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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

SC oral arguments, Facebook bans Myanmar officials, China 2-child policy | Midday wRap

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

Floods force thousands from homes in Myanmar

Jul 27, 2018 - 6:38 PM

Heavy monsoon rains pound Karen state, Mon state, and Bago region, and show no sign of abating, raising fears that the worst might still be ahead

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

Myanmar Reuters reporter says he was hooded, deprived of sleep

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:29 PM

'They asked us questions every two hours and we did not have a chance to sleep for 3 days,' reporter Wa Lone explains to the court

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. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

At least 15 dead in Myanmar jade mine landslide

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:42 PM

The accident is the latest to strike the multibillion dollar industry centred in Kachin state, the source of most of the world's jade

Reuters reporters to face Myanmar trial for 'breaking' secrecy law

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Myanmar nationals Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been held in custody for nearly 7 months for pre-trial hearings

PRESS FREEDOM. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (center) speaks to reporters as he is escorted by police from a courthouse following his ongoing pre-trial hearing in Yangon on July 9, 2018. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Myanmar court urged to drop case against Reuters pair

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo are accused of breaching the Official Secrets Act – which carries up to 14 years in jail – during their reporting of a military crackdown on the Rohingya minority

WA LONE. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (L) is escorted by police to a court in Yangon to face trial on February 6, 2018. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Myanmar downgraded in U.S. trafficking report

Jun 29, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The annual Trafficking in Persons report says Myanmar slipped backward on its trafficked person's index to Tier 3 for failing to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown in Rakhine state

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Jun 26, 2018 - 10:33 PM

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Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The military says in a Facebook post that Major General Maung Maung Soe, the former head of the western command in Rakhine, has been 'purged' for poor performance

Record 68.5 million people displaced worldwide – UN

Jun 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The current figure is equivalent to the entire population of Thailand, and the number of people forcibly displaced equates to one in every 110 persons worldwide

INTERNALLY DISPLACED. Somali internally displaced people (IDPs) wait in a line for food distribution in Mogadishu on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP

[OPINION] Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya's very name

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

News organizations are being prohibited from using the word 'Rohingya' in their shows

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Jun 16, 2018 - 8:57 PM

The camp's mosques are full on Saturday morning as refugees pray for safety from flash floods and sudden landslides. Later, hundreds of refugees stage an hour-long protest.

PRAYERS. Rohingya Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers at a camp mosque in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh on June 16, 2018. Photo by AFP

Facebook blacklists Myanmar hardline Buddhist group

Jun 07, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Facebook bans the Buddhist nationalist movement Ma Ba Tha from its platform, as well as a pair of prominent monks known for stoking hatred towards the Rohingya

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

UN signs Myanmar access deal amid Rohingya repatriation fears

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:53 AM

United Nations agencies will initially carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the Rohingya crisis began

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

Security Council asks Myanmar to cooperate with UN investigators

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The UN Security Council is also urging Myanmar to take steps to end decades of discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya, who are denied citizenship rights in the Buddhist-majority country

RAKHINE. 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

One family, 4 countries – the dispossession of the Rohingya

May 25, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A story of a Rohingya family torn apart by brutality and with nowhere to go

ONE FAMILY. In this photograph taken on April 7, 2018, Rohingya Muslim refugees (from left) Robi Alam, 16; Mohammad Hashim, 17; Mohammad Jaber, 18; and Abul Faiz, 12, pose for a photograph at their house in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Tackle graft, governance to stem 'Golden Triangle' meth trade – UNODC

May 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

Worth an estimated $40 billion a year, huge volumes of meth pass through the Golden Triangle – a wedge of land which intersects China, Laos, Thailand, and Myanmar – waved through by corrupt law enforcement and border controls

YABA. Yaba tablets which contain methamphetamine and caffeine. Image from Wikipedia page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ya_ba

Myanmar orders Rohingya to leave tense border zone

May 20, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The messages, broadcast in Burmese and Rohingya, warned the refugees to 'leave the area under Myanmar's jurisdiction or face prosecution'

Fleeing conflict, elephants help Myanmar villagers to safety

May 15, 2018 - 7:22 PM

After nearly a month and with food running out, villagers reach the river where some local elephant owners came to their aid

ELEPHANT RIDE. This picture taken on May 2, 2018 shows internally displaced people riding on an elephants as they make their way looking for a shelter in Danai. AFP

Beijing urges ceasefire after deadly Myanmar border clashes

May 13, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Observers believe Beijing holds significant sway over the ethnic rebels near its border and is a key player in a faltering peace process steered by Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi

UNREST. Internally displaced people set up a campfire for warmth outside a temporary shelter in Danai, Kachin state, on May 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

19 dead in fighting between Myanmar army, rebels – military

May 12, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Authorities say that 19 people were killed while two dozen people were injured due to the clashes

UNREST. Internally displaced people set up a campfire for warmth outside a temporary shelter in Danai, Kachin state, on May 12, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Rohingya will be safe in areas 'designated' for them – Myanmar army chief

May 05, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Army chief Min Aung Hlaing also cast doubt on the allegations raised by refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom shared stories of extrajudicial killings, arson and rape

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