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Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

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VIVA IL PAPA. Pope Francis waves to the Catholic faithful as he arrives at the stadium where he is scheduled to say mass in Yangon on November 29, 2017. Lilian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Myanmar’s Catholic church earlier advised Francis not to stray into the incendiary issue of the status of the Rohingya in Myanmar, in case he worsened tensions and endangered Christians

YANGON, Myanmar (Dec. 3, 2017) — Pope Francis’s embrace of the Rohingya during a trip to Bangladesh has sparked some angry comment on social media in Myanmar, where just days earlier he chose not to publicly air their plight. Continue reading Myanmar social media anger after Pope uses ‘Rohingya’ word

Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

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DEPARTURE. Pope Francis boards a plane to Yangon on November 26, 2017 at Rome’s Fiumicino airport. Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis will arrive in Myanmar hoping to encourage efforts to contain a crisis that has seen many of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in the mostly Buddhist Myanmar, forced from their homes

ROME, Italy (Nov. 27, 2017) — Pope Francis set off Sunday, November 26, on his 21st and possibly most delicate overseas trip yet, a 6-day visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh against the backdrop of the unfolding Rohingya refugee crisis. Continue reading Pope heads to Myanmar and into Rohingya crisis

Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

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NOWHERE TO GO. A young Rohingya refugee looks on in Hakimpara refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on November 24, 2017. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

‘At present, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine State are not in place to enable safe and sustainable returns,’ says UNHCR

GENEVA, Switzerland (Nov. 25, 2017) — Conditions for Rohingya refugees to safely return to Myanmar from Bangladesh are not in place, the UN said Friday, November 24, a day after the two countries announced repatriation would begin in two months. Continue reading Myanmar not yet safe for Rohingya refugee return, says UN

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

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IN LIMBO. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. Fred Dufour/AFP

It remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take

YANGON, Myanmar (Nov. 23, 2017) — Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, Dhaka said Thursday, November 23, as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border. Continue reading Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to start Rohingya return in two months

For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

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“We can’t get [climate finance],” says Célestine Ketcha Courtès, mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon (Photo: UN Climate Change)
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash

November 13, 2017 — The presence of US cities and states at UN climate talks in Bonn has been big, brash and supercharged with billionaire cash. Continue reading For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis’

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Successive droughts, like those seen in sub-Saharan Africa, could cause millions to migrate to Europe. Photograph: Peter Caton/Tearfund

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable

November 2, 2017 — Tens of millions of people will be forced from their homes by climate change in the next decade, creating the biggest refugee crisis the world has ever seen, according to a new report. Continue reading Climate change ‘will create world’s biggest refugee crisis’

Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

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In May, US president Donald Trump told the pope he would read his essay on ecology (Photo: British Province of Carmelites)

Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution

October 16, 2017 — Pope Francis expressed dismay on Monday at US president Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. Continue reading Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

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An eight-year-old Rohingya girl inside a refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. The report is based on 65 interviews with Rohingya who recently arrived in Bangladesh. Photograph: Jorge Silva/Reuters

Region’s head of human rights calls on Aung San Suu Kyi to stop violence as report says ‘clearance operations’ include killings, torture and rape

October 11, 2017 — Myanmar security forces have driven out half a million Muslim Rohingya from northern Rakhine state, torching their homes, crops and villages to prevent them from returning, the UN human rights office said on Wednesday. Continue reading UN report details brutal Myanmar effort to drive out half a million Rohingya

15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’

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DEAD. People come to see the boat where Rohingya Muslim refugees were found dead on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox’s Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

‘The situation has spiraled into the world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare,’ says UN chief Antonio Guterres

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Sept. 29, 2017) — At least 15 people drowned and scores are feared missing after a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh Thursday, September 28, as UN chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the refugees’ “nightmare.” Continue reading 15 dead in Rohingya boat sinking, UN chief tells Myanmar to end ‘nightmare’