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Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Myanmar Army Probe: Rohingyas to testify before Argentina court

The Daily Star
Afp, Yangon
Wed Aug 18, 2021 

Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar in a bloody crackdown were set to testify in a court in Argentina for the first time yesterday 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.


The witnesses will testify remotely to a court in Argentina, which is considering invoking the principle of "universal jurisdiction" to bring a case against Myanmar's leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Rohingya to give first testimony in push for Myanmar army probe

THE STRAITS TIMES
17 August 2021

A photo from Sept 10, 2017, showing a Rohingya refugee pulling a child as they walk to the shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh.PHOTO: REUTERS

YANGON (AFP) - Rohingya refugees expelled from Myanmar in a bloody crackdown are to testify in court for the first time on Tuesday (Aug 17) 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 group to flee to refugee camps in Bangladesh, bringing accounts of rape, murder and arson.

The witnesses will testify remotely to a court in Argentina, which is considering invoking the principle of "universal jurisdiction" to bring a case against Myanmar's leaders for genocide and crimes against humanity. The legal premise holds that some acts - including war crimes and crimes against humanity - are so horrific they are not specific to one nation and can be tried anywhere.

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. 

TUN KHIN, PRESIDENT OF THE BURMESE ROHINGYA ORGANISATION UK, PREPARES TO GIVE TESTIMONY. | TWITTER.COM/TUNKHIN80

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.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Myanmar army clashes with anti-junta militia in major city

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23 June 2021

A military handout photograph shows soldiers and police arresting people during a raid in Mandalay

The army in Myanmar's second city, Mandalay, has clashed with a local militia opposed to February's military coup.

The clashes are the first time the People's Defense Forces (PDF) have come up against the army in a major city.

The defence force is a collective name for militia groups that have sprung up in Myanmar since the coup.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

China Boosts Support for Myanmar Army, Countering U.S. Sanctions

Bloomberg News
9 June 2021

China says its policy toward Myanmar remains unaffected by the country’s domestic situation, bolstering support for a regime that has faced multiple rounds of sanctions from the U.S. and its Western allies following a coup four months ago.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his counterpart Wunna Maung Lwin during a meeting on Tuesday in Chongqing that Beijing would continue implementing bilateral projects in the Southeast Asian nation, Myanmar state broadcaster MRTV reported.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Myanmar Shadow Government Pledges Citizenship for Rohingya

THE I DIPLOMAT
Sebastian Strangio
June 04, 2021 


The National Unity Government has called for the besieged community to join in the “Spring Revolution” against the military junta


In a move designed to burnish its claims to international support and recognition, Myanmar’s opposition National Unity Government (NUG) has promised to grant the country’s beleaguered Rohingya minority population citizenship.

In a policy statement released yesterday, the NUG, which was formed to oppose the military junta that seized power in February, said that the Rohingya are “entitled to citizenship by laws that will accord with fundamental human rights and democratic federal principles.”

It added, “We invite the Rohingyas to join hands with us and with others to participate in this Spring Revolution against the military dictatorship in all possible ways.”

The NUG statement promised to repeal Myanmar’s problematic 1982 Citizenship Law, which is underpinned by a complex taxonomy of 135 “national races,” from which the Rohingya are excluded, complicating their ability to gain citizenship. It said that whatever law replaces it “must base citizenship on birth in Myanmar or birth anywhere as a child of Myanmar citizens.”

Monday, May 10, 2021

Myanmar army says no ASEAN envoy visit until stability restored

Aljazeera
8 May 2021

At least 774 people have been killed and more than 3,700 detained in the military’s crackdown on opponents as army raids against ethnic rebels surge.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup, which unleashed anger amongst a public unwilling to tolerate a return to military rule [Stringer/Reuters]

Myanmar’s ruling military, which is facing nationwide protests against the coup that removed the elected government three months ago, has said that it would not agree to a visit by a Southeast Asian envoy until it could establish stability, prompting concerns that it would carry out more deadly violence against demonstrators and ethnic minorities.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Myanmar's Armed Groups Shifting Loyalty To China?

THE ASEAN POST
Maria Siow
29 March 2021
This file photo shows Rakhine ethnic people attending an ANP (Arakan National Party) event in Yangon for the Myanmar general election. (AFP Photo)


After weeks of silence as Myanmar ’s military cracked down on civilians protesting against the 1 February coup, the Arakan Army (AA), a major player among the country’s more than two dozen ethnic armed groups, this week announced it was on the side of the people.

“The current actions by the Burmese army and police are very cruel and unacceptable,” AA spokesman Khine Thu Khahe said on Tuesday (23 March), adding that “the oppressed ethnic people as a whole will continue to fight for their freedom from oppression”.

The AA’s statement was significant, as it comes just weeks after Myanmar’s junta removed the militia from its list of terrorist groups as a means of establishing peace across the nation of 55 million.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Amid Fragile Ceasefire, Frustration Over Missed Election in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Radio Free Asia ( RFA ) 
2020-12-31 
People wearing face shields and face masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus queue to vote at a polling station in Rakhine state, Nov. 8, 2020.
 

Rakhine’s ethnic army and politicians blamed Myanmar’s ruling party and electoral authorities Thursday for the failure to hold elections in the war-torn state, as analysts warned that holding a vote will be critical to keeping a fragile ceasefire going into 2021.

After a violent 2020 in Myanmar’s westernmost state, Rakhine residents were largely left out of voting in Nov. 8 general elections, with only a quarter of the state’s registered voters able to go to polls after authorities scrapped the election, citing security concerns.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Report documents Myanmar army rape of Rohingyas

 Tribune Desk
October 25th, 2020

File photo of a Rohingya camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune
 

Interviews with health workers who have treated Rohingya survivors in Bangladesh corroborate allegations of sexual violence by the Myanmar military

A new report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has documented widespread sexual violence committed by the Tatmadaw, the armed forces of Myanmar, and Myanmar security forces against the Rohingyas.
 

Friday, October 9, 2020

International Criminal Court: Prosecute and Offer Witness Protection to Myanmar Army Deserters

FORTIFY RIGHTS
Myanmar
September 08, 2020

Two Myanmar Army soldiers now in ICC custody in The Hague

(BANGKOK, September 8, 2020)—The International Criminal Court (ICC) should swiftly prosecute two Myanmar Army soldiers who confessed to their involvement in massacres, rape, and other crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar, and the court should facilitate witness protection for them, said Fortify Rights today. Fortify Rights has reason to believe Myanmar Army Private Myo Win Tun, 33, and Private Zaw Naing Tun, 30, are in the custody of the ICC and in The Hague.

“This is a monumental moment for Rohingya and the people of Myanmar in their ongoing struggle for justice,” said Matthew Smith, Chief Executive Officer at Fortify Rights. These men could be the first perpetrators from Myanmar tried at the ICC, and the first insider witnesses in the custody of the court. We expect prompt action.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Take initiatives for inter-regional diplomacy: BNPTake initiatives for inter-regional diplomacy: BNP

The Daily Star
Staff Correspondent
October 03, 2020

Expressing concern over mobilisation of Myanmar army in the border area, BNP yesterday asked the government to take initiative for inter-regional diplomacy.

"The government's weak foreign policy is clear to Myanmar. Taking full advantage of this, Myanmar showed the courage of mobilising their military forces in Bangladesh-Myanmar international border," said Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the party.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Myanmar army tries to discredit Rohingya abuse confessions

Digital Journal
By AFP
10th September2020

Myanmar's military has sought to undermine the confessions of two soldiers who said they were ordered to "exterminate" Rohingya Muslims before taking part in the massacre of scores of men, women and children.

NGO Fortify Rights and the New York Times on Tuesday released details of the filmed interviews -- seen by AFP -- of Private Myo Win Tun, 33, and Private Zaw Naing Tun, 30, in which they described "wiping out" entire villages.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Myanmar Army Actions in Rakhine State Should be Tried as ‘War Crimes,’ Says Amnesty

Radio Free Asia
2020-07-08 

Houses burn in abandoned Letka village in Mrauk-U township amid armed conflict in western Myanmar's Rakhine state, May 16, 2020. Residents fled the community in April 2019 following clashes between Myanmar and ethnic rebel forces, and sought shelter in displacement camps.
Associated Press

Myanmar’s army has shelled villages and burned homes in Rakhine state in recent months, killing and displacing civilians in “attacks that amount to war crimes” that should be tried by the International Criminal Court, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

UK sanctions top Myanmar generals over human rights

MYANMAR TIMES
THOMPSON CHAUSWE LEI MON
07 JUL 2020
 Commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (centre left) on his barefoot arrives at Bahadur Shah Zafar Dargah, the site where the last Moghul King Bahadur Shah Zafar was buried. Photo: EPA-EFE

The UK has stressed its continued support for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s civilian government while imposing limited sanctions against Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and his deputy Soe Win for their alleged role in leading human rights abuses against ethnic groups.

The sanctions, announced on July 6, freeze any assets that Myanmar’s top two generals may have in the UK and impose a visa ban. London said the commanders were targeted for their role “in the systematic and brutal violence against the Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Myanmar Army Says it Has Convicted 3 Troops For 2017 Massacre of Rohingya

BenarNews
Special to BenarNews
2020-06-30
Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Younus, from the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin in Rakhine state, stands on a hill at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh, Jan. 14, 2018.AP

Myanmar’s military said Tuesday that it tried and convicted three soldiers in a secret court-martial for the massacre of hundreds of Rohingya villagers during an army-led crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017, only the second case in which troops have been held accountable for atrocities against the Muslim minority.

Myanmar Army Says it Has Convicted Three Troops For 2017 Massacre of Rohingya

RADIO FREE ASIA
2020-06-30
Rohingya Muslim refugee Mohammad Younus from the Myanmar village of Gu Dar Pyin in Rakhine state, stands on a hill at the Kutupalong refugee camp in southeastern Bangladesh, Jan. 14, 2018.
Associated Press


Myanmar’s military said Tuesday that it tried and convicted three soldiers in a secret court-martial for the massacre of hundreds of Rohingya villagers during an army-led crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017, only the second case in which troops have been held accountable for atrocities against the Muslim minority.

The verdict on the massacre near Gu Dar Pyin village came as the Myanmar military faces genocide-related charges at three international courts over its expulsion of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh in late 2017, in which thousands died in indiscriminate killings, mass rape, torture, and village burnings.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Frontier
MYANMAR
By AFP
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
A Myanmar soldier guards an area at Sittwe airport in Rakhine State on September 20, 2018. (AFP)

YANGON — Three Myanmar military officers were found guilty by a court martial investigating atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in conflict-ridden Rakhine State, the army announced Tuesday.

The rare action against military members came as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Thousands in western Myanmar flee as army plans operations, monitors say



(Reuters) - Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said.

But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs acknowledged issuing the order through the local administrator but said it affected fewer villages.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Thousands in western Myanmar flee as army plans operations, monitors say

bdnews24.com
Reuters
 28 Jun 2020
Myanmar army soldiers walk along a road near Laukkai. (Reuters Photo/Soe Zeya Tun)b


Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said.

But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs acknowledged issuing the order through the local administrator but said it affected fewer villages.
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