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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bangladesh abstains from voting against Myanmar

Prothom Alo 
Prothom Alo English Desk
Published: 20 Jun 2021, 
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual UN General Assembly high-level debate in New York, US, on 21 September 2020Reuters

The UN General Assembly on Friday took a rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, which is a part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.

The resolution -- which did not go so far as to call for a global arms embargo -- also demands that the military “immediately stop all violence against peaceful demonstrators,” reports Reuters.

It was approved by 119 countries, with 36 abstaining including China, Myanmar’s main ally. Only one country, Belarus, voted against it. Bangladesh also abstained from voting.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

ASEAN diplomacy in Myanmar intensifies as EU eyes more sanctions

4 Jun 2021

Analyst says ASEAN diplomacy ‘dead on arrival’ while shadow opposition government seeks recognition of ethnic Rohingya as citizens.

Protesters make the three-finger salute during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on Thursday [Stringer/AFP]

Diplomats from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are set for talks with Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, as Myanmar enters its fifth month of crippling unrest since the military seized power on February 1 amid the increasing prospect of new sanctions from the European Union.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

EU ready to help restore democracy to Myanmar - high representative

April 30, 2021
People hold placards as they attend a protest against Myanmar's military coup in Launglon, Myanmar April 23, 2021 in this picture obtained by Reuters. DAWEI WATCH via REUTERS

The European Union is ready to offer its support to all parties to help restore democracy in Myanmar, the bloc's high representative told ASEAN states on Friday.

Southeast Asian leaders said after an emergency ASEAN summit last week that they had reached consensus with Myanmar's junta on ending violence there. read more

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.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

ASEAN calls summit on Myanmar as EU widens sanctions

April 20, 2021
Protesters defend themselves from the troops in Kale, Sagaing region, Myanmar March 28, 2021 in this picture taken March 28, 2021 obtained by REUTERS.

Southeast Asian countries will discuss the crisis in Myanmar at a summit in Jakarta on Saturday, but some are choosing to send ministers rather than heads of government.

The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to guide Myanmar, a member, out of the bloody turmoil triggered by the military overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government on Feb. 1.

But the group's principles of consensus and non-interference have restricted its ability to overcome members' divergent views on how to respond to the army's killing of hundreds of civilians.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Russia and China Thwarting International Response to Myanmar Crisis: EU

11 April 2021
Russia and China are frustrating the international response to the Myanmar crisis, a top European Union diplomat said Sunday, as the death toll from a military crackdown climbed past 700.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military removed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power on February 1.

International efforts to stem the violence have so far failed to yield results, with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell saying Sunday it was “no surprise” that Russia and China were blocking efforts at the UN Security Council to impose an arms embargo.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

EU scales up aid for Rohingya fire victims

FE Online Desk
Published: April 08, 2021

The European Union is providing €150,000 (close to BDT 15 million) to step up its support for Rohingya refugees affected by the massive fire that swept through refugee camps in the Bangladeshi southern district of Cox’s Bazar in March this year.

This follows the initial assistance of €500,000 announced last week as an immediate response to the blaze.

“The fire has caused many Rohingya refugees, who have lived in displacement in camps over the past three years, to yet again lose almost everything,” said Daniela D'Urso who oversees the EU’s humanitarian response in Bangladesh.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

US, EU, Britain Impose Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Uyghurs

VOA News
Updated March 22, 2021
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell speaks to media before a EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, on March 22, 2021.

The United States, the European Union and Britain have imposed sanctions on several Chinese officials for human rights abuses against the Muslim Uyghur minority in China’s Xinjiang province.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. sanctions were taken in solidary with U.S. allies.

“As part of their actions today, our partners also sanctioned human rights abusers in connection with the atrocities occurring in Xinjiang and other countries,” Blinken said in a statement Monday.

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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Exclusive: EU preparing sanctions on Myanmar military businesses, documents show

Gabriela Baczynska, Robin Emmott
MARCH 8, 2021

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is preparing to widen its sanctions on Myanmar’s armed forces to target businesses they run, in protest at the Feb. 1 military coup, according to diplomats and two internal documents seen by Reuters.
A woman shows a three-finger salute during a protest against the military coup in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

The measures, which diplomats said could be agreed by EU foreign ministers on March 22, would target companies “generating revenue for, or providing financial support to, the Myanmar Armed Forces”, said one of the documents dated March 5.

While the bloc has an arms embargo on Myanmar, and has targeted some senior military officials since 2018, the measures would be its most significant response so far since the coup.

Saturday, December 5, 2020

World briefs: Rohingyas shipped to lone island; EU, U.K. trade deal talks are ‘paused’; Saudis: End to Qatar boycott ‘in reach’; Bus goes off bridge in Brazil, killing 14

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 

Decenber 5,2020

Authorities in Bangladesh on Friday sent the first group of more than 1,500 Rohingya refugees to an isolated island despite protests by human rights groups.

The 1,642 refugees boarded seven Bangladeshi naval vessels in the port of Chittagong for the trip to Bhashan Char, according to an official.

After about a three-hour trip, they arrived at the island, which was once regularly submerged by monsoon rains but now has flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques built at a cost of more than $112 million by the Bangladesh navy.

Friday, December 4, 2020

EU: Entire int'l community should stand together over Rohingya repatriation

December 2nd, 2020 
The European Union (EU) ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink said while interacting with members of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at a hotel in Dhaka on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 UNB

‘… they want to go back home. They don't want to stay at camps. We should stand behind it,’ says Rensje Teerink

European Union (EU) Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink on Wednesday said the whole international community should stand together to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis with a focus on their voluntary and sustainable repatriation to Myanmar.

Friday, November 20, 2020

OIC ႏွင့္ EU တင္သည့္ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ မူၾကမ္းက ဘယ္ လိုသက္ေရာက္မႈ ရွိမလဲ

By ဇင္လင္းထက္
20 November 2020

ေမာင္ေတာအေရးအခင္းေၾကာင့္ ႏွစ္နိုင္ငံနယ္စပ္သို႔ တိမ္းေရွာင္ကာ ယာတီတဲထိုးေနထိုင္ၾကေသာ မြတ္စလင္ ရြာသားမ်ား / မင္းေအာင္ခိုင္ / ဧရာဝတီ

အစၥလာမ္မစ္ နိုင္ငံမ်ားအဖြဲ႕ (OIC)ႏွင့္ ဥေရာပသမဂၢ (EU) တို႔ ပူးတြဲတင္သြင္းခဲ့ေသာ ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံဆိုင္ရာ အ ဆိုမူၾကမ္းကို ၇၅ ႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ ကုလသမဂၢ အေထြေထြ ညီလာခံ၏အစည္းအေဝးတြင္ တတိယေကာ္မ တီက မဲခြဲ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခဲ့သည္။

တတိယ ေကာ္မတီသည္ ကုလသမဂၢ၏ လူမႈေရး၊ လူသားခ်င္း စာနာေထာက္ထားမႈႏွင့္ ယဥ္ေက်းမႈ ေကာ္မ တီပင္ ျဖစ္ သည္။

အေမရိကန္နိုင္ငံ နယူးေယာက္ၿမိဳ႕ရွိ ကုလသမဂၢ ဌာနခ်ဳပ္တြင္ နိုဝင္ဘာလ ၁၈ ရက္က က်င္းပခဲ့ေသာ ေကာ္မ တီအစည္း အေဝးတြင္ အဆိုပါ မူၾကမ္းကို ျမန္မာဘက္က ကိုယ္စားလွယ္က ျပင္းျပင္းထန္ထန္ ကန႔္ကြက္ခဲ့ သည္ဟု ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံ နိုင္ငံ ျခားေရး ဝန္ႀကီးဌာနက နိုဝင္ဘာလ ၁၉ ရက္တြင္ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ခဲ့သည္။

Friday, October 23, 2020

ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာဒုကၡသည္ေတြအတြက္ ေဒၚလာသန္း ၆၀၀ ႏိုင္ငံတကာအလွဴရွင္ေတြ ကတိျပဳ

ဗြီအိုုေအ (ျမန္မာဌာန)
ဗြီအိုေအ (ျမန္မာပုိင္း)
23 ေအာက္တိုဘာ၊ 2020

                 ၂၀၁၇ စက္တင္ဘာ ၁၉ ရက္ေန႔က ကုတုပေလာင္ စခန္းရွိ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ား

ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြအတြက္ လိုအပ္ေနတဲ့ ရန္ပုံေငြေတြ ျဖည္ဆည္းေပးနိုင္ဖို႔ အေမရိကန္ ေဒၚလာ သန္း ၆၀၀ နီးပါး လႉဒါန္းမွာ ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း နိုင္ငံတကာက အလႉရွင္နိုင္ငံေတြက ကတိျပဳလိုက္ၾကပါတယ္။ ဒီ ကတိျပဳ ခ်က္ေၾကာင့္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ ဒုကၡသည္ေတြကို အကူအညီေပးေရး ေငြၾကးလိုအပ္ခ်က္ ကြာဟေနတာကို ျဖည့္ဆည္း ေပးနိုင္လိုက္ၿပီ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။

Friday, October 2, 2020

Activists Denounce Myanmar Election App For ‘Inflaming’ Ethnic Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
October 01, 2020

By accepting Myanmar’s rigid official racial and religious categorizations, the EU-funded app runs the risk of entrenching sectarian divides.
A donor-funded election app designed to provide information to Myanmar voters has come under fire for its potential to inflame racism and religious nationalism ahead of elections on November 8.

The mVoter 2020 app, which was launched on September 29, was developed by the Stockholm-based organization International Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), under the EU-funded STEP Democracy program. The app was built in partnership with The Asia Foundation and Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC).

Friday, September 25, 2020

Donors reiterate support for Rohingya

September 25, 2020  
                          Envoys of US, EU, UK, Canada visit Cox's Bazar

File Photo used for representational purpose 

Representatives of the international community in Bangladesh conducted a two-day visit to Cox's Bazar and visited the Rohingya refugee camps. They reiterated their commitment to support Rohingya refugees in a joint statement on Thursday

The representatives include the ambassadors of the United States (US) and the European Union (EU), the British High Commissioner, the Head of Humanitarian Aid of the Canadian High Commission, the World Bank (WB) Country Director, and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rescued Rohingya grateful for local support after 120 days stranded at sea

European Commission
 3 Jul 2020
 EU partner IOM Indonesia continues to provide round-the-clock care to the 99 Rohingya rescued and allowed to disembark in North Aceh last week after more than 120 days stranded at sea. Concerns are raising about another boat with 500 Rohingya on board, according to authorities in Jakarta.

Malaysian officials have also reported that at least 300 are on a vessel off the Coast of Koh Adang Island in Thailand. No further details are available but roughly, 1,400 Rohingya have been stranded at sea during the 2020 sailing season, which typically ends with the arrival of the monsoon in late May. At least 130 have died according to various estimates.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

EU commits € 32mn for host communities, Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar

UNB News
July 02, 2020
The European Union (EU) has announced €32 million or Tk 304 crore in funding to contribute to the needs of Bangladeshi host communities of Cox’s Bazar and Rohingya in the camps.

The allocation came in support to the generous efforts deployed by Bangladesh by hosting around one million Rohingya.

Some € 12 million or Tk 114 crore will be dedicated to COVID-19 responses and € 20 million or Tk 190 crore will address the need of both host communities and Rohingya through an integrated approach on improved access to basic services in education, food security and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and enhance their resilience and protection.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

အခ်ဳပ္အျခာအာဏာကို ဝင္ေရာက္စြက္ဖက္ျခင္းမ်ိဳး လက္မ ခံ ဟု ျမန္မာေျပာ

By ဇူးဇူး
24 June 2020
နိုင္ငံတနိုင္ငံ၏ အခ်ဳပ္အျခာအာဏာကို ဝင္ေရာက္စြက္ဖက္ျခင္းမျပဳဘဲ ေလးစားမႈရွိသင့္ေၾကာင္း ကုလ သမဂၢဆိုင္ရာ ျမန္ မာ အျမဲတမ္းကိုယ္စားလွယ္ ဦးေက်ာ္မိုးထြန္းက လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာင္စီတြင္ ေျပာဆို လိုက္သည္။

ၿပီးခဲ့သည့္ ဇြန္လ ၂၂ ရက္က ျပဳလုပ္ေသာ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရးေကာင္စီ၏ (၄၃) ႀကိမ္ေျမာက္ ပုံမွန္အစည္း အ ေဝးတြင္ ဥေရာပ သမဂၢ (EU) မွ တင္သြင္းသည့္ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္အဆိုအား ျမန္မာနိုင္ငံက လက္မခံဘဲ ပယ္ခ်ခဲ့ ရာတြင္ ထိုကဲ့သို႔ ထည့္သြင္းေျပာ ဆိုခဲ့ျခင္း ျဖစ္သည္။