(AP) — The Christmas message has become an occasion for popes to survey suffering in the world and press for solutions.
UKHIA, Bangladesh (AP) — Interviews with 29 women and girls now in Bangladesh bolster the U.N.’s contention that Myanmar’s armed forces are systematically employing rape as a ‘calculated tool of terror’ aimed at exterminating the Rohingya people.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Francis apologized for the 'indifference of the world' to their plight and then pronounced the name of their ethnic group to a gathering of Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian leaders — a name he had been warned not to utter.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (RNS) — Bangladesh is the second and final leg of one of the most politically fraught trips of Francis' papacy, where his outspoken concern for refugees has been tempered by sensitivities on the ground.
(RNS) — Pope Francis was faced with a terrible dilemma: Be prophetic and put at risk Christians in Myanmar, or be silent and compromise his moral authority. He chose neither.
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Francis didn't cite the crackdown on the Muslim minority or even utter the contested word 'Rohingya' in his speech to Myanmar's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other authorities and diplomats in the capital.
(AP) — Rohingya Muslims have faced state-supported discrimination in the predominantly Buddhist country for decades.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The issue also is sensitive because President Trump will make his first official trip to Asia next month and hasn't spoken about the crisis.
BANGKOK (AP) — The prejudice and hostility that Rohingya Muslims face stretches back to an often virulent form of Buddhist nationalism that has seen a resurgence since the end of military rule in Myanmar.
(The Conversation) — This pattern of persecution goes back to 1948 – the year when the country achieved independence from their British colonizers.
Xenophobic nationalism is the societal equivalent of global warming.
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (AP) — 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 some 400,000 Rohingya to flee Rakhine state.
(Reuters) Myanmar's government, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, has denied most of the claims, and is blocking entry to a U.N. fact-finding mission tasked with looking into the allegations.
YANGON (Reuters) The arrests came after nationalists led by the Patriotic Monks Union raided flats in a Yangon district with a large Muslim population.
(REUTERS) The flotilla has yet to receive permission to enter Myanmar, sparking fears of a confrontation with security forces that could worsen Myanmar's already-frayed ties with predominantly Muslim Malaysia.