2000 Kachin Christians Trapped in Jungles of Myanmar
Community leaders from the Christian ethnic Kachin community have called for urgent medical attention for about 2,000 civilians, including pregnant women and the elderly, trapped in the jungle where they fled to escape clashes between Myanmar’s army and Kachin guerrillas in the country’s north.
— CBN News
Dhaka denounces return of Rohingya family as ‘a PR stunt’
The recent visit to Bangladesh by a Myanmar government minister has left ill-feeling in the neighboring country, particularly in refugee camps near Cox’s Bazar where over a million Rohingya languish.
— Asia Times
Fears for Rohingya as first rains flood Bangladesh camps
The first rains of the year have flooded parts of the crowded Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, aid workers said Thursday, wreaking havoc and raising fears for nearly one million refugees ahead of the monsoon.
Myanmar govt spokesman calls out UN rights rapporteur for sharing ‘wrong information’
Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay has criticized Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, for repeating allegations yesterday that Myanmar had released seven soldiers from prison days after they were convicted for the murder of 10 Rohingya men last year.
— Coconuts Yangon
Vietnam, Myanmar agree to bolster trade, investment
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and visiting State Counselor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi agreed on Thursday to further deepen bilateral trade and investment.
— Xinhua Net
Myanmar — time for a legal reckoning
Nearly 18 months after Myanmar’s military launched its first bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State, the growing stream of compelling evidence highlights the need to establish accountability for serious crimes, including ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide.
— Nikkei Asian Review (metered paywall)
Myanmar killers to be out by 2026
Two Myanmar men were given 6-year prison sentences Thursday for the brutal murder of a 19-year-old female student who was stabbed to death in Ranong three years ago.
— Bangkok Post
Myanmar troops must obey law: Army chief
Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing has told military personnel in the country that they must obey the law, citing as an example the sentencing of seven soldiers for a massacre of Rohingya Muslim men that was the subject of a Reuters investigation.
— Telegraph India
Rohingya Arrests in India Raise Fears Among Diaspora
Sitting in his dilapidated house in Assam State’s Dhubri District, Asif wonders what fate has in store for him and the hundreds of other Rohingya who live on the fringes of survival across India.
— The Irrawaddy
The Trouble With Myanmar and Rohingya Repatriation
Repatriation is running far from smoothly and justice continues to prove elusive.
— The Diplomat (paywall)
SCBI Scientists Find Elephant Poaching Crisis in Myanmar
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute scientists and Clemson University scientists are tracking elephants via satellite collars in Myanmar, where their efforts to understand how Asian elephants use their habitat has revealed a troubling rise in poaching.
US weighing tougher actions against Myanmar military
The United States is considering tougher actions against the Myanmar military and other perpetrators who carried out atrocities against the Rohingya people, said US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D Brownback.
— The Daily Star
26 die in Thingyan Water Festival
Myanmar saw 247 crimes and accidents during the Thingyan Water Festival this year, leaving 26 people dead and 161 others injured, according to Myanmar Police Force.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar Lifts Travel Restrictions on Rohingyas With ‘Verification Cards’
Myanmar has lifted travel restrictions on Rohingya Muslims who possess National Verification Cards (NVCs), a government minister said Thursday, adding that cardholders have a path to full citizenship “within five months.”
— Radio Free Asia
Asia AVA Gas to build LPG facilities in Yangon
Asia AVA Gas Company has entered into a joint venture with Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise (MPE), which falls under the remit of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) to undertake a project enabling the import, storage and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in Myanmar, Daw Yin Yin Aung, deputy director of MPE, told The Myanmar Times.
— The Myanmar Times
Four Myanmar Workers Found Guilty In 2015 Killing Of Thai Woman
A provincial court in Ranong, Thailand, has found four Myanmar migrant workers guilty of charges related to the killing of a Thai woman in 2015 and on Thursday sentenced two of them to eight and six years imprisonment.
— The Irrawaddy
6,000 Homebuyers Apply for 1,000 Low-Cost Housing Units in Yangon
More than 6,000 Yangon residents have submitted applications to purchase 1,000-plus low-cost apartments put up for sale by the Yangon regional government, according to the government Public Housing Sale Committee.
— The Irrawaddy
NGO asks Kachin State Chief Minister to rescue IDPs
A Myanmar NGO has sent a letter to the head of the Kachin state government calling for the rescue of Internally Displace People (IDPs) trapped in a conflict zone in Tanaing township, as fighting continues between the national army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
U.S. Official Calls on Myanmar to Free Journalists
U.S. envoy Sam Brownback called on Thursday for the release of journalists jailed in Myanmar while covering the plight of ethnic Rohingya Muslims forced to flee a military crackdown.
— US News
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