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February 2020 - Myanmar News
- More Than 2,200 Rohingya Caught Trying to Leave Myanmar by Sea Since 2015: Detainee List Radio Free Asia 28 Feb 2020 -- Myanmar authorities have apprehended more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims as they attempted to illegally leave the country by sea since 2015, according to a list of the detainees obtained from a naval officer by RFA's Myanmar Service.
- Bangladesh Holds Off on Plan to Move Rohingya to Island Radio Free Asia 27 Feb 2020 -- Bangladesh is holding off on its plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees to an uninhabited island, a minister said Wednesday, claiming the government reached the decision after failing to get backing from the U.N. and international community.
- Some 70 More Rohingya Go on Trial For Trying to Leave Myanmar for Malaysia Radio Free Asia 27 Feb 2020 -- A court in Myanmar's Yangon region began hearing testimony Thursday in a case against roughly 70 Rohingya Muslims arrested a week ago for attempting to flee the country illegally for Malaysia, while the United Nations human rights body issued a report documenting longstanding persecution against the ethnic minority.
- Myanmar: 'Multidimensional and long-standing' root causes behind rights minority abuses, says Bachelet UN News 27 Feb 2020 -- The Human Rights Council on Thursday held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, "by bringing its people together, as one".
- UN: Myanmar's Rohingya Subject to Increased Prejudice, Violence VOA 27 Feb 2020 -- The United Nations says Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar are experiencing an upsurge in violations and abuse fueled by prejudice and hate speech. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights submitted a report on the root causes of abuse in Myanmar to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.
- Remote Part of Myanmar Faces Food Shortages After China Border Closed Over Coronavirus Radio Free Asia 25 Feb 2020 -- Two townships in northern Myanmar's Kachin state face shortages of food staples, including rice, and rising prices, after China shut down border checkpoints in an effort to contain its coronavirus outbreak, a local lawmaker said Tuesday.
- Rohingya Displaced Since 2012 Myanmar Communal Riots Face Bleak Prospects Radio Free Asia 24 Feb 2020 -- Rohingya Muslims displaced by communal violence with ethnic Rakhine Buddhists across western Myanmar's beleaguered Rakhine state nearly eight years ago say prospects for the betterment of their lives look dimmer than ever as they still live in near-apartheid conditions.
- Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Rakhine state face charges for 'illegal travel' Press TV 22 Feb 2020 -- Rohingya Muslims arrested by Myanmar forces have appeared in court in the nation's capital of Yangon over criminal charges for attempting to flee apartheid-like conditions in Rakhine state.
- Myanmar Army Says it Will Try Soldiers Over Killings of Rohingya Civilians Radio Free Asia 21 Feb 2020 -- The Myanmar military announced Friday that it would investigate and open court-martial proceedings against soldiers accused of killing Rohingya Muslim civilians during a violent army-led crackdown in the country's Rakhine state in 2017, the third such case in a country facing international criticism for failing to hold troops accountable for widespread atrocities.
- AA Fire on Helicopter Carrying Myanmar Government Officials in Rakhine Radio Free Asia 19 Feb 2020 -- A helicopter carrying Myanmar government officials was shot at Wednesday in the country's western Rakhine state where fighting between the insurgent Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar's military has been ongoing.
- Fighting, Food Shortages Stalk Civilians Displaced in Myanmar's Rakhine, Kayin States Radio Free Asia 18 Feb 2020 -- About 300 ethnic Karens have been displaced by armed conflict in Hpapun district of southeastern Myanmar's Kayin state following hostilities in early February between government forces and rebel soldiers, an official from an ethnic armed group said Monday.
- UN rights experts 'gravely' concerned at spike in civilian casualties in north-west Myanmar following internet shutdown UN News 18 Feb 2020 -- Independent UN human rights experts on Tuesday voiced grave concern over the killing and displacement of civilians in north-west Myanmar during the intensifying conflict between the military and an armed group, the Arakan Army, amid an information blackout in some parts of Rakhine and Chin states.
- Myanmar Says it Will Compensate Those Who Lose Land to Chinese Project in Kyaukphyu Radio Free Asia 14 Feb 2020 -- The Myanmar government will compensate local residents for more than 1,800 acres they had to forfeit for the building of the China-backed Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone in western Rakhine state, a Myanmar government official said Friday, yielding to demands for money as payment for their losses.
- Myanmar Government, NGOs Try to Help Wary Workers Stranded in China's Wuhan Radio Free Asia 14 Feb 2020 -- Thousands of undocumented migrant workers from Myanmar are stuck in and around the Chinese city of Wuhan, under lockdown for weeks because of the highly contagious coronavirus, with travel in and out of the area temporarily halted, according to a diplomat and Myanmar labor rights groups.
- Myanmar Navy Detains 50 Rohingya Who Were Trying to Leave Country Radio Free Asia 13 Feb 2020 -- The Myanmar Navy has detained roughly 50 Rohingya refugees at sea in southern Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region, while local authorities have apprehended five suspected human traffickers who allegedly helped them try to leave the country for an unknown destination, a local official said Thursday.
- Myanmar Military Shrugs Off President's Call to Limit Role in Politics Radio Free Asia 13 Feb 2020 -- Myanmar President Win Myint on Thursday warned the country's powerful military to limit its involvement in politics, citing a mandate issued decades ago by independence hero General Aung San, during a ceremony inaugurating a new statue of the general and father of leader Ang San Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw.
- Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi Decries 'Political Problems' Behind Failure to Settle Ethnic Wars Radio Free Asia 12 Feb 2020 -- Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Wednesday that the country's unresolved political problems were the root cause of failure to end hostilities between the government military and ethnic armed groups as Myanmar continues to strive for permanent peace.
- Number of Civilian Casualties Grows in Armed Conflict in Myanmar's Northern Rakhine Radio Free Asia 12 Feb 2020 -- At least seven civilians, including four Rohingya Muslims, died and 30 residents were injured in the past 11 days in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, a local aid worker said Wednesday, as the number of noncombatant deaths grows amid fighting between government forces and the rebel Arakan Army.
- Residents Flee 20 Rakhine Villages in Surge in Myanmar Fighting After Local Internet Ban Radio Free Asia 10 Feb 2020 -- More than 1,100 residents from 20 villages in Myanmar's war-torn northern Rakhine state have fled a surge in fighting between government troops and the rebel Arakan Army, a local administrator and a lawmaker said Monday.
- Myanmar Officials, Ethnic Leaders Monitor China Border for Coronavirus VOA 08 Feb 2020 -- Intent on preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus in Myanmar, local officials and members of ethnic armed organizations, or EAOs, along the border with China have imposed travel restrictions, increased health checks, called for monitoring of Chinese workers and, in some areas, imposed fines.
- Myanmar Picks Military Intelligence Veteran as New Home Affairs Minister Radio Free Asia 07 Feb 2020 -- Myanmar's military commander-in-chief on Thursday nominated the head of the country's military intelligence to fill the cabinet seat of the outgoing home affairs minister, a key post at one of three defense and security ministries directly controlled by the armed forces.
- Myanmar Army Files Lawsuit Against Kachin Pastors For Alleged Ties to Rebel Group Radio Free Asia 07 Feb 2020 -- The Myanmar military has filed a lawsuit against two ethnic Kachin Baptist pastors for taking part in a ceremony the army claimed glorified the resistance activities of a rebel ethnic force in northern Myanmar's Kachin state, religious leaders and police said Friday.
- Karen Rebel Group Accuses Myanmar Army of Using Drones to Surveil Its Headquarters Radio Free Asia 06 Feb 2020 -- An ethnic Karen armed group has accused the Myanmar military of using drones to surveil its headquarters in contested areas of southeastern Myanmar's Kayin state despite an official complaint, dampening already strained relations between the two forces.
- Rohingya Boat People to be Returned to Homes in Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 06 Feb 2020 -- Myanmar authorities have confirmed that more than 130 Rohingya Muslims who were part of a larger group detained in December by the Myanmar Navy in waters off Tanintharyi region while traveling to a third country are residents of Rakhine state, a district official said Thursday.
- Myanmar Workers Leave China Without Pay, Fearing Virus Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Migrant workers returning to Myanmar from China's Yunnan province because of coronavirus fears are walking away from their jobs without receiving the pay owed to them, as their Chinese employers try to discourage them from leaving, sources say.
- EU states in UNSC call on Myanmar to protect its Rohingya Muslims Press TV 05 Feb 2020 -- The European Union (EU) member states in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) have urged Myanmar's government to prosecute those involved in committing human rights violations against the nation's minority Rohingya Muslims.
- Europeans Press For Action on Rohingya After China, Vietnam Shield Myanmar at UNSC Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- European member states of the United Nations called for Myanmar on Tuesday to take measures to hold to account those responsible for committing human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims after the Security Council failed to support an order by the international body's top court to protect members of the minority group.
- Uneasy Limbo For Rohingya Who Stayed in Myanmar Despite 2017 Expulsion Radio Free Asia 05 Feb 2020 -- Rohingya Muslims who live in Myanmar's northern Rakhine say their already restricted living conditions have worsened in the aftermath of a 2017 crackdown on their community, amid ongoing armed conflict between government forces and an ethnic rebel group in the region.
- Myanmar cuts off internet in violence-hit states, intercom firm says Press TV 04 Feb 2020 -- A leading global telecoms operator says Myanmar has imposed an internet shutdown in the country's western states of Rakhine and Chin, amid renewed violence and a few months after it partially lifted that same restriction.
- Myanmar Reimposes Internet Ban in Rakhine And Chin Townships Radio Free Asia 04 Feb 2020 -- The Myanmar government on Monday reimposed an internet shutdown in five townships of war-torn Rakhine and Chin states amid ongoing armed conflict between national forces and a rebel army, after partially lifting the block five months ago.
- Official: ICC Will Prosecute People Who Committed Crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 04 Feb 2020 -- The International Criminal Court (ICC) is gathering evidence against people suspected of crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar, a senior prosecutor told reporters in Dhaka on Tuesday, after a sister court ruled last month in a genocide case brought against Naypyidaw.
- International Court Gathering Evidence in Rohingya Case VOA 04 Feb 2020 -- A team from the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor is in Bangladesh to begin mapping out an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity committed against Rohingya people from Myanmar.
- Some Rohingya Return to Myanmar But Find Little There Left For Them Radio Free Asia 03 Feb 2020 -- The few hundred Rohingya refugees who returned to Myanmar from Bangladesh of their own volition say they have not yet been able to go back to their original villages and face hardship in violence-ridden northern Rakhine state nearly three years after their expulsion by army troops.
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