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April 2018 - Myanmar News
- Thousands call for aid access for villagers trapped by fighting in Myanmar's Kachin Press TV 30 Apr 2018 -- Thousands of people have staged a massive rally in Myanmar's northern Kachin state to demand humanitarian access for villagers who have been caught in fighting between the army and an ethnic armed group in the war-torn region.
- Myanmar: Security Council delegation meets top politicians, civil society leaders UN News 30 Apr 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council is continuing its mission to Bangladesh and Myanmar, taking a first-hand look at the plight of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled across the border to escape violence.
- Rebels, Miltary Clash in Myanmar; Thousands Flee VOA 29 Apr 2018 -- Fighting in northern Myanmar between government forces and the rebel Kachin Independence Army, or KIA, has forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes.
- UN team in Bangladesh to discuss Rohingya crisis Press TV 28 Apr 2018 -- A delegation from the United Nations Security Council has arrived in Bangladesh to examine the situation surrounding thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a brutal crackdown in their home country of Myanmar.
- Over 4,000 flee fresh clashes in Myanmar's Kachin: UN Press TV 28 Apr 2018 -- A United Nations official says more than 4,000 people have fled renewed fighting between Myanmar's military and an ethnic armed group in the country's remote north over the past weeks as a long-simmering conflict intensifies.
- EU extends Myanmar arms embargo over rights violations, prepares individual sanctions Press TV 26 Apr 2018 -- The European Union has extended its arms embargo on Myanmar, preparing targeted measures against officials responsible for serious human rights violations.
- Fighting in Kachin Highlights Myanmar Civil War Worries VOA 26 Apr 2018 -- Thousands of civilians remain displaced in northern Myanmar amid renewed fighting in recent weeks, many with little access to aid, bringing fresh concerns that the country's peace process has stalled under the current government.
- UN team to visit Myanmar's Rakhine next week Press TV 25 Apr 2018 -- A United Nations Security Council delegation tasked with measuring the impact of the Rohingya refugee crisis is gearing up to tour Rakhine state, a senior government official has revealed.
- US Probing Alleged Atrocities Against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims VOA 25 Apr 2018 -- The U.S. government is conducting an intensive investigation into allegations of heinous crimes against Rohingya Muslims in the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar.
- Ongoing U.S. Humanitarian Assistance for the Rakhine State Crisis US Dept. of State 23 Apr 2018 -- Today, Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan announced $50 million in additional humanitarian assistance for vulnerable people fleeing the Rakhine State crisis.
- Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, but worst 'yet to come,' warns UN agency UN News 20 Apr 2018 -- The arrival of pre-Monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh have exposed alarming level of risks for Rohingya refugees, United Nations humanitarian agencies said, urging immediate funding to ensure support and protection can be provided to hundreds of thousands in desperate need.
- IOM: Rohingya Refugees at Risk as Monsoons Near VOA 20 Apr 2018 -- The International Organization for Migration says it does not have money to protect Rohingya refugees in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, from the impending regional monsoons and cyclonic storms.
- Myanmar urges repatriation of Rohingya ahead of monsoon season Press TV 19 Apr 2018 -- Myanmar's Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye says repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who fled persecution in the country to Bangladesh should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon season.
- UN deputy aid chief shines light on plight of 400,000 Rohingya still inside Myanmar UN News 17 Apr 2018 -- Although the massive outflow of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh grabbed worldwide headlines, the international community must not forget that more than 400,000 of the minority group are living in dire situations at home, a senior United Nations official said Tuesday.
- UN officials urge action to prevent sexual violence in conflict; Rohingya lawyer says 'Security Council failed us' UN News 16 Apr 2018 -- The United Nations Security Council has failed to prevent the Rohingya refugee crisis, and the 15-member body must refer sexual violence and other crimes against the ethnic group to the world's top criminal court, a Rohingya lawyer said on Monday.
- Myanmar's repatriation of Rohingya publicity stunt, rights groups say Press TV 15 Apr 2018 -- Human rights groups have denounced as a publicity stunt a move by Myanmar's government announcing to have repatriated the first group of Rohingya refugees from among nearly 700,000 who fled a military crackdown to neighboring Bangladesh last year.
- UN blacklists Myanmar military for sexual abuse of Rohingya population Press TV 15 Apr 2018 -- A report by the United Nations has blacklisted Myanmar's military for carrying out widespread sexual violence as a strategy to terrorize the Rohingya Muslim population and to drive them out of the land they lived in western Myanmar.
- Myanmar Announces Repatriation of First Rohingya Family VOA 15 Apr 2018 -- Myanmar said Saturday it has repatriated its first family of Rohingya refugees.
- Conditions 'not yet conducive' for Rohingya refugee to return home to Myanmar – UN agency UN News 13 Apr 2018 -- The United Nations refugee agency and the Government of Bangladesh on Friday signed a cooperation agreement on the safe, dignified return of Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar, "once conditions there are conducive."
- Myanmar not ready for return of Rohingya Muslims, says UNHCR Press TV 12 Apr 2018 -- The UN refugee agency has said that conditions in Myanmar are not ready for the return of persecuted Rohingya Muslims who fled to neighboring Bangladesh following a military crackdown in Rakhine state last year.
- Myanmar jails 7 soldiers after one carnage attracts attention Press TV 11 Apr 2018 -- Myanmar has sentenced seven soldiers to "10 years in prison with hard labor in a remote area" for their role in the massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslims last September, which was only one instance of violence in a much wider campaign of atrocities targeting minority Muslims in the country.
- Rohingya face trauma, hunger in Bangladesh camps: Aid groups Press TV 10 Apr 2018 -- Aid agencies say Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees are suffering from mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts at overcrowded camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
- No one in Myanmar should be left behind on the path to a better future, stresses UN official UN News 09 Apr 2018 -- "Regardless of their ethnicity, religion and citizenship status, we need to […] ensure that no vulnerable conflict-affected people are deprived of safe and sustained access to humanitarian protection and assistance, Ursula Mueller, the UN Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, said on Sunday at the end of a six-day visit to Myanmar.
- UN official rejects Myanmar's claim of readiness for return of persecuted Rohingya Press TV 08 Apr 2018 -- A senior United Nations official has flatly rejected Myanmar's claims that the regime is ready to take back the Rohingya refugees who have fled government-sponsored violence to Bangladesh.
- Myanmar Migrants in Thailand Face Barriers of Race, Religion VOA 04 Apr 2018 -- Human rights and migrant assistance groups in Thailand say Myanmar migrant workers of Muslim and South Asian heritage have faced barriers in proving Myanmar nationality which is a required step in gaining legal status in Thailand.
- Monsoons could result in 'enormous deaths' among Rohingya refugees: Advisers Press TV 03 Apr 2018 -- A group of international advisers has warned that the coming monsoon season could result in "enormous deaths" among persecuted Rohingya refugees from Myanmar living in overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.
- Bangladesh Has No Space to Resettle Rohingya Refugees - Foreign Minister Sputnik 02 Apr 2018 -- Bangladesh, being one of the most densely populated countries in the world, does not have enough space to allow more than half a million Rohingya refugees, who have fled Myanmar since last August, to resettle within its borders, Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali told Sputnik on Monday.
- UN Security Council Delegation May Visit Myanmar, Bangladesh VOA 02 Apr 2018 -- The U.N. Security Council may visit Myanmar and Bangladesh this month to see firsthand the situation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled a military crackdown in Myanmar.
- Bangladesh begins relocating thousands of Rohingya before monsoon Press TV 01 Apr 2018 -- Bangladesh has begun relocating 100,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state to safer ground ahead of the monsoon season.
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