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UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

Nobel laureate Suu Kyi defends Myanmar army in genocide case

Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi denied Wednesday that Myanmar’s armed forces committed genocide, telling the United Nation’s top court that the mass exodus …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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

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 …


Official: U.S. would consider individual sanctions for Myanmar

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into …


Myanmar military denies atrocities against Rohingya Muslims

Myanmar’s military issued its most forceful denial yet that security forces committed atrocities during “clearance operations” in the west of the country, saying an internal investigation had absolved them of …


Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to attend regional summits

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi will attend two regional summits this month, state-run television announced Monday, amid growing international condemnation of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate over violence against …


Tillerson to make 1st trip to Myanmar amid Rohingya crisis

Top U.S. diplomat Rex Tillerson will make his first trip to Myanmar this month to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, the State Department said Thursday.


Terrified Rohingya Muslims await chance to enter Bangladesh

It’s a scene that has played out over and over again with heartbreaking regularity as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled persecution in Myanmar and escaped to neighboring …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Review to confirm Rohingya ‘ethnic cleansing’

U.S. officials are preparing a recommendation for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to declare that “ethnic cleansing” is occurring against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. That assessment would raise pressure on the …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 23, 2017

Governments, donors pledge over $200 million in new funds for Rohingya

Governments and international donors pledged $228 million on Monday to help over 600,000 Rohingya people who have fled violence in Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh over the last two months.


Amnesty International: Myanmar army killed at least hundreds of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi urges unity, creates new aid committee

Myanmar’s embattled leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, called for national unity Thursday and said she has created a committee that will oversee all international and local assistance in violence-struck Rakhine …


U.S.: Myanmar crackdown could draw international terrorists

WASHINGTON – Myanmar’s military crackdown that has caused a half-million Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh could destabilize the region and invite international terrorists, the State Department said Thursday. But …