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Myanmar Rohingya massacre: Rohingya Muslim Child killings are ‘Crimes against humanity’

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HELPLESS: Refugees flee the crimes against humanity, looking for a future in Bangladesh

HELPLESS: Refugees flee the crimes against humanity, looking for a future in Bangladesh

 

“What kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother's milk?”

Muslim minorities around the world often face horrendous treatment at the hands of those who are meant to protect them and sadly, the media narrative of Islam is so often focused on trying to associate any stories involving Muslims with negativity that these atrocities go unnoticed.

A damming report by the UN has stated that crimes against humanity are currently being carried out by the security forces in Myanmar (also known as Burma.)

The government of Myanmar denies any claims of ethnic cleansing, saying it is conducting counter-terrorism operations in the region but after many of the Rohingya minority have fled to Bangladesh, their stories have become known; of which, some readers may find the accounts distressing.

There are an estimated one million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, but they are a minority in the mainly Bhuddist country and are deemed to be illegal migrants from Bangladesh by many, despite having lived in the area for generations. They are denied citizenship and consequently treated without respect or access to basic human rights by the government.

When violence broke out in 2012 it left many Muslims dead and displaced more than 100,000 people.

Since then, many have still be living in make shift refugee camps and face widespread discrimination and mistreatment.  The UN report reveals cases of brutal atrocities:

One mother told the UN how her five-year-old daughter was murdered while trying to protect her from rape. She went on to say a man "took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat".  Another mother, was gang raped by five ‘security officers’ whilst her eight month old baby was killed infront of her.

The violence is undeniably based on the disregard for their religious freedom, with many victims saying they were taunted as they were being beaten or raped, with the perpetrators telling them: "What can your Allah do for you? See what we can do?"

Speaking about the report the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Raad Al Hussein said: "The cruelty to which these Rohingya people have been subjected is unbearable - what kind of hatred could make a man stab a baby crying out for his mother's milk?

"I call on the international community, with all its strength, to join me in urging the leadership in Myanmar to bring such military operations to an end."

In Pope Francis’ weekly address on Wednesday, he criticized the Myanmar government, demanding that the Rohingya Muslims have the right to “live their faith.”

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RAMADAN “A Time For Giving”

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ONE GOAL: One Nation have one vision, where there is justice and compassion

ONE GOAL: One Nation have one vision, where there is justice and compassion

Charity’s aim is for a world where compassion reaches everyone

One Nation is a UK-registered charity based in Batley, West Yorkshire, who have been operating for four years. 

They campaign for a better world where basic amenities and social opportunity become ‘the norm’ for all people.

The charity’s main focus is on alleviating poverty for those in dire need of humanitarian aid.  From newborn babies; to injured victims of war and the elderly – their vision for the future global environment is one that produces justice and is based on compassion for all.

One Nation works on a variety of local, national and international projects. These range from their ‘Feed the Homeless’ events throughout the UK, to providing emergency aid relief to victims of the ongoing war in Syria. 

They respond to emergencies and natural disasters in countries such as Palestine, Bangladesh, and Sudan with financial and humanitarian assistance. 

The group initially started their work back in 2012 when they witnessed the Syrian genocide unfold and wanted to help in any way they could.

That year they sent their first convoy of ambulances full of aid to help the field hospitals.

Members of One Nation have travelled more than 20 times since, to set up long term projects and help alleviate the suffering of the innocent families, widows and orphans. 

They are one of a few charities where trustees and volunteers have personally delivered food parcels to the areas of Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, and Idlib as well as aid to besieged areas such as Madaya, Ghouta, Yarmouk and Homs.

The team now delivers food parcels and fresh bread every month to thousands of people inside Syria and have also recently set up a purpose-built widows and orphans camp called ‘project hope’ which provides safe and secure shelter, electricity, clean water, food, clothing, healthcare and educational facilities.

One Nation also regularly sends containers full of aid to the war-torn nations as well as sponsoring many field hospitals inside Syria.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY: The charity have had unprecedented access to the world’s most needy

FEEDING THE HUNGRY: The charity have had unprecedented access to the world’s most needy

Due to the refugee crisis in Europe, the philanthropic team recently sent a convoy of over 50 vehicles to help deliver humanitarian aid in countries such as Austria, Germany, Croatia and Hungary.

This initiative also involved a trip to the island of Lesvos in Greece to help deliver clothing, food and shelter.

A spokesperson from One Nation said: “It was a truly saddening experience where we saw mothers, babies and people who were injured from bombings. Even pregnant women arrived and sometimes fell unconscious as soon as they were taken off the boats.

“Many of the children were shivering and had to be given thermal blankets and warmer clothes to stop them catching hypothermia. In April, our team also visited Sudan to assist the Eritrean refugees by providing food and medicine.”

These journeys have given the charity unprecedented insight into the situation that people face.

This Ramadan, One Nation are helping to provide food for the most needy from only £1.00 per person per day - or £30.00 for the month, in the following countries: Syria, Gaza, Yemen, Bangladesh, Sudan and India.

 Contact details below:

For more information about One Nation, or to make a donation, get in touch via:

Telephone: 01924 856923

Address: 2a Oxford Street, Batley, West Yorkshire, WF17 7PZ

Web: www.onenationuk.org

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34 charged over Bangladesh centre mayhem!

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ATTACK: A man is filmed using a weapon during the brawl at the Bangladesh Community Centre

ATTACK: A man is filmed using a weapon during the brawl at the Bangladesh Community Centre

Detectives investigating a large-scale incident of disorder at a Leeds community centre, which saw chairs thrown and machetes swung, have this week charged 33 men and a youth with offences.

A total of 52 people were arrested as part of the investigation into the incident at the Bangladesh Centre, in Roundhay Road, Harehills, on Saturday 30th May, in which six people were assaulted and a number of others injured.

Detective Superintendent Pat Twiggs, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said: “As a result of a lengthy and comprehensive investigation and through close liaison with the Crown Prosecution Service’s complex casework unit, we have this week been in a position to bring a total of 56 charges against 34 individuals.

“A total of 32 men and a 17-year-old youth have been charged with violent disorder, 15 of which have also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon along with a further man.

“Four of the men have also been charged with assaults, including a Section 18 wounding and an attempted Section 18 wounding. One man has also been charged with witness intimidation.”

Windows and doors were smashed during the mass brawl after opposing groups reportedly clashed prior to a committee election.

Police vowed to take action following the incident, utilising personal videos posted online as well as the attending officer’s body-worn camera footage.

“Of the 52 arrested, 16 were released without charge and one man received a caution and another  community resolution,” Detective Superintendent Twiggs added.

“The 34 have been charged after attending Leeds District Headquarters over the last three days. They are due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court on 6th April and 8th April.”

INVESTIGATION: A statement was read out by the site’s officials following the incident last year

INVESTIGATION: A statement was read out by the site’s officials following the incident last year

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£2.7 billion appeal: Bangladesh asks India for help to build a new reservoir

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APPEAL: Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina

APPEAL: Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh has asked for help from India to build a £2.7 billion water barrier on the Padma River, known locally as the Ganga River.

The 165 kilometres long reservoir will hold 2.9 billion cubic litres of water and will help to protect life and crops. During the monsoon season it will contain the deluge of water and during dry seasons it would release water to feed smaller rivers.

The water level in the Padma River is reported to be lower than normal since a reservoir was constructed 30 kilometres upstream in West Bengal state in India in 1975.

Anisul Islam Mahmud, the Bangladeshi minister for water resources, said Dhaka has already sent a proposal to India seeking cooperation.

“The Ganga flows through both Bangladesh and India so the project would not be successful without India’s cooperation,” the minister said.

It is not yet clear how exactly the countries would work together. They have never worked on any major mega-projects before, although there are increasing efforts to do so.

In 2010 the prime ministers of the two countries signed an agreement under which Bangladesh received a £666 million soft loan from India, with a special focus on the development of railways and waterways.

In 2012 India and Bangladesh also signed an agreement to jointly build a 1,320 MW coal-fired plant in Bangladesh under the aegis of a joint company called the Bangladesh-India friendship company.

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ISIS strikes Bangladesh

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SEARCH ON: Bangladesh police are searching for attackers

SEARCH ON: Bangladesh police are searching for attackers

One dead and three wounded in mosque attack

An affiliate of the terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on a Bangladeshi mosque but the government denied that the group was operating in the country.

One Shia Muslim was killed and three wounded in the attack on Thursday 26th November according to the US intelligence monitoring website SITE which said this was tweeted through an IS-affiliated Twitter account.

The statement said “the soldiers of the caliphate targeted a place of worship for the apostates” built with funds from Iran and vowed more attacks.

The Middle Eastern news agency Al Jazeera, quoted witnesses as saying that three masked attackers entered the Imam Khomeini mosque in Haripur village and began shooting indiscriminately before escaping.

Police said they detained two people for questioning.

The government, however, said that ISIS does not operate in the country and said it was probably the work of a local militant group.

Bangladesh is a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation but attacks on Shia Muslims are rare. However, there has been a rise in attacks on foreigners and secular bloggers in recent months.

ISIS claimed responsibility in each instance.

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FBI help in Bangladesh murder case

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DEMONSTRATION: Hundreds gathered following the death of Avjit Roy to protest the attack

DEMONSTRATION: Hundreds gathered following the death of Avjit Roy to protest the attack

Investigation continues into death of secular blogger, killed by machete- wielding assailant

America’s top crime agency has been called in to help investigate the murder of an American-Bangladeshi who was hacked to death in Dhaka last month.

Avijit Roy, an atheist blogger and engineer of Bangladeshi origin, was killed by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday 26th February as he returned from a book fair.

His wife, who also writes for the blog, suffered serious injuries, including the loss of a finger and head injuries.

Despite the main suspect being detained by the nation’s authority, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has now been called in to help investigate the case.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman, Monirul Islam, said: “An FBI team might come to Dhaka this week to assist in our investigations of the killing of writer and blogger Avijit Roy.”

Roy had allegedly received death threats before his trip to Bangladesh from Islamists, with one online statement posted two months before his arrival, calling for his murder.

Bangladesh's anti-terrorism unit said it had arrested the main suspect in the case, Farabi Shafiur Rahman, in Dhaka on Monday.

Rahman has been jailed in the past for his ties to the extremist Hizbut Tahrir Islamist group and is reported to have confessed to the killing.

It is not the first time a secular blogger has been attacked in the South Asian nation.

In 2013, Muslim militants targeted several bloggers who had demanded capital punishment for Islamist leaders convicted of war crimes during Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence.

One blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was killed that year near his home in Dhaka after he led one such protest.

In 2004, secular writer and Dhaka University professor Humayun Azad was attacked while returning home from a Dhaka book fair and later died in Germany while undergoing treatment.

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Sworn in ceremony

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Bangladesh's new government was finally sworn in on Sunday 12th January, a week after the ruling party had won a turbulent election.

With the opposition party boycotting the votes, there were a host of international calls for a fresh and inclusive poll which never occured.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ‘Awami League’ ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

With fewer than half the seats contested, the outcome was never in doubt, much like last week’s referendum vote in Egypt.

LEADER: Incumbent Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, was sworn back into power last weekend after a landslide victory during violent elections

LEADER: Incumbent Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, was sworn back into power last weekend after a landslide victory during violent elections

The new cabinet were sworn in on Sunday afternoon, with Hasina, 64, taking oath as Prime Minister for the third term.

The BNP, led by former premier and Hasina's bitter rival Begum Khaleda Zia, said the new government was not legitimate, but an ‘autocratic dictatorial government devoid of the representation of the people’.

On Saturday, Khaleda, left her residence for a meeting with Chinese Ambassador Lee Jung after two weeks of under virtual ‘house arrest’, which the government denied.

Mashiur Rahman, an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said the week prior that Khaleda had been prevented from leaving her residence because she had called on activists to carry out violence to resist the election
Both heirs to political dynasties, Hasina and Khaleda have alternated as prime minister for all but two of the past 22 years.

The United States has called on the new government and opposition to engage in immediate dialogue to find a way to hold ‘free, fair, peaceful, and credible’ elections as soon as possible.

Hasina has vowed tougher action in a bid to end violence that is also threatening the country's $22billion garment export industry. Nearly 150 people were killed in election violence in recent months.

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