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Three Years On, A Look At The Rohingya Crisis

Three Years On, A Look At The Rohingya Crisis

Muslim insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attack 30 police posts and an army base in the north of Rakhine State. Aug. 26, 2017 – As fighting spreads between the army and ARSA, thousands of Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. Sept. 2, 2017 – More than 2,600 houses are razed in Rohingya-majority areas in […]

Aung San Suu Kyi The Voice, Loud And Clear

Aung San Suu Kyi The Voice, Loud And Clear

Three Nobel Peace Prize winners sent a stark message to fellow laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday: Bring an immediate end to the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, or face prosecution.  Iran’s Shirin Ebadi, Yemen’s Tawakkol Karman and Northern Ireland’s Mairead Maguire are on a week-long humanitarian trip to Bangladesh, which now hosts some […]

Suu Kyi Says Myanmar Ready to Welcome Back Rohingya Refugees

Suu Kyi Says Myanmar Ready to Welcome Back Rohingya Refugees

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her government was ready to welcome back Rohingya refugees who fled a crackdown by security forces over the past month. “We condemn all human rights violations and unlawful violence,” Suu Kyi said on Tuesday in a rare televised English-language address from the capital Naypyidaw. “We are committed to […]

Girls Are Being Sold In Myanmar Into Sex Work

Girls Are Being Sold In Myanmar Into Sex Work

The Indebted Three rows of wooden stilts elevate Than Than Htwe’s house above a stagnant pond in Seikkyi Khanaungdho township, an island that lies at the convergence of the Yangon river and Twante canal in Myanmar’s largest city. She shares the one-room house with eight members of her family and a scourge of deadly mosquitoes […]

In Myanmar, Religious Tensions Simmer As Madrassas Shuttered

In Myanmar, Religious Tensions Simmer As Madrassas Shuttered

Chit Tin, a 55-year-old Muslim man has prayed at the same madrassa in eastern Yangon his whole adult life, most of it spent under a junta that crushed opposition, ruined Myanmar’s economy and turned it into an international pariah state. But even as the father-of-four endured poverty and isolation, the Muslim religious school, which doubles […]

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

Myanmar Refugees Pave The Way Home In Pilot Return

More than 70 refugees have arrived safely back in Myanmar in the first voluntary return organized by the governments of Thailand and Myanmar in over 30 years. Earlier this week, a total of 71 refugees left Thailand’s Tham Hin and Nupo camps to return home to Yangon, Tanintharyi region, Kayin, Bago, Mon and Rakhine states. […]

Myanmar Can Draw Inspiration From Mandela As It Seeks To Heal Internal Rifts

Myanmar Can Draw Inspiration From Mandela As It Seeks To Heal Internal Rifts

Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and the new Myanmar government have cautioned the international community against using “emotive terms” that could make the tensions in Rakhine state more difficult to address. They are talking about references to the minority Muslim population that has lived for generations in the predominantly Buddhist country’s Rakhine […]

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

Myanmar Human Rights Group ‘Forced’ To Cancel Launch Of Report On Army Torture

A Myanmar rights group has claimed it had to cancel the public launch of a report on alleged army torture and war crimes after two hotels backed down from agreeing to host the event. The Ta’ang Women’s Organisation (TWO) blamed the regional government for forcing the the hotels in Yangon, the former capital – also […]

Myanmar Women Put In Danger By Ban On Maids Working Overseas

Myanmar Women Put In Danger By Ban On Maids Working Overseas

Van Biak had only been away from her family in Leilet in north-west Myanmar for two weeks, but her mother was in tears as they embraced on the veranda. Biak and her older sister, Van Hnem, left to find work as maids in Singapore with few job opportunities in their remote village in Chin state, […]