India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row 

In his speech [Pakistan’s] PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi accused India of “war crimes” in the disputed Kashmir region and of “exporting terror” to Pakistan.

…In his speech Mr Abbasi addressed the issue of the Afghan war, saying Pakistan refused to be a “scapegoat” for the conflict. The US accuses the Pakistani intelligence services of ties to militants who operate in Afghanistan, allegations Pakistan rejects.

On Kashmir, the Pakistani leader accused India of employing “massive and indiscriminate force” against civilians protesting against Delhi’s rule.

“Shotgun pellets have blinded and maimed thousands of Kashmiris, including children. These and other brutalities clearly constitute war crimes and violate the Geneva conventions,” he said.

He also asked the UN to appoint a special envoy to oversee the region.

Exercising the right of reply, Eenam Gambhir, India’s first secretary to the UN, said it was “extraordinary that the state which protected Osama Bin Laden and sheltered Mullah Omar should have the gumption to play the victim”.

“Pakistan is now Terroristan with a flourishing industry producing and exporting global terrorism,” the envoy said.

India calls Pakistan ‘Terroristan’ in UN speech row – BBC News



Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina at UNGA proposes creation of safe zone in Myanmar

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday proposed creating “safe zones” inside Myanmar, supervised by the United Nations, to protect the Rohingya Muslims who are fleeing violence in Rakhine state, AFP reported. According to the international body, more than 4,20,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 25, when fresh violence erupted in Myanmar.

“These people must be able to return to their homeland in safety, security and dignity,” Hasina told the UN General Assembly.

She also called on the international community to take immediate measures to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya crisis. She further urged the UN to send a fact-finding mission to Myanmar. The Bangladeshi leader demanded the full implementation of the Kofi Annan Commission report that recommends citizenship for the Rohingyas.

…The Bangladeshi prime minister accused the security forces of Myanmar of laying landmines on the border to prevent the refugees from returning. She called on the Myanmar government to end the violence in Rakhine state “immediately and forever.”

Rohingyas have been denied citizenship in Myanmar, and are classified as illegal immigrants, despite them claiming roots going back centuries in the country. The community has been subjected to violence by the Buddhist majority and the Army in Myanmar. 

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh’s Sheikh Hasina at UNGA proposes creation of safe zone in Myanmar


Myanmar’s Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine but silent on army role

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine but silent on army role


I wonder what the current relationship between Suu Kyi and the military is. They are the ones who controlled the government that imprisoned her, yes? And they control large parts of the government still, correct?

I’m curious as to what -if anything at all- they have said to her will happen if she throws them under the bus.

‘Textbook example of ethnic cleansing’: 370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens

The U.S. is “alarmed” by allegations of killings and village burning by the Burmese military.

…Hundreds of thousands of the long-persecuted ethnic minority continued to stream via land and rickety boats into Bangladesh this week, arriving exhausted, dehydrated and recounting tales of nightmarish horrors at the hands of the Burmese military, including friends and neighbors shot dead and homes torched before their eyes.

…Relief efforts have been rapidly overwhelmed, with stocks of food, temporary shelter kits and other supplies running low. Prices of vegetables, bamboo and plastic sheeting used to make shelters are soaring.

…Burma’s more than 1 million Rohingya Muslims are essentially stateless, and the Burmese government considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The minority group has endured decades of discrimination and neglect, which worsened in 2012 after Rohingyas clashed with Buddhists in Burma’s western Rakhine State. More than 100,000 were then confined to camps, where their movement, access to jobs and education were severely restricted.

…U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein on Monday pointed to satellite imagery and reports of “security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages.”

“The Myanmar government should stop pretending that the Rohingyas are setting fire to their own homes and laying waste to their own villages,” he added, a swipe at Suu Kyi’s government, which has accused the Rohingyas of doing the torching themselves. He called it a “complete denial of reality.”

‘Textbook example of ethnic cleansing’: 370,000 Rohingyas flood Bangladesh as crisis worsens – The Washington Post


A woman interviewed 100 convicted rapists in India. This is what she learned. 

Madhumita Pandey’s doctoral research searches for the roots of these men’s beliefs.

….Pandey, who grew up in New Delhi, and saw her city in a new light after the Nirbhaya case, said: “I thought, what prompts these men? What are the circumstances which produce men like this? I thought, ask the source.”

Since then, she has spent weeks talking to rapists in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Most of the men she met there were uneducated, only a handful had graduated high school. Many were third- or fourth-grade dropouts. “When I went to research, I was convinced these men are monsters. But when you talk to them, you realize these are not extraordinary men, they are really ordinary. What they’ve done because of upbringing and thought process.”

A woman interviewed 100 convicted rapists in India. This is what she learned. – The Washington Post


Indian journalist shot dead outside Bangalore home 

Lankesh was the editor of the newspaper Lankesh Patrike, founded by her father, a journalist and activist himself.She went on to set up her own weekly magazine, the Gauri Lankesh Patrike.

….According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, there have been no convictions in any of the 27 cases of journalists murdered for their work in India since 1992.

One of Lankesh’s last tweets before her death read, “Why do I feel that some of ‘us’ are fighting between ourselves? We all know our ‘biggest enemy’. Can we all please concentrate on that?”

Her killing like others before her “raises alarms about the state of freedom of expression in the country,” according to a statement issued by Amnesty International India.

Indian journalist shot dead outside Bangalore home – CNN