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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Rohingya refugees gesture to Bangladeshi fish sellers at the dawn fish market in Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, March 27, 2018. Source: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

There are now 1.2 million Rohingya refugees

  ROHINGYA refugees from Burma (Myanmar) now number more than 1.2 million people, according to data from the United Nations. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) released...
Rohingya refugee girls are seen at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh. Photo: Anisur Rahman/ Star

Hiding from traffickers in ‘prison-like’ tents, Rohingya girls dream of school

  Trapped inside "prison-like" tents in Bangladesh's refugee camps because of fears they will be trafficked or sexually harassed, teenage Rohingya girls dream of going...
Rohingya case, a litmus test for the world community

Rohingya case, a litmus test for the world community

CR Abrar, Professor of International Relations at the University of Dhaka, talks to Eresh Omar Jamal about Myanmar's genocidal campaign against the Rohingyas and...
People walk after a storm at Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh June 10, 2018. Kristiana Marton/Save the Children/Handout via REUTERS

Race against time: Officials struggle to protect Rohingya refugees ahead of peak monsoon

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - International aid agencies and Bangladesh authorities are struggling to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees against deadly monsoon...
Rohingya girls face 'prison-like' conditions in refugee camps

Rohingya girls face ‘prison-like’ conditions in refugee camps

(CNN)Adolescent Rohingya girls are being kept in stifling conditions in refugee camps in Bangladesh, unable to go out, deprived of education and facing prospects...