Daily Archives: May 9, 2017

Ashin Wirathu, the spiritual leader of anti-Muslim, ultra-nationalist group Ma Ba Tha sits in his office inside the Masoeyein monastery. Photograph: Thomas Cristofoletti/Ruom

‘We must protect our country’: extremist Buddhists target Mandalay’s Muslims

In a cluttered room in a monastery in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second city, a group of crimson-robed monks and their followers feverishly smoke and talk. One monk wearing black, thick-rimmed glasses feeds paper into a...
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi—in pink, right—arrives at the venue for the ceremony in which she was given the Freedom of the City of London award.

Activists Protest Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s London ‘Freedom’ Award

Activists and refugees demonstrated as State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was presented with the Freedom of the City of London award on Monday, calling the recognition “disappointing” in light of ongoing abuses...
Explosion of Handmade Bombs Kills Two in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Explosion of Handmade Bombs Kills Two in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

An accidental explosion of handmade bombs in a village in Buthidaung township of western Myanmar’s volatile Rakhine state last week killed two people and injured three others, the State Counselor’s Office said Monday. The blast...
Rohingya refugees, displaced by violence in Myanmar, at a camp in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh. (File) Photo: UNHCR/Saiful Huq Omi

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina asks Myanmar to resolve Rohingya issue

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday iterated the call on Myanmar for resolving the Rohingya refugee issue through cooperation with Bangladesh. She asked the outgoing Myanmar ambassador Myo Myint Than to convey the message to...
Jammu’s Rohingya refugees hit by wave of hostility

Jammu’s Rohingya refugees hit by wave of hostility

By Rayan Naqash - “We were told India is a good democratic country.” That was 48-year-old Zahid Hussain’s explanation for why he and 7,000 members of Myanmar’s Rohingya ethnic group chose to flee persecution at...
To prop up humanitarian support to the displaced people from Myanmar in Cox's Bazar, Japan has provided an emergency grant-in-aid of $2 million.

Japan gives $2 million in emergency aid for Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh

Rohingya refugees in a refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. - Reuters file photo To prop up humanitarian support to the displaced people from Myanmar in Cox's Bazar, Japan has provided an emergency grant-in-aid...

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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...