Myanmar

Rohingya activist urges companies to stop investing in Myanmar

Foreign companies need to stop investing in Myanmar in order to stop the country's discrimination against its Muslim minority Rohingya, a prominent Myanmar activist said Tuesday.

Malaysian aid flotilla arrives in Myanmar, awaited by protesters

An aid flotilla from Malaysia carrying humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslim minority arrived at Yangon port on Thursday afternoon only to be met by protesters. 

Pope Francis denounces persecution of Rohingya Muslims

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the persecution of the Rohingya people of Myanmar, just because they are Muslim.

UN reports mass rapes, baby killings targeting Rohingya in Myanmar

The United Nations have gathered evidence that Myanmar's security forces have committed mass rapes and killed young children in their crackdown on the Rohingya minority, according to a UN report that was published Friday.

UN rapporteur investigates conflict zone in Myanmar's Rakhine State

UN special rapporteur on human rights Yanghee Lee on Saturday visited the conflict zone in Myanmar's northern Rakhine State where the military allegedly has been committing human rights abuses against the Muslim minority Rohingya for months now.

HRW: Duterte's drug war, Suu Kyi's Rohingya failure mark dismal 2016

An unprecedented level of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war and Mynamar's failure to address a brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims highlight the grim state of human rights in Asia in 2016, a Human Rights Watch report said Friday.

Thousands trapped in conflict in Myanmar's north, NGO says

Around 4,000 Burmese civilians have been stopped from seeking shelter in neighbouring China by Chinese soldiers after they attempted to flee local fighting, a non-governmental organization said Friday.

Bangladesh urges Myanmar to repatriate Rohingya Muslim refugees

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged Myanmar's government to help persecuted Rohingya Muslims go back to their homes after thousands of refugees from the minority group crossed into Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar.

UN: 22,000 refugees fled Myanmar to Bangladesh in last week

At least 22,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine State in the previous week to seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh, the United Nations said Monday.

Bangladesh demands early repatriation of Rohingya Muslims

Dhaka on Thursday called Naypyidaw for early repatriation of all Rohingya Muslims who crossed the border into Bangladesh, including those who entered after recent persecutions of the minority group in neighbouring Myanmar.

UN rights chief: Myanmar's handling of Rohingya issue will backfire

Myanmar's efforts to deal with the Rohingya minority in its conflict-torn Rakhine state undermine the security of the state and the region, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein warned Friday.

HRW says Myanmar's military burned down Rohingya houses

Myanmar's military burned down at least 1500 houses belonging to the Rohingya minority in conflict-torn Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday.

Report: Rohingya crisis has forced thousands to Bangladesh

Nearly 21,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh amid a renewed wave of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

Boat carrying Rohingya capsizes in Bangladesh river; three rescued

Bangladeshi fishermen rescued three Rohingya Muslims after a boat carrying more than 30 people capsized in a river during an attempt to flee Myanmar and escape persecution, officials said on Monday.

Death toll rises to 11 in Myanmar's northern Shan State conflict

A civilian has been shot dead amid clashes between the Burmese army and ethnic rebels in eastern Myanmar, state media reported on Friday, bringing the number of civilians killed to 11 since fighting broke out in the area last weekend.

Bangladesh seeks international support to resolve Rohingya crisis

Dhaka on Thursday called for international support to resolve a crisis sparked when a Myanmar military offensive against Rohingya Muslims forced hundreds to seek shelter in Bangladesh.

Three "handmade" bombs explode in Yangon supermarket: police

Three "handmade" bombs exploded in a supermarket in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon on Sunday, according to police. 

Melbourne bank fire suspect identified as asylum seeker from Myanmar

The 21-year-old man who set himself on fire inside a Melbourne bank injuring 26 people, was an asylum seeker who was waiting for his immigration claim to be processed, a local community leader said Saturday.

UN warns of human rights abuses in Myanmar's Rakhine conflict

Aid needs to be allowed into Myanmar's Rakhine state, an area that has become a sealed-off conflict zone, warned the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Friday as it expressed serious concern about the humanitarian situation there. 

Myanmar military makes arrests after deadly clashes in Rakhine state

Myanmar's army arrested 31 people following deadly clashes on the weekend in the restive state of Rakhine, home to the Muslim Rohingya minority, state media reported Tuesday.

New clashes in Myanmar's restive Rakhine State leave eight dead

Eight people were killed in a new outbreak of violence in western Myanmar, state media reported on Sunday, in what are the most severe clashes since a conflict erupted in the region one month ago when armed militants attacked two border guard posts.

Aung San Suu Kyi's party no longer fears Myanmar military backlash

A year after Myanmar's landmark democratic elections ending military rule, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy says it is no longer afraid of a backlash by the army.

Japan pledges 800 billion yen in aid to Myanmar

Japan will offer aid worth 800 billion yen (7.7 billion dollars) to Myanmar over five years to support its first democratically elected government, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of the South-East Asian country, on Wednesday in Tokyo.

First case of Zika virus discovered in Myanmar

Authorities confirmed the first case of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in Myanmar, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. 

Death toll of ferry accident in Myanmar rises to 45, 80 still missing

The number of dead after a weekend ferry accident in north-western Myanmar has risen to 45, according to officials on Wednesday. 

Search still on for survivors; 25 dead in Myanmar ferry accident

Rescue efforts are under way in north-western Myanmar Monday after a weekend ferry accident that claimed at least 25 lives, according to officials.

Civilians evacuated from crisis zone in Western Myanmar

Unrest in Myanmar's western Rakhine State is forcing hundreds to flee the crisis zone, with state media reporting on Friday that the army evacuated almost 200 civilians from the area in helicopters.

Myanmar sentences Dutchman to prison for religious insult

A Dutch tourist who was detained by police in Myanmar after he shut down a broadcast of a Buddhist sermon was sentenced to three months in prison on Wednesday.

US to lift sanctions on Myanmar's new democratic government

The United States will lift sanctions in the wake of Myanmar's return to democracy, US President Barack Obama said Wednesday after a White House meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the elected government that took power in March.

Japan to provide 100 billion yen in loans for Myanmar

Japan plans to offer Myanmar 100 billion yen (995 million dollars) in loans for infrastructure projects in an effort to counter China's influence in the South-East Asian country, Japanese media reported Friday. 

Myanmar earthquake kills four, damages famous temples

An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 rocked central Myanmar Wednesday, killing at least four people and damaging parts of a famed ancient city, the government said.

Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in China for critical talks

Foreign minister and de facto Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing on Thursday, the first of a four-day visit that comes at a critical juncture in relations between the neighbouring nations.

Deadly flooding in Myanmar displaces 430,000 people

At least eight people have died and more than 430,000 have been relocated due to the flooding across nine regions in northern and central Myanmar, the Ministry of Information said Saturday.

Myanmar flooding kills 6, displaces half million

Six people have died and more than 420,000 have been displaced in widespread flooding in Myanmar over the past six weeks, the government said Friday.

Blast at US embassy in Yangon linked to safety drill

A small explosion at the US embassy in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon on Sunday was linked to a safety drill, police said, adding that there were no injuries.

Myanmar faces entrenched drug problem

Myanmar's narcotic trade is blighting the country's development, in particular due to longstanding links between opium production and the armed forces of both rebel militias and the government.

Aung San Suu Kyi diaspora visit tightly controlled by Thai junta

The visit to Thailand by Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was held under tight control by Bangkok's military government on Thursday.

Myanmar landslide kills 13, leaves dozens missing

At least 13 people were killed by a landslide in Myanmar's northern jade-mining region that left dozens missing, an official said Tuesday.

Myanmar still needs US sanctions, says John Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that Washington's decision to maintain sanctions on Myanmar will help strengthen reforms in the south-east Asian country that started moving away from direct military rule and isolation in 2011.

Aung San Suu Kyi: from hero's daughter to Myanmar leadership

Members of Myanmar's older generation remember the death of Aung San the way Americans over a certain age can recall where they were when US President John F Kennedy was shot.

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes north-west Myanmar

A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar late Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey. 

Myanmar releases political prisoners, student protesters, in amnesty

Myanmar began releasing political prisoners on Friday, a day after newly appointed state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi said all remaining detainees held for political reasons would be set free.

Suu Kyi consolidates power in Myanmar with new post

Aung San Suu Kyi consolidated her power in the new Myanmar government Tuesday, as the parliament created a post of state counsellor specifically for her.

Aung San Suu Kyi takes multiple ministries in new government

Aung San Suu Kyi takes multiple ministries, including foreign affairs, in Myanmar's incoming government, in a ceremony in the parliament in Naypyitaw.

Htin Kyaw sworn in as Myanmar president

New President Htin Kyaw and two vice presidents have taken the oath of office in Myanmar, starting the formal transfer of power to the first civilian-led government in over five decades.

Aung San Suu Kyi in line for ministerial posts in Myanmar cabinet

Aung San Suu Kyi has been nominated to take a ministerial post in Myanmar's new cabinet, the speaker of parliament said Tuesday.

Myanmar picks first civilian president in over 50 years

Close Aung Sang Suu Kyi advisor Htin Kyaw won a parliamentary vote Tuesday to become Myanmar's first civilian president in over 50 years.

Myanmar parliaments select new president

A joint session of Myanmar's parliaments was to convene Tuesday to elect the country's next president from three nominated candidates, with a close aide to Aung San Suu Kyi expected to win the top post.

Myanmar's still-powerful military picks vice-presidential nominee

Myanmar's future leadership took clearer shape Friday, as the parliament in Naypyitaw confirmed three nominees for the posts of president and two vice-presidents.

Myanmar's National League for Democracy picks presidential nominees

Myanmar's National League for Democracy party put forward its nominations for president Thursday, four months after a landslide election victory, and confirming that its leader Aung San Suu Kyi will not hold the post.

Myanmar nationalists demonstrate against Suu Kyi presidency bid

Hundreds of demonstrators in Yangon Sunday protested against tweaking the constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to become the next head of state.

Four killed in military plane crash in Myanmar

A military plane crashed in Myanmar’s capital Naypyitaw Wednesday, killing four personnel on board, an official said.

Myanmar hackers bring down Thai police websites

Myanmar migrant workers Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty in late December of the rape and murder of Hannah Witheridge and the murder of David Miller on the resort island of Koh Tao in September 2014.

North Korea to re-open news agency in Myanmar 30 years after bombing

The North Korean embassy is planning to resume the operation of its state-owned news agency in Myanmar more than 30 years after its agents tried to assassinate the visiting South Koreanpresident in Yangon, a media official said Sunday.