Monthly Archives: May 2019

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 imprisoned in Myanmar for their reporting of the ethnic cleansing...
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 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United...
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 fled the "systematic persecution from birth to death" of the...
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 ended on Friday in Naypyidaw without any breakthrough in regard...
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 have released 126 innocent civilians out of 275 villagers from...
Bangladesh-Myanmar talks Friday amid ‘zero progress’ on Rohingya repatriation

Bangladesh-Myanmar talks Friday amid ‘zero progress’ on Rohingya repatriation

Rohingya people enter Bangladesh territory through Teknaf bordering area. UNB file photoBangladesh and Myanmar are going to sit in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issue as the current crisis steps into...
This combination of photos taken on Sept. 3, 2018 shows journalists Kyaw Soe Oo (left) and Wa Lone being escorted by police after their sentencing by a court to jail in Yangon. Myanmar's Supreme Court on April 23, 2019 rejected an appeal against their seven-year sentences on charges linked to their reporting of the Rohingya crisis. (Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP)

No escape for political prisoners in Myanmar

Macabre irony prevails as both President Win Myint and State Chancellor Suu Kyi were political detainees before taking power No escape for political prisoners in Myanmar On the morning of April 17, the families of...
'We will lose any hope of going home': Rohingya live in fear of resettlement

‘We will lose any hope of going home’: Rohingya live in fear of resettlement

Plans to relocate Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state promise to dash their dreams of returning to traditional life Since their homes were burned down seven years AGO, an estimated 128,000 ethnic Rohingya have been...
Myanmar soldiers march in formation during a parade to mark the country's 74th Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw on March 27. (Photo by Thet Aung/AFP)

EU extends Myanmar arms embargo over human rights concerns

Export of military equipment, training banned for a further year, but measures seen as inadequate by rights researcher The Council of the European Union has extended a ban on arms sales to Myanmar while also...
Rohingya camps to go under fortified nighttime surveillance

Rohingya camps to go under fortified nighttime surveillance

The government is set to strengthen surveillance on Rohingya camps from security perspectives at night amid allegations of activities of armed groups inside camps along the borders with Myanmar. The allegations of activities of armed...

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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...