence from...

Rohingya refugee camps on the brink of a 'health disaster': MSF

  

Pns: Bangladesh's refugee camps are on the brink of a "public health disaster," Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has warned, saying filthy water and faeces flow through shanties bursting with Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in Myanmar. Nearly 430,000 Rohingya have poured into Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar in under a month, seeking refuge from an army-led crackdown across the border in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which the UN has described as "ethnic cleansing".The weary and wounded...

People's tribunal finds Myanmar guilty of Rohingya genocide

  

Pns: The Myanmar government is guilty of genocide against the Rohingya people and other Muslim minorities, according to the international Permanent Peoples' Tribunal. The seven-man panel tribunal announced its verdict after considering documentary and expert evidence as well as the testimony of some 200 victims of the atrocities committed against the Rohingya, Kachin and other minority groups in Myanmar. Head judge Daniel Feierstein, who founded the Centre for Genocide Studies in...

Broadcast journalist killed in northeastern India

  

Pns: Police say a journalist from a local television network was abducted and killed while covering a protest rally in India’s remote northeastern state of Tripura. Police chief AK Shukla says Shantanu Bhowmick, a news reporter working for “Dinraat” or “Day and Night” news broadcaster, was reporting on a road blockade by a political party representing indigenous tribal people when he was abducted late Wednesday.Shukla says Bhowmick was later found with multiple stab injuries and...

Facebook bans 'dangerous' Rohingya militant group

  

Pns: Facebook said it has banned a Rohingya militant group from its site, designating it a 'dangerous organisation' as information on the deepening crisis is muddied by claims, counter-claims and hate speech on social media. The social network is a key tool in the information war taking place over violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, which has driven more than 420,000 Rohingya Muslims from the country and sparked UN accusations of military-led "ethnic cleansing".Rohingya...

iMyanmar concerned over Rakhine exodus: Vice president

  

Pns: Myanmar's Vice-President Henry Van Thio has said his government is "deeply concerned" about the exodus of people from Rakhine state into Bangladesh. Speaking at the UN General Assembly, he said Myanmar was investigating "a problem of significant magnitude".But he repeated the government line that the reason for the upheaval was unclear and that the "great majority" of Muslims had stayed behind.De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has also downplayed the crisis this...

Suu Kyi Rohingya speech criticised by global leaders

  

Pns: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi is facing mounting international pressure for her handling of violence in Rakhine state and the Rohingya refugee crisis. In a speech on Tuesday, the de facto leader condemned rights abuses but did not blame the army or address allegations of ethnic cleansing. Leaders and diplomats from several countries have since expressed strong disappointment with her stance.More than 400,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since late August.The latest unrest...

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