Myanmar police, soldiers patrol in Maungdaw amid reports of renewed ARSA threat

Border police and Myanmar Army troops have been conducting joint patrols in Rakhine State’s Maungdaw District after local authorities received a tip off about possible militant activity by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) from residents on... More

US pulls its punch on new Myanmar sanctions

The United States finally backed its words with actions against Myanmar military commanders and units seen as responsible for last year’s lethal crackdown in Rakhine state that drove over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims as refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.... More

Bangladesh mulls over description of Rohingya refugees for political reasons

Bangladesh has yet to decide whether it will replace its official description of Rohingya refugees — a move some claim will limit the Rohingyas’ rights as Myanmar citizens. A Bangladesh Foreign Ministry spokesman said a decision over the... More

New report: Myanmar army killed over 24,000 Rohingya

More than 24,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed by Myanmar’s state forces since August 2017, according to a new report. The figures were revealed in the report -- Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience -- released by... More

Myanmar braces for more international pressure

In the coming weeks the international campaign to enforce some form of accountability on Myanmar for the horrendous events in Rakhine -- over the past twelve months -- is going to increase. With the anniversary of start... More

Storm of accountability gathers over Myanmar

The one-year anniversary of the state-sponsored mass killings, rape and arson that brutally expelled over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar’s Rakhine state into neighboring Bangladesh is fast approaching, without any clear sign of resolution or accountability. On August... More

Rohingya refugees compile their own record of those killed in Myanmar

Mohib Bullah is not your typical human rights investigator. He chews betel and he lives in a rickety hut made of plastic and bamboo. Sometimes, he can be found standing in a line for rations at the... More

US imposes sanctions on Myanmar military over Rohingya crackdown

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on four Myanmar military and police commanders and two army units, accusing them of “ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya Muslims and widespread human rights abuses across the Southeast Asian nation. The sanctions... More

Myanmar taps Japan connections to overcome Rohingya crisis

Myanmar appears to be aiming to work with Japan in its attempt to repair its international standing that was damaged over its handling of the Rohingya humanitarian crisis. An independent panel set up by the Myanmar government to... More

Suu Kyi meets Rakhine Investigation Commission to discuss work plan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi met with a newly appointed commission charged with investigating alleged rights violations in Rakhine State on Wednesday to discuss the body’s work plan... More

Rohingyas are Myanmar citizens, accept them: Mahathir

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has said Myanmar must accept Rohingyas because they are their citizens as they have lived in Myanmar for generations. Mahathir blasted Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya Muslims and said he was "very disappointed" with... More

Bangladesh FM ends Myanmar visit, no decision on refugees

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali on Sunday concluded his four-day visit to Myanmar that took him to the northern Rakhine State to see for himself the trail of devastation left behind by the violent conflict in the... More

Myanmar asks Bangladesh to stop aid to stranded Rohingya

Myanmar has asked Bangladesh to stop providing aid to 6,000 Rohingya stranded on the border between the two countries since a military crackdown prompted a mass exodus of the Muslim minority last year, the foreign ministry in... More

China beating Japan in war for economic influence in Myanmar

While the Japanese foreign minister and State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi discussed Rakhine’s development in Naypyitaw last week, a Chinese Communist Party provincial secretary met the vice president to discuss increasing investment in agriculture, transport... More

UN urges Myanmar to pave way for Rohingya returns, grant citizenship

United Nations aid agencies called on Myanmar on Wednesday to improve conditions in Rakhine state for the safe return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh and provide a clear pathway to citizenship for those... More

Frequent clashes among armed groups plague Myanmar Shan state residents

Residents of Shan State’s Namtu Township have lamented the frequent fighting between the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). The SSA-S, the armed wing of the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), clashed... More

UN council to commemorate Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya

The UN Security Council is planning to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Myanmar's violent crackdown that led about 700,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh at a meeting later this month. British Ambassador Karen Pierce, the council president... More

Myanmar leader’s image removed from Canadian museum

Myanmar‘s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is being removed from a display at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. There were calls to take any mention of the Nobel Peace Prize winner out of the Winnipeg museum because... More

Cover-up claim over Myanmar’s new Rohingya abuse probe

Rights groups say Myanmar's new commission to probe abuses against the Rohingya in Rakhine State is the start of a cover-up and designed to muddy the waters rather than hold perpetrators accountable for crimes. Phil Robertson, deputy Asia... More

Myanmar, Nepal set up consultation mechanism

Myanmar and Nepal signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday on the establishment of Bilateral Consultation Mechanism at the Foreign Ministry level. They also signed an agreement on exemption of visa requirements for the holders of... More

Trinamool questions ‘insaniyat’ as gov’t says ‘no more Rohingyas allowed in India’

India’s home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that the government is taking steps to stop further infiltration of Rohingyas. He said that to control the Rohingyas from spreading in the country, the Centre... More


India’s multi alignment challenge 

This is clearly the big diplomatic season for India and its travel-driven Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe's visit to India (Aug 21-24) is a hugely important event, coming as it does after PM Modi and Chinese president Xi Jinping defused the long military stand-off at Doklam through informal summits and after... More

To forge their peace, Afghan Taliban wage their war

While the latest Taliban attack on the city of Ghazni in Afghanistan has led many in the West, especially the mainstream media, to conclude that no peace talks with the Taliban can bring peace, these analysis seem to have completely missed the whole points of talks as they are going on: the Taliban are... More

Has digital media changed politics in Bangladesh?

Political nostalgia in Bangladesh centres around public and street agitations. It begins with the language movement of 1952 which defined the basic parameters of national aspiration. The next station of political memory is the 1962 student’s movement against Gen. Ayub Khan’s martial law regime imposed in 1958. It ended in 1969 with the most glorified... More

Accountability begins at home

A democratic form of government being accountable to the people, the elected representatives are accountable to the people who elect them. Our enduring constant crisis in governance stems from our inept and corrupt rulers trampling the essential pillars of good governance, rule of law and accountability. This gives rise to unbridled and widespread corruption,... More

Bangladesh: A social media driven state?

It’s not easy to have a calm conversation in Bangladesh. Everyone is rushing to make a comment, observe and abuse. Or make a counter to all that. Anything that requires critical thought is discarded and the instant reaction is the most common form of response. In a society not unduly famous for pondering, Bangladesh... More


Bleak times for freedom of expression, whether emergency or not

Its time to stop the nitpicking. All that hair-splitting about whether what we are witnessing in India today is classical fascism or not – stop it. The argument that this is not like the Emergency of 1975 – completely irrelevant. Those bookish notions belong to seminar rooms and academic discussions, where high-minded... More

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj has developed a... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many baffled. Some pointers A first... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As some would have... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is formed, this will... More