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November 2019 - Myanmar News
- Group Says 92,500 Civilians Displaced by Fighting in Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 27 Nov 2019 -- More than 92,500 civilians have been displaced by armed conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state, where hostilities between Myanmar forces and the rebel Arakan Army have raged for a year, according to a tally issued Wednesday by a nonprofit organization that promotes ethnic rights.
- Myanmar begins court martial over atrocities against Rohingya Press TV 26 Nov 2019 -- Myanmar's military has begun a trial of soldiers for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, as the Southeast Asian country also braces for genocide charges at an international court in The Hague.
- Myanmar Opens Rare Court-Martial Case in Army Killings of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 26 Nov 2019 -- Myanmar's military opened a rare court-martial Tuesday at a military base in northern Rakhine state to try soldiers accused of committing atrocities during the 2017 military-led crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, an army spokesman said.
- Myanmar Rejects US Allegations it Has Chemical Weapons Radio Free Asia 26 Nov 2019 -- The Myanmar military on Tuesday denied U.S. accusations that it has violated a chemical weapons convention by possibly keeping a stockpile of the weapons from the 1980s in breach of a convention it signed in 2015.
- Myanmar Considers Chinese Envoy's Proposal to Kick-start Rohingya Repatriations Radio Free Asia 25 Nov 2019 -- Myanmar said Monday it will consider a Chinese envoy's proposal to kick-start Rohingya repatriations by allowing some refugees to return home and report back the on-the-ground situation to their relatives via cellphone, a day after Bangladesh's foreign affairs ministry hit back at the country for blaming it for delays in the long-awaited refugee return process.
- Myanmar Rakhine Conflict Captives in Limbo as Prisoner Swaps Are Rejected Radio Free Asia 22 Nov 2019 -- Some 30 Myanmar policemen and soldiers are now believed to be in the hands of the rebel Arakan Army, captured since fighting with the government military intensified nearly a year ago in Rakhine state, according to estimates based on previous figures issued by the ethnic armed organization.
- Rohingya Genocide Case Against Myanmar Based on 'Compelling' Evidence: Lawyer Radio Free Asia 21 Nov 2019 -- An attorney assisting Gambia with its lawsuit against Myanmar for state-sponsored genocide at the U.N.'s top court said Thursday that he is confident that the West African nation will win the case based on copious, strong evidence of army atrocities against the Muslim Rohingyas.
- UN Top Court Sets Hearing Date For Gambia's Case Against Myanmar Radio Free Asia 19 Nov 2019 -- The U.N.'s top court will open hearings in December on a case filed by Gambia accusing Myanmar of state-sponsored genocide for the brutal military-led crackdown against Rohingya Muslims, the court said Monday in a statement.
- Nearly 2,000 Flee Rakhine Villages in Fear of Myanmar Army 'Clearance Operations' Radio Free Asia 15 Nov 2019 -- Ongoing hostilities between Myanmar forces and the rebel Arakan Army in Rakhine state forced about 1,700 civilians to flee villages in three townships this week, amid fears that they would be detained and possible tortured by national soldiers conducting "clearance operations" in their communities, locals said.
- ICC gives greenlight for probe into violent crimes against Rohingya UN News 15 Nov 2019 -- Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.
- War crimes court approves probe into crimes against Myanmar's Rohingya Press TV 14 Nov 2019 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) has approved a long-awaited full investigation into crimes against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar, which has systematically driven Muslims across the border to Bangladesh.
- Chinese 'Zero Budget' Tours Edge Out Local Workers in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 14 Nov 2019 -- Tourists visiting Myanmar from China are entering the country more and more in groups set up to keep money in the hands of their Chinese guides and travel agencies, creating a growing problem for locals working in the tourism and hospitality industry, sources say.
- Argentina Lawsuit Seeks to Hold Aung San Suu Kyi Accountable For Atrocities Against Rohingya Radio Free Asia 14 Nov 2019 -- Argentina has become the latest member of the international community to pursue legal action against top Myanmar officials over the military-led crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, amid mounting global pressure on the government to be held accountable for the extreme violence that left thousands dead and drove more than 740,000 across the border into Bangladesh.
- China, Myanmar pursue mutual benefits and win-win outcomes People's Daily 13 Nov 2019 -- Officials from China and Myanmar acknowledged the potential the two countries possess for further cooperation in the fields of tourism, education and economic cooperation under the framework of the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) during a recent interview with People's Daily Online.
- Chinese Mega-Project in Myanmar's Kayin State Sparks Resentment And Worry Radio Free Asia 13 Nov 2019 -- Dozens of newly built villas line a street as concrete skeletons of what may become hotels or casinos stand half-finished nearby. A new paved roadway allows access to more than a dozen boxy two-story buildings still under construction opposite plots of cleared land streaked with muddy tire tracks.
- Muslim Nations Bring Genocide Suit Against Myanmar Over 2017 Expulsion of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 11 Nov 2019 -- Gambia on Monday filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the highest court of the United Nations, accusing the Southeast Asia nation of state-sponsored genocide for the brutal military-led crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in 2017 that left thousands dead and drove more than 740,000 across the border to Bangladesh.
- Gambia Sues Myanmar for Genocide Against Rohingya Muslims VOA 11 Nov 2019 -- In a highly unusual move, the tiny West African nation of The Gambia on Monday filed a lawsuit against Myanmar, accusing it of perpetrating a genocide on ethnic Rohingya Muslims which forced hundreds of thousands to flee the Asian nation.
- Myanmar faces genocide accusations for persecuting Rohingya Press TV 11 Nov 2019 -- Myanmar's government faces accusations of involvement in genocide regarding the persecuted Rohingya Muslims in a lawsuit filed by Gambia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).
- Shelling From Rakhine Conflict Kills One Rohingya Civilian, Injures Three Others Radio Free Asia 07 Nov 2019 -- At least one Rohingya Muslim was killed by a stray bullet and three others were wounded Wednesday when mortar shells fell on their village, burning more than 30 homes, in Myanmar's conflict-ridden northern Rakhine state, eyewitnesses said.
- Arakan Army Releases Firefighters Detained in Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2019 -- The Arakan Army on Wednesday released 18 firefighters detained in October in western Myanmar's war-torn Rakhine state, saying that its soldiers are holding no others civilians except for a local lawmaker taken three days ago.
- Bangladesh: Plan to Move Rohingya to Bay of Bengal Isle Delayed Radio Free Asia 06 Nov 2019 -- The U.N.'s refugee agency says it wants to meet with Bangladesh government officials to discuss concerns about Dhaka's plan to move thousands of Rohingya from Cox's Bazar to an island in the Bay of Bengal as a way to ease pressure on overcrowded camps.
- UN chief voices 'deep concerns' over plight of Rohingya refugees Press TV 03 Nov 2019 -- UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over the plight of Muslim Rohingya refugees, most of them stranded in Bangladesh, urging Myanmar to ensure their "safe" return home.
- Myanmar Needs 'Justice And Accountability' For Abuses in Rakhine And Other Conflict Zones Radio Free Asia 01 Nov 2019 -- The United States supports accountability for human rights abuses committed by the Myanmar government military against Rohingya Muslims and other minority groups in conflicts with ethnic armies, the U.S. ambassador to the Southeast Asian country told RFA on Thursday.
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