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26 Sep 2017 description
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Burma: Military Commits Crimes Against Humanity

(New York) – Burmese security forces are committing crimes against humanity against the Rohingya population in Burma, Human Rights Watch said today. The military has committed forced deportation, murder, rape, and persecution against Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, resulting in countless deaths and mass displacement.

23 Sep 2017 description
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Military Lays Internationally Banned Weapon

(New York) – Burmese security forces have laid landmines during attacks on villages and along the Bangladesh border, posing a grave risk to Rohingya Muslims fleeing atrocities, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should immediately stop using antipersonnel landmines and join the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty.

19 Sep 2017 description
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214 Villages Almost Totally Destroyed in Rakhine State

(New York) – New analysis of satellite imagery from Burma’s Rakhine State shows the near total destruction of 214 villages, Human Rights Watch said today. World leaders meeting at the United Nations should urgently adopt a General Assembly resolution condemning the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing, while the UN Security Council should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo.

18 Sep 2017 description
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Ethnic Cleansing Demands Swift International Response

15 Sep 2017 description
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New Satellite Images, Data Show 62 Destroyed Rohingya Villages

(Dhaka) – The Burmese military is deliberately burning ethnic Rohingya villages near the Bangladesh border, Human Rights Watch said today. Such acts of arson, after forcing residents to leave their villages, appear central to the Burmese military’s ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya Muslim population in Burma’s Rakhine State.

14 Sep 2017 description
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Punto 2: Debate general sobre datos actualizados aportados por el Alto Comisionado

La protección de los derechos humanos internacionales está atravesando un período de prueba en todo el mundo. Las próximas tres semanas revelarán si el Consejo de Derechos Humanos está a la altura de las circunstancias.

13 Sep 2017 description
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Tejshree Thapa
Senior South Asia Researcher

While in Bangladesh to monitor the seemingly endless stream of Rohingya refugees crossing the border from Myanmar, I heard many comparisons.

Colleagues I worked with in the former Yugoslavia likened the scenes to Srebrenica, to Sarajevo, to Kosovo.

Another colleague said the scenes evoked stories her parents told of their family’s flight from Laos to Thailand. Others spoke of the crammed boats in the Mediterranean these past two years.

But what resonated most came from Bangladeshis themselves.

12 Sep 2017 description
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Military’s ‘Unfinished Business’ Has Hallmarks of ‘Ethnic Cleansing’

(New York) – Ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burmese security forces in Burma’s Rakhine State have described killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a campaign of “ethnic cleansing,” Human Rights Watch said today.

12 Sep 2017 description
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Longtime Refugees from Burma Denied Citizenship, ID Cards

Pakistan’s foreign minister has expressed “deep anguish” at the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma. The foreign secretary has summoned the Burmese ambassador and registered an official protest. And Pakistan’s parliament has urged the government to press the issue on the international stage.

11 Sep 2017 description
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UN, donors should increase assistance to refugees in Bangladesh

08 Sep 2017 description
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450 Buildings Burned in Rohingya Neighborhoods

(New York, September 9, 2017) – New satellite images show hundreds of buildings destroyed in primarily Rohingya Muslim urban areas in Burma’s Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. Satellite photos taken on September 2, 2017, show 450 buildings destroyed by fire in the town of Maungdaw, the administrative capital of Maungdaw township. Satellite-based heat sensing technology indicated active fires in this area on August 28.

07 Sep 2017 description
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UN Security Council Should Break Its Silence

Akshaya Kumar

05 Sep 2017 description
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Rohingya Muslims Flee Burmese Army, Seek Aid Abroad

Tejshree Thapa Senior South Asia Researcher

I stood at the edge of the Naf River on the Bangladesh border watching heavy smoke rise from a village on the Burma side. Bangladeshi border guards talked of fires all along the border targeting villages of Rohingya Muslims.

02 Sep 2017 description
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700 Buildings Destroyed in Single Muslim Village in Rakhine State

(New York) – New satellite imagery shows several hundred buildings burned in Burma’s Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. Imagery from the Rohingya Muslim village of Chein Khar Li in Rathedaung township shows 700 buildings burned, a near total destruction of the village.

29 Aug 2017 description
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Protect Population, Investigate Abuses

(New York) – New satellite data is consistent with widespread burnings in at least 10 areas in northern parts of Burma’s Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said today. The burnings follow a series of coordinated attacks by ethnic Rohingya militants on August 25, 2017 against dozens of Burmese government checkpoints and bases.

The Burmese government should grant access to independent monitors to determine the sources of fires and assess allegations of human rights violations.

17 Aug 2017 description
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Muslim Minority Group Faces Persecution, Abuse in Burma

(New York) – The Indian government should not forcibly return ethnic Rohingya refugees to Burma, where they face persecution, Human Rights Watch said today. India should abide by its international legal obligations and protect the Rohingya – a Muslim minority predominately from western Burma – from systematic abuse by Burmese officials and state security forces.

08 Aug 2017 description
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After ‘Inept Inquiry,’ Allow UN Fact-Finding Mission Unfettered Access

03 Aug 2017 description
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Stand up to bullying tactics of visa denial

(Geneva) – The United Nations needs to insist on its ability to carry out a mandated fact-finding mission on Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a series of questions and answers on the topic.

24 Jul 2017 description
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Expand prosecutions, provide protections for Rohingya migrants

(New York, July 24, 2017) – A Thai criminal court’s sentencing of 62 people, including a military general, to long prison terms for their mistreatment of Rohingya migrants is a major step in combatting human trafficking in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities should build on this case by prosecuting human trafficking gangs and urgently providing protections for Rohingya migrants from Burma and Bangladesh.