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- Myanmar Army Says it Has Convicted Three Troops For 2017 Massacre of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 30 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's military said Tuesday that it tried and convicted three soldiers in a secret court-martial for the massacre of hundreds of Rohingya villagers during an army-led crackdown in Rakhine state in 2017, only the second case in which troops have been held accountable for atrocities against the Muslim minority.
- Myanmar martial court finds mere 3 troopers guilty in Rohingya massacre Press TV 30 Jun 2020 -- A court martial probing atrocities against persecuted Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has found a mere three military officers guilty, even though the Southeast Asian country faces genocide charges at the United Nations (UN) court over a 2016-2017 crackdown.
- Thousands of Rakhines Flee Despite Myanmar Army About-Face on Emptying Villages Radio Free Asia 29 Jun 2020 -- The Myanmar army reversed plans to empty dozens of villages in Rakhine state to pursue rebel fighters after criticism from Western diplomats over the weekend, but a local lawmaker said Monday that 10,000 civilians had fled their homes as reports of artillery fire raised fears of an attack.
- UN calls for 'urgent measures' to save civilians in Myanmar's conflict-torn Rakhine Press TV 28 Jun 2020 -- The United Nations has called for "urgent measures to spare civilians" in conflict-torn northwestern Myanmar, where thousands of people have fled their homes due to the ongoing fighting between the army and Buddhist militants.
- Thousands flee homes as Myanmar army plans 'clearance operations' Press TV 28 Jun 2020 -- Thousands of people have fled their homes in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine, as local officials warned them that the army was preparing "clearance operations" in the region, in what was quickly reminiscent of 2017-18 operations that led to attempted genocide against Rohingya Muslims in the region.
- Myanmar Army Orders Cluster of Villages Housing 10,000 Emptied For Rakhine Operation Radio Free Asia 26 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar soldiers have ordered a village tract housing some 10,000 people emptied so it can pursue rebel fighters in Rakhine state, as aggressive military action increasingly displaces civilians in the 18-month-old war, local authorities said Friday.
- Rohingya Refugee Children Fear Death from COVID-19, Survey Finds Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2020 -- Nearly all Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh are aware of COVID-19 and about 40 percent are afraid of dying of the disease or losing a family member to it, a new survey by Save the Children said.
- Rohingya from Stranded Boat Land in Indonesia Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2020 -- Locals in Indonesia's Aceh province helped nearly 100 Rohingya who were stranded off its coast come ashore Thursday, despite resistance to let them in by officials who said the refugees would be sent back out to sea after boat repairs.
- Myanmar Road Blockades in Rakhine Conflict Leave 3,000 Villagers Hungry Radio Free Asia 25 Jun 2020 -- More than 3,000 residents of Myanmar's war-ravaged Rakhine state face severe food shortages due to road blockades by government forces that have locked down the area for about six months, local residents said.
- Scores of Rohingya Rescued from Stranded Boat off Indonesia's Aceh Province Radio Free Asia 24 Jun 2020 -- Fishermen rescued nearly 100 Rohingya after their boat broke down off Indonesia's Sumatra Island, but the fishing boat that picked them up got stranded after running into its own technical problems, police in Aceh province said Wednesday.
- Myanmar Leaders Face Heat Over Retirement Perk They Once Swore Off Radio Free Asia 23 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other top officials have come under fire for being granted prime real estate in the capital at preferential prices under a state program, contradicting their reformist pledges to shun perks of power in a country impoverished by decades of misrule.
- Internet Ban in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin States Will Continue, Military Says Radio Free Asia 23 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's military said Tuesday it will maintain a year-long shutdown of internet services to war-hit areas of Rakhine and Chin states, dismissing calls from rights groups and diplomats to lift the ban, which has cut civilians off from information flows and help from aid groups amid the coronavirus outbreak.
- Rights Group Calls on Myanmar to End Internet Ban in Rakhine, Chin States Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- Human Rights Watch Friday called on Myanmar to end its yearlong internet shutdown, which has prevented more than a million people in Rakhine and Chin states from getting information about the coronavirus pandemic and hampered the work of aid workers and journalists in a war zone.
- Chief Minister Survives Impeachment Vote in Myanmar's Yangon Radio Free Asia 18 Jun 2020 -- An attempt to impeach Yangon's chief minister by opponents of Myanmar's ruling National League for Democracy failed on Thursday, with lawmakers in the regional parliament rejecting the measure in a mostly party-line vote, the legislators said.
- Myanmar Political Prisoners Get No Love From Aung San Suu Kyi Four Years On Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- Satirical performers imprisoned for mocking the powerful military have just had another year added to their jail time in Myanmar, deep into what was meant to be a historic transition to democratic rule.
- Malaysia Detained More Rohingya Boats, Thai Official Says Radio Free Asia 17 Jun 2020 -- Malaysia detained three Rohingya boats in recent weeks in addition to the one it brought ashore on June 8, a Thai marine police commander told BenarNews on Wednesday, citing information from local fishermen, but a senior Malaysian security official denied this.
- Chief Minister of Myanmar's Yangon Bows Out of 2020 Elections Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- The chief minister of Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon, seen as a possible successor to Aung San Suu Kyi, told RFA on Monday that he will not contest elections in November because of a "health condition," dismissing reports he had filed papers to run.
- Captured Rakhine Villagers Forced to Work For Myanmar Army, Relatives Say Radio Free Asia 15 Jun 2020 -- Families of villagers from Rakhine state held by the Myanmar military since March for suspected ties to the rebel Arakan Army on Monday demanded the release of the men, telling reporters that some detained civilians are being forced to perform hard labor for the army.
- Rohingya refugees bound for Malaysia being 'held hostage' by traffickers at sea Press TV 15 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslim refugees attempting to reach Malaysia by boat from Bangladesh are being held hostage by human traffickers at sea, families and aid groups say.
- Thai Admiral: Navy Patrols Fail to Find Rohingya Boat Radio Free Asia 12 Jun 2020 -- Thailand's navy insisted Friday that its ships have not located a boat carrying hundreds of Rohingya refugees after Malaysia's coast guard chief claimed it was in Thai waters and had been blocked from entering Malaysian territory many times.
- Political Pundits Warn of More Violence to Come in Towns in Myanmar's Volatile Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 12 Jun 2020 -- The intensified conflict between the Myanmar military and the ethnic Arakan Army (AA) in war-ravaged Rakhine state could now spread to towns and cities amid an atmosphere of growing lawlessness following a knife attack on a government army officer and the abduction of another soldier in an urban area, political analysts said Friday.
- Rohingya Boat Off Thailand Has Been at Sea Four Months: Malaysian Official Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- A boat carrying hundreds of Rohingya that has been at sea four months is currently off southern Thailand and has been blocked from entering Malaysia's waters multiple times, a senior Malaysian maritime official said Wednesday.
- Myanmar Cautioned About Costly Borrowing From China Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's auditor general has cautioned government officials about continued reliance on high-interest Chinese loans, as the Southeast Asian country begins to pay off debt taken on during decades of military rule and accept new loans under China's massive Belt and Road Initiative.
- Malaysia Plans to Expel Rohingya Who Arrived by Boat in Langkawi Radio Free Asia 09 Jun 2020 -- Malaysia plans to expel 269 Rohingya refugees who were detained by local authorities after their disabled boat was towed in and allowed to land for repairs at Langkawi Island, the country's defense chief said Tuesday.
- Malaysia: Boat Carrying Rohingya Allowed to Land on Langkawi Island Radio Free Asia 08 Jun 2020 -- Malaysian authorities towed a disabled boat ashore and detained 269 Rohingya on Monday after dozens jumped overboard and began swimming to an island off the northwest coast of peninsular Malaysia, officials said.
- Concern as Myanmar Finds COVID-19 Case in Rohingya Who Illegally Crossed Border to Go Home Radio Free Asia 08 Jun 2020 -- Authorities near Myanmar's border with Bangladesh have told police to redouble efforts to stop illegal crossings, after a Rohingya refugee tested positive for COVID-19 after sneaking into Rakhine state, lawmakers and local officials said Monday.
- Nine Years After Cease-fire Fails, 105,000 Kachin Languish in Myanmar Camps Radio Free Asia 08 Jun 2020 -- Tens of thousands of internally displaced war refugees in northern Myanmar's Kachin state say they state have not yet been able to return home, nine years after fighting resumed between the Myanmar military and the state's ethnic rebel force.
- Myanmar Avoids Helping Rohingya Minority Despite International Court Order, Observers say VOA 06 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar has sidelined an international court order to improve conditions for its long-embattled Rohingya minority, despite fears that the Southeast Asian government is trying to commit genocide against the group, observers say.
- Local Officials in Myanmar's Rakhine State Resign, Fearing Arrest by Military Radio Free Asia 05 Jun 2020 -- Dozens of village and ward administrators in a township in western Myanmar's war-scarred Rakhine state submitted their resignations on Friday out of fear of arbitrary arrest by the Myanmar military, following the recent detentions of three of their colleagues on terrorism charges.
- Civilian Death Toll From Clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine Climbs to Over 250 Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2020 -- Fighting in western Myanmar's Rakhine state between government forces and the ethnic Arakan Army has killed 257 civilians and injured 570 others during the period from December 2018 to May of this year, according to figures compiled by RFA's Myanmar Service.
- With Myanmar Set to Vote in November, Opposition Wants a Precise Date Radio Free Asia 04 Jun 2020 -- Election officials in Myanmar have not set a date for November general elections to be held amid continuing armed conflict in parts of the multiethnic country and a coronavirus pandemic of unknown duration, they said Thursday, drawing criticism from parties who say the uncertainty hurts their chances.
- Myanmar Forces Arrest Two Village Officials For Alleged Ties to the Arakan Army Radio Free Asia 03 Jun 2020 -- Two village administrators in Myanmar's war-torn Rakhine state have been charged under the country's Counter-Terrorism Law for allegedly having ties to the rebel Arakan Army, relatives of the men and officials said Wednesday.
- Myanmar Army Rejects Cease-fire Proposal From Arakan Army And Allies Radio Free Asia 02 Jun 2020 -- The Myanmar military has rejected a proposal by three ethnic armies to begin cease-fire talks in a bid to kick-start the country's stalled peace process, instead vowing further retaliation for armed offensives and ambushes, a military spokesman said Tuesday.
- First Rohingya Refugee in Bangladesh Dies of Coronavirus VOA 02 Jun 2020 -- Bangladesh has confirmed the first coronavirus death among the nearly one million Rohingyas living in the country's overcrowded refugee camps.
- Military MPs Motion to Impeach Myanmar's Speaker of Parliament Fails Radio Free Asia 01 Jun 2020 -- Myanmar's Speaker for the Lower House of Parliament T Khun Myat will remain in his position after an impeachment motion filed by the military-aligned opposition party failed in a secret vote Monday.
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