Rohingya

Myanmar’s growth slowed by Rohingya crisis

In a vast convention centre in Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s sprawling and eerily empty capital, prospective investors listened politely as local companies pitched opportunities and government officials spoke of the country’s vast economic potential.

11 March 2019
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Bangladesh will not take in Myanmar refugees

Bangladesh told the United Nations (UN) Security Council on Thursday that it will no longer be able to take in refugees from Myanmar.

Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque told a council meeting that the crisis over the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya sheltering in his country had gone from "bad to worse" and urged the council to take "decisive" action.

2 March 2019
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Myanmar’s fading democratic sheen

When Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League of Democracy (NLD) party won the general elections in 2015, a new wave of hope swept Myanmar. Previously under a military junta for almost 50 years from 1962 to 2011, Nobel Peace Prize winner Suu Kyi and her cohort represented the change the country so badly needed; a shift from military dictatorship to a functioning democracy.

27 February 2019
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Facebook bans four Myanmar rebel groups

Facebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar's ethnic rebel groups, the platform announced Tuesday as it struggles to control rampant hate speech, misinformation and incitement on its platform.

6 February 2019
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Rakhine terrorised as new conflict erupts

As bullets smashed into the walls, the residents of Alecheung village were jolted from their sleep and fled leaving everything behind – civilian victims of a crackdown by Myanmar's army on ethnic Rakhine militants in an area already concussed by violenc

26 January 2019
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Rise of Arakan Army spells trouble for Myanmar

In northern Rakhine state, the refugee crisis is not the only worry on the minds of the Myanmar government. On 4 January, also Independence Day in Myanmar, Arakan Army militants killed 13 people and wounded nine others in Rakhine.

16 January 2019
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Myanmar journalists lose appeal against sentence

Two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar had their appeal dismissed Friday, dismaying colleagues and tearful family members who had held slim hopes they would walk free.

12 January 2019
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Myanmar journalists to appeal seven-year sentence

Two Reuters journalists jailed while reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar are set to appeal the decision Monday, after spending more than a year behind bars despite global outcry over their convictions.

24 December 2018
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Myanmar army announces ceasefire

Myanmar's military announced Friday it would suspend "all military movements" in the troubled northern and eastern regions for four months, an unprecedented step that observers say could coax ethnic rebel groups into the country's fractious peace proces

23 December 2018
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Rohingya sent back to camps hungry and in debt

Fleeing Rohingya Muslims sold ration books to help pay hundreds of dollars to traffickers in order to flee squalid Myanmar camps by boat, only to be stopped at sea and forced back destitute, the refugees told AFP on Friday.

10 December 2018
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Myanmar’s tourism slump

Faced with dwindling tourist numbers from the West, Myanmar is pulling out all stops to woo visitors closer to home.

1 December 2018
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