UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan

World 11/13/18, 09:58

The U.N. human rights chief says Bangladesh's government should halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, saying such a move would endanger their lives.Michelle Bachelet's comments are among the strongest yet from a top U.N. official about the planned repatriation this week of some Rohingya to ...

Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business

World 11/12/18, 21:05

Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water, creating what he says is a potion that will cure stomach cramps."I got these powers in my dreams," he says. "People come to me because I heal ...

UN refugee agency warns against returning Rohingya refugees

World 11/12/18, 07:19

The United Nations refugee agency on Monday cautioned against returning ethnic Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar from Bangladesh at this time, urging that officials be allowed to assess whether it is safe for them to return.The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees issued the warning after the Myanmar government said Sunday that ...

Golden Triangle’s Drug Production Expands, Diversifies Amid Opioid Concerns

News 11/08/18, 03:47

JAKARTA — Organized crime groups are expanding and diversifying drug production in Southeast Asia's Golden Triangle amid fears the region could emerge as a hub for synthetic opioids like fentanyl, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Asia Pacific counter-narcotics police met in Myanmar's capital Naypyitaw on Wednesday ...

Appeals filed for 2 Myanmar journalists in secrets case

World 11/05/18, 06:32

Lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison in Myanmar for possession of official documents are appealing the verdict, the news agency said Monday.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo had been reporting on a military-led brutal crackdown on the Muslim Rohingya minority when they were arrested and ...

Paraguay contestant wins, then swoons at beauty pageant

Entertainment 10/25/18, 23:54

A Paraguayan beauty pageant winner swooned on stage after admitting the anticipation just before the announcement was unbearable. Miss Grand International 2018 Clara Sosa fell as soon as she was announced this year's winner. At the time, she was holding hands with the first runner-up, Meenakshi Chaudhary of India, who tried ...

UN investigator: Genocide still taking place in Myanmar

World 10/24/18, 23:54

Genocide is still taking place against Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, U.N. investigators said Wednesday.Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. fact-finding mission on Myanmar, said thousands of Rohingya are still fleeing to Bangladesh, and ...

Indian court allows deportation of 7 Rohingya to Myanmar

World 10/03/18, 22:36

India's top court on Thursday allowed the first deportations of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar since the federal government ordered their identification last year.The Supreme Court rejected a plea by defense attorney Prashant Bhushan to let seven Rohingya live in India as they feared reprisal in Myanmar. They were arrested in ...

Canada revokes Myanmar leader’s honorary citizenship

World 10/02/18, 22:18

Canada's Parliament formally stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday for complicity in the atrocities committed against Myanmar's Rohingya people.The Senate voted unanimously to strip Suu Kyi, Myanmar's civilian leader, of the symbolic honor bestowed on her in 2007.The upper house's move follows a similar unanimous vote ...

Amal Clooney: Pardon Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar

World 09/28/18, 18:28

Human Rights attorney Amal Clooney, who is representing two journalists from Reuters news agency sentenced to hard labor after they uncovered a military massacre, urged Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday to immediately pardon the reporters and reverse a miscarriage of justice.Clooney, speaking at ...

Bangladesh point finger at Myanmar for Rohingya ‘genocide’

U.S. 09/27/18, 21:13

Bangladeshi President Sheikh Hasina on Thursday accused Myanmar of failing to honor a verbal commitment to take back Rohingya Muslims who have fled a crackdown she described as tantamount to genocide.Hasina's remarks at the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations came as the U.N. Human Rights Council ...

UN human rights body creates team to document Myanmar abuses

World 09/27/18, 14:07

The U.N.'s top human rights body agreed Thursday to set up a team to collect evidence of alleged crimes committed in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims and others since 2011, information that one day could be used to prosecute suspected perpetrators.The 47-member Human Rights Council voted 35-3 to create an "independent ...

US: Myanmar military led ‘extreme’ violence against Rohingya

Asia & Pacific 09/24/18, 18:49

A U.S. government investigation has found that Myanmar's military targeted Rohingya civilians indiscriminately and often with "extreme brutality" in a coordinated campaign to drive the minority Muslims out of the country.The hard-hitting State Department report released Monday is based on a survey this spring of more than 1,000 refugees among ...

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