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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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...