Aung San Suu Kyi’s Defense of Genocide

December 13, 2019

The specter of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, standing before the UN’s highest legal body to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide is striking. Suu Kyi was once the revered face of international human rights, but she is now defending the most indefensible of crimes. But beyond...

The Rohingya Crisis: What to Watch for in 2019

January 02, 2019

Bangladesh and the UN must continue to work together to improve the conditions for nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees. The year 2018 was a dire and desperate year for the Rohingya minority from western Myanmar. Two-thirds of the population that had been living in western Rakhine State before the...

World Refugee Day Challenges Our Humanitarian Sensibilities

June 20, 2018

World Refugee Day should be an observance of communities that have opened their hearts and cities to those in need. While I have often expressed my thoughts about the Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees in Lebanon, even including the burdens carried by Jordan and Palestine, it is only a...

Should Rohingya Be Repatriated?

February 01, 2018

Citing concerns of safety and the possible risk of forced returns, Bangladesh says it needs more time to prepare for the monumental logistics of repatriation of the Rohingya refugees. The number of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh from Myanmar has soared to over 800,000 as the two...

The Other Ethnic Crisis in Myanmar

January 10, 2018

Displacement and human rights abuses in northern Myanmar underscore the need for international pressure on Myanmar’s military. With more than 650,000 people fleeing their homes, the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority by the Myanmar military has reached unprecedented proportions. But...

Bangladesh Stands Tall in Rohingya Crisis

September 17, 2017

As the world watches in horror at the escalating Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, Bangladesh shows what a bit of empathy can do. Bangladesh is not rich by any means. In fact, it is one of the world’s poorest nations, with more than a third of its population living under the poverty line. That is a...

The Status of Refugees in India

September 12, 2017

In India, the absence of national legislation on refugees has placed their rights in a vacuum. Today, there are 65.6 million displaced people in the world, including asylum seekers, irregular migrants, returnees (individuals who are willing to return to their countries of nationality) and...

Persecution of Rohingya: A Tragedy of Minorities

September 12, 2017

The fate of the Rohingya reflects the plights of ethnic minorities throughout history and across the world.  The Rohingya are a persecuted Muslim minority living mainly in western Myanmar. Their origins are a subject of immense dispute and controversy. Some views hold that they are the progeny...

International Community Bears Responsibility Toward Afghans

June 06, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vishal Manve talks to Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s regional director for South Asia. Under the Trump administration, the focus on South and East Asia has increased significantly. From threatening North Korea and meeting Chinese President Xi...

Abuse of Rohingya Must Be Investigated

February 13, 2017

There is too little access and too little known about possible ongoing abuses in Rakhine State. International humanitarian and human rights groups, including Refugees International, have long called for an independent international investigation into abuses of the Rohingya population and...

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