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Myanmar confirms first coronavirus cases

Mar 24, 2020 - 10:52 AM

This comes after weeks of increasing skepticism over the underdeveloped Southeast Asian nation's claims to be free of the disease

PROTECTION. A boy, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the novel coronavirus, holds onto an electronic weighing machine at a market in Yangon on March 21, 2020. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Sea of meth as Myanmar army smashes 3 drug labs

Mar 07, 2020 - 3:53 PM

The seizure in one of the world's biggest narcotics-producing regions hauled in 43 million meth tablets worth nearly $100 million in Myanmar

Foreign military attaches check drugs in a football ground where seized drugs, vehicles, laboratory accessories and precursor chemicals are being displayed to be witnessed by invited military attaches and journalists in Kawnghka at Shan State on March 6, 2020. - 97 million US dollar worth of drugs and related items were seized this year during a special operation held to crack down drugs trafficking, a military spokesperson said. (Photo by YE AUNG THU / AFP)

Porn movie shot at holy site outrages Myanmar

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:21 PM

Myanmar citizens are fuming over a 12-minute porn video shot by an Italian couple in Bagan, a tourist hotspot and UNESCO heritage site of Buddhist pagodas

Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya refugee children

Jan 28, 2020 - 8:40 PM

Local media report that a pilot program involving more than 10,000 students will be launched soon, with UNICEF and Dhaka jointly designing the curriculum

EDUCATION. Rohingya children jump over on sewage concrete sections at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Rappler Talk: Paul Reichler on seeking justice for Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:00 PM

On Monday, January 27, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to internationally-renowned lawyer Paul Reichler to discuss the first international court ruling against Myanmar, how it is going to be enforced, and what led him to take on the case

Top U.N. court orders Myanmar to prevent Rohingya genocide

Jan 23, 2020 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) Presiding judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf says Myanmar must 'take all measures within its power to prevent the commission of all acts' described by the 1948 Genocide Convention

RULING ON MYANMAR. President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23, 2020 in the lawsuit filed by The Gambia against Myanmar in which Myanmar is accused of genocide against Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

War crimes, not genocide committed against Rohingya – Myanmar probe

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:36 AM

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) dismisses the findings as a 'blatant PR exercise'

In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018 shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a "no man's land" border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping's name gaffe

Jan 19, 2020 - 9:33 AM

The automatic translation feature on Myanmar's Facebook page renders Chinese President Xi Jinping's name from Burmese into English as 'Mr Shithole'

HISTORIC VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

China and Myanmar 'stand together' despite Rohingya backlash

Jan 18, 2020 - 4:47 PM

The elaborate signing ceremony came between sit-down meetings with Suu Kyi and powerful army chief Min Aung Hlaing, who stands accused of masterminding the Rohingya crackdown

STATE VISIT. Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Myanmar's capital, January 17, 2019, on a state visit aimed at buttressing the embattled government of Aung San Suu Kyi and driving through multi-billion-dollar infrastructure deals. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

China's Xi vows 'new era' of Myanmar ties after red carpet welcome

Jan 17, 2020 - 8:14 PM

In addition to being its largest investor, China is Myanmar's indispensable ally as it reels from Western isolation over the Rohingya crisis

VOWING A 'NEW ERA.' Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shake hands during a welcoming ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Naypyidaw on January 17, 2020.  Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

ICJ to rule next week on urgent measures in Rohingya genocide case

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:47 PM

The ruling comes a month after Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to The Hague to defend the bloody 2017 crackdown by her nation's army against the Rohingya

ROHINGYA REFUGEES. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2019 Rohingya refugees watch on a mobile phone a live feed of Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance at the UN's International Court of Justice in the Hague in the Netherlands. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/ AFP)

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:18 PM

The nearly 200 arrested Rohingya Muslims are taken to either Thechaung camp or transported further north to Ngakhuya camp in Maungdaw township

ROHINGYA. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

[OPINION] Aung San Su Kyi and genocidal intent: Lessons for the Philippines

Dec 27, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Gambia’s request to the ICJ for 'provisional measures' can sound like modest, polite legal parlance.... The request is in fact an urgent cry to the world to end impunity and punish genocide in Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The National League for Democracy's Ye Thein, party chairman in Buthidaung township, had been held for weeks by the Arakan Army

Myanmar child nuns dream of conflict-free lives

Dec 24, 2019 - 12:37 PM

Myanmar has a growing number of child nuns who seek refuge from conflict in the country

CHILD NUNS. Buddhist nuns from the Mingalar Thaikti nunnery walking to collect alms in Yangon. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Locsin throws shade at U.N. court hearing on Myanmar genocide case

Dec 12, 2019 - 8:11 PM

'Judge Myanmar against the template of European pogroms, the Europe wide Holocaust,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

Suu Kyi slammed for 'silence' over Myanmar genocide claims

Dec 12, 2019 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Gambia say her arguments that Myanmar's 2017 military crackdown was a 'clearance operation' targeting militants ignored widespread allegations of mass murder, rape and forced deportation

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in a car on the last day of hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace in The Hague, on December 12, 2019. Photo by Sem Van Der Wal/ANP/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi rejects genocide claims in U.N. court

Dec 11, 2019 - 4:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Myanmar's civilian leader rejects the 'misleading and incomplete' allegations by The Gambia that Myanmar's 2017 military operation amounted to an attempt to exterminate the Rohingya

SUU KYI. A handout photo released on December 10, 2019 by the International Court of Justice shows Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attending the start of a 3-day hearing on the Rohingya genocide case before the UN International Court of Justice at the Peace Palace of The Hague. Photo by Frank Van Beek/UN Photo/ICJ/AFP

Bangladesh starts fencing Rohingya camps

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:35 PM

Bangladesh's refugee commissioner Mahhbub Alam Talukder confirms that construction has begun but declines to comment further

FENCES. Rohingyas laborers carry a concrete pillar as authorities prepare erecting pillars for barbed-wire fences around Balukhali refugee in Ukhia on December 10, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Meet Swe Zin Htet, Myanmar's out and proud Miss Universe bet

Dec 10, 2019 - 9:08 PM

Swe Zin Htet pushes for LGBTQ+ rights in a country where being gay can be punishable by law

Myanmar's Suu Kyi told to 'stop the genocide' in U.N. court showdown

Dec 10, 2019 - 5:28 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Another genocide is unfolding right before our eyes yet we do nothing to stop it,' says Gambian Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou

DEFENSE. Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi stands before UN's International Court of Justice on December 10, 2019, in the Peace Palace of The Hague, at the start of a three-day hearing on Rohingya genocide case. Photo by Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

30,000 monks attend mass alms-giving in Myanmar

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:23 PM

They meditate, pray and collect alms in an event meant to tighten the relationship of 'monks and Buddhists' in Myanmar and Thailand, and to 'strengthen the monkhood' in the region

GIVING ALMS. Monks line up for alms during the alms-giving ceremony to 30,000 monks organize by the region government of Mandalay affiliated with Dhammakaya Foundation at Chanmyathazi Airport in Mandalay on December 8, 2019. Photo by Kyaw Zay Win/AFP

Gilas cautious in romp of Myanmar: 'We don't want to discourage them'

Dec 08, 2019 - 1:40 PM

Tim Cone says Gilas Pilipinas wants Myanmar to keep coming back in the SEA Games despite breezing through a 69-point win

DOMINATION. Gilas Pilipinas has won its first 3 games in the 2019 SEA Games by a whopping margin of 162 points. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Dec 08, 2019 - 11:18 AM

Political analysts say Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's appearance before The Hague is 'unprecedented and also very unwise'

APOLOGIST? Critics argue Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Suu Kyi is acting as an apologist for the same military that kept her under house arrest for many years.   Roslan RAHMAN / AFP

Gilas Pilipinas destroys Myanmar by 69 to sweep SEA Games prelims

Dec 07, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Host Philippines makes easy work of Myanmar to win all of its 3 preliminary round games by a whopping total margin of 162 points

UNSCATHED. Vic Manuel and Gilas Pilipinas remain unbeaten in 3 games. Photo from Jerrick Reymarc/Rappler


Thousands in Myanmar rally behind Suu Kyi ahead of Hague court date

Dec 07, 2019 - 8:21 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi is set to face the International Court of Justice next week to defend Myanmar against charges it committed genocide against the Muslim minority risks further damaging her already tattered overseas reputation

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Ayala invests $237 million in Myanmar tycoon's empire

Nov 14, 2019 - 7:30 PM

Ayala Corporation is set to acquire a 20% stake in Serge Pun's Yoma Group. The deal is the biggest ever Philippine conglomerate investment in Myanmar.

Myanmar faces genocide lawsuit at top U.N. court

Nov 11, 2019 - 11:24 PM

The lawsuit accuses mainly Buddhist Myanmar of breaching the 1948 UN Genocide Convention through a brutal military campaign targeting the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state

THE ROHINGYA REMEMBER. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organised to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh Rohingya island relocation 'uncertain' after U.N. doubts

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:34 PM

Aid agencies says the island was 'isolated' and 'flood-prone'

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

U.N. chief urges Myanmar to ensure 'safe' return of Rohingya

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:26 PM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks at the ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok, with Myanmar's de facto head Aung San Suu Kyi in the room

ASEAN-UN SUMMIT. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) and Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi (R) attend the 10th ASEAN-UN Summit in Bangkok on November 3, 2019, on the sidelines of the 35th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Number of hostages 'killed' as Rakhine rebels, Myanmar army clash

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:35 PM

The insurgents and army blame each other for the deaths of hostages

Myanmar rebels kidnap over 40 police, soldiers in Rakhine – army

Oct 26, 2019 - 11:02 PM

Myanmar says rebels in concealed positions on a river bank shot at a ferry carrying off-duty police and soldiers

Rohingya refugees agree move to Bangladesh island

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Rights groups warn the island, which emerged from the sea only about 2 decades ago, might not be able to withstand violent storms during the annual monsoon season

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Far out: Myanmar's first surfing team to take off at SEA Games 2019

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Myanmar wants to make a splash when it debuts in the surfing competitions of the Southeast Asian Games here in the Philippines

MEDAL HOPEFUL. This picture taken on October 12, 2019 shows Myanmar's Nida Soe posing for a photo after her surfing practice session on Ngwe Saung beach in Irrawaddy division, ahead of the upcoming Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in the Philippines. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Myanmar bus – army

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM

State-backed Global New Light of Myanmar says a bus was flagged down by a man before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and ordered passengers off at gunpoint

Bangladesh troops accused of raping Rohingya girl

Oct 03, 2019 - 9:09 PM

The inquiry comes as around a million Rohingya in vast camps in Bangladesh face increasing hostility two years after fleeing a military offensive in Myanmar

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya refugee girl walks back to her home after collecting water from a tube well at Nayapara Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh's Teknaf district on April 6, 2018. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Code War: Myanmar's final digital battle ends

Sep 27, 2019 - 12:21 PM

Myanmar adopts unicode next week, becoming the last nation with significant numbers of people online to embrace the digital text standard


Suu Kyi 'culpability' in Rohingya abuses an 'open-ended question' – U.N. investigator

Sep 18, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'It will become a legal issue whether or not there is an element of culpability here,' fact-finding mission chair Marzuki Darusman tells reporters in Geneva

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. 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. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

600,000 Rohingya still in Myanmar at 'serious risk of genocide' – U.N.

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:37 PM

'Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent and the Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide,' UN investigators say in their final report on Myanmar

'RISK OF GENOCIDE.' In this file photo taken on April 25, 2018, taken from Maungdaw district, Myanmar's Rakhine state on April 25, 2018, shows Rohingya refugees gathering behind a barbed-wire fence in a temporary settlement setup in a 'no man's land' border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Bangladesh PM blames Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation failure

Sep 12, 2019 - 11:56 PM

'We've seen Myanmar could not win Rohingya's trust in creating a conducive situation (in Rakhine) for their dignified return,' says Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

BLAME GAME. Rohingya refugees arrive to attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

'Truth, justice, love': Ko Swe Win on journalism in times of repression

Sep 11, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Ko Swe Win receives the 2019 Ramon Magsaysay Award for 'building the quality and force of media's truth-telling' in Myanmar

2019 Ramon Magsaysay awardee Ko Swe Win. September 5, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

U.N. rights investigator on Myanmar lambasts Suu Kyi

Sep 03, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'She should step up and really speak out for the treatment that the Rohingya had suffered for decades,' says Yanghee Lee, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights to Myanmar

ON MYANMAR. In this file photo, university professor Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar speaks during a press conference in Dhaka on January 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar says holding court martial after Rohingya atrocities probe

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The report describes grisly violence at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist vigilantes, who allegedly attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. File photo from AFP

Myanmar to join U.S.-ASEAN maritime drills despite sanctions

Aug 28, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The exercise, starting in the Gulf of Thailand on September 2, focus on crime, piracy and security

ZAW MIN TUN. Myanmar's Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun answers questions from journalists during a press conference at the Defense Service Museum in Naypyidaw on August 23, 2019. Photo by AFP

Armed with smartphones, Myanmar esports players battle power outages

Aug 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

Myanmar's gaming scene is mushrooming, but frequent power cuts are holding players back in the emerging democracy

MYANMAR GAMES. This photo taken on August 19, 2019 shows eSports professional player Myint Myat Aung, also known as "Deny", playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on his mobile phone in Yangon. Photo by Sai Aung Main/AFP

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Bangladesh police shoot dead 2 Rohingya in refugee camp

Aug 24, 2019 - 8:20 PM

The incident comes 2 days after a second failed attempt to repatriate the refugees, who say they won't return unless they are promised security and citizenship in their homeland

ROHINGYA CRISIS. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP)

No Rohingya turn up for repatriation to Myanmar

Aug 22, 2019 - 1:59 PM

This latest repatriation attempt follows a visit last month to the camps by high-ranking officials from Myanmar led by Permanent Foreign Secretary Myint Thu

ROHINGYA. A Rohingya man sells betel leaves in a market at a camp in Teknaf on August 21, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Welcome wears thin for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Aug 21, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Resentment, anger, and fear creep in as Rohingya refugee numbers swell in Bangladesh

REFUGEES. In this photo taken on July 22, 2019, Bangladesh police stand as they patrol inside Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP