“Why would we be against the country that gave us asylum?”
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for the release of the two detained journalists and continues to press for that, Haq said.
Richardson said Suu Kyi had developed a “siege mentality” in her position as Myanmar’s State Counsellor, but added that Western governments should continue to engage with her.
Bill Richardson said he did not want to be part of “a cheerleading squad for the government”.
In Myanmar, state racism isn’t just perpetrated by its military, but liberals like Aung San Suu Kyi.
The Buddhist demonstrators were protesting against a ban on an annual celebration to mark the fall of the ancient Arakan kingdom.
The meeting in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw was the first for a joint working group set up to hammer out the details of the November repatriation agreement.
China’s attitude towards Myanmar reflects a bigger strategy: to bolster its presence in Asia at the expense of other powers.
The Reuters journalists had been arrested a month ago in connection with reporting on the situation in Rakhine state.
Maya Mirchandani speaks to journalist and author Bertil Lintner about his new book China’s India War and the Rohingya crisis.
While sympathising with the Rohingya, local populations complained about a rise in prices and the loss of jobs.
Bandwagoning with the US cannot be a substitute for a working foreign policy in our own region and near abroad.
A discriminatory citizenship structure and pervasive anti-Muslim sentiment in Myanmar suggest that if the Rohingya return home they are likely to face violence and persecution once again.
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 exercise runs counter to the spirit of the SC’s directions where it had advised the government to ensure there are “no contingencies” while the case was pending.
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.
Ten years after the Saffron Revolution in Myanmar, some Theravāda Buddhist monks are now preaching violence against Muslim or Hindu minorities in the name of “holy war”.
Millions of people are victims of continued discrimination, exclusion and persecution, says UN refugee agency’s new report, calling for “immediate action” to secure equal nationality rights for all.
Suu Kyi had not previously visited Rakhine state since assuming power last year after a landslide 2015 election victory.
Residents of Cox’s Bazar also fished 37 survivors out of the water and 11 have been admitted to a hospital in a critical condition.
An estimated 603,000 refugees have arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 25.
The journalists – Lau Hon Meng from Singapore and Mok Choy Lin from Malaysia – were being questioned at a police station in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw after being detained.
UN humanitarian agencies have not been able to access northern Rakhine to deliver aid since the attacks on police stations in August triggered an army crackdown.
Rohingya refugees have testified about a “consistent, methodical pattern” of killings, torture, rape and arson, UN human rights investigators said.
With few news sources in their own language and low levels of literacy, Rohingya refugees rely on audio and video messages distributed on apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube to stay updated.
Aid workers and UN staff have said that they fear enforced segregation by Buddhist majority may trigger further displacement in Rakhine.
Officials did not elaborate on the specific steps the authorities would take for the repatriation, adding that the bulk of discussions was dedicated to border and security cooperation agreements.
Some 600,000 people have crossed the border since August 25, when insurgent attacks on security posts were met by a ferocious counter-offensive by the Myanmar army.
Swaraj is in Dhaka to co-chair the fourth meeting of the Joint Consultative Commission with her Bangladeshi counterpart A.H. Mahmood Ali.
Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh’s sprawling camps constantly struggle to meet basic needs of food, water and sanitation.
UN aid agencies have not had access to the shrinking Rohingya population in northern Rakhine state since the August 25 coordinated insurgent attacks on police posts and army campaign.
The refugees who arrived in Bangladesh on Monday said they were driven out by hunger because food markets in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state have been shut down and aid deliveries restricted.
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.
Domestic investigations, including a previous internal military probe, have largely dismissed refugees’ claims of abuses committed during security forces’ “clearance operations”.
Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas and entire villages in northern Rakhine State.
Literally every woman, except the very old and young, has had experiences of either being molested or experiencing an extreme level of abuse like gangrape.
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister said about 500,000 Rohingyas had fled to Bangladesh out of the total 900,000 that have left Myanmar after an army crackdown on the community.
With the Rohingya refugee influx, India faces a litmus test on its commitment to international law in its domestic refugee policy implementation.
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.