Monthly Archives: March 2017

The forces also look upon her with deep wariness. Shortly before she took power, the military extended the service tenures of the top general and his deputy by five years

Aung San Suu Kyi’s heavy burden

One year on, it looks like Myanmar's leader made a mistake going for political settlement before settling the economy. Writing in these pages a year ago I took note of the remarkable double transition -...
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi smiles at supporters as she celebrates Thingyan, Myanmar's new year water festival, in front of her home in Yangon April 16, 2012. Myanmar celebrates the New Year Water Festival of Thingyan during the month of Tagu, which usually falls around mid-April

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi defends first year in power

YANGON: Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi defended her civilian government's first year in power in a rare public address on Thursday (Mar 30), saying her party was dedicated to rebuilding a nation ravaged by...
Crisis and reform: A talk with the Order of Malta’s chancellor

Crisis and reform: A talk with the Order of Malta’s chancellor

Albrecht Boeselager, Grand Chancellor of the Knights of Malta, answers questions during a press conference at the Foreign Press Club in Rome, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. The Knights of Malta, an ancient Catholic lay...
Hard-line Buddhists, including monks, walk through a street during a protest march, led by Rakhine State

Chinese military conducts training drill near Myanmar border

China has conducted military exercises near its border with Myanmar, where fighting between the Myanmar army and ethnic rebels has flared in recent months. The annual training exercise on Tuesday involved the Chinese army and...
FILE - Rohingya refugees collect aid supplies including food and medicine, sent from Malaysia, at Kutupalang Unregistered Refugee Camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Myanmar’s Rohingya Insurgency Strikes Pragmatic Note

The Rohingya Muslim insurgency, whose sneak attacks in October killed nine border guard officers in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State, issued a detailed list of demands this week that struck a far more pragmatic note...
Joining the ranks of peoples displaying a gross indifference to the plight of the Rohingya is the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,

Time is running out for Myanmar’s Rohingya

Gang rape and mass slaughter: That is the appalling reality of the Rohingya of Myanmar. To categorize the ruthless campaign against this Muslim minority as anything less than genocidal would be false. Even so,...
So if you think I am not good enough for our country and our people, if someone or some organisation can do better than us, we are ready to step down

‘If you think I’m not good enough’: Aung San Suu Kyi offers to resign

Bangkok: Twelve months after being swept into office on a wave of optimism, Myanmar's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has acknowledged disappointment over the state of her country, saying she is prepared to...
Japan will provide 2 million US dollars as emergency aid to the Rohingya refugees who recently entered Bangladesh in the face of persecution

Japan to provide $2m for Rohingya refugees

Japan will provide 2 million US dollars as emergency aid to the Rohingya refugees who recently entered Bangladesh in the face of persecution in their home state of Northern Rakhine in Myanmar. More than 70,000...
A member of the party establishing committee Myo Kyaw said: “We have chosen Kyaw Myint as a party leader

New Arakan political party chooses two leaders

The new political party of the Rakhine ethnicities, Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), has chosen two leaders and has drawn the constitution, rules and policy based on the former party which was dissolved in...
Rohingya-linked group calls for peacekeeping troops in Myanmar's Rakhine

Rohingya-linked group calls for peacekeeping troops in Myanmar’s Rakhine

A nascent Rohingya-linked armed group, which now calls itself the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ASRA), has called for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The outfit, in a...
Harakah al-Yaqeen, a guerrilla group fighting the subjugation of and potential genocide against the Rohingyas

Exclusive: Myanmar’s Harakah al-Yaqeen say ‘We are not terrorists’

Rakhine State guerrilla group Harakah al-Yaqeen have made 20 demands of the Myanmar government and requested assistance from the international community in their fight against the oppression of the Rohingyas. Harakah al-Yaqeen, a guerrilla group...
The minority are rejected by Myanmar's Buddhist majority as interlopers from Bangladesh and denied citizenship

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

Yangon (AFP) - A nascent Rohingya militant group whose raids triggered a bloody crackdown by Myanmar's army called Wednesday for international peacekeepers to protect the stateless Muslim minority. Attacks on police border posts in northern...

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More than 620,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh [Andrew Stanbridge/Amnesty International]

Virtual reality 360 film shows Rohingya’s plight

  A man forced to bury his son after watching Myanmar's military kill him, a woman who was gang-raped by soldiers, and another woman who...
Reuters reporter Ko Wa Lone, left, and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo. (Facebook)

Two journalists covering Rohingya crisis in Burma arrested for possessing ‘secret papers’

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who in recent months have covered the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma,...
The remains of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Northern Rakhine State are seen on Oct. 10, 2017. Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar's Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said on Dec. 13, 2017. (Marion Thibaut / AFP/Getty Images)

Aid group says at least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar in first month of...

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has released the first survey-based estimate of how many Rohingya were killed during the first and bloodiest...
What is important is the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of five North-Eastern States

Facing the Rohingya challenge

India is spot on in its approach of tightening borders controls to handle the influx of Rohingya Muslims. However, unless New Delhi takes the...
Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh where they have have taken shelter.video

VIDEO: The Rohingyas ‘Long March to Freedom’

ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on...