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February 2018 - Myanmar News
- US Lawmakers Face Pressure on Rohingya Crisis VOA 28 Feb 2018 -- With no end in sight to the Rohingya refugee crisis, faith leaders and advocacy groups fanned out across Capitol Hill on Wednesday to pressure U.S. lawmakers to fast-track legislation punishing Myanmar's government and demanding better treatment of the country's Muslim minority.
- UN agencies helping Rohingya refugee camps brace for potentially devastating rains in southern Bangladesh UN News 27 Feb 2018 -- Against the backdrop of the fast approaching wet season in Bangladesh, United Nations relief agencies are working flat out to strengthen vital infrastructure and boost resilience among hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in rudimentary shelters as well as for local communities hosting them.
- EU agrees to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals over Rohingya plight Press TV 26 Feb 2018 -- European Union foreign ministers have agreed to prepare sanctions against senior Myanmar military officers over "serious and systematic" rights abuses against the country's Rohingya Muslim community.
- UN chief calls for 'unfettered humanitarian access' in Myanmar's Rakhine hit by crackdown Press TV 26 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations has called on Myanmar authorities to "ensure unfettered humanitarian access" in Rakhine state, where state-sponsored violence has forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
- Rohingya Muslims still pouring over Myanmar border into Bangladesh Press TV 25 Feb 2018 -- Hundreds of persecuted Rohingya Muslims are still pouring over the Myanmar border into neighboring Bangladesh every week six months after a military crackdown sparked the massive refugee crisis.
- Myanmar MPs pass $15mn for Rakhine border fence amid crackdown on Rohingya Press TV 24 Feb 2018 -- Myanmar's legislators have passed a military budget of nearly $15 million to erect a fence along its border with Bangladesh in Rakhine State, which has been used by the country's minority Rohingya Muslims to flee the military's state-sponsored ethnic cleansing campaign underway in the area.
- Myanmar bulldozing Rohingya villages to destroy its 'crime scenes' Press TV 23 Feb 2018 -- New satellite imagery shows that the government of Myanmar is bulldozing more than dozens of already-burned-out Rohingya Muslim villages in the west of the country in an attempt to destroy evidence of violence committed by the military, rights groups say.
- Fresh threats loom over 720,000 Rohingya children 'cast adrift, trapped in limbo' - UNICEF UN News 23 Feb 2018 -- Rohingya children are facing threats either from severe weather approaching Bangladesh where hundreds of thousands are sheltered in squalid, overcrowded refugee camps, or by ongoing violence in their Myanmar homeland, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday, calling urgently for scaled-up assistance ahead of the region's storm season and to address the root causes of the crisis.
- Bangladesh accelerates plan to put Rohingya refugees on isolated island Press TV 22 Feb 2018 -- The government in Bangladesh is rapidly pushing a controversial plan to relocate some 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar to an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal, where they may be stranded forever.
- Myanmar to resettle stranded Rohingya Muslims Press TV 20 Feb 2018 -- The government of Myanmar has agreed to process and resettle some 6,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees who are currently stranded at the country's border with Bangladesh.
- Rohingya refugees face immense health needs; UN scales up support ahead of monsoon season UN News 20 Feb 2018 -- Critical health services must be scaled up for nearly 1.3 million people – Rohingyas and their surrounding host communities – in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar, where vulnerable populations in crowded settlements and 'mega camps' are at risk of a host of waterborne diseases, the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) warned Tuesday.
- Hundreds of Thousands of Rohingya at Risk From Looming Monsoons VOA 20 Feb 2018 -- U.N. aid agencies are stepping up preparations to protect hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, from the ravages of the impending monsoon season.
- Bangladesh says to meet with Myanmar on Rohingya trapped at border Press TV 19 Feb 2018 -- Representatives from Bangladesh and Myanmar are set to meet to discuss the repatriation of thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped on a strip of unclaimed land between the two countries, Bangladeshi officials say.
- Bangladesh hands over list of Rohingya repatriation to Myanmar Press TV 16 Feb 2018 -- Bangladesh has formally handed over to Myanmar's Home Minister Lieutenant General Kyaw Swe a list of more than 8,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees as Dhaka moves to launch their repatriation under an agreement signed between the two countries last year.
- Canada imposes targeted sanctions against Myanmar general Press TV 16 Feb 2018 -- Canada has imposed "targeted sanctions" against a Myanmar general who led an army crackdown that forced over hundreds of thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
- Process to Repatriate Myanmar Rohingyas Stalled VOA 16 Feb 2018 -- A month since the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments reached an agreement to begin the repatriation of mainly ethnic Rohingya refugees to northern Rakhine State, the process appears to have stalled.
- Myanmar still not allowing safe return of Rohingyas: UN refugee chief Press TV 13 Feb 2018 -- Myanmar has failed to lay the groundwork for the safe return of 688,000 Rohingya refugees who fled the country's army crackdown six months ago, the UN refugee chief says.
- Causes of Rohingya refugee crisis originate in Myanmar; solution must be found there, Security Council told UN News 13 Feb 2018 -- Nearly six months after an outbreak of violence drove almost 700,000 minority Rohingyas from Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh, senior United Nations officials on Tuesday said it is time to address the root causes – including decades of repression inside Myanmar – so those who fled feel safe enough to return to their homeland.
- Myanmar bulldozing villages in Rakhine to erase Rohingya history, show aerial photos Press TV 12 Feb 2018 -- New aerial pictures of Rakhine state appear to show several bulldozed settlements of the persecuted Rohingya people, giving rise to concerns that Myanmar is wiping out history of the Muslim minority.
- British FM calls on Myanmar's leader to allow 'independent' probe into Rohingya crisis Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has strongly urged Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to allow an independent investigation into the violence in troubled Rakhine state, as the Southeast Asian country faces increasing pressure to bring to justice the troops who have been accused of committing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.
- Myanmar to take unspecified action over Inn Din massacre Press TV 11 Feb 2018 -- Myanmar says it will take unspecified action against a number of security forces and civilian individuals in connection with a recent massacre in a Rohingya Muslim village, during which 10 Muslims – whom Naypyidaw has previously called "terrorists" – were executed summary-style.
- Human Rights Watch urges Myanmar to ensure aid to civilians in Kachin Press TV 09 Feb 2018 -- Human Rights Watch has urged Myanmar's military to ensure humanitarian aid reaches all civilians who have been caught in fighting between the army and an ethnic armed group in the country's northern state of Kachin.
- Myanmar using food as quiet weapon against Rohingya: Reports Press TV 08 Feb 2018 -- The government in Myanmar is using food as a quiet weapon against minority Rohingya Muslims in the country's troubled west, new reports reveal.
- Russia to Deliver 6 Additional Yak-130 Aircraft to Myanmar Sputnik 07 Feb 2018 -- Russia will deliver to Myanmar an additional batch of six Yak-130 combat training aircraft, Mikhail Petukhov, a deputy director of Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (FSMTC), told Sputnik.
- Rohingya persecution could trigger regional conflict: UN Press TV 05 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations (UN)'s human rights chief has warned that the persecution of Rohingya Muslim people in Myanmar could spark a regional conflict.
- UN supports Bangladesh's efforts protect Rohingya camps from flooding ahead of monsoon season UN News 02 Feb 2018 -- The United Nations refugee agency and its partners are ramping up to assist Bangladesh's efforts to mitigate some expected impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in the country, during which, according to an initial risk analysis, at least 100,000 Rohingya refugees could be in grave danger from landslides and floods.
- Thousands of Rohingya Refugees at Risk as Bangladesh Monsoons Approach VOA 02 Feb 2018 -- The U.N. refugee agency says thousands of Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh face mudslides, floods, disease and other dangers from the upcoming monsoon season.
- Security operations by Myanmar show 'established pattern' of domination over ethnic groups - UN expert UN News 01 Feb 2018 -- What Myanmar's Government has claimed are military and security operations are "actually an established pattern" of domination and aggression against ethnic groups, the United Nations independent expert on the rights situation there said on Thursday, reporting on her visit to nearby countries, including Bangladesh, which is hosting nearly 900,000 Rohingya refugees.
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