Canada strips Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

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Canadian lawmakers vote unanimously to revoke symbolic honour from Myanmar leader over her handling of Rohingya crisis.

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UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal

Guardian

First group of refugees to be sent back to Myanmar next week but critics say details are unclear

Rohingya Hindu refugees stand outside their make shift shelters at a refugee camp near Cox’s bazar, Bangladesh.

 

Concerns are growing among United Nations agencies and humanitarian groups over an agreement between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments to repatriate several hundred thousand Rohingya refugees within two years.

Bangladesh state media reported on Wednesday that the first batch of Rohingya would be sent back to Myanmar next week. Rights groups said it remained unclear whether refugees would be forced to return against their will. Continue reading “UN chief and rights groups raise concerns over Rohingya deal”

Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar

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UN warns of ‘toxic fear’ among tens of thousands of children trapped in Rakhine state, some of whom have become separated from their parents

Rohingya children who fled Myanmar into Bangladesh at Balukhali refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar
 Rohingya children who fled Myanmar into Bangladesh are seen in Balukhali refugee camp, Cox’s Bazar. Many remain trapped in dire conditions in Rakhine state, according to the UN. Photograph: Dar Yasin/AP

Tens of thousands of Rohingya children have been left “trapped and almost forgotten” in remote, squalid camps and isolated villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the UN has said. Continue reading “Rohingya children left stranded amid garbage and muck in Myanmar”

U.N. Chief Urges Myanmar to End ‘Nightmare’

 Sep 29 2017   By AFP

Newly appointed United Nations general secretary Antonio Guterres speaks to the press in Lisbon, on October 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / JOSE MANUEL RIBEIRO

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Antonio Guterres’ plea comes as 19 drown in Rohingya boat capsize

U.N. chief Antonio Guterres exhorted Myanmar’s leaders to end the “nightmare” faced by Rohingya refugees fleeing an army campaign, after at least 19 people drowned with scores more feared dead when a boat carrying Rohingya families capsized off Bangladesh. Continue reading “U.N. Chief Urges Myanmar to End ‘Nightmare’”

ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State

ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State

The Foreign Ministers of ASEAN expressed concern over the recent developments in Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar and extended their deepest condolences to all the victims and affected communities of the conflict.  They condemned the attacks against Myanmar security forces on 25 August 2017 and all acts of violence which resulted in loss of civilian lives, destruction of homes and displacement of large numbers of people. Continue reading “ASEAN Chairman’s Statement on The Humanitarian Situation in Rakhine State”

Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support

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As the global community continues to put pressure on Myanmar to stop the violence in Rakhine State, Channel NewsAsia speaks to ordinary Myanmar citizens about their take on the situation.

 

 
A file photo of Aung Sann Suu Kyi as she arrived at the National League for Democracy Party’s headquarters after the 2015 general election in Myanmar. (Photo: Pichayada Promchertchoo)

YANGON: While there has been widespread global condemnation of the violence taking place in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, many ordinary people in the country are standing solidly behind the government and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. Continue reading “Despite global criticism, Myanmar’s Rakhine strategy retains strong domestic support”

Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize

Al Jazeera

A person so blatantly affiliated with genocide should not carry the title “Nobel Peace Prize laureate”.

Police officers watch as protesters hold signs against Aung San Suu Kyi, during a rally in support of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority, outside of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta [Reuters]
Police officers watch as protesters hold signs against Aung San Suu Kyi, during a rally in support of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority, outside of the Myanmar embassy in Jakarta [Reuters]

By  @HamidDabashi

Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

“There are no more villages left, none at all.” The accounts of the systematic ethnic cleansing of Muslims in Myanmar, now effectively ruled by the world renowned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are finally making it to the mainline news these days. “There are no more people left, either. It is all gone.” Continue reading “Aung San Suu Kyi does not deserve the Nobel Peace Prize”