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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

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.

'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

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

Amal Clooney appeals to Suu Kyi for reporters' release

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:03 AM

"She knows that mass murder is not a state secret and that exposing it doesn't turn a journalist into a spy," says human rights lawyer Amal Clooney on the need for free press in Myanmar

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.

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

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'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

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

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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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

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

The week in photos: August 18-24, 2018

Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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

INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

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

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

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

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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

[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

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'

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

Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

May 01, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence – reports verified by conflict monitors – but Min Aung Hlaing says his forces have 'no such history of sexual abuse'

ON ROHINGYA. 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

Q and A: The 'Rohingya' word

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:23 PM

'Definitely the term is divisive,' says sociologist Su-Ann Oh, who has done fieldwork in refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border since 2005

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

Security Council envoys hear of rapes, murders from Rohingya refugees

Apr 29, 2018 - 4:04 PM

(UPDATED) Some of the Muslim refugees broke down in tears as they told the UN delegates harrowing stories of murder and rape in Myanmar

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

Thousands flee fresh clashes in northern Myanmar, says UN

Apr 28, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Many have been displaced in the state of Kachin near the border with China in the last 3 weeks, says the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN