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Mount pressure on Myanmar: Bangladesh to diplomats

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh has urged the international community to ramp up pressure on Myanmar so that it creates a conducive environment for Rohingya repatriation. After briefing diplomats stationed in Dhaka on Wednesday morning, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Bangladesh clarified its position about the matter. “They told us that they’re with us. We told them to increase pressure on Myanmar to create a conducive environment,” he told the media. “Almost all of them agreed to do so.” In the briefing at State Guest House Padma, Momen expressed dissatisfaction over Myanmar’s failure to ensure security and conducive environment ...

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Amnesty Int’l charges Myanmar military with new abuses

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar’s military, accused of massive human rights violations against the Muslim Rohingya minority less than two years ago, is committing war crimes and other atrocities as it engages in new military operations in the western state of Rakhine, the human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday. Myanmar’s army has “killed and injured civilians in indiscriminate attacks since January 2019” as it battles the Arakan Army, a well-trained guerrilla force from the Buddhist ethnic group seeking autonomy for Rakhine, Amnesty said in a report. It accused the military of carrying out “extrajudicial executions, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ...

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Bangladesh-Myanmar talks Friday amid ‘zero progress’ on Rohingya repatriation

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar are going to sit in Naypyidaw on Friday to discuss the Rohingya repatriation issue as the current crisis steps into almost two years with “zero progress” on Myanmar side that can help Rohingyas return to their place of origin confidently. Bangladesh is expected to press for “expediting” the ongoing process to build confidence among Rohingyas during the fourth Bangladesh-Myanmar joint working group (JWG) meeting as the “lack of trust” remains one of the key issues, an official told UNB. He said Bangladesh is likely to place a proposal to Myanmar to arrange a tour ...

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Rohingya repatriation through discussions, not conflict with Myanmar: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will keep up its efforts to repatriate displaced Rohingyas through negotiations, not engaging in any conflict with Myanmar. “Since they (Myanmar) are our close-door neighbours, we’ll never engage in any conflict with them. Rather we’ll have to continue efforts so that they’ll take back their nationals through negotiations,” she said while visiting the Defence Ministry in the city on Thursday. The Prime Minister said Bangladesh provided shelter to some one million Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds. “It’s surprising to the world how we provided shelter to such huge people and saved ...

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Protest lodged against Myanmar’s claims of St Martin again

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MNA Editorial Desk: Myanmar keeps distorting facts showing Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of its territory in Myanmar’s government maps prompting Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Thursday summoned acting Ambassador of Myanmar Aung Kyawhere and strongly protested the matter, reports UNB. Director General (South East Asia wing) M Delwar Hossain summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him. “While the Saint Martin’s island of Bangladesh is being presented on the governmental websites ...

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No more Myanmar citizens allowed in Bangladeshi soil

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MNA Editorial Desk: Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday informed that Bangladesh-Myanmar border has been sealed off to obstruct the further entrance of Myanmar citizens. “We’ve sealed off our border with Myanmar. No more Rohingyas and other citizens from that country will be allowed in Bangladesh’s land,” he said at a press briefing held at the Foreign Ministry in the afternoon. Earlier, the minister had a meeting with visiting UNHCR special envoy and famous Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie on the Rohingya issue. Replying to a question from a journalist, the minister said he had no detailed information about ...

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Keep up pressure on Myanmar for Rohingya repatriation: PM

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MNA Editorial Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called upon the international community including Vietnam to keep up pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their forcibly displaced nationals from Bangladesh. “Myanmar must take back their nationals from Bangladesh and we want the global community to help their repatriation from here,” she said when visiting Special Envoy of the Vietnamese Prime Minister and Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dzung paid a courtesy call on her at her official residence Ganabhaban here this morning. After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters. The prime minister said ...

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UNICEF boss urges Myanmar to enact Kofi Annan’s recommendations

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MNA Editorial Desk: The head of the UN children’s fund urged Myanmar on Monday to implement the recommendations of a panel on the Rohingya crisis led by former UN head Kofi Annan, saying it had yet to create conditions right for the return of refugees from Bangladesh, reports Reuters. The head of the UN children’s fund urged Myanmar on Monday to implement the recommendations of a panel on the Rohingya crisis led by former UN head Kofi Annan, saying it had yet to create conditions right for the return of refugees from Bangladesh. Fore said Myanmar’s “commitment” to enacting the ...

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BD urges China to make Myanmar create Rohingya repatriation conditions

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MNA Editorial Desk: Bangladesh on Sunday has sought strong support from China and asked to make Myanmar create conditions for Rohingya repatriation. Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday asked for China’s assistance regarding the matter when Chinese Ambassador to Bangladesh Zhang Zuo met the minister at his office. During her recent visit to Bangladesh, UN’s human rights expert on Myanmar Yanghee Lee said Myanmar is not working to create conditions for the repatriation return of Rohingyas. Instead the country is engaging in a sustained campaign of violence, intimidation and harassment, as per UNB report. Ambassador Zhang said China ...

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Myanmar announces ceasefire against armed groups

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The Myanmar military announced a more than four-month cessation of its activities in northern areas where it is fighting ethnic minority insurgents, in what appeared to be a rare conciliatory move aimed at kick-starting peace talks. The army would “stop military operations in respective military regions” in the north and east of the country until April 30, 2019, the office of the military’s commander in chief said in a statement. The cessation would allow military negotiators to conduct talks with insurgent groups that have refused to sign up to a nationwide ceasefire agreement, with the aim of ...

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‘Can’t eat, can’t sleep’: Rohingya on Myanmar repatriation list

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MNA Exclusive Desk: For Nurul Amin, a Rohingya Muslim living in a refugee camp in Bangladesh, the days since learning he and his family were among a group of people set to potentially be repatriated to Myanmar have been among the most frightening since they fled their home. “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in the Jamtoli Camp in southeast Bangladesh. Reuters identified and spoke ...

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Bangladesh, Myanmar to hold Rohingya repatriation talks Tuesday

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Bangladesh and Myanmar will hold their next Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on the repatriation of verified Rohingyas on Tuesday. The foreign secretary-level meeting will be held at a State guesthouse in Dhaka, reported news agency. The meeting will be co-chaired by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar Myint Thu and his Bangladesh counterpart Senior Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs M Shahidul Haque. Officials said they will discuss in detail about the Rohingya repatriation issue as there are “intensive efforts” to begin the repatriation as soon as possible. Foreign Ministry officials said Bangladesh’s JWG members ...

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Australia slaps sanctions on 5 top Myanmar army officers

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Australia has imposed sanctions and travel bans on five Myanmar military generals accused of leading last year’s violent crackdown on the country’s Rohingya. Foreign Minister Marise Payne made the announcement in a statement after indicating last month that Australia was likely to take action. “I have now imposed targeted financial sanctions and travel bans against five Myanmar military officers responsible for human rights violations committed by units under their command,” she said. It comes after the United Nations fact-finding mission to Myanmar released a report accusing the military of a systematic campaign targeting civilians that included mass ...

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UNSC asked to hear from UN mission on Myanmar atrocities

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MNA Exclusive Desk: The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas. The request is likely to run into opposition from China, which has friendly ties with Myanmar’s military and has sought to shield Myanmar from action by the Security Council. In a joint letter seen by news agnecy, the nine countries said the mission’s chairperson should brief the council to allow it to “receive further information on this situation and its implications for ...

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Japan calls for credible Rohingya probe

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Japan urged Myanmar for a credible investigation into alleged human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a joint news conference after holding talks on Tuesday with Aung San Suu Kyi that Japan will support efforts by her country to accommodate Rohingya who return home from refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, reported news agency. Myanmar’s military is accused of widespread rights violations, including rape, murder, torture and burning villages, which sent about 700,000 Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh since August last year. Buddhist-dominated Myanmar has denied abuses by its military. Suu ...

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Dhaka protests Myanmar’s claim to St. Martin’s Island

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has come up with another false claim insisting Bangladesh’s St Martin’s Island as part of their territory, reported news agency. The move prompted Dhaka to react sharply and lodge a strong protest officially against the ‘deliberate’ attempt. The government on Saturday summoned Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Lwin Oo and strongly protested the matter. Maritime Affairs Unit Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ministry Rear Admiral (retd) M Khurshed Alam summoned the Myanmar envoy to his office in the afternoon and handed over a strongly-worded protest note to him. However, Myanmar Ambassador Lwin acknowledged the ...

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EU considers trade sanctions on Myanmar

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MNA Business Desk: The European Union is considering trade sanctions on Myanmar over the Rohingya crisis, potentially stripping the country of tariff-free access to the world’s largest trading bloc, three EU officials said. The sanctions, under discussion at the European Commission, would include Myanmar’s lucrative textile industry and potentially put at risk thousands of jobs there but would not come into effect immediately, giving the EU leverage to stop what the West says is ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingya, reported news agency. Even by triggering a six-month review process on whether to impose trade sanctions, which could be reversed if ...

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Myanmar’s delaying tactics blocking Rohingya return: PM

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina accused neighbouring Myanmar of finding new excuses to delay the return of Rohingya who were forced across the border over the past year. “I already have 160 million people in my country,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, when asked whether Bangladesh would be willing to walk back its policy against permanent integration. “I can’t take any other burden. I can’t take it. My country cannot bear.” Hasina was speaking to Reuters in New York, where she is attending the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders. The prime minister, who faces a national ...

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Rohingya crisis reinforce China-Myanmar bonds

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MNA Exclusive Desk: China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) got a high octane boost last week, when Myanmar — facing the heat from the West because of the Rohingya refugee crisis — inked an agreement with Beijing to establish a cross border economic corridor. The 1,700-km corridor will provide China yet another node to access the Indian Ocean. Already Gwadar port — one of the terminal points of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) — has become Beijing’s star gateway to the Arabian Sea. “The China Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC) can become a major factor in lifting the economies of ...

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World criticism fails to wake up Suu Kyi

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s government looks as if it’s under siege from an international community concerned about the condition of its nascent democracy, with widespread calls for a genocide tribunal to hold its military to account for the brutal treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority. But experts say not to expect any change of course from the country’s leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, even after a fresh round of withering criticism from abroad following Monday’s show-trial conviction of two Reuters reporters who helped expose extrajudicial killings of 10 Rohingya men and boys. Suu Kyi’s motivations are opaque. Even ...

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Myanmar rejects UN probe on Rohingya crackdown

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar rejected Wednesday the findings of a UN probe alleging genocide by its military against the Rohingya, in a strident government response to a damning report on the crisis. Myanmar has come under immense pressure this week over last year’s military crackdown that pushed more than 700,000 of the Muslim minority into Bangladesh. Monday’s report by a UN fact-finding mission said there was evidence of genocide and crimes against humanity “perpetrated on a massive scale”. In a session of the UN Security Council late Tuesday several countries—including the United States—called for Myanmar’s military leaders to face international ...

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FB removes accounts of Myanmar military officials

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MNA Science Tech Desk: Facebook said on Monday it was removing certain Myanmar military officials from the social media website and an Instagram account to prevent the spread of “hate and misinformation” after reviewing the content. “Specifically, we are banning 20 Burmese individuals and organizations from Facebook — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network,” Facebook said. “We’re removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by almost 12 million people,” Facebook said in a blog post. The world’s largest social media networking ...

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Myanmar generals had “genocidal intent” against Rohingyas: UN

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday. The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed documents and failed to protect minorities from crimes against humanity and war crimes by the army in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states, they said in a report. In doing so, it “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes”, the report said. A year ago, government ...

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Bangladesh says Myanmar isn’t tackling Rohingya concerns

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has also made no demonstrable effort to address the concerns of the Rohingyas and the international community, said Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador in a letter to the UN Security Council. Bangladesh is urging the UN Security Council to take actions regarding the safe return of Rohingyas to Myanmar, as Myanmar is failing to tackle the concerns of over 1 million Rohingya Muslims who fled the country. In a letter circulated Tuesday to the council, Bangladesh’s UN Ambassador Masud Bin Momen said that, even though his government continues to engage with Myanmar “in good faith” about the repatriation ...

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Myanmar appoints panel to probe Rohingya abuses

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MNA Exclusive Desk: Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in conflict-torn Rakhine state, authorities said on Monday, reported news agency. The four-person commission will be comprised of two local and two international members – Filipino diplomat Rosario Manalo and Kenzo Oshima, Japan’s former ambassador to the U.N – the Myanmar President’s Office said in a statement. Manalo, 82, a former undersecretary of foreign affairs, will chair the commission. The two local members are lawyer Mya Thein and Aung Tun Thet, an economist and former UN official. Aung Tun Thet was last year ...

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Rohingya Repatriation: FM to visit Myanmar soon

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MNA National Desk: Amid growing pressure on Myanmar to create conditions for the safe return of Rohingyas, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali will soon visit Myanmar to see in person the conditions in Rakhine State, reported news agency. Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque on Tuesday shared Minister Ali’s plan to visit Myanmar to see whether any visible progress is there in Rakhine. Haque spoke to journalists after inaugurating a workshop on maritime counter-terrorism in Dhaka. The decision follows a recent meeting between the foreign minister and Myanmar’s Union Minister for the State Counsellor’s Office Kyaw Tint Swe with Chinese Foreign ...

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Myanmar court charges Reuters journalists

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MNA Exclusive Desk: A court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching of the colonial-era Official Secret Act which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. The journalists pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. The case has attracted global attention. Some Western diplomats and rights groups say it is a test of progress towards full democracy under the ...

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