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Showing posts with label Rakhine State. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rakhine State. Show all posts

Saturday, November 7, 2020

In Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Trust in Armed Group Grows as Election Hopes Fade

Pulitzar Center
The New Humanitaria

Conflict in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has uprooted some 227,000 people since late 2018. Aid access is restricted in many areas. Illustration by Thu Ra Kyaw/TNH.

Many Arakanese in Myanmar’s Rakhine State were optimistic in the lead-up to the country's first openly contested elections in a quarter of a century, in 2015. There’s a stark difference five years on, as 8 November polls are clouded by an escalating civil war and voting cancellations across most of the state.

Friday, October 9, 2020

“An Open Prison without End” Myanmar’s Mass Detention of Rohingya in Rakhine State

Human rights group urges Myanmar to end arbitrary and indefinite detention of 130,000 Rohingya Muslims

Aung San Suu Kyi

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The Myanmar government should urgently end the arbitrary and indefinite detention of approximately 130,000 Rohingya Muslims in squalid and abusive camps in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

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.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Myanmar’s Rakhine State Revokes Order Evicting Squatters From Rohingya Land

Structures built in Sittwe township's Seyton Su ward in Myanmar's Rakhine state are shown in a file photo.

Authorities in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state have revoked an order requiring Rakhine Buddhist families to vacate land in a former Rohingya Muslim area of Sittwe township that was razed eight years ago during a flare-up of sectarian violence.

The May 14 order was revoked on May 19, frustrating members of the Rohingya community originally displaced from their homes in Sittwe’s Seyton Su Muslim quarter, who called the rescinding of the order evicting thousands of squatters from their former land evidence of a lack of the rule of law in the conflict-torn region.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

US Embassy will urge the State Government to be effective in the provision of aid to Rakhine IDPs


The US Embassy will urge the Rakhine State Government to be effective in aid provision to Rakhine IDPs, the Yangon based US Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Mr George Neil Sibley has confirmed while meeting with Rakhine State Parliamentarians.

According to Deputy Speaker U Myat Than, who spoke with Narinjara, Mr George Neil Sibley said this while being received by the Rakhine Parliament Speaker U San Kyaw Hla on February 20th.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Myanmar president calls for prosecutions for Rohingya killings

Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020
Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi meeting Philippine diplomat Rosario Manalo, a member of the Independent Commission of Enquiry for Rakhine State, at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw. Myanmar's president on Tuesday (Jan 21) called for soldiers to be prosecuted for killing Rohingya civilians during a 2017 military campaign that forced more than 730,000 of the minority to flee to Bangladesh. - AP

YANGON: Myanmar's president on Tuesday (Jan 21) called for soldiers to be prosecuted for killing Rohingya civilians during a 2017 military campaign that forced more than 730,000 of the minority to flee to Bangladesh.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Asia-Pacific ministers vow to end regional rows

Bangkok Post
3 Aug 2019
newspaper section: News
writer: Thana Boonlert
 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo smiles as he stands between Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai during a family photo at the East Asia Summit meeting in Bangkok on Friday. (Reuters photo)

Foreign ministers of Asia-Pacific countries have affirmed they were committed to resolving conflicts in the South China Sea, Myanmar's Rakhine state, and the Korean Peninsula, according to the Foreign Ministry.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Singaporeans advised to avoid travelling to Myanmar's Rakhine State amid violence

SINGAPORE: Singaporeans have been advised to avoid travelling to several areas in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine State and Chin State due to violent clashes there.

In a travel advisory dated Jul 1, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Singaporeans should avoid the townships of Buthidaung, Kyauktaw, Maungdaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Ponnagyun and Rathedaung in northern Rakhine State, as well as Paletwa township in neighbouring Chin State. Advertisement

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Myanmar: Military commits war crimes in latest operation in Rakhine State

29 May 2019

  • New abuses come after government order to “crush” armed group

  • Military units responsible for past atrocities are committing war crimes, while deployment of additional units suggests involvement of senior generals

  • International community is failing – ICC referral urgently needed

Following a recent investigation in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, Amnesty International has gathered new evidence that the Myanmar military is committing war crimes and other human rights violations. The military operation is ongoing, raising the prospect of additional crimes being committed.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Family Members of Three Rakhine Villagers who Died in Detention Demand Investigation.


Daw Ahla, wife of Thein Tun Sein who died in detention after being arrested by Myanmar's military.

The family members of three villagers from Myanmar’s Rakhine state who died while being detained by the military are demanding justice, saying that the military’s explanation for the villagers’ deaths were lies.

Bangladesh: Chinese Envoy Rapped for Linking Rohingya Crisis to Economic Trade.


Chinese envoy to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo (center) answers questions during a news conference in Dhaka, May 8, 2019.

A Bangladeshi official and political observers on Friday criticized a statement by the Chinese ambassador, who suggested this week that the Rohingya refugee crisis could be solved through economic development in neighboring Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Myanmar troops kill six in Rakhine for suspected rebel links.

3rd May 2019

Soldiers opened fire as a clash erupted with the detained villagers, according to member of parliament.

More recently, civilians have been caught up in clashes between the military and the Arakan Army [File:Min Kyi Thein/AP Photo]

Myanmar security forces have shot dead at least six people in the troubled western state of Rakhine after soldiers and police detained hundreds of people at a school, a military spokesperson said.

Six people killed, eight injured in Rakhine unrest.


Members of the Myanmar Red Cross Society carry a wounded man from a boat to Sittwe Hospital in Rakhine State on Thursday. Photo - EPA

Six people were killed and eight others injured during a disturbance at a school compound where hundreds of villagers were being detained by government forces in a village in Rathedaung township, Rakhine State, a senior spokesman of the Tatmadaw (military) said on Thursday.

Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said the casualties happened before dawn on Thursday when some detainees crowded around the police officers guarding them, and the police fired warning shots to stop them.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Violence is returning to Burma’s Rakhine State

By Steve Shaw
Posted on May 1, 2019

The farmers who had been tending to cows and seeing to paddy fields didn’t stand a chance when the peaceful evening on April 3 was shattered by two military attack helicopters.

By the time the bombs had stopped falling and the pointless barrage was over, at least seven were dead and another 18 injured.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Chinese Investment in Myanmar's Rakhine State Questioned

April 27, 2019
Libby Hogan 
Myanmar's defacto leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is welcoming businesses to invest in Rakhine State, more than a year and a half since a brutal military crackdown forced hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. Despite the push for investment, many residents in Rakhine State worry they will not see any of the benefits. Libby Hogan has this report from Kyaukpyu Beach in Rakhine State. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar.

Mail online
30 April 2019

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday there has been "no progress" in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Northern Rakhine refugees resist relocation to Bangladesh island.

KYODO | 24 APR 2019

Bangladesh is facing a dilemma over the planned transfer of thousands of Muslims from northern Rakhine State crowded into makeshift camps along the country’s border with Myanmar to an uninhabited island in the Bay of Bengal.

To ease social, economic, environmental and internal security hazards, the government plans to relocate nearly 100,000 refugees from the camps in Cox’s Bazar to Bhasan Char, which is about an hour by motor boat from the nearest shore.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Arakan Army Leader Claims Myanmar Military Systematically Planned to ‘Crush’ His Group.


Arakan Army soldiers pass through a field in western Myanmar's Rakhine state in an undated photo.

Photo courtesy of Arakan Army News and Information

The leader of the Arakan Army based in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state said Wednesday that the military had systematically planned to “crush” his group ahead of hostilities that escalated between the two sides in January, and denied official claims of its involvement in terrorism and drug trafficking.

Maj. Gen. Tun Myat Naing, commander in chief of the AA, told reporters in Wa state's Panghsang township that crack troops from Myanmar’s military received special training more than a year ahead of being deployed to Rakhine state, where they engaged with AA soldiers in early January, following AA attacks on police outposts in northern Rakhine that killed 13 officers.