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Detained Reuters journalist Kyaw Soe Oo and Wa Lone are escorted by police as they leave after a court hearing in Yangon, Myanmar, August 20, 2018. – Reuters photo Lawyers lodged an appeal Monday to free two Reuters journalists jailed for their reporting on Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis, decrying the sentence as a ‘mistake’ that has […]

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Myanmar`s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the joint news conference of the Japan-Mekong Summit Meeting in Tokyo. Photo: ReutersAung San Suu Kyi was once a global hero. Today, her reputation is sullied. What happened? She won a Nobel Peace Prize for her defiance of Myanmar’s military junta. She emerged from years of house […]

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Displaced Rohingya people at a makeshift camp in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar. —UNB file photo Human Rights Watch has said Myanmar should disband its commission of inquiry into abuses in Rakhine state because what it says Myanmar is clearly unwilling to seriously investigate alleged grave crimes against the ethnic Rohingya. ‘The Myanmar commission’s dismissal of the […]

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  U.S. Congress passes resolution H.Res.1169 to promote free, fair, transparent and credible elections in Bangladesh H. Res. 1169  In the House of Representatives, U. S., December 12, 2018.   Whereas Bangladesh achieved independence in 1971 and established a secular democratic state, which is home to Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, and atheists; Whereas Bangladesh is the […]

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Who are Yemen’s Houthis? Supporters of Shiite Houthi rebels attend a rally in Sanaa, Yemen, in 2017. AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File Myriam Renaud, University of Chicago Fully half of Yemen’s population – 14 million people – are on the brink of starvation. Some analysts blame their inability to access basic foodstuff on escalating conflict between […]

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Ko Ni, a prominent member of Myanmar’s Muslim minority and legal adviser for Myanmar’s ruling National League for Democracy, is seen during an interview in Yangon January 13, 2016. Picture taken January 13, 2016. Ko Ni was shot dead outside the Yangon International Airport on January 29, 2017. Reuters As Ko Ni walked out of […]

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More than 100 Myanmar activists marked the anniversary on Wednesday of the arrest of two Reuters journalists sentenced to seven years in jail in a landmark free speech case by releasing balloons at a rally in the country’s largest city Yangon. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty in September of […]

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Myanmar dissident and rights activist Maung ZarniA Myanmar dissent and rights activist has underlined the importance of Bangladesh’s initiative to form a broader international coalition to resolve the Rohingya issue, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency. As roughly one million Rohingya refugees have taken shelter in Bangladesh, Maung Zarni reportedly recommended that Dhaka should mobilise the […]

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While the opposition parties have always been convinced that EVMs could be hacked, the fears have now seeped into the country’s hinterland. Electronic voting machines (EVMs). Credit: PTI The Wire India 8 December 2018 New Delhi: If elections can be rigged by hacking the electronic voting machines (EVM) or not continues to be a mystery. […]

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Flags of Bangladesh and Myanmar ‘We have told the envoy that they (Rohingya) are your people and by signing an agreement with us, you admitted that they are your people’ Bangladesh has lodged a strong protest against Myanmar for the derogatory remarks made by one its ministers about the Muslims living in that country. Rear […]

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Behold the rise of Cambodia’s political princelings Political dynasties are on taking shape as the children of ruling party elites, including PM Hun Sen’s offspring, are promoted to positions of prominence and power By David Hutt, @davidhuttjourno Phnom Penh, December 4, 2018 Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is expected to eventually hand power down to […]

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A human rights law group contracted by the US State Department to investigate atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar said on Monday there was an urgent need to establish a criminal tribunal to bring those responsible to justice. A report released on Monday by the Washington-based Public International Law and Policy Group, based on more […]

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