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US Probing Alleged Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

The U.S. government is conducting an intensive investigation into allegations of heinous crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar. According to a Reuters report, two U.S. officials said more than 1,000 Rohingya men and women in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh have been interviewed, detailing allegations of killings, rape, beatings and […]

U.S. official calls on Myanmar to free journalists

DHAKA (Reuters) – 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. Brownback spoke in Bangladesh, where he was on a mission to see at first hand the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya […]

Myanmar’s President Grants Amnesty to 8,500 Prisoners

Myanmar President Win Myint announced Tuesday an order to grant amnesty to about 8,500 prisoners. The move coincides with Myanmar’s traditional New Year. A spokesman said the amnesty includes 51 foreigners as well as 36 people listed as political prisoners by the Thailand-based watchdog group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners. The president’s order does not […]

Bangladesh Rejects Myanmar’s Rohingya Repatriation Claim

The Bangladeshi government has rejected Myanmar’s claim that it has repatriated a family of Rohingya refugees. Abul Kalam, the relief and repatriation commissioner of Bangladesh, said the family had never crossed the border into Bangladesh. “This is in no way a repatriation, rather it is propaganda,” Kalam told Reuters Sunday. Asaduzzaman Khan, Bangladesh’s home minister, […]

Myanmar Migrants in Thailand Face Barriers of Race, Religion

YANGON —  Human rights and migrant assistance groups in Thailand say Myanmar migrant workers of Muslim and South Asian heritage have faced barriers in proving Myanmar nationality which is a required step in gaining legal status in Thailand. Many have been unable to satisfy requests from Myanmar consular staff for extra documents that are not […]

Myanmar Parliament Elects New President

A close ally of Aung San Suu Kyi has been elected as Myanmar’s new president by the country’s parliament. Win Myint was elected Wednesday to succeed Htin Kyaw, who resigned last week citing ill health. The 66-year-old Win Myint, who served as speaker of Myanmar’s lower house of parliament until last week, is a veteran […]