Latest Ethnic conflicts News

UN expert: Suu Kyi's role in Rohingya abuses still unclear

Sep. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday "it's still an open-ended question" about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. Marzuki Darusman said it was "probably the case" that Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, may not...

Rights group skeptical that Myanmar's military seeks justice

Sep. 2, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Plans announced by Myanmar's military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced...

UN report condemns sexual violence by Myanmar military

Aug. 22, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Sexual violence carried out by Myanmar's security forces against the country's Muslim Rohingya minority was so widespread and severe that it demonstrates intent to commit genocide as well as warrants prosecution for war crimes and crimes against humanity, a U.N. report charged Thursday. The...

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug. 22, 2019 7:20 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's refugee commissioner said Thursday that no Rohingya Muslims turned up to return to Myanmar from camps in the South Asian nation as they wanted their demands for citizenship and guarantees of safety met first. Abul Kalam told a news conference that no one from 295...

Rohingya still fear safety in Myanmar, repatriation unlikely

Aug. 22, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — The repatriation of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims appeared unlikely to proceed as planned Thursday after those who were eligible told the U.N. refugee agency and the Bangladesh government they didn't want to return to Myanmar unless their citizenship and safety were ensured....

Lawyer: Kazakh activist freed after signing guilt admission

Aug. 16, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ALMATY, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Kazakh activist who was on trial for inciting ethnic tensions has been freed after signing an admission of his guilt under pressure, an attorney said Friday. The trial of Serikzhan Bilash, who has campaigned for the release of ethnic Kazakhs in China, began Friday in Almaty,...

Myanmar, Bangladesh schedule Rohingya repatriation

Aug. 16, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Myanmar and Bangladesh will soon make a second attempt to start repatriating Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom fled a security crackdown in Myanmar almost two years ago, officials from the two countries and the United Nations said Friday. Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay, speaking in...

Pakistan seeks urgent UN meeting on India action in Kashmir

Aug. 13, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan called Tuesday for an urgent meeting of the U.N. Security Council, saying India's decision to strip its part of disputed Kashmir of autonomy poses "an imminent threat" to international peace and could lead to ethnic cleansing and genocide in the Muslim-majority region....

Extremist reported by family pleads guilty to gun charge

Jul. 23, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge Tuesday. Jeffrey Clark Jr., 30, of Washington, D.C., faces a maximum of 10 years in prison after pleading...