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Some 250,000 Rohingya refugees receive first ID cards – UN

May 18, 2019 - 10:57 AM

'Over a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar have now been jointly registered and provided with identity cards by Bangladesh authorities and UNHCR,' spokesman Andrej Mahecic tells reporters in Geneva

PLAY. Young Rohingya refugees fly kites at the Hakimpara refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on November 18, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP

Bangladesh rescues 23 Rohingya girls from traffickers

May 12, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Police says human traffickers promise jobs in Malaysia for the 23 teenage Rohingya girls

SAFETY. Rohingya refugees walk back to their tent during dusk at the Kutupalong refugee camp. File photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Myanmar plane in emergency touchdown as landing gear fails

May 12, 2019 - 3:00 PM

All 89 people on board, including 7 crew members, are safe

Suu Kyi tries to save face with Myanmar reporters' release

May 09, 2019 - 1:11 PM

Observers say the unexpected release of the two Reuters reporters is a political decision timed to save face for the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi

SUU KYI. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives on stage to speak at Advisory Forum on National Reconciliation and Peace in Myanmar, in Naypyidaw on May 7, 2019. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Myanmar frees two Reuters journalists in amnesty

May 07, 2019 - 11:22 AM

(4th UPDATE) Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are freed on presidential amnesty

FREE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture outside Insein prison after being freed in a presidential amnesty in Yangon on May 7, 2019. Photo by AFP

Myanmar unrest hampers UN access to Rohingya villages

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:27 AM

UN high commissioner for refugees Filippo Grandi says that UN experts are only able reach about 100 of the villages that the Rohingya fled after the Myanmar military launched a deadly crackdown in 2017

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

More than 50 feared killed in landslide at Myanmar jade mine

Apr 23, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country's border with China

Top Myanmar court rejects appeal by Reuters reporters – lawyer

Apr 23, 2019 - 1:15 PM

Supporters believe the pair are being punished for investigating a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's western Rakhine state in September 2017

WA LONE. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Thai new year splashes in with water fights, raves

Apr 13, 2019 - 6:14 PM

As the sun sets, tens of thousands of ravers from across Asia are expected to dance into Saturday night under massive water cannons and spectacular pyrotechnics

NEW YEAR. Revellers spray water on two men pretending to study during the annual Songkran, or Thai New Year, celebrations on Khaosan Road in Bangkok on April 13, 2019.  Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Jailed Reuters journalists in Myanmar win U.N. press freedom prize

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:41 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been behind bars since December 2017, detained on claims of violating state secrets

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Rohingya arrive in Malaysia, more believed at sea

Apr 08, 2019 - 7:17 PM

(UPDATED) About 200 more are thought to be trapped at sea in Thai waters

ROHINGYA ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees, who landed on an isolated northern shore near the Malaysia-Thai border, huddle in a group in Kangar on March 1, 2019, following their detention by Malaysian immigration authorities. File photo by Ismael Kamaldin/AFP

Jailed Reuters reporters wait for Myanmar Supreme Court decision

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:13 PM

Rights groups have heaped pressure on Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to use her influence to secure a pardon, but she has so far refused to intervene

WA LONE. Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) speaks to journalists outside the northern district court in Yangon on January 23, 2018. File photo by Aung Kyaw Htet / AFP

Gas explosion kills 16 in Myanmar's remote Wa state – army

Mar 24, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Emergency workers are seen trawling through debris at the explosion site in Mongmaw town

Singaporean couple jailed for 'worst of its kind' maid abuse

Mar 18, 2019 - 10:32 PM

The same couple were sentenced in March 2017 to jail terms for abusing their Indonesian maid – the husband for two years and 4 months and the wife for two months. They have yet to serve those sentences.

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9 cops killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Mar 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

One cop is injured, while another one is missing

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

Mar 06, 2019 - 8:53 PM

The International Criminal Court in a statement says the probe is part of the prosecutor office's 'ongoing preliminary examinations concerning the situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar'

ICC PROBE. A young Rohingya refugee walks back to his home at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar police seize massive haul of meth pills

Mar 04, 2019 - 2:46 PM

Two different busts take place in the west of the country at the weekend, one in Magway region and one in Maungdaw in Rakhine state

MYANMAR METH BUST. This photo taken on January 11, 2019 shows a drug user user holding low-grade crystal meth tablets, known in Southeast Asia as "yaba", in Muse, Shan State, along Myanmar's border with China. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh returns 'lost' Myanmar soldier

Mar 03, 2019 - 4:08 PM

The solider was detained by Bangladeshi security forces on January 24, 2019 after he crossed the border and was found in a jungle

Bangladesh tells U.N. it will no longer take in Myanmar refugees

Mar 01, 2019 - 9:40 AM

'Here, I regret to inform the council that Bangladesh would no longer be in a position to accommodate more people from Myanmar,' says Bangladesh Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque

A Bangladeshi man helps Rohingya Muslim refugees to disembark from a boat on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on September 30, 2017. More than 2,000 Rohingya have massed along Myanmar's coast this week after trekking from inland villages in Rakhine state to join the refugee exodus to Bangladesh, state media reported September 30. They follow more than half a million fellow Rohingya who have emptied out of northern Rakhine in a single month, fleeing an army crackdown and communal violence the UN says amounts to "ethnic cleansing".  / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

Myanmar holds rare rally to call for constitution reform

Feb 28, 2019 - 11:46 AM

The political activity follows the formation of a committee last week to discuss amending the military-scripted constitution

A man holds a banner with a message "amend the 2008 constitution" during a rally calling for reforms on Myanmar's military-scripted constitution in Yangon on February 27, 2019. Hundreds gathered on February 27 in downtown Yangon in a jovial first-of-its-kind rally underpinned by its attendants' urgent desire for Myanmar's constroversial constitution to be amended. Sai Aung MAIN / AFP

Myanmar picks panel to reform army-scripted constitution

Feb 19, 2019 - 9:27 PM

With 2020 polls looming, parliament has voted overwhelmingly to form a cross-party committee to debate reforms of the charter

REFORMS. Military officers who are appointed members of the Myanmar Parliament arrive to attend a session in Naypyidaw on February 19, 2019. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

'No proof' Myanmar military persecuted Rohingya – army chief

Feb 15, 2019 - 10:28 PM

Min Aung Hlaing doubles down on previous claims, arguing 'there is no certain proof that the national army was involved in the persecution' of Rohingya

ROHINGYA CRISIS. In this file photo, Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing inspects a major bridge near capital Naypyidaw along Yangon to Mandalay highway damaged by rampaging flood waters from Swar Chaung dam on August 29, 2018. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Miss Ethnic Myanmar pageant 2019 belies minorities' woes

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:19 AM

The contest gathers members of Myanmar's ethnic groups, despite conflicts with many groups and Rohingya crisis

Candidates perform on stage as they participate in the Miss Ethnic Myanmar 2019 contest during the Myanmar Ethnics Culture festival in Yangon on January 29, 2019. - This event is being held between January 25 and 30. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Myanmar’s first LGBT pride boat parade sets sail

Jan 27, 2019 - 10:45 AM

Some 600 revellers party under a blazing sun as the discreet community slowly emerges into the limelight in a country where gay sex remains illegal

PRIDE. Members of the Myanmar's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community sit while they take part in the Yangon Pride festival in Yangon on January 26, 2019. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

U.N. expert visits Bangladesh Rohingya 'relocation' island

Jan 24, 2019 - 11:49 PM

Bangladesh is spending $280 million transforming Bhashan Char, a muddy silt islet that only emerged from the sea two decades ago, into a camp for some of the refugees

ROHINGYA. United Nations Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018.File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:39 PM

(UPDATED) 'The verdict originally given was not wrong according to the law. The court decides to dismiss the appeal,' the judge of Yangon Regional High Court says

Myanmar's Rakhine rebels attack police posts in pre-dawn raids

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Ethnic Rakhine rebels carried out pre-dawn attacks on 4 police stations near Myanmar border with Bangladesh

MYANMAR POLICE. File photo of a group of Myanmar police securing the Rakhine State government center in capital Sittwe on November 15, 2018. AFP Photo

Bangladesh to seal off Rohingya camps during election

Dec 24, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The Election Commission ordered authorities to prevent refugees being exploited during election campaigning

Myanmar forces conduct 'clearance operations' after 2 killed in Rakhine state

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The operations come after two ethnic Rakhine Buddhist men were found dead

Facebook kicks Myanmar military-linked pages off platform

Dec 19, 2018 - 11:31 AM

This is Facebook's 3rd sweeping takedown of pages and accounts for what it calls 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' in Myanmar following deletions in October and August

FACEBOOK. Facebook has removed hundreds of additional pages and accounts in Myanmar with hidden links to the military, the platform said on December 19, as the company scrambles to respond to criticism over failures to control hate speech and misinformation. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP


Rally to mark 1 year since arrest of Myanmar Reuters journalists

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Supporters will gather in downtown Yangon as Reuters invites people from around the world to post photos on social media of the 'thumbs up' gesture that became a symbol of the pair's court appearances

THUMBS UP. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar court to hear Reuters reporters appeal

Dec 08, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Lawyer Than Zaw Aung says the date for the appeal hearing has been set for December 24 at the Yangon regional court

WA LONE. In this file photo, detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (L) is escorted by police to a court in Yangon to face trial on February 6, 2018. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Suu Kyi calls for peace in speech which avoids Rohingya crisis

Dec 01, 2018 - 6:33 PM

Other top officials at an international meeting in Nepal do not mention the conflict, which has overshadowed many of Suu Kyi's international appearances

SUU KYI IN NEPAL. In this handout photograph released by Nepal's Ministry of Information on November 29, 2018, Myanmar's de-facto leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (center R) poses with Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Ishwor Pokhrel (center L) upon her arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport to attend the Asia Pacific Summit in Kathmandu. Photo by Nepal's Ministry of Information/AFP

Protest in Myanmar's Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Nov 25, 2018 - 7:15 PM

The demonstration comes 10 days after Bangladesh and Myanmar were supposed to officially start repatriating members of the Rohingya minority who had fled violent military operations in August 2017

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

[OPINION] In seeking solutions to Rohingya crisis, ASEAN must learn from the past

Nov 18, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The displacement of Rohingya is a regional crisis that needs regional solutions. The largest refugee camp in the world sits at the doorstep of ASEAN.

Rohingya photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Let this be a message to other perpetrators of mass atrocities, even those at the highest levels, including former heads of state, that such actions will not be tolerated and they will ultimately be brought to justice,' says US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

VERDICT. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin (C), speaks as Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares (2nd-R) looks on during a press conference after the verdict of two former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2018.Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Rohingya say prayers of thanks after repatriation halted

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 PM

None of the 720,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August last year volunteer to return

U.S. VP Mike Pence criticizes Suu Kyi over Myanmar treatment of Rohingya

Nov 14, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Pence adds to the pressure on Suu Kyi, who this week has had an Amnesty International honor revoked and faced sharp words from Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad

US Vice President Mike Pence (R) listens to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 14, 2018.  Bernat Armangue / POOL / AFP

Amnesty International strips Aung San Suu Kyi of highest honor

Nov 13, 2018 - 10:45 PM

'Amnesty International cannot justify your continued status as a recipient of the Ambassador of Conscience award and so with great sadness we are hereby withdrawing it from you,' says the group

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Mahathir: Suu Kyi stance on Rohingya 'indefensible'

Nov 13, 2018 - 8:21 PM

After Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad says he was 'very disappointed' with Aung San Suu Kyi's failure to defend the Rohingya in Myanmar, they stand side-by-side in the ASEAN photo-shoot

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (L) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi join other leaders as they pose for a group photo at the opening ceremony during the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 13, 2018.  Jewel SAMAD / AFP

Suu Kyi beckons investors to Myanmar despite troubles

Nov 12, 2018 - 8:58 PM

In a side event of the ASEAN summit, Aung San Suu Kyi says Myanmar is 'Southeast Asia's final frontier market... we have land, we have (a) good young working population, we have unexplored resources'

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a business forum on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 12, 2018.  Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Myanmar gov't says Bangladesh to blame if Rohingya returns delayed

Nov 11, 2018 - 10:19 PM

The neighboring countries declare that the first of more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims would be repatriated on November 15 amid warnings from humanitarian groups that conditions are not yet in place for a safe return

Case dropped against Myanmar journalists facing incitement charges

Nov 09, 2018 - 7:44 PM

In rare good news, the Myanmar government has withdrawn the incitement case against the 3 journalists who reported critically on the financial management of Yangon

Detained Myanmar journalists Kyaw Zaw Lin, (front), Phyo Wai Win (4th-L) and Nayi Min (L) leave the courthouse escorted by police after appearing before the court on Ocotber 10, 2018. Two Myanmar media executives and one reporter were arrested on October 10, their defence lawyer said, as rights groups decried the vague laws increasingly wielded to clamp down on the press. Phyo Hein KYAW / AFP

Facebook must act to stop incitement ahead of 2020 Myanmar poll – report

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Facebook says it is working on rooting out abuse ahead of the Myanmar elections – but admits it had failed to do enough to prevent the incitement of violence

MYANMAR AND FACEBOOK. A man uses Facebook on a mobile phone in Yangon on June 7, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Jailed Myanmar Reuters reporters file appeal

Nov 05, 2018 - 5:31 PM

'We filed an appeal today on behalf of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo because the trial court's ruling was wrong,' says Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler

JAILED. The two Reuters journalists face 7 years in prison after allegedly obtaining classified documents illegally. Wa Lone photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP, Kyaw Soe Oo photo by Aung Kyaw Htet/AFP.

Aung San Suu Kyi's party slapped down in by-elections

Nov 04, 2018 - 10:29 PM

While official tallies have not yet been released by the Union Election Commission, preliminary results show the military-aligned Union Solidarity and Development Party has beaten Aung San Suu Kyi's party out on 3 seats

VOTE. Myanmar President Win Myint casts his ballot at a polling station in Yangon on November 3, 2018, a rare local test of support for embattled leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) party more than halfway through her time in office. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

'Ongoing genocide' against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims – U.N.

Oct 25, 2018 - 9:52 AM

Marzuki Darusman, chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, says that beyond mass killings, the conflict include the ostracization of the targeted population, prevention of births, and widespread displacement in camps

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

U.N. Security Council asked to meet on Myanmar atrocities report

Oct 17, 2018 - 1:48 PM

The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar's military and has sought to shield Myanmar from action by the Security Council