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8 die, dozens hurt in southern Kazakhstan clashes

Feb 08, 2020 - 3:49 PM

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev holds an emergency government session where he said the situation was 'under the control' of police and the national guard

EMERGENCY SESSION. In this file photo, Kazakh president-elect Kassym-Jomart Tokayev speaks to the media during a press at Ak Orda Presidential Palace in Nur-Sultan on June 10, 2019. Photo by Vyacheslav Oseledko/AFP

Uighur researchers say China running more camps than known

Nov 13, 2019 - 6:08 PM

The East Turkistan National Awakening Movement gives the geographic coordinates of 182 suspected 'concentration camps' where Uighurs are allegedly pressured to renounce their culture.

UIGHUR CAMPS. This photo taken on May 31, 2019 shows a watchtower on a high-security facility near what is believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:55 PM

China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in the process

STANDARDIZED GRAVES. This photo taken on September 14, 2019 shows a new cemetery built on the outskirts of Aksu, Xinjiang where bodies from a destroyed Uighur graveyard were moved.  Photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Missing Uighurs' kin demand 'proof of life' videos from China

Feb 13, 2019 - 4:49 PM

The campaign launches on February 12 under the hashtag #MeTooUyghur, after China released a video of a man who identified himself as Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit saying he was alive and well

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Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant 2019 belies minorities' woes

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The contest gathers members of Myanmar's ethnic groups, despite conflicts with many groups and Rohingya crisis

Candidates perform on stage as they participate in the Miss Ethnic Myanmar 2019 contest during the Myanmar Ethnics Culture festival in Yangon on January 29, 2019. - This event is being held between January 25 and 30. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

HOAX: Miss Universe ‘bans’ mixed-ethnicity Filipinos from competing

Dec 25, 2018 - 4:36 PM

There are no official changes to the rules of the Miss Universe competition or the Binibining Pilipinas pageant

Only 8 hectares of Boracay land to be distributed to Ati tribe

Oct 23, 2018 - 4:21 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has said he wants the 'entire' Boracay island placed under land reform for the benefit of the native Ati community

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Aug 31, 2018 - 10:27 PM

'These comments... were based on so-called information that is yet to be verified and has no factual basis,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

UIGHUR DISCRIMINATION. Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and asking for the closure of "re-education center" where some Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

32 Fulani civilians killed in Mali attack – local group

Jun 25, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Armed Dozo hunters, linked to the Dogon ethnic group, are suspected of ambushing the isolated village of Koumaga in the Mopti region on Saturday, killing dozens of Fulani herders, including children

[OPINION] Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya's very name

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

News organizations are being prohibited from using the word 'Rohingya' in their shows

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Myanmar minister makes landmark visit to Rohingya camp

Apr 11, 2018 - 6:25 PM

This is the first time a Myanmar cabinet member visits the fetid and overcrowded camps since a military crackdown that began last Augustsome 700,000 of the Muslim minority to flee to Bangladesh

HISTORIC VISIT. Myanmar Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye (center) talks to Rohingya refugees during his visit to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on April 11, 2018. A Myanmar minister on April 11 toured one of the Bangladesh camps struggling to provide for some one million Rohingya Muslims, the first such visit since a Myanmar army crackdown sparked a massive refugee crisis. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar events 'bear hallmarks of genocide': UN rapporteur

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:09 AM

'I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed... bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability,' says the report to the UN Human Rights Council

MYANMAR SITUATION. United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018. AFP

U.S. Holocaust Museum strips rights award from Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Mar 08, 2018 - 11:08 AM

The Museum says it is rescinding the award due to Aung San Suu Kyi's inaction over what it called 'mounting evidence of genocide' committed by the Myanmar military against civilians from the Rohingya minority

EMPOWERMENT. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi tells business leaders at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit on November 12, 2017, that women should be given more decision-making roles. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Ethnic cleansing' of Myanmar's Rohingya continues – UN

Mar 06, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'The ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues. I don't think we can draw any other conclusion from what I have seen and heard in Cox's Bazar,' says UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017, shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near the Kutupalong refugee camp at Cox's Bazar. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Pope Francis sidesteps Rohingya crisis in Myanmar address

Nov 28, 2017 - 7:45 PM

Sharing a stage with Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, the Pontiff does not address the Rohingya crisis head-on, instead he tip-toes around the unfolding humanitarian emergency

FIRST SPEECH. Pope Francis reads a speech during an event in Naypyidaw on November 28, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

'Butcher of Bosnia' faces historic war crimes verdict

Nov 21, 2017 - 10:25 AM

The judgement and possible sentencing before the Yugoslav war crimes court in The Hague marks the culmination of a case spanning 22 years against Ratko Mladic

THE 'BUTCHER' NOW. This file photo taken on May 16, 2012 shows former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic siting at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague before the opening of his war crimes trial. Toussaint Kluiters/Pool/AFP

Myanmar troops systematically gang-raped Rohingya women – UN envoy

Nov 12, 2017 - 10:33 PM

Many of these atrocities 'could be crimes against humanity,' says UN envoy Pramila Patten

MINORITY. Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, who tried to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, are kept under watch by Bangladeshi security officials in Teknaf on December 25, 2016. AFP file photo   Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have intercepted 34 boats carrying some 340 Rohingyas at border points near Cox's Bazar. / AFP PHOTO / STR

Over 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, UN says

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Authorities in Bangladesh are bracing for another possible surge in Rohingya arrivals

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to receive food distributed by a Turkish aid agency at Thaingkhali refugee camp in Ukhia on October 21, 2017. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said on Ocotber 19. / AFP PHOTO / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA

14,000 lone children among Rohingya refugees – Bangladesh

Oct 15, 2017 - 9:24 PM

'Majority of them said they lost one or both parents in the violence in Rakhine,' says Bangladesh's social services department deputy director

ETHNIC CLEANSING. Myanmar Rohingya refugees look on in a refugee camp in Teknaf, in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, on November 26, 2016. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar's army chief says Rohingya exodus 'exaggerated'

Oct 12, 2017 - 2:35 PM

Min Aung Hlaing blames 'instigation and propaganda' by the media, and also insists the Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh are just returning to their motherland

A Rohingya Muslim refugee takes shelter from the rain at the registration center in Teknaf in Bangladesh's Ukhia district on October 6, 2017. Bangladesh on October 5 announced it would build one of the world's biggest refugee camps to house all the 800,000-plus Rohingya Muslims who have sought asylum from violence in Myanmar. The arrival of more than half a million Rohingya Muslims from Buddhist-dominated Myanmar since August 25 has put an immense strain on camps in Bangladesh where there are growing fears of a disease epidemic.  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Rohingya fleeing Myanmar say army redoubling push to clear villages

Oct 04, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Myanmar's Rakhine state is already emptied of half of its Rohingya population, and more are on the move

Rohingya Muslim refugees disembark from a boat to go in a camp for refugees after they crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf on October 3, 2017. The United Nations has said it would seek $430 million to increase operations in the camps along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Rohingya Muslims have poured across the frontier to escape a military crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Mass grave of 28 Hindus found in Myanmar – army

Sep 25, 2017 - 12:55 AM

The deaths of the Hindus found in a mass grave in Rakhine are being blamed on Muslim Rohingya militants

Over 'failure' to protect minorities, House gives NCIP P1,000 budget

Sep 12, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate moves for the measly budget citing the supposed failure of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples to fulfill its mandate

LUMAD RALLY. The NCIP gets a P1,000 budget, says Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Zarate, because it failed to do its job. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bangladesh sends back 90 Rohingya despite violence

Aug 27, 2017 - 3:46 PM

UPDATED The villagers are caught en route to a refugee camp where thousands of Rohingya already live in squalid conditions

Fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. Bangladesh has detained and forcibly returned 90 Rohingya migrants to Myanmar, police said on August 27, just hours after Myanmarese troops on the other side of the border had opened fire on people fleeing the country. / AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Suu Kyi denies ethnic cleansing of Myanmar minority

Apr 06, 2017 - 8:23 AM

Suu Kyi to BBC: I don t think there is ethnic cleansing going on I think ethnic cleansing is too strong an expression to use for what is happening

In this file photo, Aung San Suu Kyi attends the National League for Democracy (NLD) party's Central Committee meeting in Yangon on June 20, 2015. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Muslim man found dead after speaking to media in restive Myanmar state

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:40 PM

The 41 year old man s headless body is discovered floating in a river

This handout photograph taken on December 12, 2016 and released on December 13, 2016 by the Myanmar State Counsellor Office shows an aerial view of a burned out village in Maungdaw, Myanmar's Rakhine state near the Bangladesh border, during a Rakhine State Investigation Commission inspection.  Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis, a diplomat said on December 12, 2016, as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority. / AFP PHOTO / STATE COUNSELLOR OFFICE / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / STATE COUNSELLOR OFFICE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Myanmar army takes outpost from powerful rebel group

Dec 18, 2016 - 7:15 PM

Troops backed by jets and artillery capture Gidon Outpost according to a state run newspaper

8 dead in fighting in Myanmar town on China border

Nov 21, 2016 - 12:00 AM

Clashes erupt between Myanmar s military and several ethnic armed groups in the town of Muse

Duterte gives 'passionate' speech on human rights in ASEAN

Sep 08, 2016 - 9:05 PM

UPDATED Before leaders of East Asia Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte recounts the atrocities against the ethnic people in Mindanao a tirade directed towards the US government

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and handover of the ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. ASEAN leaders gather in Vientiane for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits held between September 6 to 8. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the closing ceremony of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and handover of the ASEAN chairmanship to the Philippines in Vientiane on September 8, 2016. ASEAN leaders gather in Vientiane for the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits held between September 6 to 8. / AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Ethnic Chinese demand 'security for all' in Paris protest

Sep 05, 2016 - 1:30 AM

Protesters demand police reinforcements more security cameras and a recognition of anti Asian racism following the fatal mugging of Zhang Chaolin

Members of the Chinese commmunity in Paris march during a demonstration on September 4, 2016 in Paris, following the death of Zhang Chaolin and also calling for greater security measures.  Several thousand ethnic Chinese staged a protest march in Paris on September 4 over the fatal mugging of a Chinese tailor last month, as crime against community members has spiralled. The protesters, almost all wearing white T-shirts reading "Security for All" and many waving French flags, rallied at the Place de la Republique in central Paris. Zhang Chaolin, who was 49, was set upon on August 7 by three thieves who tried to snatch a bag belonging to a friend of his. He died a few days later from his injuries.  / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS GUILLOT

Myanmar peace summit ends with long road ahead

Sep 03, 2016 - 4:35 PM

UPDATED To achieve peace is very difficult After this there will be more meetings And there are many things we have to do during the time in between says Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar's State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi (L) greets military delegates at the conclusion of the peace conference in Naypyidaw on September 3, 2016. Peace talks between Myanmar's government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off August 31 in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty. The five-day gathering is Suu Kyi's first big drive to end multiple insurgencies that have raged in Myanmar's borderlands since independence in 1948. / AFP PHOTO / AUNG HTET

Powerful militia storms out of Myanmar peace talks

Sep 02, 2016 - 12:45 AM

Delegates from the United Wa State Army walk out reportedly after being told they could not speak at the conference

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (centre L on red carpet) and President Htin Kyaw (C on red carpet) gather with ethnic rebel leaders, top government officials and UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon for a group picture during a peace conference which hopes to end hostilities amongst the warring ethnic minorities, in Naypyidaw on August 31, 2016.  Peace talks between Myanmar's government and warring ethnic minorities kicked off August 31 in a bid to end decades of conflict that have claimed thousands of lives and kept the country mired in poverty. The five-day gathering is Suu Kyi's first big drive to end multiple insurgencies that have raged in Myanmar's borderlands since independence in 1948. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACAD

Ethnic peace talks seek to pave new path for Myanmar

Aug 31, 2016 - 12:27 PM

UPDATED Few expect a concrete deal to emerge from the 5 day talks which are seen as the start of a peace process that could take years

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi deliver a joint press conference following their meeting in Naypyidaw on August 30, 2016 ahead of the peace conference. Romeo Gacad/AFP

A look at religion in Indonesia 71 years since independence

Aug 17, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Indonesia is religiously tolerant relative to other countries but it has its own challenges to achieving religious harmony

RELIGIOUS HARMONY. Indonesia faces its own challenges in achieving religious harmony. File photo by EPA/MAST IRHAM

Myanmar's ethnic rebels pin hope on new civilian president

Mar 19, 2016 - 3:50 PM

The new government has offered hope not only for our ethnic people but also the whole nation It is an elected government and they really know the people s wishes says one official

epa05217558 A picture made available on 18 March 2016 shows Htin Kyaw, newly elected president of Myanmar and member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party, leaving after attending a union parliament session in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 17 March 2016. Myanmar's parliament on 15 March 2016 elected 69-year-old Htin Kyaw, an academic and long-time aide of Aung San Suu Kyi, as the country's next president. EPA/HEIN HTET

Conflict-plagued Myanmar plans ethnic ministry

Mar 17, 2016 - 5:05 PM

The proposal for an ethnic ministry is part of a wider civil service reform plan which will be tackled by lawmakers

epa05186700 A Kachin woman stands near her belonging as she moves into a new house that was provided by the Kachin regional government for resettlement in Myitkyina, Kachin state, northern Myanmar, 29 February 2016. The Kachin regional government had build the Ngwe Pyaw SanPya Village for the resettlement of refugees. About 53 families move to the newly build village from their refugee camp. Since 2011, thousands of local people have left their homes and took shelter in refugee camps to escape the ongoing battles between the Myanmar government's troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). EPA/SENG MAI

Thousands flee fighting in Myanmar's Shan State

Mar 13, 2016 - 6:23 PM

Shan a large and hilly province on Myanmar s eastern border hosts multiple insurgencies by ethnic minorities fighting for greater autonomy or independence

Sri Lanka president pledges land for 100,000 war victims

Jan 03, 2016 - 10:47 PM

The new president says he is set to hand over 283 hectares of land to war victims in January in line with his election promise to ensure ethnic reconciliation

Sri Lanka's joint opposition and Democratic In this file photo, then National Alliance presidential candidate (now Sri Lanka president) Maithripala Sirisena casts his vote at the presidential elections in January 2015. File photo by EPA

Plight of the Badjao: Forgotten, nameless, faceless

Dec 05, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The Sama Dilaut the formal name of the Badjao are among the most obscure misunderstood and marginalized among the Filipino ethnic linguistic groups Their story needs to be told

SEA GYPSIES. The Sama Dilaut or the Badjao are a sea faring people in Tawi-tawi and the Sulu Seas. All photos by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

12-year-old Fil-Am girl with blood disorder meets donor

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:42 PM

Mailyna Mayate a young Fil Am with beta thalassemia a rare blood disorder no longer needs transfusions thanks to her Filipina bone marrow donor

EMOTIONAL MEETING. Kristine Sydney meets her bone marrow recipient Mailyna for the first time. Photo by Duy Ho/Asian American Donor Program

On being gay and Muslim

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:06 PM

This is the story of Kris a gay Muslim from a tribe of warriors in Mindanao

40 dead in ethnic clashes in southern Libya

Jul 22, 2015 - 4:30 PM

At least 40 people have been killed in a week of ethnic clashes in southern Libya between rival gunmen from the Toubou and Tuareg minorities

The misfortune of the Rohingya people

May 24, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Though technically not citizens of any ASEAN member state the Rohingya people share common cultures tradition and ancestry Shouldn’t their economic and social stability matter as well?

Pengungsi asal Bangladesh dan Myanmar sedang sarapan di kamp pengungsian di Lhoksukon, Aceh Utara, pada 12 Mei 2015.

Over 20,000 call for Macedonian government to step down

May 17, 2015 - 9:56 PM

Main opposition leader Zoran Zaev says protesters will persist until Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski – who has been in power for 9 years – and his cabinet stands down

30 charged with 'terrorism' over deadly Macedonia shooting

May 12, 2015 - 12:21 PM

The clashes in Kumanovo at the weekend were the worst in Macedonia for 14 years and raised fears of fresh unrest similar to the country s 2001 ethnic conflict

Macedonian police officers stand guard in front of the government building as people light candles to pay respect to police officers killed in Kumanovo during a protest in Skopje, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 11, 2015. Georgi Licovski/EPA

NATO, EU urge 'restraint' as Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead

May 11, 2015 - 8:18 AM

Clashes between police and an armed group leave at least 22 people dead raising concerns about presumed ethnic Albanian unrest in the Balkan region

ON GUARD. Police officers secure a street in Kumanovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, May 10, 2015. Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Macedonia clashes leave 22 dead, including 8 police

May 10, 2015 - 11:58 PM

The European Union warns of the danger of escalation in a part of the country hit by an ethnic Albanian insurgency in 2001

69 Egypt Islamists get life terms for torching church

Apr 30, 2015 - 12:16 AM

The court also sentenced two minors to 10 years in jail in the same case A life term in Egypt amounts to 25 years in jail

Yemen rebels demand complete end to attacks

Apr 23, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Saudi led warplanes launch new strikes on rebel positions in Taez as the coalition warns it stands ready to counter any advance by the rebels

Members of the Shiite Huthi movement sit on a pick up truck mounted with a machine gun at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on January 18, 2015. Shiite militiamen in control of Yemen's capital seized President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's chief of staff on January 17, 2015 in a new challenge to his leadership of the violence-plagued country. AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED HUWAIS