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Rohingya still fear safety in Myanmar, repatriation unlikely

Members of at least 221 Rohingya Muslim families were interviewed Wednesday and Tuesday ahead of the repatriation that was scheduled to start Thursday. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019, 5:54 p.m.

Pressured over press rights, Myanmar frees Reuters reporters

Two Reuters journalists whose reporting on the Myanmar military’s abuses of Rohingya Muslims got them imprisoned and drew the world’s attention to curbs on freedom of the press were freed …


Jayita Sarkar: How World War II shaped the crisis in Myanmar

Declassified records from British archives reveal that the origins of the current plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar can be traced to their participation in World War II.


Experts air new concerns about U.N. response to Myanmar crisis

U.N.-backed investigators who examined a bloody crackdown by Myanmar security forces that caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh issued a searing critique Tuesday of …


Myanmar court sentences Reuters reporters to 7 years in jail

A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military’s …


UN team: Myanmar military chiefs should face ‘genocide’ case

Investigators working for the U.N.’s top human rights body said Monday that Myanmar military leaders should be prosecuted for genocide against Rohingya Muslims, taking the unusual step of identifying six …


Waste landslide at Myanmar jade mining site kills 14

A landslide of a mound of mining waste killed at least 14 people Friday morning in northern Myanmar’s jade mining region, a local official said.


U.N. Security Council team visits Bangladesh to meet Rohingya

U.N. Security Council delegation arrived in Bangladesh on Saturday to get a firsthand look at the plight of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar to escape military-led violence.


Myanmar evicts kin of officer who told of reporters’ setup

Myanmar police on Saturday evicted the family of a police officer who had testified a day earlier that he and others were ordered to entrap two Reuters news agency reporters …


Myanmar takes back 1 Rohingya family despite UN concerns

Myanmar has accepted what appears to be the first five among some 700,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled military-led violence against the minority group, even though the U.N. says it …


Myanmar parliament selects expected presidential choice

Myanmar’s parliament took a first step Friday in selecting a replacement for President Htin Kyaw, who retired this week with ill health, by filling the empty seat of one of …


Myanmar’s president, a close friend of Suu Kyi, retires

Myanmar’s president, a close friend of leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said Wednesday that he was retiring, a move that puts a representative of the country’s already powerful military at …


Myanmar says it’s ready for UN help with Rohingya return

Senior officials in Myanmar announced Wednesday they have begun talks with U.N. agencies to see how they could assist with the repatriation of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh to …


Holocaust Museum revokes Suu Kyi’s human rights award

The United States Holocaust Museum is revoking a major human rights award given to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s civilian leader.


Rohingya see no end in sight, 6 months after attacks began

Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. …


U.K.’s top diplomat meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi on Rohingya crisis

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday to discuss the Southeast Asian nation’s Muslim ethnic Rohingya minority and how almost 700,000 of them …


Myanmar government denies report of Rohingya mass graves

Myanmar’s government has denied a report by the Associated Press documenting at least five mass graves containing Rohingya Muslim civilians killed by the military with help from Buddhist neighbors, saying …


AP confirms 5 previously unreported Myanmar mass graves

More than five mass graves, all previously unreported, have been confirmed by the Associated Press through multiple interviews with more than two dozen survivors in Bangladesh refugee camps and through …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 8:44 p.m.

Richardson resigns from Rohingya refugee panel

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has resigned from an advisory panel on the massive Rohingya refugee crisis, calling it a “whitewash and a cheerleading operation” for Myanmar leader Aung …


Rohingya Muslim refugee return to Myanmar likely delayed

The gradual repatriation of more than 680,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar from Bangladesh, scheduled to begin Tuesday, has been delayed amid widespread fears that they are being forced …


Several quakes rattle Myanmar’s largest city, no damage seen

Several earthquakes have caused some panic in Myanmar’s largest city, but no serious injuries or major damage has been reported.


U.S. levies sanctions against Myanmar general, dozen others

The United States on Thursday stepped back from a half-decade effort to forge closer relations with Myanmar, condemning a top general to a blacklist of shame for his role in …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Shattered skulls and blood: Rohingya report massacre in Myanmar

What had started out as a quiet Sunday in northwestern Myanmar had spiraled into an incomprehensible hell – one of the bloodiest massacres reported in the Southeast Asian nation since …


U.S. to sanction at least 1 person for Myanmar violence

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Friday the U.S. plans to impose sanctions on at least one person responsible for the crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, a significant U.S. policy …


Pope demands ‘decisive measures’ to resolve Rohingya exodus

Pope Francis demanded Thursday that the international community take “decisive measures” to resolve the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, breaking his recent silence over what …


Vatican defends pope against criticism over Rohingya stance

The Vatican on Wednesday defended Pope Francis after human rights groups expressed disappointment that he didn’t publicly acknowledge the plight of Rohingya Muslims, who have been subject to what the …


Pope preaches forgiveness in first public Mass in Myanmar

Pope Francis urged Myanmar’s long-suffering people to resist the temptation to exact revenge for the hurt they have endured, preaching a message of forgiveness Wednesday to a huge crowd in …


Myanmar has committed ‘ethnic cleansing,’ U.S. says – so where does Aung San Suu Kyi go from here?

In recent days Suu Kyi’s advisers have denied any atrocities occurred.


Myanmar, Bangladesh sign agreement on Rohingya refugees

Myanmar and Bangladesh signed an agreement on Thursday covering the return of Rohingya Muslims who fled across their mutual border to escape violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 8:37 a.m.

U.S. declares ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya in Myanmar

The United States declared the ongoing violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar to be “ethnic cleansing” on Wednesday, threatening penalties for military officials engaged in a brutal crackdown that has …