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  • Rohingya Influx Brings ?Environmental Catastrophe?: Bangladesh Officials
    “Don’t get sick of me just yet, for I will be here for quite a while”


    • Rohingya child refugee dies in Thai immigration detention
      Max Walden
      10th November 2017

      A Rohingya refugee carries her child through a nutrition centre in Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 29, 2017.
      Source: Reuters/Hannah McKayA police officer in Bangkok, Thailand, October 26, 2017.
      Source: Reuters/Soe Zeya TunAmnesty International report
      Source: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar


      • Aung San Suu Kyi stripped of Freedom of Oxford over Rohingya crisis
        28th November 2017

        Suu Kyi speaks during a news conference at the Asia Europe Foreign Ministers (ASEM) in Naypyitaw, Burma, on Nov 21, 2017.

        Source: Reuters/StringerBBC
        Source: Reuters/Susana Vera


        • ^
          Just what would you expect from some bleeding-heart lefties, huh?

          Simply a Political statement by some know-nothing so-called "Dons" at Oxford.
          God, the panic within the Dems, MSM, and left must be horrifying...realizing that Joe is really the best they've got.


          • 15 December 2017

            KUALA LUMPUR


            • Bangladesh Arrests Rohingya Preparing to Board Boat to Malaysia
              Reported by BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service.

              Rohingya from Myanmar disembark from boats as they continue their journey to refugee camps in Bangladesh, Oct. 2, 2017.

              Bangladeshi police raided a house and arrested six people including a suspected human trafficker and two Rohingya as they were getting ready to travel by boat to Malaysia via Thailand, officials said Friday.

              Mainuddin Khan, officer-in-charge of Teknaf police station, said the six men were arrested Thursday when police raided a home near Teknaf, a coastal town in southeastern Cox's Bazar district. The men were preparing to sail to Malaysia across the Bay of Bengal.

              Police presented the six to a local court, which promptly ordered the detention of the alleged trafficker. The court also ordered the release of the five would-be passengers, including two Rohingya youths and three Bangladeshis, officials said.

              While Thailand is closer to Bangladesh, Malaysia is a Muslim-majority nation of 32 million residents that is likely to see more boat people, officials said.

              At least 100,000 Rohingya are detained in Malaysian immigration centers and the country has registered more than 59,000 of the refugees with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

              Two years ago, the discovery of graves of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in the jungle along the Thai-Malaysia border led to Thailand mounting a naval blockade against smugglers boats carrying undocumented people from Myanmar and Bangladesh to its shores.

              That in turn, caused a regional migration crisis in which close to 3,000 ethnic Rohingya and Bangladeshi nationals eventually came ashore in neighboring Indonesia and Malaysia.



              • Mass grave discovered in Rakhine, says military
                19 December 2017

                FILE PHOTO: A Burmese soldier stands near Maungdaw, northern Rakhine State, on 27 September 2017.
                (Photo: Reuters) ReutersRohingya militants attacked 30 police posts and an army base on 25 August.

                Rights monitors have accused troops of atrocities, including killings, mass rape and arson during those operations. The United States has said it amounted to


                • In Rohingya crisis, doing nothing could be a crime
                  Lindsay Murdoch
                  19 December 2017

                  Bangkok: The United Nations human rights chief has raised the possibility of Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi being charged over atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.

                  Zeid Raad al-Hussein said whether genocide has been committed would need to be decided by an international court but judges could consider the "crime of omission".

                  Rohingya omen and children queue at a Red Cross distribution point in Burma Para refugee camp in Bangladesh.
                  Photo: Kate Geraghty

                  "That if it came to your knowledge that this was being committed, and you did nothing to stop it, then you could be culpable as well for that," Prince Zeid told the BBC, referring to the Nobel laureate who was swept into power in 2015.

                  Suu Kyi has been widely condemned for her government's failure to protect 1.1 million Rohingya while refusing to acknowledge that any atrocities have been carried out by her country's military.

                  Children are among hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees now in Bangladesh camps.
                  Photo: Kate Geraghty

                  Zeid's comments came as a new 30-page Human Rights Watch report reveals that a massacre in a village called Tula Toli in the country's Rakhine state on August 30 was pre-planned and killings and rapes there were systematically carried out, leaving several hundred dead, far more than previously known .

                  Human rights lawyers say they intend to initiate international court action over the massacre, the worst known atrocity among many that has forced almost 650,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine for Bangladesh since August.

                  On Monday, Fairfax Media published the shocking testimony of a 40-year-old survivor of Tula Toli whose three month old baby was pulled from her arms and slashed to death, before she saw her seven children, her husband and his two brothers executed.

                  Brad Adams, Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, said interviews with 18 Tula Toli survivors now in Bangladesh shows "soldiers carried out killings and rapes of hundreds of Rohingya with a cruel efficiency that could only come with advance planning."

                  Rohingya refugee and orphan Nur Aisha, 14, sits in a queue at a Red Cross distribution point waiting for food in Bangladesh.
                  Photo: Kate Geraghty

                  The report describes in detail how Myanmar soldiers trapped villagers along a riverbank and proceeded to kill and rape men, women and children and torch the village.

                  Zeid also told the BBC that Myanmar's military leaders, including Army chief, Senior General Aung Min Hlaing, could face genocide charges because the gravity and scale of the events in Rakhine require a "response by the international community."

                  He said "it wouldn't surprise me in the future if a court were to make such a finding on the basis of what we are seeing."

                  Zeid's reference to Suu Kyi is a slapdown for many of her supporters who defend her inaction, claiming her power is limited by the military.

                  Zeid said he spoke with Suu Kyi when his office published a report in February documenting appalling atrocities committed during an episode of violence in Rakhine in October 2016.

                  "I appealed to her to bring these military operations to an end," he said.

                  "I appealed to her emotional standing ... to do whatever she could to bring this to a close, and to my great regret it did not seem to happen."

                  Zeid criticised Suu Kyi for refusing even to acknowledge the term "Rohingya" which Rakhine Muslims use to self-identity.

                  "To strip their name from them is dehumanising to the point where you believe anything is possible," he said.

                  Zeid said he believed Myanmar's military was emboldened because the international community took no action after violence erupted in Rakhine in 2016.

                  "I suppose that they then drew a conclusion that they could continue without fear," he said.

                  "We we then began to sense was that this was really well thought out and planned.




                  • Diphtheria hits Rohingya camps amid rising evidence of genocide
                    Max Walden
                    19th December 2017

                    Rohingya refugee Yasin Arfat, 6, who suffers from diphtheria, lays on a bed at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Dec 18, 2017.

                    Source: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis1,326 suspected cases have been detected in the refugee camps. This number is significant, given only 4,500 cases were reported globally by the World Health Organisation
                    Source: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis
                    Source: Reuters/Alkis Konstantinidis

                    Mounting evidence of atrocities
                    BBCZeid arrives at the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept 11, 2017.
                    Source: Reuters/Denis BalibouseAn updated map of destruction of Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine State during October and November 2017.
                    Source: Human Rights Watch


                    • Aung San Suu Kyi is going to wish she was back under house arrest


                      • Myanmar Military Massacred Hundreds in Rohingya Village: HRW Report

                        An aerial photograph taken from a helicopter shows the remains of a small burned-out village among large unharvested fields near Maungdaw township in the northern part of Myanmar's Rakhine state, Nov. 12, 2017.
                        AFP Mass grave investigated


                        • Rohingya devastation must be seen to be understood
                          Lindsay Murdoch
                          December 26 2017

                          Bangkok: As staunchly Islamic Achenese bulldozed mass graves for the thousands of victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami, the only explanation they could come up with was "inshallah"- it is God's will.

                          A tsunami, the height of coconut trees, had swept across Asia's shores and no-one could be blamed for one of the world's worst natural disasters.

                          Ifran, a tiny malnourished baby, his heart struggling with every breath, lies on a stretcher in a Red Cross field hospital tent in south-eastern Bangladesh.
                          Photo: Kate Geraghty

                          Thirteen years later, survivors of Asia's worst calamity since then are documenting acts of almost unspeakable barbarity committed by Myanmar's military in Rakhine State.

                          And the generals are literally getting away with murder, so far.

                          There has been plenty of outrage across the world but little punitive action has been taken against them.

                          Denunciation by UN agencies and human rights groups - and much global hand wringing - seems an acceptable price to pay for forcing the Rohingya population from their homelands.

                          To be sure, Myanmar's transition to democracy is at a critical crossroad.

                          Australia and most other countries have resisted calls for imposing new sanctions on the Myanmar military believing it could damage an already parlous economy and push the country back into isolation.

                          Rohingya refugees line up to register near the Nayapara refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh.
                          Photo: TOMAS MUNITA

                          They worry punitive action could undermine the difficult situation facing Aung San Suu Kyi, the country's civilian de facto leader, who was swept into power on a wave of democratic euphoria at historic elections in 2015.

                          But she has become the military's chief apologist, mocking a "huge iceberg of misinformation" and rejecting reports of sexual abuse against women as "fake news".

                          An aerial view of the Balukhali refugee camp in Bangladesh in September. Few ethnic groups have been locked into such hopeless logic as the Rohingya, now marooned on an international border, unwanted by either side, weary, traumatised, desperately stateless, their very origins in dispute.
                          Photo: New York Times

                          Only the United States has moved to impose new sanctions on those responsible for the Rohingya atrocities, singling out Myanmar General Maung Maung Soe, who was in-charge of troops in Rakhine.

                          But at the same time the US has invited the Myanmar military to take part as formal observers, with Australia, in a major multinational military exercise next year, led by the US and Thailand.

                          European Union foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, in green, visits the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar in November.
                          Photo: AP

                          Australia is resisting growing calls to cut the Australian Defence Force's support and training for the Myanmar military, known as Tatmadaw.

                          The ADF released to Fairfax Media details of its defence engagement program with Myanmar, which includes 22 Tatmadaw members training or studying in Australia, paid for by Australia taxpayers.

                          The ADF provides support in non-combat areas, including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and peacekeeping, it said.

                          An ADF spokesperson told Fairfax Media Australia's "limited engagement" with Myanmar is to "encourage positive change through engagement."

                          The spokesperson added that the maintenance of lines of communication with Myanmar's military "provides a mechanism as required to influence behaviour and address the challenging situation in Rakhine State."

                          I don't buy it.

                          Those responsible for these atrocities must be held accountable if we are not to lose faith in humanity.

                          Myanmar's generals have for decades ignored international condemnation of their treatment of Rohingya, who have been denied basic rights, including citizenship in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

                          International sanctions and pressure matter to the generals because that is what led to them to end half a century of iron-fist rule and allow democratic elections.

                          Without being held to account, they will be free to continue their barbaric treatment of Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in the country.

                          The Turnbull government's reaction to the Rohingya crisis has been feeble. Foreign Minister Bishop Julie Bishop has pledged $30 million of Australia's more than $3 billion-a-year overseas aid budget and sent aid experts to Bangladesh, to where more than 800,000 Rohingya have fled.

                          Last week she announced Australia would deploy a team of medical experts to survey health needs following an outbreak of deadly and highly contagious diphtheria in the camps, months after experts warned of a looming health catastrophe.

                          Bishop should go to Bangladesh to see for herself how the Rohingya are struggling just to survive in horrific conditions, and hear some of the harrowing accounts of atrocities, including the slaughter of babies and mass rape.

                          She could be the first high-profile politician from a foreign country to go into the camps, sending a blunt message to Myanmar that the world will not stand idly by as the Rohingya are exterminated.

                          Bishop may then come to see that Australia should take the lead as a regional power to ramp up pressure on Myanmar, including as a first step, ending the ADF's support for the country's generals.

                          Fairfax Media ​South-East Correspondent Lindsay Murdoch and Photographer Kate Geraghty visited the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh last month.



                          • Yet I have not noticed any of their Muslim brothers offering to take this lot in, nobody wants them, and nobody really cares apart from the n western liberals. They largely brought this on themselves for being isolationist and almost impossible neighbors. Raping Buddhist girls and attacking temples has not helped of course,


                            • Jailing of journalists hides mass graves in Myanmar
                              Lee Short
                              January 5, 2018

                              The detention of two Reuters reporters likely aims to intimidate other media against reporting on emerging evidence of massive military atrocities

                              A journalist poses during a protest by local media to demand the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo (pictured in posters behind) in Pyay on December 27, 2017.
                              Photo: AFP/Thiha LwinA Myanmar soldier stands near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 27, 2017.
                              Photo: Reuters/Soe Zeya TunReuters reporter Kyaw Soe Oo looks out from a police vehicle as he leaves a court in Yangon, Myanmar, December 27, 2017.
                              Photo: Reuters/StringerAung San Suu Kyi (C) and Myanmar Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (R) in Naypyitaw, March 30, 2016.
                              Photo: Reuters/Ye Aung Thu
                              Photo: Reuters/Marko Djurica
                              The branding of journalists as traitors or worse for questioning the official line harks back dangerously to the darkest days of direct military rule


                              • Special Report: How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village
                                Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, Simon Lewis, Antoni Slodkowski
                                Reporting by Wa Lone, Kyaw Soe Oo, Simon Lewis and Antoni Slodkowski; editing by Janet McBride, Martin Howell and Alex Richardson.
                                February 9, 2018

                                INN DIN, Myanmar (Reuters) - Bound together, the 10 Rohingya Muslim captives watched their Buddhist neighbors dig a shallow grave. Soon afterwards, on the morning of Sept. 2, all 10 lay dead. At least two were hacked to death by Buddhist villagers. The rest were shot by Myanmar troops, two of the gravediggers said.

                                Ten Rohingya Muslim men with their hands bound kneel in Inn Din village September 1, 2017. PHOTOGRAPHS FROM A MASSACREPOTENTIAL CRIMINAL CASESNEIGHBOR TURNS ON NEIGHBORORGANIZING THE ARSON ATTACKS2.jpg
                                Human bones, including a spinal colomn, are seen in a shallow grave in Inn Din December 8, 2017.

                                (GRAPHIC - Massacre in Myanmar:



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