Blessed by calmer seas, several hundred more Rohingya Muslims on Thursday joined a multitude of refugees in Bangladesh, as calls grew for upcoming regional summits to exert more pressure on Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi to stem the crisis.
Downtown Yangon will host a museum commemorating the historical pro-democracy uprising that came to a head on 8 August 1988, according to Burma’s Minister for Religious and Cultural Affairs Thura Aung Ko.
An American tourist has died after falling from one of the hundreds of pagodas that dot Bagan, a major travel destination in central Burma, according to the Department of Archaeology, National Museum and Library office there.
Burma said on Wednesday that a UN Security Council statement on the Rohingya refugee crisis could “seriously harm” its talks with Bangladesh over repatriating more than 600,000 people who have fled there to escape a Burmese military crackdown.
Japan’s ANA Holdings Inc has dropped a plan to form a joint venture in Burma, the airline said on Monday, after its application for an air operator’s certificate (AOC) was rejected by Burmese authorities.
The United Nations Security Council urges the Burmese government to “ensure no further excessive use of military force in Rakhine State,” where violence has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee the Buddhist-majority Southeast Asian nation.
The US government will constantly adjust its sanctions regime to respond properly to the situation in Burma’s Rakhine State, where many thousands of Rohingya Muslims have been displaced, a senior US official said on Saturday.
Proposed US sanctions targeting Burma’s military for its treatment of Rohingya Muslims would hinder the fledgling civilian government sharing power with the generals, a spokesman for de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Friday.