Jakarta Protesters Demand Release of Reuters Journalists Jailed in Myanmar
The jailing of two Reuters journalists who were investigating the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has not only sparked public outcry in the Southeast Asian nation, but also triggered widespread protests by journalists around the world, including in Indonesia.
— The Jakarta Globe
Bangladesh calls for pressure on Myanmar on Rohingya repatriation
Bangladesh’s prime minister urged the global community, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), on Sunday to increase pressure on Myanmar to ensure the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown.
Call for Myanmar to Act on Illicit Trade
The Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade (TRACIT) called for Myanmar to urgently step up efforts to fight illicit trade, during a conference hosted by EuroCham Myanmar this month.
— The Maritime Executive
NGOs do more harm than good in conflict zones
WHILE reading the sex scandals involving Oxfam personnel in Haiti, I remembered past reports implicating UN peacekeepers in the Central African Republic as well as my recent humanitarian venture with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Myanmar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
— Myanmar Times
Foreigners Suspected of Using Rohingyas to Destabilise Region
The Myanmar government has slammed a ruling by the International Criminal Court (ICC) declaring that they have jurisdiction to investigate the deportation of Rhoyingya Muslims as a possible crime against humanity. In a statement, Myanmar’s President Win Myint dismissed September 6 ICC ruling as based on “faulty procedure” and described it as of “dubious legal merit”.
Reuters journalists in Singapore protest imprisonment of colleagues in Myanmar; Singapore Police Force warns public of illegality of public assembly without permit
Following a protest by Reuters journalists and editors outside their Asia-Pacific headquarters at 18 Science Park Drive on Monday (3 Sep), Singapore Police Force (SPF) has issued a warning to the public regarding organising and/or participating in a public assembly without a police permit, stressing that doing so would be illegal.
Reuters Reporters Case: Judge’s Verdict and a Seven-Year Sentence (video)
[Prosecution witness] police captain Moe Yan Naing testified that the two reporters were set up.
— The Irrawaddy
Myanmar Swiftly Rejects ICC Ruling on Jurisdiction Over Abuses of Rohingya
A ruling by the International Criminal Court that it has jurisdiction over the alleged crime of deportation of hundreds of thousands of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims to Bangladesh during a military crackdown last year drew a swift rebuff on Friday from the Myanmar government, but was praised by rights groups that want to see those responsible for atrocities against the minority group brought to justice.
— Radio Free Asia
Democratic reform initiated with constitution to ensure security of military leaders: Shwe Mann
Myanmar initiated democratic reform with the 2008 constitution designed to ensure the security of military leaders and former government officials, said Thura Shwe Mann, chairman of Union Parliament’s Legal Affairs and Special Cases Assessment Commission.
— Eleven Myanmar
Myanmar welcomes repatriation plan of Rohingya
After facing blistering criticism and outrage from across the world, Myanmar has welcomed the Bangladeshi government’s plan to begin the long-delayed process of repatriating Rohingya refugees back to their homeland.
Four Dead in Magwe Coal Mine Explosion
At least four people are dead, one seriously injured and four are still trapped after an explosion in a coal mine in Saw Township, Magwe Region, on Thursday.
— The Irrawaddy
Here Sleeps the King: Bahadur Shah Zafar’s grave is a silent witness to turbulent times in Myanmar
The last Mughal emperor’s grave is a silent witness to changing, turbulent times in Myanmar.
— The Indian Express
Four years of growing indifference – Regina Catrambone
In southeast Asia, the massive Rohingya exodus pushed over 700,000 people to cross the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh. In August 2017, the stateless Rohingya Muslim community faced a new wave of violence, especially in northern Rakhine province, and newly-arrived Rohingya added to previous flows of desperate individuals.
— Times of Malta
Government Denies Suu Kyi’s Comments Influenced Court’s Decision in Reuters Case
State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s comments in a June interview on the then-ongoing case of two reporters who have subsequently been jailed on charges relating to their coverage of the conflict in Rakhine State did not influence the outcome of their trial, a government spokesman said on Friday.
— The Irrawaddy
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—The Star Democtrat
Myanmar turns down ICC’s majority decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber 1
The Government of Myanmar regrets the majority decision of the Pre-Trial Chamber 1 of International Criminal Court (“the Court”), asserting that it may exercise jurisdiction with regard to Myanmar.
— Eleven Myanmar
Exploring Inwa, a Royal Capital in Ruins
Inwa, formerly known as Ava, was once the royal capital of the mighty Burmese kingdom. The city was founded by King Thado Min Phaya in 1364 at the confluence of the Myint Nge and Ayeyarwaddy rivers.
— The Irrawaddy
NCA signatories to find common ground
Ethnic armed organizations (EAOs) that have signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) will negotiate the differences and set down common ground for the establishment of the future federal union, the Karen National Union (KNU) chair Gen Mutu Say Poe said.
After election, press council members target law reform
Incoming members of the Myanmar Press Council want to introduce legal changes so it can do more to protect journalists and media freedom.
— Frontier Myanmar
EAO meeting held in Chiang Mai
An Ethnic meeting of Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) which have signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) is being held in Chiang Mai.
Smoking to be banned in parts of Yangon
Smoking will be banned in parts of 33 Yangon Region townships over the next five years, state media reported this week.
— Coconuts Yangon
Tatmadaw detains two residents of Kahtan Yang
Battalions under the Tatmadaw’s 33rd Light Infantry Division (LID-33) Kamaing strategic base have detained two residents of Kahtan Yang Village Group under Hpakant Township, Kachin State yesterday morning, according to initial report.
ALD protests against issuing national IDs as ethnic Kaman
Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) party has demanded scrutiny over the issuance of national registration certificates (NRC) or national ID to a Muslim minority they call Bengalis living in Kyauknimaw village, Ramree Township, Rakhine State.
High level of pH, low dissolved oxygen found in Thanzit River, Rakhine Gov’t says
The Rakhine State government said the Thanzit River in Kyaukpyu, Rakhine State has a high level of pH and low dissolved oxygen.
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