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August 2019 - Myanmar News
- Northern Alliance Agrees to Meeting With Myanmar Government Negotiators Radio Free Asia 29 Aug 2019 -- An alliance of ethnic armed organizations agreed on Thursday to meet with Myanmar government peace negotiators in war-torn Shan state on Saturday to discuss a possible end to recent clashes with national troops, following an assurance from neighboring China that the rebels will be safe during the talks, those with knowledge of the matter said.
- China Proposes Meeting with Bangladesh, Myanmar over Rohingya Repatriation Radio Free Asia 29 Aug 2019 -- Beijing has proposed a fresh tripartite meeting with Bangladesh and Myanmar to jumpstart the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, Bangladesh's foreign minister said Thursday, as pressure mounted for the two neighboring countries to find a solution to the refugee crisis.
- Ongoing Clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine State Force Thousands to Flee Two Villages Radio Free Asia 27 Aug 2019 -- Fighting between Myanmar forces and Arakan Army insurgents has prompted about 5,000 residents from two villages in war-ravaged Rakhine state's Minbya township to flee their communities since hostilities in the area began four days ago, residents said Tuesday.
- The Forgotten Rohingya: Stuck in Limbo in Myanmar's Prison-Like Camps VOA 27 Aug 2019 -- Independent human rights groups and journalists are blocked by the government from entering the camps or to investigate alleged human rights abuses in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar. But VOA managed to speak to women inside the internally displaced camps.
- Myanmar, Arakan Forces Trade Blame After Shell Kills Three Children in Rakhine Radio Free Asia 26 Aug 2019 -- An explosion from a stray artillery shell killed three Myanmar children and injured four other civilians on Saturday in a village near strife-torn Rakhine state's Minbya township, amid fighting between Myanmar forces and the rebel Arakan Army, each of which blamed the other side for the deaths.
- Tens of Thousands of Rohingya Mark 'Genocide Day' VOA 25 Aug 2019 -- Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees rallied to mark the second anniversary of their exodus out of Myanmar.
- U.S. Continues to Push for Action Two Years after Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing US Dept. of State 24 Aug 2019 -- Two years ago, Burma's security forces engaged in a brutal attack against hundreds of thousands of unarmed men, women, and children in a grossly disproportionate response to attacks by militants on security posts in northern Rakhine State. The Burmese military's horrific atrocities against Rohingya villagers caused an exodus of more than 740,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh in actions that constituted ethnic cleansing.
- Myanmar Army Warns of Full-Blown War in Shan, Deploys Aircraft in Rakhine Radio Free Asia 23 Aug 2019 -- The Myanmar military on Friday accused an ethnic armed group operating in Myanmar's northeastern Shan state of terrorism and drug trafficking, and issued a strong warning that it is ready to engage in full-blown armed conflict a week after the rebel force and two other ethnic armies conducted coordinated attacks on roads, bridges, and military and police buildings.
- UN Report Finds Genocidal Intent Sexual Violence Against Rohingya by Myanmar Army Radio Free Asia 23 Aug 2019 -- Sexual violence committed by Myanmar soldiers against Rohingya women and girls in 2017 indicated a genocidal intent to "intimidate, terrorise and punish" the Muslim ethnic minority, United Nations investigators said in a report that swiftly rejected Friday by the Myanmar military.
- Rohingya 'would rather drink poison ' than return to Myanmar Press TV 22 Aug 2019 -- Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh, who have fled ethnic cleansing in neighboring Myanmar, say they fear torture and violence back home and would rather die than be repatriated.
- Myanmar military committed 'routine, systematic' sexual violence against ethnic minorities, UN experts find UN News 22 Aug 2019 -- Myanmar's military must stop using sexual and gender-based violence to terrorize and punish ethnic minorities, according to a new report released on Thursday by the United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission.
- UN: Myanmar Military Intended to Perpetrate Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims VOA 22 Aug 2019 -- A U.N. fact-finding mission has concluded that the Myanmar military intended to perpetrate genocide on ethnic Rohingya Muslims when it drove hundreds of thousands of them from the country in 2017.
- Rights Groups Urge Bangladesh, Myanmar to Suspend Rohingya Returns Radio Free Asia 21 Aug 2019 -- International rights groups on Wednesday called on Myanmar and Bangladesh to suspend their second attempt to repatriate some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled a brutal military campaign in 2017, until the members of the minority group are guaranteed a safe and voluntary return and are granted citizenship and other basic rights.
- Policeman Killed, Five Officers Injured in Attack on Convoy in Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 20 Aug 2019 -- A convoy of four vehicles from a police security force was attacked twice Tuesday morning in mine explosions near the boundary between Kyauktaw and Ponnagyun townships in western Myanmar's volatile Rakhine state, killing one policeman and injuring five other officers, regional sources said.
- Rohingya Refugee Children Missing Out on Education and Viable Future VOA 18 Aug 2019 -- A study by the U.N. Children's Fund finds more than half a million Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar are not learning the life skills they need to prepare them for the future or to protect them from present-day abuse and exploitation.
- Myanmar Says Ethnic Army Attacks Were 'Acts of Terrorism' That Hurt Peace Talks Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- The Myanmar government on Friday strongly condemned attacks by three ethnic rebel armies that left 15 security officers and civilians dead in the Mandalay region and neighboring northern Shan state, calling them "acts of terrorism" that could thwart the country's teetering peace process.
- Officials: Myanmar, Bangladesh Working to Repatriate 3,450 Rohingya Refugees Radio Free Asia 16 Aug 2019 -- Bangladesh and Myanmar said Friday they were working on the first repatriation of Rohingya refugees since members of the ethnic minority fled a massive military crackdown in Rakhine state two years ago, amid confusion over how the process would unfold.
- Two years after exodus, Myanmar's 'desperate' Rohingya youth need education, skills: UNICEF UN News 16 Aug 2019 -- The daily struggle to survive for Myanmar's Rohingya people in one of the world's largest refugee settlements, has caused "overwhelming" despair and jeopardized the hopes of an entire generation, the head of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said on Friday.
- Three Myanmar Ethnic Armies Stage 'Brazen Attack' in Mandalay Region And Northern Shan State Radio Free Asia 15 Aug 2019 -- An alliance of ethnic armed groups launched attacks in five locations in Myanmar's Mandalay region and northern Shan state early Thursday, with at least 11 people confirmed dead and several others injured, in retaliation for government army offenses in Shan and Rakhine states, various sources said.
- More than a Dozen People Killed in Myanmar Rebel Attacks VOA 15 Aug 2019 -- Ethnic rebel forces in Myanmar killed at least 14 people Thursday in what appeared to be coordinated attacks on an elite military college and other government targets in the country's north, according to a military spokesman.
- Myanmar Lays Terrorism Charges On Five Rakhines Over Alleged Ties to Arakan Army Radio Free Asia 13 Aug 2019 -- Five ethnic Rakhine villagers, including a schoolteacher, arrested last week have been charged under Myanmar's Counter-Terrorism Law and were remanded in custody Tuesday at Buthidaung Township Court in war-ravaged Rakhine state, a military spokesman said.
- Belgian Company on 'Dirty List' Cuts Ties With Myanmar Military VOA 12 Aug 2019 -- A Belgian company has become the first to announce it is cutting ties with Myanmar's military after a United Nations fact-finding mission called on businesses to sever all financial links to the country's generals.
- More Than 500,000 Rohingya Refugees Receive Fraud-Proof Identity Cards VOA 10 Aug 2019-- The U.N. refugee agency reports more than half-a-million Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh have received identity documents that will give them better access to aid.
- Eight Ethnic Rakhine Men Charged in Myanmar For Alleged Arakan Army Links Radio Free Asia 09 Aug 2019-- Eight ethnic Rakhine men, including several deported by Singapore in July, were formally charged Friday in Yangon under Myanmar's Counter-Terrorism Law for allegedly providing financial support to the rebel Arakan Army in its fight against Myanmar forces in war-ravaged Rakhine state, a court official and a defense attorney said.
- Myanmar Military Prevents Lawmaker, NGOs From Accessing Displaced in Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 09 Aug 2019-- The Myanmar military has denied community leaders and NGOs access to civilians in war-torn Rakhine state's Minbya township, who have been displaced by local clashes between government soldiers and the rebel Arakan Army, a regional lawmaker said Friday.
- More than half a million Rohingya in Bangladesh get ID cards for first time: UN refugee agency UN News 09 Aug 2019 -- More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal crackdown in Myanmar two years ago, have received identification cards that the UN insisted on Friday were critical to safeguarding their right to return home.
- Three Myanmar Military, Arakan Army Clashes Leave Casualties on Both Sides Radio Free Asia 08 Aug 2019 -- Three clashes between government troops and the ethnic Arakan Army in three townships in Myanmar's war-stricken western region on Wednesday left several casualties and wounded soldiers on both sides, though the opponents dispute the exact numbers.
- Myanmar Nationalists Look to Stoke Anti-US Anger over Travel Bans against Military VOA 08 Aug 2019 -- Former lieutenant colonel Hla Swe wore camouflage fatigues as he mounted a stage in front of protesters in Myanmar's main city of Yangon last week to begin an anti-U.S. diatribe.
- Arakan Army Blamed For Deaths of Village Officials in Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2019 -- The severely injured bodies of two missing village administrators from Kyauktaw township in Myanmar's conflict-ridden Rakhine state were found near a river bank this week, local residents said Wednesday, as the government military blamed Arakan Army (AA) soldiers for their deaths.
- Fresh Clash in Myanmar's Northern Shan State Drives Ethnic Villagers From Homes Radio Free Asia 07 Aug 2019 -- More than 200 villagers fled their homes in Tangyan township on Tuesday to escape nearby fighting between the Myanmar military and Shan State Army-North troops in northeastern Shan state, local residents said.
- UN Fact Finders Target Companies Selling Weapons to Myanmar Military Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2019 -- More than a dozen foreign companies, including state-owned companies in China, have been supplying weapons and other equipment used by the Myanmar military against ethnic minorities, a U.N. fact-finding mission said on Monday, as it called for an arms sales embargo against Naypyidaw.
- Fierce Fighting Drives Thousands of Myanmar Civilians From Homes in Rakhine's Minbya Township Radio Free Asia 05 Aug 2019 -- A fierce clash between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA) has prompted thousands of civilians to flee their homes in 10 villages during exchanges of gunfire in war-stricken Rakhine state, leaving some trapped in the conflict zone, a regional lawmaker, military spokesman, and humanitarian workers said Monday.
- UN warns foreign firms against doing business with Myanmar army Press TV 05 Aug 2019 -- The United Nations' investigators have urged foreign businesses and governments to sever ties with dozens of companies owned or controlled by Myanmar's military, which has carried out a campaign of ethnic cleansing, murder and rape of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, noting that such firms could be complicit in international crimes.
- Myanmar companies bankroll 'brutal operations' of military, independent UN experts claim in new report UN News 05 Aug 2019 -- Money earned by the Myanmar military from international and domestic business deals, "substantially enhances its ability to carry out gross violations of human rights with impunity" according to a report released on Monday by an independent United Nations group looking into military-business ties in the South East Asian country.
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