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Thailand Honors Myanmar’s Military Chief with Medal BenarNews staff Washington 2018-02-16 Myanmar’s military chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, speaks during a ceasefire agreement with two ethnic rebel groups at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyidaw, Feb. 13, 2018.   AP Thailand on Friday defended its decision to award the chief of Myanmar’s armed forces […]

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  India: Widening Opportunities In Assam February 14, 2018 SATP By Giriraj Bhattacharjee* On February 5, 2018, Security Forces (SFs) killed a militant of the Saoraigwra faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB-S), ‘platoon commander’ Jordan Narzary, in an encounter at Belguri village in the Chirang District of Assam. A 7.62 mm pistol, […]

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Detained Until Deported: Thousands Declared ‘Foreigners’ in Assam Wait in Limbo By Soumyajit Saha on 10/02/2018 Detained for decades, those who have been declared foreigners in Assam are denied a wage and parole. The Goalpara district jail. Credit: Abdul Gani Madan Das’s spindly fingers grasp an imaginary tool and move through the crisp winter air […]

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 The Rohingya Suffer Real Horrors. So Why Are Some of Their Stories Untrue? By HANNAH BEECH       FEB. 1, 2018 Photo A Rohingya child in her family’s tent at dusk in the Kutupalong camp in November. Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times LEDA, Bangladesh — The four young sisters sat in a huddle, together but […]

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DESPERATE JOURNEY GETTY IMAGES Behind the most haunting images of the Rohingya exodus Photographs and text by Kevin Frayer The boats usually arrive at night because it’s safer in the dark. Occasionally they come during the day, when a situation is urgent enough to risk fire from Myanmar border guards, or a window for safe passage […]

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Simon Cameron-Moore, Yimou Lee YANGON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will stress the need to halt violence and stabilize Rakhine State when he meets the head of Myanmar’s military on Wednesday in a bid to ease the Rohingya refugee crisis, a senior State Department official said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson […]

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Meeting Dina Wadia on Madison Avenue By Andrew Whitehead on 03/11/2017 There was something remarkable about her – and with her passing, just about the last remaining link with South Asia’s independence era leaders has been broken. Dina Wadia. Credit: Andrew Whitehead’s blog Dina Wadia died on Thursday at the impressive age of 98. She […]

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Life in limbo Life in limboThe half-million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh will not leave soon In fact, more keep arriving  Print edition | Asia Oct 19th 2017| KUTUPALONG THE Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh does not seem temporary. It consists of thousands of tents made of plastic and bamboo spread across undulating terrain. Groups of male […]

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After serving Indian army for 30 years, a retired soldier has been accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh and a case has been registered against him by the Assam police. The foreigners’ tribunal will hear the matter on 13 October, reports NDTV. Mohd Azmal Haque – who lives in Chayyagaon, 70 km from […]

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UN member states should act to pressure Myanmar to end crimes against humanity   September 28, 2017We, a global coalition of 87 civil society organizations, urgently call upon UN member states to take immediate steps to address the human rights abuses and humanitarian catastrophe engulfing Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya population. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN […]

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This Article was published in Huffington Post on September 22, 2017 and is Co-Authored by US Ambassador Osman Siddique & Samier Mansur As world leaders converged upon New York City for this week’s UN General Assembly, over 420,000 Rohingya refugees traversed the monsoon rains and bloodied fields of Myanmar into Bangladesh’s make-shift and overcrowded refugee […]

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National Geographic Dispatches Without a Home, and Without Hope The Rohingya Muslim minority has fled repression in Myanmar for generations. In neighboring Bangladesh, refugee camps offer asylum, but life there remains bleak. By Brook Larmer Photographs by William Daniels PUBLISHED August 22, 2017 Since this article was published, the Myanmar military has escalated its attacks […]

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