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Thursday, September 2, 2021

The Rohingya's Quest for International Justice

Saumya Uma
This is the third in a series of articles on the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Statute creating the ICC entered into force on July 1, 2002 and the court is now in its 20th year. To mark the occasion, The Wire is publishing a series of articles evaluating its performance over the past two decades. Read the first part here and the second part here.

The situation faced by the Rohingya is once again in the spotlight with the Bangladesh government reportedly commencing the COVID vaccination drive for Rohingya refugees on one hand and the Indian government terming them “a threat to national security” on the other. Last month, the Human Rights Watch minced no words in asking the Indian government to release the detained asylum seekers.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Rohingya to give testimony to Argentine court in push for Myanmar Army probe

BuenosAires Times
17 August 2021

Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar in a bloody crackdown are to testify before Argentine court. They will use the principle of "universal jurisdiction" to urge a full judicial investigation into allegations of war crimes committed against them. 


Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar in a bloody crackdown are to testify in court for the first time Tuesday to urge a full judicial investigation into allegations of war crimes committed against them.

A military campaign in Myanmar in 2017 is believed to have killed thousands and forced some 750,000 members of the Muslim minority to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh, bringing accounts of rape, murder and arson.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

The junta overthrew the government they represented. What happens next for Myanmar's diplomats in limbo?

Caitlin Hu, Julia Hollingsworth, Eliza Mackintosh and Helen Regan,
June 29, 2021

New York (CNN)In a beige stone townhouse on a leafy New York street, a political coup thousands of miles away has split an office in two.

Downstairs in the dimly lit building, staffers at Myanmar's Permanent Mission to the United Nations receive orders from the military junta, which overthrew the country's elected government on February 1.

Upstairs, charismatic ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun is leading what is effectively an underground diplomatic corps, part of an attempt to wrestle back control of the country. His conference room is decorated with portraits of a long line of his military-aligned predecessors, reminders of what he's up against.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Confident in Its Impunity, the Myanmar Junta Ignores Diplomacy

The New York Times
By Richard C. Paddock and Rick Gladstone
June 24, 2021

The generals who seized power five months ago have shown no inclination to heed international pleas to reverse themselves, even as Myanmar slides into a failed state.
Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander of Myanmar’s military, during a parade on Armed Forces Day in Naypyidaw, the capital, in March.Credit...EPA, via Shutterstock

Western powers have imposed sanctions. Neighboring countries have implored the military to restore democracy. More than 200 human rights groups have called for an arms embargo. And last week, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a blunt rebuke aimed at isolating the generals.

The diplomatic pressure has done little to change the situation in Myanmar.

Friday, June 25, 2021

With Aung San Suu Kyi facing prison, Myanmar’s opposition is leaderless, desperate and ready to fight

Adam Simpson,Senior Lecturer, University of South Australia
Nicholas Farrelly,Professor and Head of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania
Laura Hood,Politics Editor, Assistant Edito
June 23, 2021
Soldiers from the People’s Defence Force taking part in training at an undisclosed location in Myanmar. National Unity Government handout/EPA

As Aung San Suu Kyi finally faced court last week to defend herself against a litany of politically motivated charges, Myanmar is continuing its downward spiral into state failure.

Suu Kyi was arrested following the February 1 coup by the military and charged with alleged corruption, inciting public unrest and other offences. If she is found guilty, which is a near certainty, she may well be imprisoned for the rest of her life.

The popularity of Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party have been consistently underestimated by a range of domestic and international analysts, and even by the Myanmar military itself. But her role will now change as her case takes a stop-start journey through the tightly held and persistently manipulated judicial process.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

United Nations set to call for halt of arms to Myanmar: diplomats

Michelle Nichols
Syndicated Content
Jun 17, 2021 

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United Nations General Assembly is set on Friday to call for a stop to the flow of arms to Myanmar and urge the military to respect November election results and release political detainees, including leader Aung San Suu Kyi, diplomats said.

Western states have been pushing the 193-member body to consider a draft resolution, but it was postponed at the last minute in a bid to win more support, including from nine Southeast Asian nations.

Monday, June 7, 2021

ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အတြက္ နားဝင္မခ်ိဳသည့္အမွန္တ ရား ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာ့အာဏာသိမ္းမႈ၏ မူလရင္းျမစ္

Nikkei Asia
ဇြန္ ၇

ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ၏ ၾသဇာႀကီးမားသည့္ ေခါင္းေဆာင္ျဖစ္သူ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ မည္သည့္ေနရာ၌ ရွိေနသည္ ကို ေလးလအတြင္း ပထမဆုံးအျဖစ္ ယခုတစ္ႀကိမ္သာ အတည္ျပဳနိုင္သည္။

ဤျဖစ္ရပ္သည္ ေနျပည္ေတာ္ရွိ တရားခြင္တစ္ခုတြင္ ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္အား ပထမဆုံး ျမင္ေတြ႕ရသည့္ ေမလ ၂၄ ရက္ေန႔တြင္ စတင္ခဲ့သည္။ နိုင္ငံေတာ္ပိုင္ မီဒီယာက ထုတ္ျပန္သည့္ ဓာတ္ပုံ၌ သူမကို ႏွားေခါင္း စည္း တပ္ၿပီး ခါးမတ္မတ္ထားလၽွက္ ထိုင္ေနသည္ကို ျမင္ရသည္။ နိုင္ငံေတာ္အတိုင္ပင္ခံ အျဖစ္ သူမ ဦး ေဆာင္ခဲ့စဥ္က အစိုးရအဖြဲ႕၌ သမၼတတာဝန္ ထမ္းေဆာင္ခဲ့သူ ဦးဝင္ျမင့္ႏွင့္အတူ အျခားသူမ်ားလည္း သူမေ ဘးတြင္ ရွိသည္။

“မြတ္စလင္လူဦးေရဆက္လက္တိုးပြားလာမႈဟာ အႀကီးမား ဆံုးစိန္ေခၚမႈျဖစ္တယ္”လို႔ ေဒၚစုနဲ႔ဟန္ေဂရီ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္တို႔ ဘံုသေဘာထားတူ

Myanmar Muslim Media
ဇြန္ ၇၊ ၂၀၁၉
ရွားပါးတဲ့ဥေရာပခရီးစဥ္အတြင္း ျမန္မာေခါင္းေဆာင္နဲ႔ ဟန္ေဂရီ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္တို႔ မြတ္စလင္လူဦးေရ တိုးပြား လာမႈအေၾကာင္း ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကတယ္လို႔ ဂါဒီးယန္းသတင္းဌာနကေဖာ္ျပလိုက္ပါတယ္။

လူမ်ဳိးတံုးသုတ္သင္မႈေတြကေန သတင္းေထာက္ေတြကိုေထာင္ခ်မႈေတြထိ ဆန္႔က်င္ေၾကာင္းထုတ္ေဖာ္ေၿပာ ဆို ဖို႔ ပ်က္ကြက္မႈေတြကေန ေဒၚေအာင္ဆန္းစုၾကည္ရဲ႕ ဂုဏ္သတင္းဟာ အေနာက္ႏိုင္ငံေတြမွာ ၿပီးခဲ့တဲ့လေ တြ အတြင္း လႈပ္ခတ္မႈေတြရွိခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမယ့္ ျမန္မာေခါင္းေဆာင္က လက္ယာ၀ါဒီ နဲ႔ ေရႊ႕ေျပာင္းသူမ်ား ကိုဆန္႔က်င္တဲ့ ဟန္ေဂရီ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ ဗစ္တာေအာ္ဘန္နဲ႔ မဟာမိတ္အသစ္ ရွာေတြ႔ခဲ့ၿပီျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Australia faces fresh call for action on Myanmar with Turnell still in jail

brisbane times
Chris Barrett
May 31, 2021

Singapore: Australia is facing a renewed call to introduce fresh sanctions on Myanmar’s military government with Sydney economist Sean Turnell still languishing in prison nearly four months after he was detained in the days after a coup.

The Australian Council for International Development has illustrated contrasting responses of different countries to the bloody takeover in a document delivered to Foreign Minister Marise Payne.
Sean Turnell with Aung San Suu Kyi

The analysis chart spells out how the United States, UK, Canada and the European Union have sanctioned junta chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and a combined 38 senior figures in the aftermath of the February 1 coup. All but Canada have also black-listed military conglomerates Myanmar Economic Corporation and Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited.

Monday, April 26, 2021

OP-ED: A wake-up call for Bangladesh?

Dhaka Tribune
Nisath Salsabil Rob
April 25th, 2021

In handling the Rohingya crisis, it is time Bangladesh prepared for the long haul

In the wee hours of February 1, 2021, Myanmar’s military -- the Tatmadaw -- declared a one-year state of emergency and arrested democratically elected leaders of the ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), including Myanmar’s former de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, thereby putting a nail on the coffin of Myanmar’s fledgling democracy.

Pan-Southeast Asian Agreement Aims to Stop Spillover of Myanmar Violence

By Ralph Jennings
April 24, 2021

TAIPEI - Saturday's strongly worded call from a bloc of 10 Southeast Asian nations for an end to post-coup violence in Myanmar moves the region a step away from unrest infecting other countries and a step toward peacemaking, analysts say.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a five-point consensus calling for “immediate cessation” of violence in Myanmar, “utmost restraint” by all actors there and the start of peace talks. An ASEAN envoy will help mediate dialogue in Myanmar, the consensus said, and the group will offer humanitarian aid. Myanmar is a group member.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

OPINION - Political calculations to settle Myanmar crisis

Ramdhan Muhaimin
JAKARTA, Indonesia

Myanmar’s military coup has put Association of Southeast Asian Nation at crossroads
The writer teaches at the Center for Peace and Defense Studies (PSPP), University of Al-Azhar Indonesia.

Since the military forcibly seized control and forced the exit of the National League for Democracy (NLD) from the government on Feb. 1, the socio-political conditions in Southeast Asian nation Myanmar have again moved towards uncertainty.

The coup, led by the head of Tatmadaw -- the national armed forces – Gen. Min Aung Hlaing shortly after Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD won the election, has become a nightmare for people in the country.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Burma is at a crossroads


Dmitry Mosyakov
Apr 01,2021
— New Eastern Outlook

THE events occurring in Burma, where numerous street demonstrations have not subsided against the military, which took power into its own hands on February 1, 2021, continue to attract intense attention. The fact is that although a change from civilian to military power has taken place, it is absolutely unclear how events will further develop: whether the military will be able to retain power or, under the pressure of mass demonstrations and a split in its own ranks, Aung San Suu Kyi and her party members will return to power.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Disgraceful generals are turning Myanmar into a pariah state

29 March 2021 

The sight of senior military officers in Myanmar celebrating the country’s Armed Forces Day at the weekend with a lavish party after troops had earlier shot dead more than 100 protesters was sickening. As the Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, it represented a new low in the country’s recent lurch back to despotism after a brief flirtation with democracy. Children were among those gunned down and the security forces even intervened in funerals to arrest those who had taken part in the demonstrations.

It is only six years since the first democratic elections in Myanmar seemed to presage its admission into the comity of nations after decades of military rule. They marked a personal triumph for Aung San Suu Kyi, for years held under house arrest before international pressure secured her release. Suu Kyi, while spurning formal office, was the power behind the new government and consequently blotted her reputation as a human rights champion when she failed to stand up for the persecuted Muslim Rohingyas.

Suu Kyi ally wants equal rights for persecuted Rohingya Muslims

MAR 29, 2021,

A Rohingya refugee family rests in a temporary shelter in Ukhia, Bangladesh, on March 25, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE (BLOOMBERG) - Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims living in refugee camps in Bangladesh should be reintegrated into Myanmar society and afforded "full rights" including citizenship, according to a key ally of ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Speaking in an interview last week, Dr Sasa, who uses just one name and describes himself as the envoy representing Myanmar's Parliament to the United Nations, said it was time for the country's 55 million people to set aside their differences and face down a military that seized power last month.

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Up close: Applause for Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi turned to criticism

George Petras, USA TODAY
Mar. 20, 2021

Under arrest since Feb. 1, "The Lady" is Myanmar's most popular leader

Aung San Suu Kyi, at the center of the Myanmar military coup, is a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and human rights champion who has fallen from favor with the international community.

Suu Kyi, 75, is the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar who has spent years under government house arrest. She's often been compared to Nelson Mandela, the South African leader who ended apartheid in the early 1990s after being imprisoned for 27 years.

Friday, March 19, 2021

FACTBOX-Sanctions imposed against Myanmar’s generals since they seized power

Simon Lewis
MARCH 19, 2021

March 19 (Reuters) - World leaders from Washington to Singapore have condemned a military coup in Myanmar, urging generals to halt a deadly crackdown on demonstrators, release detainees including civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and restore the elected government.

Some countries have followed up with targeted financial sanctions in hopes of putting the squeeze on the generals who staged the Feb. 1 coup and convince them to change course.

With the European Union set to approve sanctions on Myanmar next week, here is a snapshot of other actions around the globe.

Military tightens grip in Myanmar as more international sanctions loom

THE Star
Friday, 19 Mar 2021

YANGON (Reuters):Thousands of opponents of military rule in Myanmar marched in the town of Natmauk, the birthplace of revered national hero Aung San, on Thursday (March 18) in defiance of a crackdown by security forces, local media reported.

Demonstrations also took place in other towns and cities, with security forces killing three people, an activist group said. The authorities placed further restrictions on internet services, hampering protesters' ability to organise.

Give peace a chance, Malaysia tells Myanmar

THE Star  

Friday, 19 Mar 2021

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has called on Myanmar's ruling junta to change its course and choose a peaceful solution instead of violence against unarmed civilians.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) said all concerned parties should work together towards a peaceful settlement of this crisis.

"Violence begets violence, and the nation's future may be plunged into irreversible destruction.

"The military leadership in Myanmar is strongly urged to change its course, and choose a path towards peaceful solutions.

What next for Burma?

Thant Myint-U
18 MARCH 2021

With their recent coup d’état the Burmese army hoped for a surgical shift in power that would leave everything else more or less untouched. Instead, the coup has sent the economy into freefall, raised the possibility of international intervention and triggered a political earthquake. The fight is no longer over elections and constitutional amendments. One path leads to dictatorship without end. The other to a revolution whose exact shape is difficult to see. A crumbling economy may send the lives of tens of millions of poor and vulnerable people spiralling into disaster. And what unfolds in Burma may be impossible for the region, perhaps the world, to ignore: a failed state between India and China, at the heart of 21st-century Asia.

Tension had been mounting for weeks. Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and the country’s de facto ruler since 2016, won a thumping victory in last November’s elections. Taking more than 60 per cent of the vote, she was set to consolidate her hold over Burmese politics, vowing to push for constitutional changes that would limit further the army’s once limitless powers.