Life has stopped in its tracks in Burma’s northern Rakhine State where an estimated 180,000 Rohingya remain, fearful after violence drove 650,000 to flee to Bangladesh, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of Muslims who have fled violence in northwestern Burma are living in “extremely poor” conditions in neighboring Bangladesh and need better shelter as the country’s cyclone season approaches, the Red Cross says.
The International Committee of the Red Cross will be been allowed to resume prison visits in Burma beginning next week following a deal hammered out between President Thein Sein and the organisation’s chair
The relatives of 10 Rohingya men massacred in the Rakhine State village of Inn Din did not learn of the killings for many months — in some cases, not until Reuters reporters tracked them down in the refugee camps and told them what had happened. This is their story
Three bombs rocked the capital of Burma’s restive Rakhine State, Sittwe, on Saturday, police said, adding that a policeman was slightly injured and the authorities were still working to determine who was behind the bombings.
A bomb explosion on Wednesday in the Shan State city of Lashio killed two bank workers and injured 11 people, the government said. Police said they were investigating but had no word on possible suspects.
Cases of men and women enslaved in bonded labour or trafficked for marriage have started to emerge in India after they managed to escape or were rescued and found their way to Rohingya settlements there.
Locals and civil society organisations in Karen State are pushing back against plans for a coal-fired power plant in Hpa-an Township, where the project still has the blessing of the state’s leading official.
Burma said on Friday a visiting US official would not be allowed to go to a region where violence has triggered an exodus of nearly 400,000 Rohingya Muslims that the United Nations has branded a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”
People smuggling across the border from Burma to Thailand is on the rise despite a crackdown by authorities in both countries that has made it more expensive and dangerous, Thai immigration police say.
Rights groups on Tuesday released a joint report giving the ruling National League for Democracy government abysmal marks on matters related to press freedom and free expression over the party’s first year in power.
Children as young as 10 years old are among hundreds of Rohingya Muslims detained on charges of consorting with insurgents, according to a police document seen by Reuters that sheds new light on Burma’s security campaign in the country’s northwest.
Since security forces swept into their villages late last year, around 75,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border to Bangladesh. Many now fear that authorities in Burma could make their displacement permanent.