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  • CPJ urges Myanmar not to harass local top journo

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) urges the Myanmar authorities to stop harassing and threatening to arrest Aung Marm Oo, editor-in-chief of the privately-owned Rakhine state-based news agency Development Media Group.

  • Myanmar rejects final appeal by jailed Reuters journalists

    Myanmar’s top court rejects the appeal of two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven years in jail for breaking the Official Secrets Act, in a landmark case that has raised questions about the country’s transition to democracy.

  • Rohingya refugees

    ‘No money offered to Rohingyas in Bangladesh’

    China has not offered Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh money to repatriate to Myanmar, says an official of Chinese embassy in Dhaka. The latest development came after the BenarNews reported that a delegation of officials from Beijing had promised refugee families up to USD $6,000 each if they returned to Rakhine state.

  • Suu Kyi woos investors to crisis-hit Rakhine

    Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi calls for investment in the crisis-hit western state of Rakhine, saying the world had "focused narrowly on negative aspects" in the state from which some 730,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled since 2017.

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    False Claim over St Martin's: Again, envoy of Myanmar summoned

    Amid escalating diplomatic tension between Dhaka and Nay Pyi Taw, Bangladesh Foreign Ministry again summoned the Myanmar envoy here and lodged a strong protest as Myanmar continues to claim Saint Martin's island as its territory.

  • Row over divisive statue: Myanmar to drop charges against protesters

    Myanmar will drop charges against dozens of ethnic minority protesters who demonstrated against a statue of independence hero General Aung San and will hold talks with them, state media says.

  • The United Nations

    Myanmar: UN expert welcomes move to amend constitution

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, who has been critical of failing democratic reforms in the country, welcomes the establishment of a parliamentary committee to amend the problematic constitution.

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    Myanmar parliament approves panel to discuss constitution

    Myanmar's parliament votes to set up a committee to discuss amending the country's constitution, despite objections by military-aligned lawmakers against a move that is likely to challenge the army's power.

  • UN envoy not allowed to visit Rakhine conflict zones

    Myanmar did not allow Christine Schraner Burgener, UN special envoy for Myanmar, to visit the conflict zones in northern Rakhine State citing safety concerns, according to report.

  • Myanmar Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh

    UN chief in Myanmar concerned over fighting in Rakhine State

    The head of the United Nations in Myanmar on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation in the western state of Rakhine, where fighting between the military and the rebel Arakan Army has displaced about 4,500 people since early December.

  • Tension flares in Rakhine state

    Myanmar forces are conducting new rounds of "clearance operations" in conflict-hit Rakhine state after four local Buddhists were attacked and two killed, the commander-in-chief's office said yesterday, with one of the incidents blamed on Rohingya Muslims.

  • Lost idol: New wave of Myanmar youth activists look beyond Suu Kyi

    Myanmar youth activist and television host Thinzar Shun Lei Yi would once have called herself one of Aung San Suu Kyi’s greatest fans. Now, she is one of her most vocal critics.

  • Former columnist jailed for 'abusive' posts on Suu Kyi

    A former columnist for state media has been jailed for seven years for "abusive" Facebook posts about Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a court official said yesterday, the latest case threatening free expression in the country.

  • Top military men responsible for human rights abuse in Myanmar: US

    Mentioning that the findings of a new report indicate widespread human rights abuses by the Myanmar military and its other security forces, the United States says it held high-level military individuals in Myanmar responsible for the situation.

  • Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya abuses

    A Myanmar government spokesman rejects a report by United Nations investigators that called for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide, saying the international community was making "false allegations".

  • Verdict in case against Reuters journalists postponed

    The verdict in Myanmar's prosecution of two Reuters reporters accused of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act is postponed until September 3 because the judge overseeing the case is in poor health, a court official says.

  • Myanmar Rohingyas refugees

    Rohingya repatriation talks go nowhere as crisis marks 1st anniversary

    The Rohingya crisis steps into the first anniversary with no real progress in the repatriation drive by Bangladesh other than the continuation of dialogue with Myanmar though Rohingyas are still coming into Bangladesh due to the absence of conducive environment in Rakhine.

  • Myanmar broke UN child rights pact: Experts

    Myanmar violated its obligations to the United Nations child rights convention in its crackdown on the Rohingya that led to an exodus of hundreds of thousands of people from the minority community, legal experts find.

  • HRW urges Myanmar to make amends for seized land

    Myanmar's government should expedite restitution for past illegal confiscations of land, an international human rights group says, detailing how previous land seizures there are still harming farmers under the civilian-led government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

  • Amnesty urges trial for Myanmar military over Rohingyas

    Amnesty International releases a report that details new evidence of atrocities inflicted on Myanmar’s Rohingya population and names 13 top military commanders the human rights group says should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.

  • Bangladesh urged to submit Rohingya docs to ICC

    Speakers at a seminar in the city urges the government to submit its observations and documents relating to Rohingyas forced out from Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC) within the given time frame and assist ICC in building pressure on Myanmar on this issue.

  • Rohingyas refugees hurt in Ukhia lanslide

    Myanmar to form independent enquiry commission in Rakhine

    Myanmar government decides to establish an independent commission of enquiry as part of its national initiative to address reconciliation, peace, stability and development in Rakhine state.

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    ‘Comply with UN body’s request for report on rape of Rohingya women’

    Myanmar should comply with a United Nations committee’s request for information on the military’s responsibility for widespread rape of Rohingya women and girls in northern Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights said today.

  • Trump sends letter to PM, assures of continuing pressure for Rohingya repatriation

    US President Donald Trump assures Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of continuing his country's pressure for the safe and voluntary return of the Rohingya people to their homeland as he sent a letter to the premier in this regard.

  • UNSC delegation visiting northern Rakhine

    A UN Security Council delegation on Tuesday was visiting volatile areas of Myanmar's Rakhine state, from where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled military-led violence, to see firsthand the aftermath of the army's crackdown as well as Myanmar's preparations for taking back the refugees.

  • Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

    Myanmar's army chief denies his forces committed rape and other sexual abuses during a crackdown he ordered on Rohingya Muslims, as he addressed UN Security Council delegates in the capital Naypyidaw.

  • Myanmar ready to receive ‘verified’ Rohingya refugees, says Suu Kyi

    Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi says her country was ready for the return of “verified” Rohingya refugees and sought more cooperation from Bangladesh for the repatriation to begin after delays since early this year.

  • 2,000 Kachin trapped by Myanmar fighting lack food, medicine

    Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between the Myanmar's army and the Kachin guerrillas in the country's north.

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    Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingyas: UNHCR

    The UN refugee agency calls a Myanmar minister's visit to Bangladesh to meet Muslim Rohingya refugees a confidence-building measure, but says conditions in Myanmar are not ready for their return.

  • Rohingyas to be taken back with dignity: Myanmar minister

    Visiting Myanmar's cabinet minister says Rohingyas will be taken back by giving them citizenship and with dignity.