UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta

The head of the U.N. body investigating the most serious crimes in Myanmar said that preliminary evidence collected since the military seized power on Feb. 1 shows a widespread and systematic attack on civilians “amounting to crimes against humanity.” Nicholas Koumjian told U.N. reporters Friday that the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar, which he heads,Continue reading “UN investigator: Crimes against humanity under Myanmar junta”

Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar

Former U.S. ambassador and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is heading to Myanmar on a private humanitarian mission that will focus on pandemic support, his spokesperson said Sunday. Myanmar has been mired in violence and civil unrest since a military coup seized power in February. Protesters have faced beatings and arrests. The United StatesContinue reading “Former US ambassador Bill Richardson heads to Myanmar”

U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar

The outgoing U.N. envoy for Myanmar says “civil war” has spread throughout the country and the international community should consider measures aimed at replacing the military junta’s leaders with people who are more constructive and want to find a peaceful solution to the army’s ouster of the elected government. Christine Schraner Burgener, whose 3 1/2-yearContinue reading “U.N. envoy says ‘civil war’ has spread throughout Myanmar”

Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE

Over half a million Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have fled brutal ethnic violence carried out by their government. While unprecedented numbers of refugees have found safety across the border in Bangladesh, their fates are uncertain. The international community has been reluctant to take action against Myanmar, and plans are underway to return those who escaped.Continue reading “Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide – VICE”

UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states

UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, says the world should be prepared for ‘even more mass atrocity crimes’ The United nations fears another human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the south-east Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup. “We should all beContinue reading “UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states”

Bangladesh arrests five over the killing of Rohingya activist

Mohibullah, who was in his late 40s, was killed by unknown gunmen in a camp in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday night. Five Rohingya men have been arrested in connection with the killing of a prominent community leader in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, according to the police, adding that they were probing links to anContinue reading “Bangladesh arrests five over the killing of Rohingya activist”

Bangladesh: Rohingya leader Mohib Ullah shot dead – WION

Gunmen shot and killed a prominent Rohingya Muslim leader in a refugee camp in southern Bangladesh on Wednesday, a United Nations spokesperson and a local police official said, following months of worsening violence in the world’s largest refugee settlement. Watch this report for more details.

Myanmar army ‘tightens grip’ on multibillion jade trade: Report

Coup leader General Min Aung Hlaing’s son implicated in the importation of dynamite used in open pit jade mines. Myanmar’s military has further tightened its grip on the country’s jade trade, using the industry to finance the February 1 coup that plunged the country into turmoil, a new report released on Tuesday says, naming theContinue reading “Myanmar army ‘tightens grip’ on multibillion jade trade: Report”

Myanmar coup displaces thousands as global refugee numbers rise

Number of refugees worldwide increases for a ninth year in a row as people continue to be displaced amid the COVID crisis. A record 82.4 million people have been displaced around the world in 2020 due to violence and persecution, including an estimated 680,000 in Myanmar following ethnic conflict and the recent military coup, accordingContinue reading “Myanmar coup displaces thousands as global refugee numbers rise”

Ousted Myanmar politicians call for Rohingya to join fight against junta

NUG says it will scrap law denying citizenship, in ‘notable step forward’ for rights of Rohingya people Myanmar’s parallel government has urged Rohingya to join with them in fighting the military junta, promising to offer justice and citizenship to the persecuted minority. The statement has been welcomed by rights experts as “an important and notable step forward”Continue reading “Ousted Myanmar politicians call for Rohingya to join fight against junta”

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