UN mission urges financial isolation of Myanmar’s military

Asia & Pacific 05/14/19, 01:11

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

Asia & Pacific 05/12/19, 01:21

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

Europe 05/07/19, 07:00

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

World 05/06/19, 22:36

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, ...

UN aid chief: No progress so Rohingya can return to Myanmar

Asia & Pacific 04/29/19, 21:41

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 ...

Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

Asia & Pacific 04/22/19, 22:53

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

Business 04/09/19, 15:19

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 ...

Myanmar Supreme Court agrees to rule on journalists’ appeal

Asia & Pacific 03/26/19, 06:48

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

Europe 03/20/19, 23:40

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

Europe 03/07/19, 07:35

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 ...

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