Bangladesh PM urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya Muslims

In this file photo, Rohingya Muslim refugees pose for a photograph at their house in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. (AFP)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Bangladesh PM urges Myanmar to take back Rohingya Muslims

  • About 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since last August.
  • Aid agencies and have expressed concern that the Rohingya will not be safe or be able to live freely if they return.

KOLKATA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for international pressure on Myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have sought shelter in her country to escape military-led violence.
Hasina says Bangladesh gave shelter to the fleeing Rohingya on humanitarian grounds, but they should return to Myanmar.
“Other countries should put pressure on Myanmar to take them back,” she said in a speech Friday at Visva-Bharti University in India’s West Bengal state.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the speech.
About 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state since last August and are living in squalid camps across the border in Bangladesh. Aid agencies and have expressed concern that the Rohingya will not be safe or be able to live freely if they return.


Canadian leaders condemn arson at mosque

Edson mosque
Updated 19 June 2018
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Canadian leaders condemn arson at mosque

OTTAWA: Canadian leaders on Monday condemned a “brazen” act of arson at an Alberta mosque as Muslims around the world celebrated the end of Ramadan.
The mosque in the town of Edson was set ablaze Saturday night, blackening the entrance to the building but otherwise causing no injuries and little damage.
“All of Canada stands together with the community against this brazen act, which is under investigation. Everyone has the right to practice their faith without fear,” Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said on Twitter.
Surveillance footage showed a person in a dark hoodie carrying a jerrycan fleeing the mosque at about 11 p.m. local time Saturday (0300 GMT Sunday).
The 30-year-old mosque serves as a place of worship for 15 families in Edson, about 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of Edmonton.
Alberta’s social democratic Premier Rachel Notley called the arson an “affront to all Albertans” and she renewed her government’s commitment to “fighting racism in all its forms.”
The province’s Conservative leader Jason Kenney called it “an attack on freedom” while vowing solidarity “with our Muslim neighbors against such acts of hatred.”