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Thursday, April 15, 2021

SENATOR MARKEY AND COLLEAGUES REINTRODUCE LEGISLATION DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE TO ISSUE A ROHINGYA GENOCIDE DETERMINATION

PRESS RELEASE
APRIL 14, 2021

Washington (April 14, 2020) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), Chairman of the East Asia Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), and Bob Casey (D-Pa.) today introduced legislation requiring the Secretary of State to determine whether attacks by Burmese military and security forces against the Rohingya minority constitute genocide. Since August 25, 2017, around 740,000 Rohingya have fled Burma (also known as Myanmar) to neighboring Bangladesh to escape a brutal campaign of atrocities by Burma’s military and security forces, including systematic murder and sexual and gender-based violence. On February 1, 2021 the Burmese military carried out a coup against the democratically elected, civilian-led government and has since killed more than 700 civilians during widespread peaceful protests and strikes in opposition to the coup.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and other State Department officials have committed to Senator Markey that there will be an interagency process to determine whether the atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Burma constitute genocide, but have not indicated a timeline for that decision to be announced.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Treasury Sanctions Key Gems Enterprise in Burma

U.S. Embassy in Burma
By U.S. Mission Burma
April 8, 2021



WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Myanma Gems Enterprise (MGE), a Burmese state-owned entity that is responsible for all gemstone activities in Burma. Gemstones are a key economic resource for the Burmese military regime that is violently repressing pro-democracy protests in the country and that is responsible for the ongoing lethal attacks against the people of Burma, including the killing of children. These sanctions are not directed at the people of Burma.

“Today’s action highlights Treasury’s commitment to denying the Burmese military sources of funding, including from key state-owned enterprises throughout Burma,” said Andrea Gacki, Director of the Office of the Foreign Assets Control. “The United States will continue to work tirelessly, including with partners throughout the region and the world, to support the restoration of democracy and rule of law in Burma and to bring accountability to those who seek to undermine these values.”

Sunday, April 4, 2021

PETRONAS' Upstream Operations in Myanmar Declares Force Majeure On Its Yetagun Field

2 · Apr · 2021

Media
PRESS RELEASE

Yangon, Myanmar, 2 April 2021 – PC Myanmar (Hong Kong) Limited (PCML), a subsidiary of PETRONAS, has declared Force Majeure (FM) on its Yetagun field on 1 April 2021 due to depletion of gas production at the field, located in the Andaman Sea, offshore Myanmar, in Blocks M12, M13 and M14.

The decision was made following challenges in the wells deliverability that resulted in the production rate dropping below the technical threshold of the offshore gas processing plant. PCML has temporarily ceased production at the Yetagun field until further notice.

PCML Country Head, Liau Min Hoe said: “Prior to the cessation of production, Yetagun field was producing well below the technical turndown rate of its facilities. There has been a drastic decline in production level due to subsurface challenges in the field since January 2021 and it has further deteriorated recently.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Violence Against Peaceful Demonstrations in Burma

The White House
STATEMENTS AND RELEASES
FEBRUARY 28, 2021 

The United States is alarmed by the Burmese security forces’ violence against peaceful protestors. The killings today represent an escalation of the ongoing crackdown on pro-democracy protestors since the February 1 coup. I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the courageous protestors who have lost their lives while peacefully demonstrating in support of democracy in Burma.

The United States stands in solidarity with the people of Burma, who continue to bravely voice their aspirations for democracy, rule of law, and respect for human rights. We will continue coordinating closely with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world to hold those responsible for violence to account, and to reinforce our support for the people of Burma. To that end, we are preparing additional actions to impose further costs on those responsible for this latest outbreak of violence and the recent coup. We will have more to share in the coming days.

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SHOCKING SCENES OF VIOLENCE ON STREETS OF MYANMAR PUT AT RISK LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES


STATEMENT
28 FEBRUARY 2021 - MYANMAR
Save The Children



Following news of casualties among demonstrators in Myanmar, a Save the Children spokesperson said:

“The shocking scenes of violence on the streets of Myanmar today put at risk the lives and well-being of children and their families. Save the Children condemns the use of lethal violence and other excessive force against peaceful demonstrators. World leaders must come together and act in unison to protect the lives and liberty of people in Myanmar against the brutal force being shown by the security forces. Many of those arrested, injured or killed today are students and young people. Demonstrators must be allowed to raise their voice to call for the reinstatement of democracy and the release of elected leaders. Save the Children calls on the security forces and other authorities to refrain from violence and to respect the rights of their own citizens, including their rights to freedom of assembly and expression. The world is watching and will not look away.”

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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Statement by Ambassadors to Myanmar

U.S. Embassy in Burma
 
Update: Australia and New Zealand joined this Joint Statement from Ambassadors, issued on February 14.

PRESS STATEMENT
AMBASSADORS TO MYANMAR
FEBRUARY 14, 2021


We call on security forces to refrain from violence against demonstrators and civilians, who are protesting the overthrow of their legitimate government.

We unequivocally condemn the detention and ongoing arrests of political leaders, civil society activists, and civil servants, as well as the harassment of journalists.

We also denounce the military’s interruption of communications, as well as the restriction of the Myanmar people’s fundamental rights and basic legal protections.

We support the people of Myanmar in their quest for democracy, freedom, peace, and prosperity. The world is watching.

Signed by the Ambassadors to Myanmar from Australia, Canada; the Delegation of the EU and European Union Member States with presence in Myanmar: Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, and Sweden; New Zealand; Norway; Switzerland; the United Kingdom; and the United States.

By U.S. Mission Burma | 15 February, 2021 | Topics: Ambassador, News, Press Releases

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Declaration by the Diverse and United Communities of Arakan

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Rakhine & Rohingya Communities
Jan 18, 2021

Declaration by the Diverse and United Communities of Arakan 

anuary 18, 2021
 

Participants from Rakhine, Muslim (Rohingya), and other minority communities have held a series of meetings since October 2020. All communities have expressed consent and reached the following consensus:

Whereas all our diverse communities confirm that we are united and belong to the Fatherland of Arakan, we agree to the importance of peaceful coexistence and the building of a new society based on

Thursday, December 10, 2020

U.S. Position on Relocation of Rohingya Refugees to Bhasan Char

United States Department of State - Wikipedia

Press Statement
Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson
December 10, 2020



The United States has long noted its appreciation for the Government of Bangladesh’s commitment to hosting the Rohingya refugees but is concerned about the relocation of 1,642 Rohingya refugees to Bhasan Char and plans to carry out further relocations. The United States concurs with the UN that any such relocations must be fully voluntary and based on informed consent without pressure or coercion.

Bangladesh has stated that Rohingya refugees may return to camps on the mainland if they choose. The United States calls on the Government of Bangladesh to adhere to this commitment and demonstrate respect for the human rights of refugees relocated to Bhasan Char, including freedom of movement, by facilitating refugees’ ability to move to and from Cox’s Bazar. Refugees on Bhasan Char should have access to livelihoods and basic services, such as education and health care.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Joint Statement on Myanmar oint Statement on Myanmar

GOV.UK

Joint statement by the UK, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Tunisia, and the United States after Security Council consultations on Myanmar


Friday, June 19, 2020

Malaysia: Threat to force 269 Rohingya boat people back to sea is a 'new low'

Amnesty International UK 
Press releases
19 Jun 2020
Security sources told journalists that Malaysian authorities were planning to send back the 269 Rohingya people who had landed at Langkawi (library picture) © Andrew Stanbridge / Amnesty International

Vessel landed at Langkawi island on 8 June, with woman’s dead body and many survivors barely able to walk

Coastguard says it has pushed other boats back out to sea

‘This is an unprecedented and dangerous situation. It will not be accepted by the international community’ - Anna Shea

Responding to reports that the Malaysian authorities are planning to force 269 Rohingya people back into exile on dangerous open waters after they landed on the island of Langkawi earlier this month, Anna Shea, Amnesty International’s Researcher on Refugee and Migrant Rights, said:

Thursday, March 5, 2020

United States Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya and Members of Other Affected Communities in Bangladesh and Burma



On March 3, the United States announced more than $59 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma. This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom are Rohingya women and children from Rakhine State, Burma, as well as the needs of Bangladeshi host communities. This funding will also provide life-saving assistance to internally displaced persons, including Rohingya, and members of other affected communities in Burma, including those affected by the fighting between the Burmese military and the Arakan Army.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Press Releases & Meeting Summaries

UNITED NATIONS
GENEVA
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ICC officially opens investigation into atrocities against Rohingya

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A delegation of ICC prosecutor`s office holds a media conference in Dhaka on 4 February 2020. Photo: Prothom Alo

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has officially lanunched an investigation into atrocities committed against the Rohingya in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

Phakiso Mochochoko, director of the Department of Jurisdiction, Complementarity and Cooperation Division of the ICC prosecutor's office, on Monday told newsmen that the justice would be delivered for Rohingya victims though the Hague-based court process would take years to conclude their investigation.

Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as delivered at the press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh

2020.02.04

Statement of the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court as delivered at the press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We welcome you to today’s press conference and thank you for your interest in the activities of the International Criminal Court (the “ICC” or the “Court”).

My name is Phakiso Mochochoko, and I am the Director of Jurisdiction, Complementary and Cooperation Division of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor. This is not the first delegation that ICC Prosecutor, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, has sent to Bangladesh to explain the Court’s judicial process to the wider public. You will recall that my colleague, Deputy Prosecutor, Mr James Stewart, was here in July last year, but this is the first such visit by her Office since the opening of a formal investigation.
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