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Myanmar Rejects ICC Jurisdiction In Rohingya Crisis

Myanmar has rejected an interim ruling passed by the International Criminal Court yesterday on the basis that the ICC has no jurisdiction on any domestic issues of the country. The South Asian country has been for the past year, at the centre of international criticism over its human rights record, especially towards minority Rohingya populations. In a statement put out by

Myanmar will take back 58 Rohingyas


Myanmar has confirmed the return of 58 Rohingyas, who had fled across the border to Bangladesh last year following an army offensive in the Rakhine region, a news agency report said. The return comes even as a repatriation plan by Myanmar, of taking back the close to 700,000 Rohingyas who had fled to Bangladesh, has been lagging for months now, Efe

Myanmar President U Htin Kyaw Resigns, U Win Myint Likely to Succeed

U Htin Kyaw

New Delhi: Myanmar President Htin Kyaw resigned on Wednesday. A statement posted on the President’s official Facebook page read that the President “in order to take rest from the current duties and responsibilities” has decided to step down and a new leader will be elected “within seven working days.”  The notice said a replacement would be in place within seven working days.

Myanmar Military Accused of Land Grab in Rakhine State


New Delhi: Human rights organization Amnesty International has accused the government of Myanmar for building security installations on top of razed Rohingya villages. The development has raised questions over the safety of hundreds of thousands of persecuted Rohingyas due to be repatriated from neighbouring Bangladesh to Myanmar. According to detailed satellite images published by Amnesty International on Monday, it appeared to show "new

India, Myanmar Ink Pact to Restore Normalcy in Rakhine State


New Delhi: India has agreed to spend $25 million over the next five years to develop the troubled Rakhine province in Myanmar, which has witnessed the mass migration of over half a million Rohingyas forced to flee to the neighboring countries. The decision, made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Myanmar in November was formalized in an agreement on day

Rohingyas Responsible for Soaring Methamphetamine Use in Bangladesh

Three Rohingya youths held with 20,000 yaba tablets in Teknaf Upazila, Bangladesh.

New Delhi: Influx of Rohingya fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar is partly to blame for soaring methamphetamine use in its cities, Bangladesh has said. However, they believe that Rohingya are being pushed into the world of crime because they cannot legally work or, in many cases, access aid. According to Bangladeshi officials, consumption of yaba - Thai for "crazy medicine" — is booming

Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Doesn’t Fear International Scrutiny Over Rohingya Crisis


Aung San Suu Kyi has finally broken her silence on the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis. In a live televised address, Myanmar's State Counselor and de facto leader said that she was "aware of the fact that the world's attention is focused on the situation in Rakhine State" and that Myanmar "does not fear international scrutiny." Speaking in front of a packed auditorium

India Rebuffs UN Human Rights Chief’s Criticism on Rohingyas


India has strongly rejected the criticism by the UN human rights chief over its handling of Rohingyas, human rights situations in Jammu and Kashmir and observation relating to the killing of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Angered by criticism, India accused the High Commissioner Zeid Raad Al Hussein of passing “tendentious judgments made on the basis of selective and inaccurate reports.” “India is proud

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