Myanmar says no ‘ethnic cleansing,’ genocide against Muslims
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar's U.N. ambassador insisted Monday that there is no "ethnic cleansing" or genocide taking place against Muslims and objected "in the strongest terms" to countries that used those words to describe the situation in Rakhine State.
Myanmar tries to reassure the world over refugee crisis
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Myanmar tried to reassure the world Wednesday about its handling of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh and said it is committed to resolving sectarian tensions in the strife-hit region.
‘Historic exodus’ from Myanmar: US gives $32M for Rohingya
NEW YORK (AP) — The United States will contribute nearly $32 million in humanitarian aid to help Rohingya Muslim refugees, the State Department said Wednesday, in the Trump administration's first major response to the mass exodus from Myanmar.
Under fire over Rohingya, Suu Kyi defends Myanmar actions
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — With a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims sparking accusations of ethnic cleansing from the United Nations and others, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday said her country does not fear international scrutiny and invited diplomats to see some areas for themselves.
Bangladesh restricts Rohingya refugees, starts immunization
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladeshi authorities are taking steps to restrict the movement of Muslim Rohingya refugees living in crowded border camps after fleeing violence in Myanmar, whose military chief maintains that the chaos was the work of extremists seeking a stronghold in the country.
Fleeing Rohingya Muslims watch as homes burn in Myanmar
TUMBRU, Bangladesh (AP) — Days after fleeing their village on the Myanmar side of the border fence, a group of Rohingya Muslims watched from just inside Bangladesh as yet another house went up in flames.
"You see this fire today," said Farid Alam, one of the Rohingya who watched the fire burn from about 500 meters (yards) away. "That is my village."
Amnesty decries ‘campaign of burnings’ targeting Rohingya
GENEVA (AP) — Amnesty International says it has turned up evidence of an "orchestrated campaign of systematic burnings" by Myanmar security forces targeting dozens of Rohingya villages over the last three weeks.
Nearly 3 weeks into Rohingya crisis, refugees still fleeing
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Nearly three weeks into a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, thousands were still flooding across the border in search of help and safety in teeming refugee settlements in Bangladesh.
The crisis has drawn global condemnation, with U.N. officials demanding Myanmar halt what they described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing that has driven nearly 400,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state.
Tillerson says Myanmar violence must stop, supports Suu Kyi
LONDON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has delivered the toughest condemnation yet from a Trump administration official of the persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, likening the violence against them to ethnic cleansing and demanding it stop.
As Rohingya flee Myanmar, leader Suu Kyi skips UN meeting
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Facing global condemnation for weeks of violence that has driven minority Rohingya to flee — a crisis U.N. officials have described as "ethnic cleansing" — Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, pulled out of this month's U.N. General Assembly meetings.
The president's office said Wednesday that Suu Kyi would miss the assembly's ministerial session, which opens Sept. 19 and runs through Sept. 25, to address domestic security issues.
UN chief: Myanmar Rohingyas are victims of ethnic cleansing
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that ethnic cleansing is taking place in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslim minority, and the U.N. Security Council condemned the violence that has led nearly 380,000 Rohingyas to flee to Bangladesh.
UN rights chief: Rohingya seemingly face ‘ethnic cleansing’
GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief said Monday that the violence and injustice faced by the ethnic Rohingya minority in Myanmar, where U.N. rights investigators have been barred from entering, "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."
As Myanmar Muslims flee crackdown, US is wary of involvement
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect the United States to step in and resolve what is increasingly being described as an ethnic cleansing campaign against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims.
Not wanting to undermine the Asian country's democratic leader, the U.S. is cautiously criticizing what looks like a forced exodus of more than a quarter-million Rohingya in the last two weeks as Myanmar's military responds with hammer force to insurgent attacks.
The Latest: UN chief urges Myanmar to give Muslims status
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state and the resulting flood of ethnic Rohingya refugees into neighboring Bangladesh (all times local):
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it's crucial that Myanmar's government immediately give Muslims either nationality or legal status so they can lead normal lives and freely move, find jobs, and get an education.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — The Myanmar government's inquiry into violence in northern Rakhine state last year that forced tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh and led to U.N. accusations of crimes against humanity by the army has concluded that no such crimes happened.
GENEVA (AP) — U.N. human rights investigators warned Friday of ethnic cleansing in central Congo, documenting the recent killings of more than 250 people, including 62 children, in violence with "no good guys and bad guys."
In response to Bert Boyson’s letter of May 31, here are the bare facts:
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The chief prosecutor of war crimes in former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda warned Wednesday that denial of these crimes is now widespread and efforts are underway to rewrite history.
Serge Brammertz told the U.N. Security Council there is a refusal by officials and others to accept the facts gathered by U.N. tribunals documenting ethnic cleansing and other crimes in former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda in 1994.
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — More than 1 million children have fled South Sudan's civil war, two United Nations agencies said Monday, part of the world's fastest growing refugee crisis.
Another 1 million South Sudanese children are displaced within the country, having fled their homes due to the civil war, said the U.N.'s child and refugee agencies in a statement Monday.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A new United Nations report describes South Sudan as teetering on the edge of genocide and experiencing ethnic cleansing, a stark portrayal of a nation whose crises now include famine.
2 more South Sudan officials resign, alleging graft, bias
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two top South Sudanese military officials have resigned while accusing the government of ethnic bias and corruption, the latest sign that President Salva Kiir is struggling to retain his coalition of support as the country's civil war continues under warnings of genocide.
Four top officials in the past week have now left while criticizing Kiir's government.
South Sudan president to seek election in 2018: Spokesman
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — South Sudan's president will seek election next year, a spokesman said Wednesday, in what will be the first vote on Salva Kiir's leadership since the turbulent country won independence.
The president "is a uniting factor. If he leaves power now, the whole country will collapse," spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny told The Associated Press.
AP Explains: What’s behind persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the Southeast Asian country. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group:
Malaysia defends rally against ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's government on Saturday defended plans for a protest rally to condemn what it called "ethnic cleansing" of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya minority, saying it has an obligation to ensure that its neighbor takes steps to prevent the crisis from deteriorating.
Prime Minister Najib Razak is expected to attend the rally at a Kuala Lumpur stadium on Sunday. Myanmar has warned Muslim-majority Malaysia not to interfere in its internal affairs.
Rape used for ethnic cleansing in South Sudan, says UN team
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudan is experiencing ethnic cleansing in several parts of the country and risks becoming a Rwanda-like catastrophe, a team of U.N. human rights investigators said Friday.
"There is already a steady process of ethnic cleansing underway in several areas of South Sudan using starvation, gang rape, and the burning of villages," said Yasmin Sooka, the lead U.N. investigator, earlier this week.
AP Explains: What’s behind persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya
BANGKOK (AP) — Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student accused of carrying out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week, reportedly protested on his Facebook page about the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar. Muslim Rohingya face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the country, also called Burma. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group:
UN chief calls Netanyahu ethnic cleansing comment outrageous
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's insistence that Palestinians want the "ethnic cleansing" of Jews in the West Bank "unacceptable and outrageous."
Ban told the U.N. Security Council that he wanted to be absolutely clear: "Settlements are illegal under international law."
Palestinian leader accuses Israel of ‘ethnic cleansing’
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Palestinian president is accusing Israel of "ethnic cleansing," days after Israel's leader lobbed that same allegation at the Palestinians.
President Mahmoud Abbas has made the claim against Israel in the past. But his remarks late Sunday came after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted West Bank settlements were not an obstacle to peace and that Palestinians wanted the "ethnic cleansing" of Jews in the West Bank.