Umer Beigh
Rohingya refugees Forgotten Rohingyas mark fifth year of mass exodus 

Close to 750,000 Rohingyas fled due to the ethnic cleansing campaign, the majority of whom are now living in camps in Bangladesh

Afghan women Plight of women in Afghanistan worsened due to US sanctions

Economic sanctions by the US and the dress code restrictions imposed by the Taliban regime have only increased the suffering of women and girls in Afghanistan

Myanmar update Myanmar is trapped in a cycle of displacement and widespread rights abuse

From mass arrests to killings of 2,000 dissidents, the military regime is accused of triggering displacement, bringing political divisions and pushing the country to the verge of civil war

India Hijab ban Controversial Hijab ban in India a form of “religious apartheid” 

Many fear that the headscarf ban in educational institutions will intensify persecution of minority groups by far-right Hindu nationalists forces within the country

Sri Lanka Amnesty report enforced disappearances Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka face increasing surveillance and intimidation 

With a rise in surveillance, intimidation and harassment by the state apparatus, families of victims of enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka are facing increasing threats, as per rights groups

Enforced disappearance in Balochistan, Pakistan 63 persons forcibly disappeared, 37 killed in Pakistan’s Balochistan

Enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue in Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province with over 63 disappearances and 37 casualties reported within the month of December

Kashmir journalists Journalists and media organizations condemn crackdown on press in Kashmir

Local and international bodies have condemned the September 8 police raids in Srinagar targeting senior journalists Hilal Mir (44), Shah Abbas (50), Showkat Motta (52) and Azhar Qadri (34)

Bangladesh enforced disappearances A decade of enforced disappearances in Bangladesh

Several rights organizations have called for Bangladeshi security agencies to be held accountable for allegedly subjecting hundreds of people to enforced disappearances in the country

Families of disappeared persons demonstrate in Sri Lanka’s Mullaitivu

Hundreds of Tamil families have been protesting in northern Mullaitivu for four years, demanding justice and campaigning to trace down the whereabouts of their family members

Afghanistan bomb blasts Rights organizations condemn deadly attacks in Afghanistan

The blasts took place in Kabul’s Dasht-e-Barchi area and the Shahr-e-Safa district in southern Zabul province. The United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan reported that 573 civilians were killed in the first three months of 2021

Rohingya refugees detained in India Rohingya refugees detained for violating Foreigners Act in India

Close to 170 Rohingya refugees in Jammu were taken into the Hiranagar sub-jail on March 7 after being declared as “illegal migrants” under Section 3 (2) e of the Foreigners Act. The move has instilled fear in thousands of refugees living in the region 

Rohingya genocide Three years after beginning of genocide in Myanmar, Rohingyas have been abandoned

Nearly 750,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar fearing persecution at the hands of the military. Those who remain in the volatile Rakhine State are still at risk, making the slogan “never again” appear empty