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18 Jan 2018 description

Reacting to the police shooting dead at least eight protesters in Mrauk-U in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said: "Even if protesters were throwing stones and bricks, nothing can justify police apparently firing into a crowd of thousands. This is a clear case of excessive use of force in violation of the right to life."

11 Jan 2018 description

Following today’s admission by Myanmar’s military that security forces and villagers summarily killed 10 captured Rohingya people and buried them in a mass grave outside Inn Din, a village in Maungdaw, Rakhine State, James Gomez, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:

12 Dec 2017 description

Inaction Will Enable Further Abuse of Vulnerable Rohingya

(New York) – The United Nations Security Council should take prompt, concerted, and effective international action to respond to Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, Human Rights Watch and 80 other nongovernmental organizations said today in a joint appeal to the council.

29 Nov 2017 description

28 November 2017, 13:06 UTC

The Bangladesh government must abandon all plans to relocate more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees on to an uninhabitable island, Amnesty International said today.

On Tuesday, the Bangladesh government approved a $280 million plan to develop the isolated, flood-prone and uninhabitable Thenger Char to temporarily house Rohingya refugees until they are repatriated to Myanmar.

24 Nov 2017 description

In response to news that the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed an agreement to return close to a million Rohingya refugees currently in Bangladesh, Amnesty International’s Director for Refugee and Migrant Rights, Charmain Mohamed, said:

“While precise details of this deal have not yet been revealed, talk of returns is clearly premature at a time when Rohingya refugees continue to trickle into Bangladesh on an almost daily basis as they flee ethnic cleansing in Myanmar.

22 Nov 2017 description
  • Rohingya segregated and abused in “open-air prison”
  • Two-year investigation reveals root causes of current Rakhine State crisis
  • System of discrimination amounts to the crime against humanity of apartheid

The Rohingya people in Myanmar are trapped in a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalised discrimination that amounts to apartheid, said Amnesty International today as it publishes a major new analysis into the root causes of the current crisis in Rakhine State.

20 Oct 2017 description

More countries need to step up and pledge their support for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh amid an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, Amnesty International said today.

The meeting of high-level representatives of donor countries at the UN’s office in Geneva on Monday must include pledges of new money, including from countries in the region, to support rising numbers of Rohingya refugees who have sought shelter in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district.

18 Oct 2017 description

The map below shows the Maungdaw, Buthidaung, and Rathedaung townships in northern Rakhine State.
Since 25 August 2017, over 150 hotspots were detected with remote environmental sensors. Five of those hotspots were detected after 30 September. UNITAR/UNOSAT found over 22.48 square kilometres of destroyed or damaged structures were present across the area analysed. Over 60% of the three townships has yet to be analysed.

18 Oct 2017 description

Introduction

Early in the morning of 25 August 2017, members of a Rohingya armed group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), attacked approximately 30 security force outposts in northern Rakhine State.1 In its response, the Myanmar Army, rather than targeting ARSA, launched an attack on the Rohingya population in northern Rakhine State as a whole. Often working with Border Guard Police (BGP) and local vigilantes, the military has carried out a campaign of violence that has been systematic, organized, and ruthless.

06 Oct 2017 description

By **Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International**

In her five young years, Buthaina has witnessed the type of violence and brutality that powerful people and governments often want to keep hidden.

06 Oct 2017 description

Index: ASA 16/7236/2017

We are writing on behalf of Amnesty International to express our deep concerns over the human rights and humanitarian crisis facing the civilian population of northern Rakhine State. As the current Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) our organisations urge the Philippines to take urgent steps to address the issue in accordance with the ASEAN Charter and international human rights law and standards.

02 Oct 2017 description
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Thailand’s refugee policies and violations of the principle of non-refoulement

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

On the evening of 26 May 2017, Muhammet Furkan Sökmen, a Turkish national, recorded a video in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. In the video, subsequently sent to diplomats and human rights organizations, Sökmen stated:

29 Sep 2017 description
  • Authorities must not “push-back” Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar
  • Refugees sent back to face certain persecution
  • Thailand should provide refugees formal legal status and protection

With the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis developing on its doorstep, Thailand must take concrete action to reverse its long-standing failure to offer protection to those most in need, Amnesty International said today as it launched a report revealing gaping holes in the country’s refugee policies.

29 Sep 2017 description

We, a global coalition of 88 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar's ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein have described the Myanmar security forces' ongoing campaign against the Rohingya in northern Rakhine State as ethnic cleansing.

25 Sep 2017 description

Amnesty International has assessed three new videos taken inside Rakhine State as recently as Friday afternoon showing large plumes of smoke rising from Rohingya villages, one of which was already deserted, as well as satellite imagery with smoke visible over burnt-out structures.

Local sources in northern Rakhine State claim the fires were started by members of the Myanmar security forces and local vigilante mobs.

19 Sep 2017 description

The map below shows fires detected remotely with environmental monitoring sensors in northern Rakhine State between 25 August 2017 and 12 September 2017. During that time frame, 80 areas of probable fire were detected in the region of interest. Satellite imagery from various sources was then used to confirm burned structures and areas in multiple villages where fires had been detected. Significant cloud cover did not allow analysis of the full area where fires were reported by witnesses or detected with sensors.

15 Sep 2017 description
  • More than 80 sites set ablaze in orchestrated campaign since 25 August

  • More than 370,000 Rohingya fled across border in less than three weeks

  • Testimonies show attacks were planned, deliberate and systematic

Amnesty International can reveal new evidence pointing to a mass-scale scorched-earth campaign across northern Rakhine State, where Myanmar security forces and vigilante mobs are burning down entire Rohingya villages and shooting people at random as they try to flee.

11 Sep 2017 description

Two new landmine incidents today, including a blast blowing off a young man’s leg, bring to three the number of known sites where Myanmar authorities have mined border crossings used by Rohingya fleeing violence, Amnesty International said.

08 Sep 2017 description

In recent weeks, around 150,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into Bangladesh, as a result of an unlawful and totally disproportionate military response to attacks by a Rohingya armed group.

Here, Amnesty International explains this people’s plight, their state-sponsored persecution, and the crisis’ wide-ranging humanitarian effects.

A persecuted people

The Rohingya is a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority of about 1.1 million living mostly in Rakhine state, west Myanmar, on the border with Bangladesh.