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Hundreds of Rohingya 'return home' from Bangladesh

Hundreds of Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution in Myanmar have returned home, community leaders said today, adding that most had gone back temporarily to fetch relatives.

Pope Francis issues stinging criticism of Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya

Pope Francis issues stinging criticism of Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya

Pope Francis on Wednesday issued a stinging criticism of atrocities against Myanmar`s minority Rohingya

22,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in one week: UN

22,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in one week: UN

The figure marks a sharp escalation in the numbers fleeing a military campaign which rights groups say has been marred by abuses so severe they could amount to crimes against humanity.

Myanmar commission denies abuses against Rohingya

A commission probing violence in Myanmar`s Rakhine State on Wednesday denied security forces had abused Rohingya, days after a video emerged showing police beating civilians from the Muslim minority.

Myanmar detains police over Rohingya abuse video

Myanmar`s government on Monday said it has detained several police officers over a video apparently showing Rohingya civilians being beaten, a rare admission that authorities may have carried out abuses against the Muslim minority.

Myanmar Rohingya abuse may be `crimes against humanity`: UN

Myanmar Rohingya abuse may be `crimes against humanity`: UN

More than 120,000 Rohingya have been crammed into displacement camps since sectarian violence in 2012.

Hundreds of Rohingya cross into Bangladesh, fleeing unrest

Most are hiding out in camps for the 32,000 legally registered already living in southeast Bangladesh, fearing repatriation if they are found by authorities.

Mob destroys mosque as religious, ethnic tension rises in Myanmar

Mob destroys mosque as religious, ethnic tension rises in Myanmar

Villagers from Thayethamin, a remote settlement a two-hours` drive northeast of Myanmar`s largest city, Yangon, destroyed the mosque on Thursday. 

21 die in boat capsize off Myanmar: UN

At least 21 people including nine children died after a boat capsized in rough waters off the coast of Myanmar's restive Rakhine state today, a UN spokesman said.

Myanmar lifts state of emergency in troubled Rakhine state

Myanmar`s outgoing government on Tuesday lifted a state of emergency in conflict-hit Rakhine, a parting gesture that coincides with turbulent relations between Aung San Suu Kyi`s new administration and the western state`s powerful Buddhist political party.

Crackdown on Islamic groups in Myanmar

Buddhist-majority Myanmar has acquired a reputation for launching frequent crackdowns on its minority Islamic groups residing within its boundaries. Historically, minority Muslims have lived in Burma (now known as Myanmar) since the 11th century A.D., and they mostly consist of Rohingyas and descendants of Muslim immigrants from India, Bangladesh and China, as well as descendants of earlier Arab settlers and the recognised Kamein minority.

Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

Malaysia bids sombre farewell to nameless Rohingya dead

 Malaysian authorities on Monday held a sombre mass funeral for 21 suspected ethnic Rohingya found in human-trafficking graves last month, with fellow Muslims praying for the unidentified victims to find a place in heaven.

Japan offers $3.5 million to help Rohingya

Japan on Saturday offered a USD 3.5 million to help the Rohingya boat people who have fled Myanmar where they faced severe discrimination.

Myanmar returns rescued migrants to Bangladesh

Thirty-seven Bangladeshi migrants rescued from a boat at sea by Myanmar authorities were handed over to Bangladesh authorities on Friday.

Indonesia believes Australia pays people smugglers to turn back boats

Indonesia insisted Friday it believed Australia paid a boatload of asylum seekers to turn back from its shores after Canberra had repeatedly refused demands for a clarification on the issue, ratcheting up tensions between the two countries.

Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments

Calls grow for inquiry into alleged Australian people-smuggler payments

Calls grew on Monday for an inquiry into reports that Australian officials paid people-smugglers bound for Australia thousands of dollars to turn their boat back to Indonesia, with Jakarta and the United Nations also expressing serious concern.

Amnesty condemns `shameful` world response to refugee crisis

Rights group Amnesty International on Monday slammed world leaders for "condemning millions of refugees to an unbearable existence" and demanded they work closely to resolve the "worst crisis" since WWII.

Indonesia to probe claims Australia paid boat to turn back

Jakarta vowed Thursday to investigate allegations Australian authorities paid thousands of dollars for a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers to return to Indonesia, as police said an Australian official had questioned the migrants.

Human trafficking cases double in Myanmar

Cases of human trafficking have doubled in Myanmar over the first five months of this year as compared to 2014, an official report said on Monday.

Myanmar arrests 93 traffickers, but none from Rakhine

Myanmar police have arrested more than 90 people for human trafficking offences this year, media reported Monday, but no cases have been uncovered in Rakhine state where persecuted Rohingya have fled in droves.