Daily Archives: March 31, 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...

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Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo gesture as they walk free outside Insein prison after receiving a presidential pardon Photograph: Ann Wang/Reuters

Myanmar frees Reuters journalists jailed for reporting on Rohingya crisis

Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent more than a year in jail after being accused of breaching Official Secrets Act Two Reuters journalists...
File photo of Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox's Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Rohingya repatriation: Myanmar to extend ‘secret’ MoU with UNHCR, UNDP for another year

Last year saw virtually no progress on important issues, including citizenship for Rohingyas Myanmar has agreed to extend a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the...
Mohib Ullah, left, a leader of Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), speaks through a megaphone during an evening gathering between ARSPH members and a group of foreign journalists in Kutupalong camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, April 16. Courtesy of W-TIMES

Rohingya refugees’ political group cries out for equal rights as Myanmar citizens

By Jung Da-min COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh ― The Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH) is a political awakening for Rohingya refugees who...
Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Rohingya repatriation: 4th JWG meeting in Naypyidaw ends without any breakthrough

Bangladesh proposes visit from Myanmar to directly interact with Rohingyas As feared, the fourth meeting of the joint working group (JWG) of Bangladesh and Myanmar...
Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military Releases 126 Detainees in N. Rakhine

Military spokesman Brig-Gen. Zaw Min Tun attends the ‘four pillars’ meeting in Naypyitaw on April 30. The Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, on Friday said they...