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The Rohingya

The Rohingya are indigenous people living in their ancestral homeland in Rakhine state of Burma. Rohingyas were citizens in Burma: voted, elected their representatives, served in the military, in government and the police force. However, the 1982 Citizenship Act, passed by the military regime, took away their citizenship. This policy launched a slow, increasingly destructive genocide which is in full swing now. Rohingyas have been living under apartheid for decades.

  • They cannot attend school,
  • They cannot enter a mosque,
  • They cannot pray in public,
  • They cannot hold jobs,
  • They cannot marry,
  • They cannot travel freely.

Amnesty International calls it apartheid. Human Rights Watch has noted a number of “crimes against humanity.” Fortify Rights speaks of the “mounting evidence of genocide.” Similarly, the United Nations human rights chief has called for a full investigation of suspected “acts of genocide.” For the Rohingya, it’s an ongoing reality while waiting for the world to act.

Most Rohingya are Muslims. There are some Christian and Hindu Rohingyas as well; many were among those attacked and forced to flee to Bangladesh. Since 1982, repeated military attacks have displaced over two million Rohingyas.

At the core of the apartheid system has been the systematic removal of citizenship from Rohingya people.

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The U.S. considered denouncing Myanmar for ‘crimes against humanity.’ It didn’t happen.

November 15 at 4:00 AM YANGON, Myanmar — A memo sent to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo this summer gave the greenlight for a tough U.S. response to systematic slayings and mass expulsions against Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslim population. Key...

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As India eases citizenship path for Hindus, Rohingya Muslims fear expulsion

JODHPUR/JAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Nar Singh can vividly recall the day in 2014 when Narendra Modi promised to provide refuge to Hindus suffering around the world. The 39-year-old shop owner sat awestruck inside his two-bedroom house in Pakistan’s e...

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EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

Both Cambodia and Myanmar heavily depend on the European Union's duty and quota free trade agreement. But the European bloc believes it is time that these countries address human rights abuses. Ate Hoekstra reports. Already saddled with debt, Cambodi...

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US Vice President Presses Asian Leaders on Rohingya, Maritime Dispute

SINGAPORE — While leaders from 10 Southeast Asian countries largely discussed trade in Singapore Wednesday, participating U.S. Vice President Mike Pence focused on keeping Asian seas open internationally despite Chinese expansion. He also sought he...

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ASEAN will Continue to Support Myanmar in Resolving Rakhine Issues

US Vice President Mike Pence arrives next to (L-R) Myanmar’s leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte and Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, for a group photo with ASEAN leaders at the ASEAN-US Summit in Singa...

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Pence tells Suu Kyi persecution of Rohingya inexcusable

US Vice President Mike Pence told Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi today that the violence and persecution by her country's military and vigilantes that sent more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh was inexcusable. Pence told Suu Kyi ...

Daily star


UN Will Not Help Myanmar with Long-term Camps for Rohingya: Document

A view from outside Taung Pyo Letwe reception camp near the border with Bangladesh, in Rakhine state, Myanmar, during a trip by United Nations envoys to the region on May 1, 2018. / Reuters By Reuters 14 November 2018 YANGON — The United Nations’...

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Education Cannot Wait launches US$12 million allocation for Rohingya children education in Cox’s Bazar

In a major boost to the education response of the Rohingya refugee crisis, the Education Cannot Wait (ECW) fund is allocating US$12 million to support 88,500 refugee and host community children and adolescents. The fund is being awarded to UNICEF, UN...

Reliefweb


Rohingya crisis: On anniversary of deadliest cyclone on record, thousands of lives at risk during Bangladesh storm season

Save the Children is warning of potential large-scale damage and loss of life among Rohingya refugees this cyclone season as they continue to languish in makeshift camps in southern Bangladesh. The warning comes as the world marks 48 years since the ...

Reliefweb


Gallery: The best photos from around the world

1/12 Central American migrants, part of the caravan hoping to reach the U.S. border, get a ride on a truck carrying rolls of steel rebar, in Irapuato, Mexico.Credit:AP 2/12 Firefighters battle a fire along the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway in Simi Vall...

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Rohingya shocked, terrified as deadline for Myanmar return nears

Yangon, Myanmar - Abdul fled his burning home last August amid a frenzy of screams, smoke and gunfire. As soldiers from Myanmar's army shot people down at his village in northern Rakhine state, he saw his nephew and son-in-law struck by bullets and ...

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Suu Kyi stripped of Amnesty honour

The Amnesty International has stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the latest of several honours taken away from her since last year's brutal military crackdown on the Rohingyas. This is the eighth honour that the former Nobel peace prize...

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'Defending the indefensible': Malaysia's Mahathir slams Suu Kyi over Rohingya crisis

ASEAN leaders Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi and Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad take their positions for the group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore November 13, 2018. Photo: REUTERS/Edgar Su Reuters, Sin...

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President Proposes New Ministry to Promote Investment

By The Irrawaddy 12 November 2018 YANGON — President U Win Myint has proposed the formation of a new Union-level ministry to boost local and international investment and to make that investment socially and environmentally responsible. The presiden...

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Myanmar prepares for first Rohingya returnees, but UN warns against rushing

Rohingya refugees shout slogans during a protest march after attending a ceremony to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia o...

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Calls for open trade to greet Pence as Trump skips Asia summit

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia-Pacific leaders will join the heads of Southeast Asian states this week in Singapore to renew calls for multilateralism and fresh pledges to resolve regional conflicts ranging from the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar to tensions...

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When social media inspires real life violence

A new report reignites the idea that social media users can be manipulated by misinformation, enabling a variety of actors to trigger violence between different groups. Morgan Meaker reports. When a Buddhist woman went to her local police station in ...

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China and Japan’s power struggle is good news for Southeast Asia

As China and Japan vie for dominant influence in Southeast Asia, the region benefits from the aid it receives from both economic giants The Japan-China rivalry in Southeast Asia is good for the economic development and strategic autonomy of Southeast...

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Rohingya Crisis, Suu Kyi Under the Microscope at Southeast Asia Summit

By Reuters 9 November 2018 SINGAPORE/YANGON — The customary cordiality of Southeast Asian summits may be missing when the region’s leaders meet next week due to sharp differences over Myanmar, whose military has been accused of genocide against t...

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Suu Kyi under the microscope at ASEAN summit

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends joint press remarks with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not in picture) after their bilateral meeting at the Akasaka Palace state guest house in Tokyo in Japan on October 9, 2018. File photo: Re...

Daily star


Rights groups call on Aung San Suu Kyi to release jailed Reuters journalists

More than 50 human rights organizations from around the world are calling on State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar authorities to release Reuters reporters and 2018 PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award honorees Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who w...

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Facebook says human rights report shows it should do more in Myanmar

SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook Inc on Monday said a human rights report it commissioned on its presence in Myanmar showed it had not done enough to prevent its social network from being used to incite violence. The report by San Francisco-based non-profi...

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Reuters reporters in Myanmar appeal state-secrets conviction

Lawyers for two Reuters reporters jailed for seven years in Myanmar lodged an appeal on Monday against their conviction on charges of breaking the country's Official Secrets Act. The appeal cited evidence of a police set-up and lack of proof of a cri...

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4 Ways World Leaders Have Echoed Trump’s Words and Policies

The president of the United States has one of the most powerful bully pulpits in the world. President Trump has used that platform to spread his populist message through language often shorn of diplomatic niceties and demeaning of his opponents. And...

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Accountability crucial for voluntary return of Rohingyas, says Bangladesh envoy to UN

In this photograph taken on May 7, 2018, sand bags are seen on the roof of a shelter to weigh it down in preparation for the upcoming monsoon season in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFP UNB, Dhaka Bangladesh has said accountability would s...

Daily star


Rohingya Refugees Refuse Repatriation from Bangladesh

None of the first Rohingya Muslims on a list to return Myanmar showed up at their departure points in Bangladesh Thursday, the first day they were scheduled to be sent back under a repatriation agreement between the two nations. About 150 Rohingya re...

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Myanmar by-elections a test for leader buffeted by crises

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Asked what Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has changed since becoming Myanmar’s leader two years ago, most residents of Kachin state in the far north say the roads: new tarmac smoothes the path for cars, motorbikes an...

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Myanmar by-election rare local test for Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar voters cast their ballots in a small but key by-election Saturday, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's party more than halfway through her time in office. Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) sw...

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EU threatens to slap sanctions

The European Union has threatened to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar if it does not address the widespread human rights violations against the Rohingyas in Rakhine and other minorities in Kachin and Shan states. “The EU stands ready to provide ne...

Daily star


EU considers sanctions on Myanmar over Rohingya crackdown

Yangon, Myanmar – The European Union has threatened to impose trade sanctions on Myanmar that could put thousands of jobs in its lucrative clothing industry at risk, if the country does not address 'severe shortcomings' in human rights. Officials ...

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US for voluntary return of Rohingyas

In this photograph taken on May 7, 2018, sand bags are seen on the roof of a shelter to weigh it down in preparation for the upcoming monsoon season in Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. Photo: AFP UNB, Dhaka The United States has laid emphasis on vol...

Daily star


Camp For Displaced Hindus in Rakhine Short of Food, Manager Says

By Min Aung Khine 1 November 2018 SITTWE, Rakhine State — The manager of a camp in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw Township for Hindus displaced by last year’s violence said the camp was running short of food. U Ni Mal said the Ministry of Social Welf...

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Analysis: Muse-Mandalay Railway Agreement with China Raises Debt, Conflict Fears

By Nan Lwin 31 October 2018 YANGON—Even as Laos’s planned railway connecting southern China with northeast Thailand comes under scrutiny due to its huge cost and uncertain benefits, Naypyitaw has agreed to conduct a feasibility study on a high-sp...

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Denmark to provide $4.6m more for Rohingyas

Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tornaes on today announced additional funding of US$ 4.6 million to meet the urgent food needs of Rohingyas and host communities. Ulla Tornaes said they are doing whatever they can to put pressure on t...

Daily star


'I am Rohingya' wins IPA Discovery of the Year Award 2018

Mohammad Rakibul Hasan Bangladeshi photographer Mohammad Rakibul Hasan's 'I am Rohingya' series has won the International Photography Awards' Discovery of the Year Award 2018 in the 'Deeper Perspective' category. The series portrays the harrowing con...

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Rohingya refugee crisis hits Myanmar's economy

Rohingya refugee crisis hits Myanmar's economy When growth falls and investment flees, it's the poor who suffer the most Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN at the National Convention Center in Hanoi, ...

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Labor Groups Implore Visiting EU Officials Not to Withdraw Trade Preferences

By Nan Lwin 29 October 2018 YANGON—Myanmar’s trade union and labor organizations voiced strong disagreement with Brussels’ move to consider withdrawing trade preferences at a meeting with EU officials on Monday. Representatives of the Myanmar C...

Irrawaddy


Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters to file appeal

Yangon, Oct 29 (AFP) Two Myanmar Reuters journalists will file an appeal this week against a seven-year prison sentence linked to reporting on the Rohingya crisis, their defence lawyer said Monday. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were sentenced ear...

The Quint


Bangladesh, Myanmar Agree to Repatriate Rohingya

Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to repatriate Rohingya refugees back to the country they fled, in the midst of a U.N warning that genocide was still being committed against them. Myanmar Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Mya...

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UNHCR credits Japan for ‘small steps’ but calls on nation to accept more refugees

Japan is making progress toward opening its doors to refugees in “small steps” but could do more to support displaced people in areas of conflict, including the Rohingya, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in Tokyo on Friday....

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Myanmar, India Appoint Operator for Sittwe Port Project

By Nan Lwin 26 October 2018 YANGON—Myanmar signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) early this week with India to appoint a private operator for Sittwe Port. The move is part of the Kaladan Multi Model Transit Transport Project under India’s am...

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Rakhine Women’s Center to Open to ‘Promote Social Cohesion’

By Moe Myint 26 October 2018 YANGON — In order to promote social cohesion between Muslim, ethnic Arakanese and Hindu communities in northern Rakhine’s Maungdaw Township, the Union government has approved the construction of a women’s center, sa...

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President seeks mounting global pressure on Myanmar over Rohingyas

President M Abdul Hamid addresses delivers his speech on ‘The hardening of international relations: A risk to peace and security’ at the opening session of the 20th Homeland and Global Security Forum at Plenary Hall at the Grand Hotel Kempinski i...

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UN Official Urges Justice for Myanmar’s Rohingya

FILE - Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, attends a news conference on the publication of a final written report at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 27, 2018. Share UNITED NATIO...

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UN investigator says Myanmar genocide against Rohingya 'ongoing'

Genocide continues to take place against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the government is increasingly demonstrating it has no interest in establishing a fully functioning democracy, a UN investigator said. Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN fact-fin...

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Honour the Promises: One year on from the Rohingya pledging conference

Rohingya crisis: funding shortfall leaves displaced people with no long-range protection plan, warns Christian Aid One year on from the Rohingya pledging conference at the UN, new analysis from Christian Aid reveals that less than half of funding req...

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If human rights shelved in NKorea talks, UN expert warns: look at Myanmar

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un after they signed documents that acknowledged the progress of the talks and pledge to keep momentum going, after their summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singa...

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Australia slaps sanctions on Myanmar army top brass

SYDNEY/YANGON (Reuters) - Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the E...

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Global Pressure Mounts on Myanmar to Act on Accountability in Rakhine Crisis

Rohingya refugees hold banners and placards during a visit of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and World Bank president Jim Yong Kim at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, July 2, 2018. / Reuters By Reuters 26 October 2018 ...

Irrawaddy


Australia hits 5 Myanmar generals with sanctions

Australia's government on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against five officers in Myanmar's powerful military who are accused of overseeing barbaric violence against members of the Rohingya ethnic group. Following similar actions by the United States and...

Daily star


Accountability, inclusive dialogue two pillars for Myanmar national reconciliation: UN envoy

Christine Schraner Burgener (C), United Nations (UN) Special Envoy for Myanmar, arrives and meet with Muslim people at the Thet Kel Pyin Muslim Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in Sittwe, Rakhine State, western Myanmar, 16 October 2018. Photo:...

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‘I Don’t Think the West Understands Myanmar’

By The Irrawaddy 23 October 2018 How would you describe the Thai-Myanmar relationship at the moment? Thai-Myanmar relations at the moment are excellent. The relationship hasn’t been this strong at any time since 1962. I am very happy because it has...

Irrawaddy


Stowe School sends pupils to see Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh to 'open their eyes'

The elite Stowe School has taken a group of sixth-form students to visit Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh on a trip it hopes will make them more aware of their privilege. “We wanted to take the children outside of their comfort zones,” says J...

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India, Myanmar review ties, sign port operator agreement

New Delhi, Oct 22 (IANS) India and Myanmar on Monday reviewed all matters related to their bilateral ties, including the Rohingya refugees crisis, and signed a crucial memorandum of understanding for the appointment of an operator of port that will b...

The Quint


Cambodia Talks Fail to End Trade Sanction Threat, EU Says

Protesters chant slogans against Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen during the EU-Asia leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, October 19, 2018.  / Reuters By Reuters 22 October 2018 BRUSSELS — Cambodia failed on Friday to allay criticisms of authorit...

Irrawaddy


Rab detains 3 with 1 lakh yaba tablets

The Rab arrested three people, including a Rohingya youth, with one lakh yaba tablets from the district town's BSCIC area early yesterday. The arrestees are Jubaer Prokash Johar, 35, Md Belal, 22, and Md Sadrul Amin, a 21-year-old Rohingya from Myanm...

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UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

By Nyein Nyein 19 October 2018 YANGON–After a trip to the refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border in the second week of October, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Myanmar Daniel Chugg spoke about his experiences there, Myanmar-UK relatio...

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European, Asian Leaders Want Free Trade, Push Back at Trump

BRUSSELS — European and Asian leaders pledged their support for free trade at a meeting Friday that underscored global trade tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Asia-Europe Meeting in Brussels would s...

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UK Wants Accountability for Crimes Committed in Rakhine State

By Nyein Nyein 19 October 2018 YANGON–After a trip to the refugee camps along the Thailand-Myanmar border in the second week of October, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to Myanmar Daniel Chugg spoke about his experiences there, Myanmar-UK relatio...

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European and Asian Leaders Seek to Boost Trade, Security

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, is greeted by European Council President Donald Tusk, left, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during arrivals for the ASEM 12 in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 18, 2018. Share BRUSSELS — Europ...

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6 Rohingya Died in Fire at Sittwe IDP Camp

By Min Aung Khine 19 October 2018 SITTWE, Rakhine State — Six Rohingya were killed in a fire at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Rakhine State’s Sittwe on Thursday. The fire started around 11 p.m. after embers from a kitchen fire...

Irrawaddy


Six dead in fire at Rohingya camp in Myanmar

Six Rohingya were killed early Friday after a blaze tore through an overcrowded camp for the persecuted minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the local fire service said. Global attention has focused on the 720,000 Rohingya Muslims forced from the sta...

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Rohingya fear death as India begins deportation

Supporters of the ruling pro-Hindu party BJP demonstrate on March 23 in the West Bengal state capital Kolkata against what they call the infiltration of Rohingya Muslim minorities into India. (Photo by IANS) The damp earth gives off a putrid stench a...

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Myanmar state counselor stresses role of UEHRD for western state rehabilitation

Rohingya refugees look on as others shout slogans as they attend a protest march after attending a ceremony to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalo...

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West’s Call for Sanctions Is ‘Utter Nonsense’: Japanese Ambassador

By The Irrawaddy 19 October 2018 YANGON—Japan is completely opposed to efforts by some countries to impose trade sanctions against Myanmar over the Rohingya issue, believing such a move would seriously hurt ordinary people while doing nothing to re...

Irrawaddy


UN Security Council to Hear Findings of Probe of Myanmar's Rohingya Crackdown

A special United Nations panel that accused Myanmar's military of carrying out numerous atrocities against the Rohingya Muslims last year will brief the U.N. Security Council on their findings. Nine of the 15 members of the U.N. Security Council -- B...

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Genocide incited on Facebook

Facebook said it removed 13 more pages and 10 accounts linked to the Myanmar military after a New York Times (NYT) report on Monday accused the military for launching a half-decade-long campaign of hate on the social media. "We want to make it more d...

Daily star


Rohingya Refugee Camps Rife With Forced Labor, Sexual Exploitation

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, are fertile grounds for traffickers who prey upon vulnerable people. It says young women and girls in particular are lured into situat...

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EU Trade Preference Halt Would Cause Widespread Harm to Myanmar: Activists, Lawmakers

YANGON—The withdrawal of EU trade preferences would impact the lives of ordinary people, putting more than 400,000 jobs at risk in the fast-growing garment sector, which is the country’s largest foreign income earner, lawmakers, labor policy make...

Irrawaddy


Rohingya Refugees in Delhi Are Scared of the Govt and The Media

“There is a lot of violence there. There's no employment for us. There is no media to represent us. If the Indian government wants to deport us, it can deport us anywhere else, but we can't return to Burma,” says Mohammad*, a Rohingya refugee liv...

The Quint


Facebook Bans More Myanmar Military-Linked Accounts for Spreading Propaganda

Facebook has removed nearly two dozen more accounts and pages linked to Myanmar’s military, which the U.N. is investigating for possible charges of genocide during its campaign of violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Facebook announced th...

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Switzerland Joins EU in Sanctioning Myanmar’s Military Generals

By The Irrawaddy 18 October 2018 YANGON—Switzerland has imposed an asset freeze and travel ban (entry and transit) on seven high-ranking members of Myanmar’s military and security forces for human rights violations committed in the country. The b...

Irrawaddy


Clashes at Myanmar garment factory leave dozens injured

Myanmar residents shout slogans near the Chinese-owned Fu Yuen Garment factory after armed thugs beat up and hospitalised some workers on strike. Photo: Ye Aung Thu/AFP Riot police rushed to the scene of clashes at a strike-hit Myanmar garment factor...

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