Daily Archives: May 7, 2017

Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince William greet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Queen Elizabeth for Lunch

LONDON, United Kingdom—Burma leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met Britain’s Queen Elizabeth for lunch on Friday at Buckingham Palace. Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi—who serves as Burma’s foreign minister while also being...
A jetty for oil tankers is seen on Madae island, Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State, on 7 October 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

China seeks up to 85% stake in strategic Kyaukphyu port

China is looking to take a stake of up to 85 percent in a strategically important sea port in Burma, according to documents reviewed by Reuters, in a move that could heighten tensions over...
Activists gather in front of Baitul Muqarram National Mosque after Friday prayers to demand the removal of the statute of the Greek goddess Themis from the Supreme Court premises in Dhaka on April 21

Escalating threats to secularism in Bangladesh

Prior to a recent trip to Bangladesh, I read the online Dhaka Tribune to get a feel for what is going on there, and I couldn’t help but notice a fairly high degree of...
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Rakhine party discusses federalism

The Arakan National Party (ANP) held a workshop to discuss federalism on May 5 in Yangon. Two foreign experts were also there to consult on democracy transition, the challenges of a federal union and ethnic...
With a record of almost 1,100 people drowning, suffocating or dying of hypothermia on overcrowded boats so far this year, the North Africa to Italy crossing is considered the deadliest sea passage in the world. Reuters

Bangladesh biggest source of refugees on boats

As the refugee crisis enters its fourth year, the demographics of the men, women and children arriving on Europe’s shores are undergoing an unprecedented shift, according to a report published in The Independent, UK. Syrians...

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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...