China wants ASEAN to let Myanmar coup leader join summit, but fails
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations has opposed China’s proposal to invite Myanmar junta leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to attend their special summit next week. Reuters citing diplomatic sources, reported on Thursday, Nov. 18, that a Chinese envoy has lobbied ASEAN to let the Myanmar military ruler join the ASEAN-China ...
Ex-Trump adviser Michael Flynn denies saying Myanmar-like coup ‘should happen’ in US
Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general who worked as the White House national security advisor under President Donald Trump, denied that he supported the concept of a coup in the United States. At a conference in Dallas called the "For God & Country Patriot Roundup" over the weekend, Flynn was questioned ...
Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of new ‘war crimes’ in Rakhine state
Human rights watchdog lists numerous 'war crimes' carried out by Myanmar troops, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances
Myanmar grants early release to soldiers involved in Rohingya massacre
Four officers, three enlisted service members were freed last November, Reuters first reported, after being sentenced in 2018 to 10 years in prison with hard labor for killing 10 Rohingya men and boys the year before
UN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar’s military
A United Nations fact-finding mission is urging that countries cut off all business with Myanmar's military as part of efforts to hold the army accountable for human rights abuses.The U.N. Human Rights Council said in a statement on Tuesday that there has been no progress toward resolving the crisis over ...
Myanmar passenger jet lands safely after landing gear fails
A Myanmar National Airlines plane has made an emergency landing at Mandalay International Airport using only its rear wheels after the front landing gear failed to deploy.Kyaw San, a spokesman for the airport, confirmed that 82 passengers and crew aboard Flight UB103 from Yangon are safe after the plane, an ...
UN office hails Myanmar journalists’ release, with a caveat
The U.N. human rights office is praising the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo from prison in Myanmar, but says a "very dire situation" remains for freedom of expression in the Asian country.Rights office spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani hailed "good news" but insisted that the two Pulitzer ...
Myanmar frees 2 imprisoned Reuters reporters
Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar's Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces' abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday, the prison chief and witnesses said.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were freed after President Win Myint issued a blanket pardon for 6,520 prisoners, ...
Myanmar authorities arrest critics even as they pardon prisoners
Activists and satirical performers caught in spate of arrests despite promise to free those with ‘politically related’ cases
UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar
The U.N. humanitarian chief said Monday there has been "no progress" in dealing with the reasons why more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims fled to Bangladesh from western Myanmar's Rakhine state.Mark Lowcock, who just returned from a visit to Bangladesh, said Myanmar has failed "to put in place confidence-building measures that ...
US condemns Myanmar ruling keeping 2 journalists imprisoned
State Department says ruling against Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, 'despite serious irregularities in the case against them, sends a profoundly negative signal about freedom of expression and the protection of journalists in Burma'
Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters
Myanmar's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected the final appeal of two Reuters journalists and upheld seven-year prison sentences for their reporting on the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo earlier this month shared with their colleagues the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, one of journalism's ...
Standard Chartered to pay $1.1B for violating Iran sanctions
Financial services giant Standard Chartered Bank agreed Tuesday to pay U.S. and British authorities more than $1 billion to resolve allegations that it processed transactions for customers in Iran and other countries under U.S. sanctions.The London-based bank, which previously drew scrutiny for allegedly scheming with the Iranian government to launder ...
Efforts underway to help Rohingya weather next monsoon season
Preparations are off to a better start this year than last when aid agencies were still dealing with the massive influx of refugees from Myanmar
Thousands displaced by intensified fighting in Myanmar’s Rakhine State
Myanmar's military reportedly is again carrying out attacks against its own civilians; offensive may constitute war crimes, UN official says
Myanmar’s top court to rule on jailed journalists’ appeal
Reuters reporters were arrested and sentenced to seven years after investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims
Myanmar Supreme Court agrees to rule on journalists’ appeal
Myanmar's Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to rule on an appeal filed by lawyers for two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in prison for their reporting on Myanmar's brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims.Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remained in Insein Prison while their lawyers attended the court's first ...
Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop ‘bride’ trafficking
Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into traveling to China in search of work or ...
Lawyers seek ICC probe into Syria deportations to Jordan
Human rights lawyers are urging the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary investigation into alleged mass deportations by Syrian authorities, in an attempt to hold President Bashar Assad's regime accountable for atrocities enacted during the country's bloody civil war.Lawyer Toby Cadman said Thursday that legal experts at the Guernica ...
Bangladesh tells UN it cannot accept more Rohingya refugees
Bangladeshi foreign secretary accuses Myanmar of ‘hollow promises and various obstructionist approaches’ when it comes to repatriation efforts
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