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Bangladesh postpones Rohingya repatriation

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/22/18, 10:32 am

Bangladesh has postponed its plan to begin repatriating more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslims back to Myanmar, also known as Burma, amid concerns the process will not be voluntary, a Bangladeshi official confirmed Monday. Bangladesh and Myanmar signed an agreement to return the refugees in “safety, security, and dignity” beginning Tuesday. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fled into neighboring Bangladesh in August after a deadly security crackdown, which the UN called ethnic cleansing, in Rakhine state.

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Economic woes threaten fledgling democracy in Tunisia

International | Protesters demand more government aid
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/16/18, 01:29 pm

Thousands of Tunisian protesters on Sunday flooded the streets of Tunis, the capital city, on the seventh anniversary of the Arab Spring revolution. The anniversary comes amid more than a week of protests that began after the government hiked taxes on basic goods.

The Tunisian government proposed aid packages to the poor in a bid to quell the unrest but has not offered a long-term solution to the country’s economic crisis.

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Myanmar’s military admits killing 10 Rohingya

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/11/18, 10:48 am

Rights activists have called for more investigations into Myanmar’s military after it admitted for the first time that security forces killed 10 Rohingya Muslims found in mass graves. In a statement Wednesday, military officials said security forces and some Buddhist villagers killed the Rohingya in a retaliatory attack after they threatened the villagers. Their remains were found in a mass grave in Inn Din village in northern Rakhine state. The military said it will take action against the perpetrators.

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