At least fifteen dead, dozens missing following massive fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

At least 15 people have been killed in a massive fire that ripped through a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, while at least 400 remain missing, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday. “It is massive, it is devastating,” said UNHCR’s Johannes Van der Klaauw, who joined a Geneva briefing virtually from Dhaka, Bangladesh. “We… Read More At least fifteen dead, dozens missing following massive fire at Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh

Eight found dead as Indian coast guard rescues dozens of Rohingya on drifting boat

India’s coast guard found 81 survivors and eight dead on a boat crammed with Muslim Rohingya refugees adrift in the Andaman Sea, and were repairing the vessel so that it can return safely to Bangladesh, Indian officials said on Friday. The Indian government was in discussions with Bangladesh to facilitate the safe return of the… Read More Eight found dead as Indian coast guard rescues dozens of Rohingya on drifting boat

Bangladesh to move hundreds of Rohingya Muslims to remote island amid criticism

Bangladesh will move 2,000-3,000 more Rohingya Muslim refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island this week, a navy officer said on Wednesday, despite complaints by rights groups concerned about the site’s vulnerability to storms and flooding. Bangladesh has relocated about 3,500 of the refugees from neighbouring Myanmar to Bhasan Char island since early December… Read More Bangladesh to move hundreds of Rohingya Muslims to remote island amid criticism

Thousands flee homes in western Myanmar as army plans operations

Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said. But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs… Read More Thousands flee homes in western Myanmar as army plans operations

Five dead, thirteen injured following military airstrike on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Villagers and a lawmaker in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state said on Thursday that a military helicopter attacked a group of Rohingya Muslims gathering bamboo, killing five and wounding 13. Major-General Tun Tun Nyi said the army would release true news about the alleged incident in time. Myanmar’s western Rakhine state came to global attention in… Read More Five dead, thirteen injured following military airstrike on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Facebook removes hundreds of accounts, pages and groups linked to Myanmar military

Facebook Inc has removed hundreds of additional accounts, pages and groups in Myanmar from its social networks after discovering what it called coordinated inauthentic behavior and links to the country’s military. The social media giant had previously removed accounts, including that of Myanmar’s army chief, after criticism it had failed to act on hate speech… Read More Facebook removes hundreds of accounts, pages and groups linked to Myanmar military

Australia slams sanctions on Myanmar top military officials

Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States. More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh last year, according to U.N. agencies, following… Read More Australia slams sanctions on Myanmar top military officials

Facebook remove accounts of Myanmar top military officials following UN call for genocide prosecution

Facebook said on Monday it was removing several Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of hate and misinformation after reviewing the content. It was the first time Facebook banned a country’s military or political leaders, according to Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja. She said the bans… Read More Facebook remove accounts of Myanmar top military officials following UN call for genocide prosecution