A perspective on rural crime

Crime News Service: Rural crime statistics and challenges in rural safety were put into perspective at the first ever International Rural Crime Conference held in Centurion in September this year. Addressing delegates, Theo de Jager, president of the World Farmers’ Organisation said that it is essential that we discuss these issues as it impacts the profitability and sustainability of agricultural sectors across the globe. He added that it is important to approach policymakers with clear statistics, challenges and solutions to influence policy and see results. According to De Jager, there…

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Facebook bans Rohingya group’s posts as minority faces ‘ethnic cleansing’

Crime News Service: As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’ Amid international accusations that Myanmar’s military is engaging in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingya Muslim minority, Facebook designated a Rohingya insurgent group a “dangerous organization” and ordered moderators to delete any content “by or praising” it. The decision, which the company said was made after an internal assessment of the group, came shortly before activists began complaining that the company was censoring posts about…

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UN investigators gathering testimony on Rohingya rights violations

Crime News Service: UN investigators have started collecting testimony from fleeing Rohingya Muslims pointing to human rights violations by Myanmar’s military and security forces, the head of the fact-finding mission said on Tuesday. Marzuki Darusman said his UN team was still trying to get Myanmar’s permission to enter the country, but was gathering evidence from refugees and medics in the border town of Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh. Darusman’s team started its work in August, the month that attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Myanmar triggered a military response that…

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Rohingya will be able to return from Bangladesh : Myanmar

Crime News Service: Myanmar’s national security adviser Thaung Tun has said that Rohingya Muslims who had fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to escape violence in Rakhine State would be able to return but the process would have to be discussed. “We will make sure that everybody who left their home can return to their home but this is a process we have to discuss,” he said after a ministerial meeting on the crisis hosted by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. “We want to…

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Blood flowed in the streets

Crime News Service, ANNIE GOWEN : The soldiers arrived in the Myanmar village just after 8 a.m., the villagers said, ready to fight a war. They fired shots in the air, and then, the villagers claim, turned their guns on fleeing residents, who fell dead and wounded in the monsoon-green rice paddies. The military’s retribution for a Rohingya militant attack on police posts earlier that day had begun. Mohammed Roshid, a rice farmer, heard the gunfire and fled with his wife and children, but his 80-year-old father, who walks with a…

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Who are the Rohingya and what is happening in Myanmar?

Crime News Service: HUNDREDS of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are fleeing into Bangladesh amid violent ethnic clashes that some are calling genocide. Here’s why. MYANMAR’S Rohingya Muslims have been called the world’s most persecuted minority, a people without a country. In the last couple of weeks, nearly 400,000 Rohingya have fled for their lives into already-crowded refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has come under fire over her perceived unwillingness to speak out against their treatment or criticise the military. So, who are…

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