Myanmar forces committed ‘widespread rape’ of Rohingya
Myanmar’s security forces committed “widespread rape” against Rohingya women and girls as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the country’s Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a report.
— Aljazeera (video)
Myanmar agrees with Bangladesh to combat terror groups
Myanmar has agreed with Bangladesh to arrest fugitives who arrive on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border area and to combat ARSA and “other terrorists organisations”, said Police Brig-General Myo Swe Win.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar has one of the lowest tax takes in the world
INSIDE a noodle house in central Yangon, business is buzzing. Customers huddle over tables, slurping down chicken soup or gobbling dumplings. Everyone pays in cash. Few customers ask for receipts.
— The Economist
Rohingya can return if ‘real Myanmar citizens’ accept it
Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine State until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said yesterday.
— The New Paper
NHRC chief: Myanmar military should be brought to justice
National Human Rights Commission Chairman Kazi Rezaul Hoque on Wednesday said Myanmar army officials responsible for the atrocities on Rohingyas should be brought to justice.
— Dhaka Tribune
UN urges end to Myanmar attacks against Rohingya
UN member states on Thursday (Nov 16) urged Myanmar authorities to end a military campaign against the Muslim Rohingya in a resolution adopted despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional neighbours.
— Channel News Asia
ASEAN urges Myanmar to increase humanitarian efforts in Rakhine state
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) urged the Myanmar government to “continue to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State and to increase humanitarian efforts to affected communities.”
— Manila Bulletin
Journalists’ lawyer asks Myanmar court to drop 2nd drone case
A lawyer for journalists accused of illegally importing a drone into Myanmar asked a court yesterday to drop the case, saying they cannot be convicted of the same offence twice.
— The Straits Times
Official: U.S. would consider sanctions for Myanmar
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by “credible reports” of atrocities committed by Myanmar’s security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
— The Noman Transcript
How WFP is helping feed Myanmar’s refugees
The Rohingya refugee camp in the Bangladeshi port city of Cox’s Bazar is a sea of metal roofs as far as the eye can see, shimmering under an unrelenting sun.
— The Daily Star (paywall)
China Foreign Minister to Visit Myanmar Amid Rohingya Crisis
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh from this weekend, his ministry said on Thursday, amid a crisis over Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims.
— US News/Reuters
Myanmar court adjourns trial of TRT World crew
A Myanmar court yesterday adjourned until next week the trial of three journalists on assignment for Turkey’s public broadcaster TRT World after it jailed them for violating an aircraft law by filming with a drone, according to their lawyer.
— Daily Sabah
Financial services among the fastest growing sectors in Myanmar
The financial sector rose the most among 15 sectors managed by the government in the first six months of the 2017-18 fiscal year, growing 22 percent as a result of the implementation of new financial services, U Set Aung, deputy minister of the Ministry of Planning and Finance, at Pyidaungsu Hluttaw meeting on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times
S.Korea to increase fruit exports to Myanmar to assess potential
South Korea will ship about 37 tons of fresh fruit to Myanmar to assess its potential and build effective distribution channels in the local market, Seoul’s agriculture ministry said Thursday.
— Fresh Plaza
Rice exports continue to grow
The amount has been the largest ever within seven months. To be exact, 1,861,609.897 million tons of rice including broken rice were exported to 78 countries.
— Eleven Myanmar
Preparations underway to ensure consistent power supply this summer
More electricity will be generated by new power plants while other plans are underway to reduce power blackouts in Yangon and Mandalay during the coming summer months between March and May, according to Yangon Region Electricity, Industry and Transport minister Daw Nilar Kyaw.
— Myanmar Times
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