Myanmar, Bangladesh sign deal to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees
Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding for the return home of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled to the neighbouring country to escape an army crackdown, a senior Myanmar official says.
— ABC News
CMHR faces calls to remove Myanmar leader Suu Kyi from exhibit
The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is looking at whether Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi should be removed from its exhibitions amid widespread allegations of human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in the predominantly Buddhist nation she leads.
— CBC News
U.S. suspends official travel to Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine
The United States temporarily suspended travel for American officials to parts of Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the U.S. embassy said on Thursday, citing concerns over potential protests after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Myanmar of “ethnic cleansing” in the state.
China tells Myanmar military it wants closer ties
China wants closer ties with Myanmar’s military to help protect regional peace and security, a senior Chinese general told the visiting head of the southeast Asian country’s army.
Myanmar buckles under international pressure and allows Rohingya to come back
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to start repatriating Rohingya refugees within the next two months as global pressure mounts over the refugee crisis.
— The National
Rohingya Refugees Say They Are Too Scared To Return To Myanmar
Myanmar and Bangladesh say they have signed an agreement to allow the return of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. But many Rohingya say they are too scared of violent attacks in Myanmar to return home.
— National Public Radio
Human rights group says repatriating Rohingya to Myanmar is “Unthinkable” while Rohingya remain unsafe
One day after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finally labeled the brutal treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar “ethnic cleansing,” representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar announced they had inked a preliminary agreement negotiating the possible repatriation of the displaced, persecuted, Rohingya population back to Myanmar.
Time for targeted UN travel sanctions on Myanmar’s military elite: Axworthy
Myanmar’s military elite need to have their wings clipped by targeted United Nations travel sanctions in order to discourage the continued ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims, says former foreign affairs minister Lloyd Axworthy.
— The Globes and Mail
POVERTY AND CONFLICT IN MYANMAR FUEL HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to visit in 500 years of Christianity in Myanmar. He will be bringing a message of peace so people may “build harmony and cooperation in serving the common good.”
Pope adds meetings, revises Myanmar itinerary
Pope Francis has added two meetings to the schedule: one with religious leaders and the other with commander of the military
— UCA News
Myanmar parliament approves establishing two new ministries
Myanmar parliament approved establishing two new ministries here on Thursday.
— Xinhua Net
Singapore opens new hotel in Yangon, remains confident of long term ROI
Wee Wei Ling, executive director of Pan Pacific Hotel Group, isn’t at all worried about the glut in hotel rooms in Yangon.
— Myanmar Times
FDI needed to maintain price stability in Myanmar property market
After a boom which lasted more than a decade, the property market finally corrected in 2014 as a slew of new housing options came onstream.
— Myanmar Times
Govt loses up to $52m in 2016 due to illicit trade of beers
NAY Pyi Taw has suffered from a tax loss of up to US$52 million due to illicit trade of beers in 2016, according to London-headquartered Euromonitor International research.
— Myanmar Times
Myanmar launches national Japanese encephalitis vaccination campaign
This week, Myanmar took the first step in protecting its children from Japanese encephalitis (JE), a deadly disease that claims up to 20,000 lives per year globally.
Yangon to probe extra charges on mobile phone bills
The Yangon government is investigating public’s complaints about alleged extra charges on their mobile phone bills, the Regional Minister for Electricity, Industry, Transport and Communication said.
— Myanmar Times
Trading inside the Rohingya camps
Mohammad Ayas, a 12-year-old Rohingya refugee in the sprawling Palong Khali camp, is busy hawking piazu, a fried mixture of onions, lentils and spices.
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