China’s attitude towards Myanmar reflects a bigger strategy: to bolster its presence in Asia at the expense of other powers.
Myanmar had asked the UN to replace special rapporteur Yanghee Lee with someone who knows Myanmar well and is both fair and impartial.
This was agreed upon as part of a new memorandum of understanding signed during foreign secretary S. Jaishankar’s visit to Myanmar on Wednesday.
Staying in Cox’s Bazar is the best option for the Rohingya at the moment.
Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya community and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality.”
The pope held talks with Myanmar’s military chief and will meet Aung San Suu Kyi as well. He will also travel to Bangladesh, where over 620,000 Rohingya have fled.
“The United States will also pursue accountability through US law, including possible targeted sanctions” against those responsible for the alleged abuses, Rex Tillerson said.
The Dhaka Lit Fest said the purpose of its statement was “to keep the news of this unfolding situation at the forefront of global consciousness”.
The draft did not give any details of the situation in northern Rakhine state or use the term Rohingya for the persecuted Muslim minority, which Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked foreign leaders not to use.
The United Nations has denounced the violence as a classic example of ethnic cleansing. However, the Myanmar government has denied such allegations.
Suu Kyi had not previously visited Rakhine state since assuming power last year after a landslide 2015 election victory.
The hatred towards the Rohingya is well known. But less documented is the spread of this hate towards other Muslims in Myanmar.
The US is taking steps and considering a range of further actions over Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority, including targeted sanctions under its Global Magnitsky law, the State Department said on Monday.
Suu Kyi said in a televised address on Thursday evening that she would invite aid organisations and business leaders to take part in the initiative.
The insurgents said on Saturday they were ready to respond to any peace move by the government, even though the ceasefire was ending at midnight on Monday.
Behind the savaging of a land and its people in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is a murky tale of resource appropriation and prospects of spoils from reckless industrial development.
The dramatic exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s northwest is putting pressure on Western policymakers to take action.
The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip on the southern tip of Bangladesh late on Sunday with up to 35 people on board, the Bangladeshi police said.
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called on countries to suspend providing weapons to Myanmar over violence against Rohingya Muslims.
A number of winners of the peace prize have gone on to launch wars or escalate them.
The protest was testament to rising communal animosity that threatens to complicate the delivery of vital supplies.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s response to the crisis at home is starkly duplicitous and false.
At least 420,000 Rohingya have since fled into neighbouring Bangladesh to escape what a senior UN official has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Western governments that backed Suu Kyi’s campaign against military rule still see her as the best hope for Myanmar’s political and economic transition.
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Amy Kazmin and Kabir Taneja discuss the situation in Myanmar and beyond with Maya Mirchandani.
Stressing on dialogue to end the “fire of war” , China supported Myanmar’s actions as in the interest of national security while promising humanitarian aid to Bangladesh.
Although she said she felt deeply for the suffering of those caught in the ongoing conflict, Suu Kyi did not use the term “Rohingya” to refer to the Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
“The UN Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign,” Human Rights Watch said.
Bangladesh was already home to 4,00,000 Rohingya before the latest crisis erupted.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
Among the most pressing issues expected to be discussed during the annual meeting is the humanitarian crisis and escalation of violence in Myanmar.
The first tranche of the relief material reached Chittagong in an Indian Air Force plane today.
Suu Kyi’s office has confirmed she will be giving the UN General Assembly a miss to focus on the deteriorating internal security situation back home.
Alongside the present horrors being inflicted against the Rohingya in Myanmar, we must consider the broader political and economic context that continues to marginalise minority groups.
Surely now is a time for a word on the plight of the Rohingya people.
Maybe there is a solution out there – and if not a solution, at least some hope for the Rohingya.
Rohingya refugees having been crossing over to Bangladesh in large numbers, but Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not bring up this issue on his recent trip to Myanmar.
Human Rights Watch interviewed over 50 Rohingya refugees who had fled to Bangladesh, who recounted harrowing tales of fleeing violence.
“We have to take care of our citizens, we have to take care of everybody who is in our country, whether or not they are our citizens,” Aung San Suu Kyi said.