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ARSA denies Amnesty report on Hindu massacre

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on Friday categorically denied what it says “unjustifiable and careless serious criminal accusations” made by the Amnesty International, reported news agency. In a statement it said it is appalling to learn the recent report titled “New evidence reveals armed group massacred scores in Rakhine State” released by the Amnesty International as the report consists of serious criminal accusations against ARSA. “We categorically deny all of these unjustifiable and careless serious criminal accusations mentioned in the report,” it said. ARSA, however, expressed its gratitude and appreciation to the Amnesty International for its tremendous ...

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Canada offers to take in Rohingya refugees

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Canada on Wednesday said it stands ready to take in Rohingya refugees, pledged significant aid and called for the prosecution of those behind human rights atrocities in Myanmar. Foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told a news conference the asylum offer did not exclude the possibility of the Rohingya returning home, as most have said they wish for. But the current situation in Myanmar is not conducive to their safe return, she said. “The Rohingya have a right to return to their homes. But the conditions for their return currently do not exist,” Freeland said. “Persecution is still happening.” ...

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Rohingya ‘militants’ massacred Hindus: AI

Rohingya militants massacred

MNA Exclusive Desk: Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year’s uprising in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state, reported news agency. The killings took place on August 25, 2017, the report said, the same day that the Rohingya insurgents staged coordinated deadly raids on police posts that tipped the state into crisis. Myanmar’s military responded to the insurgent raids with harsh reprisals that forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the mainly Buddhist country where they have faced persecution for years. The UN says ...

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Take ‘concrete steps’ on Rohingya rights: US aid chief to Myanmar

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The US government’s aid chief urged Myanmar on Sunday to take “concrete steps” to guarantee the rights of Rohingya Muslims and to show sincerity in that endeavour in order to encourage hundreds of thousands who have fled the country to return. Mark Green, administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), ended his three-day visit to Myanmar touring Rohingya and Rakhine communities in western Rakhine State, including a camp for displaced Rohingya people. Green said the refugees, whom he met during the previous leg of the trip in camps in Bangladesh, are fearful and while ...

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Rohingya crisis needs urgent action: Canadian aid workers

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A group of Canadian aid workers is urging the federal government to act quickly on some of the recommendations made in a report on the Rohingya crisis by Bob Rae, Canada’s special envoy to Myanmar. At a news conference in Toronto on Friday, the group Canadians in Support of Refugees in Dire Need (CSRDN) said the wait has been unacceptable. “We must lead the international community. The inaction is unbelievable,” said CSRDN co-chair Dr. Aliya Khan, noting that it’s been six weeks since the government released a report from Mr. Rae outlining the crisis, yet no actions ...

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60 babies born a day in Rohingya camps

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MNA Exclusive Desk: More than 16,000 Rohingya babies were born in Rohingya camps and informal settlements in Cox’s Bazar in the nine months since Myanmar forced thousands of families to flee their homes across the border from its in Rakhine State. “Around 60 babies are born a day and are taking their first breath in appalling conditions, away from home, to mothers who have survived displacement, violence, trauma and, at times, rape,” said Unicef Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder. “This is far from the best start in life. It has been nine months since the wave of violence forced thousands ...

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ICC judges to hold closed talks on Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: War crimes judges will hold closed-door talks next month to discuss whether to allow the launch of a probe into the forced exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, reported news agency. Only chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will appear before the three judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) hearing on 20 June, presiding judge Peter Kovacs said in his Friday order. In an unprecedented move last month, Bensouda asked judges at the world’s only permanent war crimes court to rule whether she can investigate the deportations as a crime against humanity. It is a legally complicated request, ...

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BD facing multidimensional crisis for Rohingyas: CPD

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya, distinguished Fellow of Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD), said that Bangladesh plunged into multidimensional problems for Rohingya crisis affecting its economy and employment. Terming Rohingya crisis as a global problem, Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya said alongside the relief assistance to the Rohingya people, a coordinated and specific international diplomatic pressure should be exerted on Myanmar to ensure quick repatriation of the Rohingyas. He also laid emphasis on permanently resolving the Rohingya crisis which is a pressing issue for Bangladesh. He said this in a civic dialogue on “Economic Implications of the Rohingya Crisis for Bangladesh ...

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Bangabandhu-1: BD joins satellite club

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MNA Exclusive Desk: SpaceX on Friday blasted off its newest and most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, carrying the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh and marking a leap forward in re-usability for the California-based aerospace company. The rocket is designed to require far less maintenance and refurbishment between flights, and is certified to carry humans to space later this year when SpaceX launches its Dragon crew capsule to the International Space Station. “Three, two one, zero, ignition, liftoff,” a SpaceX commentator said as the rocket launched at 4:14 pm (2014 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. ...

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UN urges to punish perpetrators of Rohingya attacks

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The UN Security Council urged Myanmar’s government on Wednesday to fulfil its commitment to hold perpetrators of violence against Rohingya Muslims, reported news agency. The council press statement made no mention of the appeal by four human rights groups on Tuesday for the Security Council to refer Myanmar to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity, including targeting the Rohingya. The four rights groups — Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and Fortify Rights — said Myanmar’s government is incapable of bringing those responsible for such crimes to ...

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China resists push at UN for Myanmar probe of Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China is resisting a British-led push at the U.N. Security Council to increase pressure on Myanmar to try those responsible for attacks on the Rohingya, according to a draft statement seen by AFP on Tuesday. Back from a visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh, the Security Council is holding negotiations on a statement that would outline steps to address the crisis from the forced exodus of 700,000 Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar. Britain last week circulated a draft text that stressed the importance of “credible and transparent investigations” of human rights violations and urged Myanmar to hold those responsible ...

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OIC to form ministerial body over Rohingya issue

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Organisation for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has decided to establish an OIC ministerial committee on accountability for crimes against the Rohingya. The decision came after Gambia proposed for such a committee to mobilise and coordinate international political support for accountability for international crimes against the Rohingya. “We are working with Gambia and any other countries can join us. We will come up with a proper formula for establishment of this kind of committee and this will be circulated by OIC secretariat later on,” said Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, the current chair of OIC Council Foreign ...

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US to continue pressure on Myanmar: Trump to Hasina

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MNA Exclusive Desk: US President Donald Trump has assured Bangladesh of continuing to exert its pressure on Myanmar to create necessary conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingyas. Trump expressed his country’s stance in a letter sent to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, reported news agency. “The United States will continue to pressure Myanmar to create necessary conditions for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingya people to their homeland,” he said in the letter. US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat handed over the letter to the prime minister during a courtesy call on Hasina at ...

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UN expert expresses grave concern over Myanmar fighting

MNA Exclusive Desk: A United Nations rights expert expressed grave concern Tuesday over reports that Myanmar’s military has used heavy weapons and conducted aerial bombings in civilian areas as fighting against ethnic rebels in northern Kachin state has escalated sharply. While the world focuses on the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a civil war has flared against the Kachin Independence Army, with thousands of civilians displaced from their villages near the Chinese border, according to the United Nations. The U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said the situation in Kachin state “is wholly ...

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UN envoys meet Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s government leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with United Nations Security Council envoys on Monday over the plight of nearly 700,000 mainly Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh amid a military crackdown, pledging to investigate any credible accusations of abuse, said diplomats who attended the meeting. During the nearly hour-long meeting, Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, also noted Myanmar’s difficulties transitioning to rule of law after decades of military dictatorship, said diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity. Myanmar civilian government spokesman Zaw Htay was not immediately available for comment. Myanmar National Security Advisor Thaung ...

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BD wants China, Russia, India, Japan to help resolve Rohingya issue: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh expects China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the Rohingya crisis. ‘We expect China, Russia, India and Japan to play a major role in resolving the crisis,’ she said. The Prime Minister said this while the visiting UNSC delegation, led by its President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, met her at her official residence Ganobhaban, reported news agency. Sheikh Hasina again urged the international community to continue mounting strong pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their over one million Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh. ‘Myanmar should ...

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PM receives Global Women’s Leadership Award

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MNA Exclusive Desk:  Sheikh Hasina on Friday called for mobilising a new global alliance to promote women rights and empowerment as she was conferred with Global Women’s Leadership Award for her outstanding contribution to their cause. “We have to forge a new alliance to support the women and uphold their rights. Together, we must act on our shared culture, tradition and values to benefit millions of women in need,” she said while receiving the award at a Gala Dinner of the Global Summit of Women 2018. Sheikh Hasina received the prestigious accolade from Global Summit of Women president Irene Natividad ...

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US investigating alleged atrocities against Rohingya

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The U.S. government is investigating allegations of atrocities committed against Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, gathering documentation that could be used to prosecute the country’s military for crimes against humanity, reported news agency. Led by the State Department, the investigation entailed more than 1,000 interviews with Rohingya men and women in displacement camps in Bangladesh, examining claims of extrajudicial killing, rape and arson allegedly perpetrated by Myanmar’s security forces. “The purpose of this investigation is to contribute to justice processes, including community awareness raising, international advocacy efforts, and community-based reconciliation efforts, as well as possible investigations, truth-seeking efforts, ...

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Indonesian police bust fake Rohingya people-smuggling network

Indonesian police

MNA Exclusive Desk: Indonesian police say they have worked with the Australian Federal Police to unravel a people-smuggling network that was active in “bringing in fake Rohingya refugees to Australia”. The revelation comes as real Rohingya refugees took to the water to escape persecution in Myanmar and crowded camps over the border in Bangladesh, the ABC News reported. Brigadier General Herry Rudolf Nahak said the men were, in fact, Bangladeshis working in Malaysia who were convinced by the people smugglers that they would earn more money in Australia. Indonesian police said one of the three alleged people smugglers was a ...

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Myanmar blocks Rohingya aid

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar on Thursday pledged safe repatriation of Rohingya from Bangladesh as soon as possible despite accusations of activists claiming the government was intentionally blocking aid for refugees facing dire food shortage in Rakhine state, according to Anadolu Agency. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal last November, but Dhaka claims not a single refugee has returned. The UN maintains the Myanmar government has been unable to assure safe return for the refugees, and remaining houses in entire villages have been razed to the ground in the name of development works, the Ankara-based agency said. On Thursday, Myanmar ...

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Commonwealth for halting violence in Rakhaine

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Commonwealth called for a halt to all violence, restoration of normality and accountability of the perpetrators for gross violations of human rights in northern Rakhaine state of Myanmar through an independent investigation. The 53-nation grouping made the call in a joint communiqué‚ adopted unanimously on the concluding day of the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) that ended in London on Friday afternoon. According to the joint communiqué‚ the member states called for sustainable return of all displaced Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh to their rightful homes in Myanmar under UNHCR oversight. Besides, the leaders of ...

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‘Raped, killed because they are Rohingya’

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MNA Exclusive Desk: “Where I come from, women and girls have been gang-raped, tortured and killed by the Myanmar army, for no other reason than for being a Rohingya,” said Sultana Razia, a lawyer who specialises in trauma, mass rape, and trafficking of Rohingya girls and women. She said her research showed that Myanmar troops raped well over 300 women and girls in 17 villages in Rakhine State since August last year. “With over 350 villages attacked and burned since August 2017, this number is likely only a fraction of the actual total number of women raped,” she said at ...

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Three protesters picked up by DB; Released later

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Detective Branch (DB) of police detained and questioned three leaders of the quota reform protests after they held a press conference at Dhaka University. The three are the joint conveners of the protest movement, Nurul Haque Nur, Farooq Hasan and Muhammad Rashed Khan, reported news agency. They were picked from the Dhaka University (DU) area immediately after the press conference, claimed convener Hasan Al Mamun. DB Joint Commissioner Abdul Baten told media, “They were brought in for questioning as part of the investigation and were released.” After their release, Farooq Hasan, Joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ ...

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Myanmar repatriates 5 out of 700,000 Rohingyas

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar on Saturday repatriated the first Rohingya family from nearly 700,000 refugees who have fled to Bangladesh, after months of fraught talks with Dhaka and amid the United Nations’ warnings that the country is not ready for their return. Fleeing Rohingya refugees have reported killings, rape and arson on a large scale. The United States and the United Nations have described the Myanmar military operation as ethnic cleansing. Myanmar has denied nearly all allegations, saying it waged a legitimate counter-insurgency operation. The army has said its crackdown was provoked by the attacks of Rohingya militants on more ...

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Audio clip of Tarique’s conversation goes viral

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MNA Exclusive Desk: An audio clip of the telephone conversation of BNP leader Tarique Rahman had with Dhaka University teacher Mamun Ahmed about the agitation for quota reforms has gone viral on the social media, reported news agency. Prof Mamun has acknowledged having the conversation with the London-based acting chairperson of the BNP on Tuesday. Speaking to news agency on Wednesday evening, he said: “(Tarique) asked about what stance the White Panel (of pro-BNP teachers) has taken on the movement.” “I told him our position on the issue is much the same as the others. We favour reforms.” Prof Mamun ...

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ICC prosecutor seeks Rohingya probe

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity, according to a filing published on Monday. A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. ‘This is not an abstract question but a concrete one, affecting whether the Court may exercise jurisdiction … to investigate and, if necessary, prosecute,’ Bensouda said in the filing. The ...

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Little progress in resolving Rohingya crisis despite efforts: PM Hasina

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh hasina has told that despite efforts, little progress have been made in resolving Rohingya crisis. Bangladesh and Myanmar have been making several efforts to repatriate over a million of Rohingyas but little progress is seen in reality, she said. “We have signed a deal, ministers from Myanmar have visited Bangladesh and witnessed plights of the displaced people. But little progress is seen in reality,” she said during her meeting with Salil Shetty, secretary general of Amnesty International, on Thursday. The meeting was held at Ganabhaban, PM’s official residence. PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed ...

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