International

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...

248 dead in powerful Mexico quake

  

Pns: At least 248 people were killed when a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Mexico on Tuesday, including 21 children crushed beneath an elementary school that was reduced to rubble. The destruction revived horrific memories in Mexico on the anniversary of another massive quake in 1985, the disaster-prone country's deadliest ever.One of the most gut-wrenching scenes was at the Enrique Rebsamen primary school on Mexico City's south side, whose three floors collapsed into...

Suu Kyi’s award suspended by UK union over Myanmar crisis

  

Pns: One of Britain’s largest trade unions has suspended an award given to Aung San Suu Kyi during her time as a political prisoner, as international criticism mounts over her tepid response to Myanmar’s humanitarian crisis, according to a report of The Guardian. The move comes as a number of British institutions say they are reviewing or removing honours bestowed on Aung San Suu Kyi during her campaign for democracy under Myanmar’s oppressive military junta.Unison, the country’s...

5 dubious claims Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi made in her speech

  

Pns: Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi gave a much-anticipated address Tuesday on the ongoing crisis following the exodus of than 400,000 minority Rohingya Muslims from the country. Speaking for over 30 minutes in English, it's the first time Suu Kyi has addressed the situation in northern Rakhine State or the growing international criticism of her and her government.However, many of the claims made in her speech are somewhat dubious, with some even appearing to contradict...

Trump assures PM of all supports on Rohingya issue

  

Pns: US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of his country's all supports on the Rohingya issue as they talked on the sidelines of a high level meeting on UN reforms. "President Trump said the United States will stand beside Bangladesh on Rohingya issue," Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque told newsmen referring to the conversation at UN headquarters here late yesterday. PM's press secretary Ihsanul Karim and Bangladesh press minister in...

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