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Journalist shot dead in Bangalore

A prominent Indian journalist critical of Hindu nationalist politics has been shot dead in the south-western state of Karnataka, police say. Gauri Lankesh, 55, was found lying in a pool of blood outside her home in the city of Bangalore. She was shot in the head and chest by gunmen who arrived by motorcycle. The motive for the crime was ... Read More »

UN, please act urgently on Myanmar!

Perhaps the Myanmar army and their collaborators have committed and still committing the most heinous crime against humanity. Their brutality has crossed all the limits. They are mercilessly torturing and killing innocent and ordinary Rohingya Muslims and setting fires to the Muslims’ houses and looting their belongings which include poor people’s means of livelihood-the goats and cattle. Read More »

Satellite images show massive fire destruction on Rakhine

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. The Burmese government should urgently grant access to independent monitors to determine the sources of fires and assess allegations ... Read More »

Bullets and bloodshed behind exodus of Rohingyas: HRW

The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has criticised the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, for failing to protect the Rohingya Muslim minority. Yanghee Lee said the situation in Rakhine was “really grave” and it was time for Ms Suu Kyi to “step in”. Her comments came as the number of Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh ... Read More »

Trump decides to scrap ‘Dreamer’ programme

US President Donald Trump has decided to scrap a programme that protects young undocumented immigrants, according to reports. He will give Congress six months to draw up legislation to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca), sources quoted by US media say. The decision, first reported in Politico, is considered a compromise amid strong support for the scheme. Read More »

Villages burning down and Rohingyas fleeing to BD

Attacks by insurgents. A brutal military crackdown. Thousands of villagers running for their lives. History is repeating itself in Myanmar less than a year after the emergence of a new Rohingya Muslim insurgency first threatened fragile efforts to bring peace to the country’s volatile western Rakhine state. “In the west of my direction I am seeing smoke,” a Rohingya man ... Read More »

No unilateral draft law on delimitation: BNP

BNP on Thursday termed an ‘evil indication’ the Election Commission’s (EC’s) move to unilaterally finalise the draft of delimitation of constituencies law. “Different media reports say that the EC is going to finalise the draft of delimitation of constituency law even before discussions with political parties. It’s the expectation of all that the Chief Election Commissioner will reach a decision ... Read More »

Oxfam condemns heinous rape-murder of Rupa

Oxfam in Bangladesh has condemned, in the strongest possible terms, the heinous gang rape and murder on a moving bus of Zakia Sultana Rupa, a 27-year-old law student – echoing the horrific 2012 rape followed by murder of ‘Nirbhaya’ in India. Five people have been arrested in this connection, including the bus driver, helper and supervisor – all staffers of ... Read More »

Kalyan Party leader made disappeared: BNP

BNP on Wednesday expressed its fear that MM Aminur Rahman, secretary general of its alliance partner Kalyan Party, was made disappeared as he remained missing since Sunday. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with the allegation at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office. Read More »

Biplobi Workers’ Party & JAGPA want JS dissolution

Bangladesher Biplabi Workers Party and Jatiya Ganotantrik Dal (Jagpa) have proposed before the Election Commission (EC) for dissolution of Parliament and deployment of the armed forces ahead of the next parliamentary elections. Both the parties also proposed refraining from the introduction of electronic voting machines (EVM) in the next national election. Read More »

Syria: Talks should address ‘Disappeared’- HRW

Create Independent Body to Investigate Missing Persons Beirut, August 30 – International backers of negotiations to end the conflict in Syria should ensure that any transitional process includes a robust independent body to investigate thousands of “disappeared,” Human Rights Watch said today. The United Nations designated August 30 as the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances to raise ... Read More »

Satellite data indicate burning in Rakhine State: HRW

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 ... Read More »

UNHCR seeks open borders for people fleeing Rakhine

UNHCR, the refugee agency of the United Nations, has urged Bangladesh to open borders for people fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. “UNHCR believes it’s of the utmost importance that it (Bangladesh) continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there,” said UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards on Tuesday at a press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. Read More »