Repatriation efforts for Rohingya Muslims who have fled from Burma to Bangladesh in the face of alleged ethnic cleansing – even genocide – at the hands of the Buddhist-majority Burmese military are slated to begin this month. However, much of the international community and human rights groups have expressed grave concern that a return is only a recipe for further persecution. Yet even as allegations of widespread abuse pile up, the government of Burma – officially now known as Myanmar – and its permanent representative to the United Nations are doubling-down with the narrative that they are merely attempting to stop violent Islamic “extremism” from spreading.
One year later, and the Yazidi population of northern Iraq is still embroiled in a crisis -- facing daily persecution and even execution by the Islamic State. With tens of thousands of this Christian population uprooted from their homes and living as refugees in their own country many have nowhere to go for safe haven.