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September 2019 - Myanmar News
- U.N. Calls for Myanmar to End Internet Blackout in Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 30 Sep 2019 -- A United Nations (U.N.) office in Yangon, Myanmar Monday urged the country to end an internet shutdown in the northern part of Rakhine state that has left more than 600,000 residents without internet access for more than three months.
- Bangladeshi Officials Await PM's Approval for Barbed Wire Fencing at Rohingya Camps Radio Free Asia 30 Sep 2019 -- Bangladesh's army chief said Monday he expected that his branch would be tasked with erecting barbed-wire fencing around 34 Rohingya refugee camps in and around southeastern Cox's Bazar district, pending approval from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
- Myanmar willing to repatriate 'verified returnees' from Bangladesh UN News 28 Sep 2019 -- Myanmar is prioritizing the repatriation of scores of people who fled violence in northern Rakhine state for Bangladesh, a senior official from the country said on Saturday, the fifth day of debate in the UN General Assembly.
- Despite grappling with Rohingya crisis, Bangladesh is 'development miracle' UN News 27 Sep 2019 -- Despite global turbulence and economic uncertainty, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh told the General Assembly on Friday evening that her country has often been cited as a "development miracle".
- Rohingya Refugee Movement to Be Curbed in Bangladesh - Home Minister Sputnik 26 Sep 2019 -- Concerned about the spread of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh, the nation's government has placed barbed wire fences around Rohingya camps located in the southeastern fishing port of Cox's Bazar, the country's home minister announced on Thursday.
- US Offers New Aid Package for Rohingya; Bangladeshi, Malaysian PMs Push for Repatriation Radio Free Asia 25 Sep 2019 -- The United States has announced more than $127 million in new humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees, while the leaders of Bangladesh and Malaysia called on Myanmar to create conditions for repatriating the stateless people.
- House Approves Bill to Aimed at Holding Myanmar Leaders Accountable for Atrocities VOA 25 Sep 2019 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation aimed at advancing efforts to hold senior Myanmar leaders accountable for crimes committed against Rohingya and other ethnic minorities.
- Myanmar, Bangladesh, China Call for 'Working Group' to Make Progress on Rohingya Issue Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2019 -- Representatives from Myanmar, Bangladesh, and China called this week for enhanced cooperation in repatriating Rohingya refugees now living in camps in Bangladesh back to their homes in Myanmar, saying political will is needed now to move the issue forward, media reports said.
- Fighting Erupts in Both Rakhine And Shan States After Myanmar Cease-fire Expires Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2019 -- The Arakan Army claimed Tuesday that its soldiers seized a Myanmar military artillery battery during a battle in Rakhine state's Myebon township during which 10 government soldiers were killed, in the latest clash between the two sides since a cease-fire expired on the weekend.
- Myanmar Top General Raises Questions With Visits to Mosques, Other Places of Worship Radio Free Asia 23 Sep 2019 -- Visits to non-Buddhist religious venues by Myanmar's military commander-in-chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, accompanied by sizeable financial donations, have prompted observers to question his motives in the face of international condemnation for his role in widespread rights abuses by the army.
- Myanmar's Muslims Organize to Press Government to Reopen Shuttered Mosques Radio Free Asia 23 Sep 2019 -- Muslim leaders from all states and regions of Myanmar are forming a temporary committee to press the civilian-led government to reopen shuttered mosques across the country, most of which were closed down in the wake of 2012 communal violence between Buddhist and Muslim communities in Rakhine state, a spokesman for the body said Monday.
- Rebel Alliance Unilaterally Extends Temporary Ceasefire in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2019 -- Three ethnic armed groups fighting with Myanmar's military in northern Rakhine State and northern Shan State have unilaterally extended a ceasefire until end of this year, according to a statement released by the alliance on Friday.
- Myanmar Military MPs Submit Bill to Bar Citizens with Foreign Ties from Top Govt. Posts Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2019 -- A group of military-appointed legislators in Myanmar have submitted a draft bill for a constitutional amendment that would limit the foreign familial connections of those holding high-level government positions, expanding the scope of a measure the army used to keep Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.
- UN's Myanmar Rights Envoy Urges Aung San Suu Kyi to 'Open Your Eyes' Radio Free Asia 18 Sep 2019 -- An appeal by a United Nations envoy on human rights to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to stop ignoring the situation of persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh and those still living in the Southeast Asian country drew swift rebukes from Myanmar officials on Wednesday.
- No Cease-fire Deal With Northern Alliance, But Parties Agree to Another Meeting in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 17 Sep 2019 -- Myanmar government peace negotiators and the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies on Tuesday did not reach an agreement on a bilateral cease-fire to end hostilities between the rebel forces and national military in northeast and western Myanmar, though they decided to meet again for further discussions, spokesmen for the parties said.
- In Myanmar's Remote Mongla Region, Mandarin Supplants The Burmese Language Radio Free Asia 17 Sep 2019 -- The teaching of Mandarin Chinese is now prevalent in many government-run schools in Myanmar's Mongla autonomous special region, local teachers say, in the remote border area in eastern Shan state that has become dependent on nearby China for business and jobs.
- Rohingya still face genocide in Myanmar: UN Press TV 17 Sep 2019 -- A new report by a United Nations Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) says that persecution against Rohingya Muslims continues in Myanmar, exposing hundreds of thousands of them to the risk of genocide.
- UN: 600,000 Rohingya Live Under Threat of Genocide VOA 17 Sep 2019 -- A U.N. fact-finding mission is calling for an international investigation into the dangers faced by 600,000 Rohingya, who the UN says are living under the threat of genocide in Myanmar's Rakhine State. The findings, which have been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
- Beijing Offers to Help Arrange Myanmar Visit for Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2019 -- China has offered to facilitate a visit by a group of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar's Rakhine state to check the situation there, a senior Bangladeshi official said, while Rohingya leaders and authorities in Dhaka have signaled support for the proposal.
- 600,000 Rohingya remain under serious risk of genocide: UN Press TV 16 Sep 2019 -- A United Nations fact-finding mission says Myanmar continues to harbor genocidal intent against Rohingya Muslims, noting that the Rohingya who still remain in the country are facing serious risk of genocide.
- Genocide threat for Myanmar's Rohingya greater than ever, investigators warn Human Rights Council UN News 16 Sep 2019 -- Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to "erase their identity and remove them from the country", UN-appointed independent investigators said on Monday.
- UN: Myanmar is Not Safe for the Return of Rohingya Refugees VOA 16 Sep 2019 -- A U.N. investigator finds that two years after the violent expulsion of more than 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the situation in their home country remains too dangerous for them to return from their refuge in Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh.
- Major Effort Launched to Aid Rohingyas Hit by Monsoon Rains VOA 14 Sep 2019 -- The World Food Program has launched its biggest relief operation this year to aid thousands of Rohingya refugees whose possessions have been swept away in the torrential rains that hit Cox's Bazaar in Bangladesh this week.
- Myanmar Hopes Talks Can Shore Up Cease-fire With Northern Alliance Radio Free Asia 13 Sep 2019 -- The Myanmar government on Friday stressed the importance of an upcoming meeting between its peace negotiators and the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies to try to end escalated hostilities in northern Shan state, and warned of possible negative consequences should the talks fail.
- Monsoon destroys Rohingya shelters, sparking record UN emergency food agency response in Bangladesh UN News 13 Sep 2019 -- Unusually heavy monsoon rains have inundated shelters in refugee camps in southern Bangladesh creating "havoc", the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday, as it launched its biggest emergency response of the year for displaced Rohingya families.
- Myanmar's Hindu Refugees in Bangladesh Want to Go Home, But None Have so Far Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2019 -- Hindu Rohingya refugees who fled a military crackdown in western Myanmar's Rakhine state two years ago have issued an appeal to State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to let them leave refugee camps in Bangladesh where they are now living and return to Myanmar, according to a mobile phone video obtained by RFA.
- Myanmar Border Fighting, Cease-fire Underscore China Influence And Its Limits Radio Free Asia 11 Sep 2019 -- China's influence in Myanmar's peace process has grown amid recent intense fighting in northern Shan state and ongoing armed conflict in northern Rakhine state, with government officials pushing for ethnic armed groups to meet with peace negotiators and agree to a bilateral cease-fire with the Myanmar military.
- Myanmar Government Invites Northern Alliance of Ethnic Armies For Talks Radio Free Asia 10 Sep 2019 -- The Myanmar government has invited the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies to meet for talks in October to try to persuade their leaders to sign bilateral cease-fire agreements to end escalated armed conflict with the national military in the country's far-flung ethnic regions, a government negotiator said Tuesday.
- Northern Alliance of Ethnic Armies Declares One-Month Cease-fire With Myanmar Forces Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2019 -- Three ethnic armies from the Northern Alliance declared a conditional one-month ceasefire in northern Shan and Rakhine states on Monday, saying they want to try to build trust with Myanmar forces amid hostilities that have displaced thousands of civilians and disrupted trade with China.
- Bangladesh Takes Steps to Control Movements of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 06 Sep 2019 -- Bangladesh is taking tough measures to contain an increase in violence in Rohingya refugee camps after the crisis over the mass exodus of the persecuted group from Myanmar entered its third year.
- Myanmar Army Suspected in Torching of Rakhine Village Radio Free Asia 05 Sep 2019 -- A village with more than 50 households in Myanmar's strife-torn Rakhine state was torched by government soldiers on Wednesday and Thursday, the latest in at least six such burnings in recent weeks a local witness and a spokesman for the Arakan Army told RFA's Myanmar Service.
- Armed Men Burn Cars, Rob Drivers in Myanmar's Shan State Radio Free Asia 04 Sep 2019 -- Armed men stopped traffic on a highway in northern Myanmar's Shan state late Tuesday, robbing drivers and setting fire to their vehicles amid a new surge of fighting between the national military and soldiers of the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups, sources in the area said.
- Fierce Fighting in Shan State Forces Hundreds to Seek Shelter in Monasteries Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2019 -- Myanmar forces launched aerial attacks during a fierce battle with the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan state on Monday, forcing hundreds of villagers in two communities to seek shelter in local Buddhist monasteries, area residents said.
- Myanmar Must Restore Rohingya Citizenship, Abandon Verification Cards, Rights Group Says Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2019 -- The government of Myanmar must restore full citizenship rights to Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar and in refugee camps in Bangladesh, and abandon the issuing of National Verification Cards (NVCs) that describe them as "foreigners," a rights group said on Tuesday at a press conference in Thailand.
- Bangladesh Orders Cellphone Operators to Block Internet Services in Rohingya Camps Radio Free Asia 03 Sep 2019 -- Bangladesh has ordered cellphone operators to block internet access to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees sheltering at camps in the southeast, government officials said, citing national security and a need to maintain law and order.
- Myanmar forcing Rohingya to accept 'foreigner' label Press TV 03 Sep 2019 -- A human rights organization says Myanmarese authorities are forcing members of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority to accept identity cards that strip them of the chance to become citizens.
- UN experts decry torture of Rakhine men and boys held incommunicado by Myanmar's military UN News 03 Sep 2019 -- Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar's military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for "credible, independent" investigations.
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