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Anti-coup protesters stand behind a line of makeshift shields marked with a three-fingered salute and defaced image of Commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing as they gather to protest in Yangon, Myanmar(AP)

Myanmar's military junta removes Rakhine rebels from list of terrorist groups

Reuters |
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2021 10:55 AM IST
The move comes at a time the army is struggling to contain daily protests against its Feb. 1 coup in which elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown.
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during her “Election Awareness Tour” in Ho-Pong township in Pa-O self-administrative zone, southern Shan State, Myanmar. (AP Photo)
Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks during her “Election Awareness Tour” in Ho-Pong township in Pa-O self-administrative zone, southern Shan State, Myanmar. (AP Photo)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party claims resounding election win in Myanmar

Yangon | By Reuters | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 12:28 PM IST
Sunday’s election was viewed as a referendum on the fledgling democratic government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and her ruling National League for Democracy (NLD), which remains very popular at home but has seen its overseas reputation battered by accusations of genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.
File photo: Workers seen on the Indian side of the Kaladan project at Lawngtlai in Mizoram.(HT Photo)
File photo: Workers seen on the Indian side of the Kaladan project at Lawngtlai in Mizoram.(HT Photo)

China’s hand seen in Myanmar’s insurgent group targeting India-backed Kaladan project

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2020 08:06 PM IST
The group, designated a terrorist organisation by Naypyitaw, clashed with Myanmarese troops on nearly 600 occasions last year. A majority of the skirmishes occurred in close proximity to the $480-million Kaladan project.
In this file photo taken on September 7, 2017, a house burns in Gawdu Tharya village near Maungdaw in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar.(AFP)
In this file photo taken on September 7, 2017, a house burns in Gawdu Tharya village near Maungdaw in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar.(AFP)

UN council members urge halt to Myanmar-Arakan Army fighting

United Nations | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON SEP 12, 2020 05:44 AM IST
The government has been embroiled for more than a year in an intermittent conflict with the well-trained and well-armed Arakan Army representing members of the area’s Rakhine ethnic group.
Jaishankar expressed India’s appreciation for the “humanistic spirit of the government and the people of Bangladesh in hosting displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar”.(AP)
Jaishankar expressed India’s appreciation for the “humanistic spirit of the government and the people of Bangladesh in hosting displaced people from the Rakhine state of Myanmar”.(AP)

India backs Bangladesh efforts to repatriate Rohingya home

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 12:50 AM IST
India’s position was conveyed in a letter written by external affairs minister S Jaishankar to his Bangladesh counterpart AK Abdul Momen on July 2.
The government shut down mobile data in several townships across Rakhine state and neighbouring Chin state on June 21 last year.(REUTERS)
The government shut down mobile data in several townships across Rakhine state and neighbouring Chin state on June 21 last year.(REUTERS)

Internet blackout in Myanmar’s Rakhine state enters second year

Naypyitaw | By Asian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 12:00 PM IST
On Friday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for an immediate end to “the world’s longest government-enforced internet shutdown”.
Myanmar’s military has hit back hard wherein Suu Kyi said that the army operations were in response to Rohingya militant attacks.(REUTERS Photo)
Myanmar’s military has hit back hard wherein Suu Kyi said that the army operations were in response to Rohingya militant attacks.(REUTERS Photo)

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Yangon | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2019 03:14 PM IST
The rebels said he was killed in military attacks on Christmas day but the claim could not be verified; NLD spokesman Myo Nyunt said The Arakan Army bore responsibility.
BSF officers display the arms and ammunition recovered in Aizawl.
BSF officers display the arms and ammunition recovered in Aizawl.

AK-47, M-16, grenade launcher recovered in Aizawl, BSF says dumped by Myanmar rebels

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2019 02:06 PM IST
The ammunition appears to have been dumped by the Arakan Liberation Army, a rebel group in the western state of Rakhine in Myanmar, the BSF said.
There are also concerns about plans to implement the NRC across India. (Representative PTI photo )
There are also concerns about plans to implement the NRC across India. (Representative PTI photo )

PM Modi has assured NRC an ‘internal issue’: Bangladesh envoy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2019 10:53 PM IST
After some 1.9 million people were left out of the final version of the NRC in Assam in August, statements by BJP leaders that these people would be deported have sparked concerns among the public in Bangladesh. These concerns have been exacerbated by plans to implement the NRC across India.
Humanitarian and historical experiential grounds may have compelled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in Bangladesh to open its borders to Rohingyas, forcing a young nation to manage nearly 1.1 million refugees(AP)
Humanitarian and historical experiential grounds may have compelled Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government in Bangladesh to open its borders to Rohingyas, forcing a young nation to manage nearly 1.1 million refugees(AP)

How linguistic choices affect Rohingya children

By Soumya Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 07:08 PM IST
Language isolation may be a strategic political tool, but with the lack of a constructive approach on behalf of Myanmar to rehabilitate the refugees in the Rakhine state, one can’t help but wonder if there is a future for the lost generation of Rohingyas
More than 200 Rakhine Buddhist refugees living near a border village in Mizoram since 2017 have been sent back to Myanmar despite non-cooperation from the authorities in the neighbouring country(Lawngtlai district administration)
More than 200 Rakhine Buddhist refugees living near a border village in Mizoram since 2017 have been sent back to Myanmar despite non-cooperation from the authorities in the neighbouring country(Lawngtlai district administration)

219 Rakhine Buddhist refugees living in Mizoram sent to Myanmar

Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 03, 2019 01:55 PM IST
The refugees, who mostly came in boats, took shelter in four border villages in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district — Laitlang, Hmawngbuchhua, Zochachhua, and Dumzautlang.
In November 2017, as fighting raged between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military, 1500 Rakhine Buddhist refugees crossed over to Mizoram. (Sadiq Naqvi/HT photos)
In November 2017, as fighting raged between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military, 1500 Rakhine Buddhist refugees crossed over to Mizoram. (Sadiq Naqvi/HT photos)

More than 200 Rakhine refugees in Mizoram to be pushed back

Guwahati | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2019 02:33 PM IST
The urgency to send them back arose after a directive was issued from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the state government earlier this month, according to Lalbiakzama, the additional secretary in the state’s home department.
Indian and Myanmarese armies launched a coordinated effort to strike at positions of the so-called Arakan Army, which threatened a crucial connectivity project between the two countries.(AP/Picture for representation)
Indian and Myanmarese armies launched a coordinated effort to strike at positions of the so-called Arakan Army, which threatened a crucial connectivity project between the two countries.(AP/Picture for representation)

India, Myanmar target insurgents in joint operations

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sudhi Ranjan Sen
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2019 11:43 AM IST
The Arakan Army, an insurgent group, has been threatening and trying to extort money from Indian fabricators working on the Kaladan project. At least one soldier of the Myanmarese army was critically injured in an improvised explosive device blast, said a senior army officer.
Myanmar's government spokesman Zaw Htay talks to media during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on January 7.(AP Photo)
Myanmar's government spokesman Zaw Htay talks to media during a press briefing at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on January 7.(AP Photo)

Myanmar’s civilian, military leaders meet, vow to ‘crush’ Rakhine rebels

Yangon | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2019 08:04 PM IST
Rakhine State saw a military-led crackdown in 2017, following attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents that prompted hundreds of thousands of Rohingya to flee westwards into neighbouring Bangladesh.
India on Thursday said it would consider providing more aid for efforts to develop the troubled Rakhine state in Myanmar and handed over the first 50 units of prefabricated houses built in the region with funding from New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
India on Thursday said it would consider providing more aid for efforts to develop the troubled Rakhine state in Myanmar and handed over the first 50 units of prefabricated houses built in the region with funding from New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

President Ram Nath Kovind says India may give more aid to develop Rakhine

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 14, 2018 12:07 AM IST
Without mentioning the Rohingya refugees currently living in Bangladesh, the statement said India had expressed its support for agreements between Myanmar and Bangladesh for the “repatriation of the verified displaced persons from Rakhine State and underlined its readiness to continue to assist in addressing this complex issue”.
Dozens of Rohingya Muslim families on a list of refugees set to be repatriated to Myanmar later this week have fled from camps in Bangladesh where they were living.(REUTERS)
Dozens of Rohingya Muslim families on a list of refugees set to be repatriated to Myanmar later this week have fled from camps in Bangladesh where they were living.(REUTERS)

Rohingya flee refugee camps in Bangladesh as Myanmar prepares for first returnees

Cox Bazar, Bangladesh/Yangon | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2018 07:30 PM IST
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed in late October to begin repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar to escape an army crackdown, even though the United Nations’ refugee agency and aid groups say doubts persist about their safety and conditions in Myanmar should they return.
A recent report by the United Nations Human Rights Council even recommended that Myanmar’s top generals be investigated and prosecuted for “genocide” in Rakhine state(REUTERS)
A recent report by the United Nations Human Rights Council even recommended that Myanmar’s top generals be investigated and prosecuted for “genocide” in Rakhine state(REUTERS)

Suu Kyi must stop defending the indefensible

UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2018 12:31 PM IST
During the long years of house arrest, Ms Suu Kyi had depended on the media to get her message out to the world
The Hmangbuchhua village council claims there are 343 refugees living in the village in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.(HT Photo)
The Hmangbuchhua village council claims there are 343 refugees living in the village in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.(HT Photo)

‘Can’t go back to Myanmar, Army won’t let us live,’ say refugees in Mizoram

Hindustan Times, Lawngtlai | By Sadiq Naqvi
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 10:56 AM IST
Around 300 refugees have taken shelter in Mizoram’s Lawngtlai district.
In this March 20, 2018 photo, a Kachin Independence army rebel stands at frontline outpost facing no man's land in Lawa Yang, outside of Laiza, the armed group's headquarters in northern Kachin state, Myanmar.(APo)
In this March 20, 2018 photo, a Kachin Independence army rebel stands at frontline outpost facing no man's land in Lawa Yang, outside of Laiza, the armed group's headquarters in northern Kachin state, Myanmar.(APo)

19 killed in fight between Myanmar army and rebels

Press Trust of India | By AFP
UPDATED ON MAY 12, 2018 10:47 PM IST
Today’s violence was between the military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, or TNLA, one of several insurgent groups fighting for more autonomy in the north.
Rohingya refugees holing placards, await the arrival of a U.N. Security Council team at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 29, 2018.(AP File Photo)
Rohingya refugees holing placards, await the arrival of a U.N. Security Council team at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Kutupalong, Bangladesh, Sunday, April 29, 2018.(AP File Photo)

UN urges Myanmar to punish perpetrators of Rohingya attacks

Associated Press, United Nations | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2018 02:24 PM IST
Myanmar’s military responded with counterinsurgency sweeps and was accused of widespread human rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and the burning of Rohingya homes.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit comes barely a month after Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s three-day visit to India in April.(Reuters file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit comes barely a month after Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s three-day visit to India in April.(Reuters file photo)

PM Modi to visit Nepal on May 11, Sushma Swaraj to hold talks in Myanmar

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspodent
UPDATED ON MAY 03, 2018 11:28 PM IST
Swaraj will pay a two-day visit to Myanmar from May 10 during which key bilateral and regional issues, including the situation in the Rakhine state from where hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingya Muslims had fled following violence last year.
The United Nations Security Council team in Myanmar.(AP)
The United Nations Security Council team in Myanmar.(AP)

Myanmar army assures UN of ‘harsh’ action on sexual assault allegations

Reuters, Sittwe (Myanmar) | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2018 10:12 PM IST
Nearly 7,00,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Rakhine state to Bangladesh to escape a military crackdown. Many of the refugees arriving in Bangladesh recounted incidents of killings and rape.
Police said all the three hail from Rakhine state of neighbouring Myanmar.(Photo for representation)
Police said all the three hail from Rakhine state of neighbouring Myanmar.(Photo for representation)

Three Rohingyas arrested in Manipur

Press Trust of India, Imphal | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 09, 2018 02:45 PM IST
Police said they are trying to find out the possible route used by the Rohingyas as Manipur shares a 398-km border with Myanmar.
A Rohingya refugee carries his child across a bamboo bridge in Balukhali refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(Reuters)
A Rohingya refugee carries his child across a bamboo bridge in Balukhali refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(Reuters)

Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya refugees: UN official

Reuters, Yangon | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 08, 2018 12:32 PM IST
Myanmar is accused of instigating ethnic cleansing and driving nearly 7,00,000 Muslims to Bangladesh. The exodus of Rohingyas followed an August 25 crackdown by the military.
Navy officials said there were 56 people in the boat, mostly children and women.(AP)
Navy officials said there were 56 people in the boat, mostly children and women.(AP)

Malaysia intercepts boat carrying Rohingya refugees

Associated Press, Kuala Lumpur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 01:01 PM IST
About 7,00,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar in the past seven months to escape a brutal counter-insurgency campaign by the army.
Amal Clooney attends a security council meeting at UN headquarters during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on September 21, 2017.(Reuters file photo)
Amal Clooney attends a security council meeting at UN headquarters during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on September 21, 2017.(Reuters file photo)

Amal Clooney to defend Reuters journalists detained in Myanmar

Agence France-Presse, New York | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAR 29, 2018 10:13 PM IST
Myanmar reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested last December and have been charged under the Official Secrets Act, which could see them jailed up to 14 years.
Protesters from Amnesty International display banners regarding the the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.(Reuters File Photo)
Protesters from Amnesty International display banners regarding the the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.(Reuters File Photo)

With Rohingya gone, Myanmar’s ethnic Rakhine seek to establish ‘Muslim-dry buffer zone’

AFP, Koe Tan Kauk | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2018 12:45 PM IST
The Rakhine carry great expectations as the pioneers of a donor-led “Rakhinisation” plan to upend the demography of the once majority-Muslim area.
In this January 24, 2018, file photo, Muslim Rohingya refugees who were staying in no-man's land at Bandarban between Myanmar and Bangladesh border carry their belongings to new locations after arriving at Balukhali refugee camp 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(AP)
In this January 24, 2018, file photo, Muslim Rohingya refugees who were staying in no-man's land at Bandarban between Myanmar and Bangladesh border carry their belongings to new locations after arriving at Balukhali refugee camp 50 kilometers (32 miles) from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.(AP)

Myanmar says it would like to see ‘clear evidence’ of Rohingya genocide

Reuters, Geneva | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 09, 2018 01:08 PM IST
Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown in August, joining 200,000 refugees from a previous exodus.
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