Month: December 2017

Brutality against children ‘cannot be the new normal’ stresses UNICEF

28 December 2017 – The scale of attack on children in conflict zones throughout 2017 is “shocking” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), calling on all parties to conflict to abide by their obligations under international law and immediately end violations and attacks against children. “Children are being targeted and exposed to attacks and brutal violence in their homes, schools and playgrounds,” said Manuel Fontaine, the Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, in a news release Thursday. “As these attacks continue year after year, we cannot become numb. Such brutality cannot be the new normal.” According to UNICEF, children...

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UN Gathers Horror Stories from Rohingya Women Fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya women who say they fled mistreatment by the military in Myanmar have told tales of horror that leading human rights groups have documented. Now, living in massive refugee camps and settlements near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, victims must deal with past traumas and face new risks. Rejina is a grandmother who didn’t want her last name used. She said she has felt empty inside since losing contact with her 15-year-old granddaughter, following the army’s first wave of so-called clearance operations targeting the teenager’s village of Khadi Bil in Myanmar’s Maungdaw township. The military action in October 2016 followed deadly...

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Aung San Suu Kyi ‘avoided’ discussion of Rohingya rape during UN meeting

Myanmar state counsellor refused to engage in substantive talks about alleged violence against the Muslim minority, says envoy Aung San Suu Kyi avoided discussing reports of Rohingya women and girls being raped by Myanmar troops and police when she met a senior UN official, according to an internal memo seen by the Guardian. Pramila Patten, the special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, travelled to the country for a four-day visit in mid-December to raise the crisis with government officials. But she said Aung San Suu Kyi, a state counsellor in the Myanmar government, refused to engage in “any substantive discussion” of...

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UN General Assembly calls on Myanmar to stop military campaign against Rohingya Muslims

The United Nations General Assembly has called on Myanmar to halt its military campaign against Rohingya Muslims. On Sunday, a resolution forwarded by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions. It calls for Myanmar to grant aid workers access and to give Rohingya Muslims full citizenship rights. The resolution also calls on UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to assign a special envoy to the country. China, Russia, Cambodia, Laos, the Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar, Belarus, Syria and Zimbabwe voted against the resolution. Read More: Genocide against Rohingya systematic, state sponsored:...

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Pressed by lawmakers, US mulls more sanctions on Myanmar

WASHINGTON –  The State Department said Friday the U.S. is considering further actions against those responsible for “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims, after a Myanmar general was blacklisted and Democratic lawmakers called for more military officers to face sanctions. Rep. Eliot Engel, the top-ranking Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, contended that Myanmar authorities were committing genocide in Rakhine State. He said it was “stunning” that the Trump administration has only designated one person from Myanmar over the bloody crackdown that caused a refugee exodus to Bangladesh. The United States imposed sanctions on Maung Maung Soe, who until...

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