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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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has decided to send a regional taskforce to Myanmar to assist the Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh

Rohingya Repatriation: Asean to send taskforce to Myanmar

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has decided to send a regional taskforce to Myanmar to assist the Rohingya repatriation from Bangladesh. The decision...
Repatriations are set to begin on Thursday, but most, if not all, have said they do not want to go back

Rohingya refugees flee camps to avoid return to Myanmar

  Rohingya Muslims say their evening prayers in a half completed structure at a refugee camp in Bangladesh.Photograph: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Rohingya refugees are...
King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) meeting receiving Bangladesh s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (L) at the royal palace in the capital Riyadh on October 17, 2018. (Photo via AFP)

Saudi Arabia to deport scores of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh: Report

Saudi Arabia is set to send scores of Rohingya Muslim refugees to Bangladesh, years after they fled persecution in their home country; but have...
More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed from Rakhine state, in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, into Bangladesh from August last year

‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’: Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Nov 9 (Reuters) - For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning...
Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Bangladesh silent on Canadian offer to take Rohingya refugees including rape victims

Bangladesh did not accept an offer by Canada to take in Rohingya refugees, including women who were raped, Canadian officials said, as the South...