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[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

Myanmar arrests 3 journalists over report on Suu Kyi protege

Oct 10, 2018 - 11:12 PM

Police arrest 3 journalists of a paper which criticized the Myanmar government's financial management, which is overseen by a protege of leader Aung San Suu Kyi

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

Aung Suu Kyi promises 'transparency' over Rohingya atrocities

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Once hailed as a global rights champion, Suu Kyi has fallen from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority

Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.  World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Linus ESCANDOR II

India to deport Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN concern

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

The United Nations warns India that returning the men ignores the persecution they faced in Myanmar, and is a "flagrant denial" of their right to protection

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:04 AM

The move is made official after Canada's Senate votes to revoke the symbolic honor

AUNG SAN SUU KYI. Myanmar de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Sep 28, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Aung San Suu Kyi's international reputation has become tarnished by her refusal to call out the atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslims minority

CRITICIZED. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Manila on November 13, 2017. File photo by Athith Perawongmetha/AFP

New U.N. panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Only 3 of the council's 47 members voted against the resolution: Philippines, China, and Burundi. Thirty-five voted in favor, while the rest either abstained or refrained from casting a vote.

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.S. documents systematic violence against Myanmar Rohingya

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The State Department releases the report just as the United States announces $185 million in new funding for Rohingya refugees during a meeting on Myanmar at the United Nations

ROHINGYA WOMEN. File photo shows Rohingya women holding children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Myanmar army chief defiant after UN 'genocide' probe

Sep 24, 2018 - 5:54 PM

No country, organization or group has the 'right to interfere in and make decision over sovereignty of a country,' military-run newspaper Myawady quotes Min Aung Hlaing as telling troops in a speech on Sunday

MIN AUNG HLAING. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Myanmar's truth defenders: Who are journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo?

Sep 18, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Aside from their investigation into Myanmar's military crackdown in Rakhine, Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have extensively covered other human rights issues in the country before

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.

Myanmar army should be removed from politics – UN probe

Sep 18, 2018 - 3:41 PM

The UN's 444-page probe calls for the military's top leadership to be replaced and for the institution to have no further influence over the country's governance

POLITICS? Myanmar soldiers march in formation during a military parade in Naypyidaw on March 27, 2018 to mark the 73rd Armed Forces Day. File photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Dozens rally for jailed Reuters reporters in Myanmar

Sep 16, 2018 - 8:06 PM

The protesters lament the shrinking space for free expression in Myanmar

Dozens of inmates escape in Myanmar jail break

Sep 16, 2018 - 7:16 PM

Myanmar police says escaped inmates hijacked a delivery truck and smashed through the gates of their jail

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

UN says Myanmar waging 'campaign against journalists'

Sep 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

A fresh report from the UN rights office decries 'the instrumentalization of the law and of the courts by the government and military in what constitutes a political campaign against independent journalism'

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. File photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Myanmar rejects ICC decision over Rohingya crisis

Sep 07, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Myanmar's government says the decision was 'of dubious legal merit,' according to a statement released by the president's office, adding the country was 'under no obligation' to respect the court ruling.

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:38 PM

Aung San Suu Kyi, who was herself subjected to house arrest for some 15 years, relying on foreign media to highlight her plight, has been widely-condemned for her silence on the case and verdict

SILENCE. Aung San Suu Kyi has been widely-condemned for her silence on the case involving Reuters journalists and the recent verdict. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

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Sep 03, 2018 - 9:19 PM

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Reuters reporters jailed for 7 years in Myanmar secrets case

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Myanmar court finds Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo guilty of violating the Official Secrets Act, a draconian British colonial-era law

JAILED. Myanmar journalist Kyaw Soe Oo (in cuffs) is escorted by police after being sentenced by a court to jail in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar releases 75 more child soldiers

Sep 01, 2018 - 1:53 PM

There are no concrete figures on how many children are still among the estimated 500,000 troops that serve in Myanmar's military or the ethnic rebel armies

SOLDIERS. Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi on August 28, 2017 accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves. File photo by STR/AFP

Rescuers struggle to reach stranded in Myanmar dam flooding

Aug 30, 2018 - 3:59 PM

No casualties have yet been reported but state media says more than 63,000 people in Bago region were affected after the Swar Chaung dam overflowed early Wednesday morning, August 29

AFTERMATH. A resident walks in a village submerged by flood waters from Swar Chaung Dam in Swar township in Bago region on August 30, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Myanmar dam overflow displaces thousands

Aug 29, 2018 - 8:09 PM

(UPDATED) No casualties have yet been reported but more than 12,600 people have taken shelter in about 30 temporary camps, Ministry of Social Welfare director Phyu Lae Lae Tun says

INSPECTION. 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. Photo by Thet Aung/AFP

Myanmar rejects UN probe findings of Rohingya 'genocide'

Aug 29, 2018 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Myanmar is under immense pressure over last year's military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh

A Rohingya Muslim refugee holds her baby at the registration center after she crossed the border from Myanmar, in Teknaf, Bangladesh on October 2, 2017.  Myanmar has proposed taking back the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, the Bangladeshi foreign minister said after talks Monday with a senior Myanmar representative. / AFP PHOTO / FRED DUFOUR

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Aug 28, 2018 - 1:58 PM

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Facebook move on Myanmar raises thorny political questions

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Facebook says they will continue to investigate instances of 'devastating violence' around the world incited by users on the platform

Facebook bans Myanmar military chief, others for fueling ethnic tensions

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:42 PM

'We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions,' Facebook says in a post

Myanmar army chief must be prosecuted for 'genocide' – UN probe

Aug 27, 2018 - 4:29 PM

(UPDATED) A UN-backed fact-finding mission into violations in Myanmar said the country's 'top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State'

MIN AUNG HLAING. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. File photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Myanmar court postpones verdict for Reuters journalists

Aug 27, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been in Myanmar's Insein prison since December

Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone, 32, is seen handcuffed and escorted by police while leaving Yangon courthouse after the first day of trial on July 16, 2018. Two Reuters reporters accused of breaking Myanmar's draconian secrecy law during their reporting of the Rohingya crisis face trial, on a charge that carries up to 14 years in jail. / AFP PHOTO / Myo Kyaw SOE

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized 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 on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Rohingya mark Eid, one year after Myanmar crisis began

Aug 22, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Prayers are offered in makeshift mosques across southern Bangladesh to celebrate the Islamic festival of sacrifice as cows are slaughtered in muddy fields across the sprawling camps

PRAYERS. Rohingya refugees offer Eid al-Adha prayers at the Jamtoli refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 22, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

U.S. sanctions Myanmar military commanders over Rohingya abuses

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:42 PM

Four Myanmar military and border guard commanders are accused by the US of leading violent campaigns against the Muslim Rohingya

Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017. Nearly 125,000 mostly Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since a fresh upsurge of violence in Myanmar on August 25, the United Nations said September 5, as fears grow of a humanitarian crisis in the overstretched camps. The UN said 123,600 had crossed the border in the past 11 days from Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state. / AFP PHOTO / K M Asad

Facebook turns to AI to fight hate and misinformation in Myanmar

Aug 16, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Artificial intelligence flags about 52% of all the content Facebook removes in Myanmar before it is reported by users, the company reports

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Catalogue of abuse: seeking justice for the Rohingya

Aug 13, 2018 - 2:51 PM

Different teams of investigators in the world's biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh are quietly documenting what the Myanmar Muslim minority suffered in 2017

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Myanmar asks Bangladesh to stop aid to stranded Rohingya

Aug 12, 2018 - 9:41 PM

About 6,000 Rohingya are stuck in a narrow 'no mans land' and relies only on international aid sent by Bangladesh

The week in photos: July 28-August 3, 2018

Aug 04, 2018 - 7:54 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

VIETNAM ATTRACTION. Visitors walk along the 150-meter long Cau Vang "Golden Bridge" in the Ba Na Hills near Danang on July 31, 2018.  Photo by Linh Pham/AFP

Myanmar floods kill at least 10, force 54,000 people from homes

Jul 29, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Evacuation orders have been issued in several areas, while some 163 camps have been set up for displaced people in southern, eastern and central parts country

MYANMAR'S FLOODING. Residents stand in floodwaters that submerged areas of Hpa-an, capital of Karen state on July 27, 2018 following heavy monsoon rains. Photo by Saw Kyaw San Oo/AFP