Daily Archives: July 22, 2017

Volunteers count votes at a polling station during Burma’s general election in central Rangoon on 8 November 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

UEC approves re-registry of Arakan League for Democracy

Burma’s Union Election Commission has allowed the registration of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD), re-establishing a political party that was a formidable competitor in national polls 27 years ago but may further fracture...
Those on the ground in Bangladesh's Rohingya refugee camps cite violence and other concerns.

Rohingya Refugees Flee Myanmar For Bangladesh But Still Face Issues

Abuses in Myanmar are driving out some of the Rohingya population. But their new home isn't free of problems. The Rohingya are a Muslim minority in Myanmar. They aren't recognized by the country's constitution and...
Asean's more than 625 million citizens are growing wealthier with liberal economics but politically, the region is in retreat with despots and leaders clingin on to power despite corruption scandals. – EPA pic, July 21, 2017.

Asean grows richer but democracy left poorer, says Economist

ASEAN might be enjoying boom times, growing at an annual rate of 5% over the past five years, but politically, the region is moving in the opposite direction, The Economist said. At the height of...
Migrants collect rainwater at a temporary refugee camp near Kanyin Chaung jetty, in Myanmar in June 2015. These Rohingya and Bangladeshis were rescued from a boat carrying 734 people off Myanmar's southern coast. They had been at sea for more than two months - at the end with little food or water. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds died in Rohingya camps on Thai-Malaysia border

More details have emerged about Thailand’s ugly trade in people now that a marathon trial has ended in Bangkok with 62 people convicted of human trafficking and other serious crimes. Camps set up by traffickers...
Rohingya situation has not improved under new government - UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

U.N. envoy complains of state surveillance, access restrictions in Myanmar

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation in Myanmar Yanghee Lee speaks during a news conference in Yangon, Myanmar July 21, 2017.Soe Zeya Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Activists and journalists in newly democratic Myanmar continue...
Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, speaks to reporters at a Yangon hotel on July 21.

Myanmar’s meddling in Rohingya probe ‘unacceptable’: UN envoy

Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, speaks to reporters at a Yangon hotel on July 21. YANGON -- Myanmar's attempts to disrupt an investigation into human rights abuses against the country's...
The general situation for the Rohingya has hardly improved since my last visit in January, and has become further complicated in the north of Rakhine

Myanmar propaganda? Army takes media on reporting trip

KYAR GAUNG TAUNG, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s military has a big public relations problem: It stands accused of committing genocide. Which is why I was among 14 international journalists escorted to a village in northern...

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Thousands of Muslim Rohingya live in makeshift shelters at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Imran Akbar)

Rohingya crisis: ICC team in Dhaka

    A delegation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have arrived in Dhaka to discuss the Rohingya crisis. They landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport around...
UN investigators say the violence warrants the prosecution of top generals for genocide [Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters]

US slaps sanctions on Myanmar army chief over Rohingya abuses

The US action against senior army officers comes as the military has continued to 'commit human rights violations'. The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions...
Congress gave Rohingyas free access to India and land

Congress gave Rohingyas free access to India and land

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced that it will have one final hearing in August on petitions filed by the Rohingyas to...
Fresh allegations of ‘war crimes’ emerge in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine

Fresh allegations of ‘war crimes’ emerge in Myanmar’s conflict-torn Rakhine

Ethnic Chin people hold placards during a protest asking for an end to conflict in Chin state and Rakhine state, in Yangon yesterday. In Rakhine...
OIC raises plight of Rohingya at UN session in Geneva

OIC raises plight of Rohingya at UN session in Geneva

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen receives Ambassador of Afghanistan to Saudi Arabia Shafiq Samim at his office...