UN Rapporteur ‘Satisfied’ with Arakan Tour

UN Special Rapporteur to Burma Yanghee Lee said her tour of northern Arakan State was “very useful” despite a number of “hitches” as she wrapped up her four-day visit to assess the human rights situation in the... More

NCA signatories wants to meet State Counselor, Myanmar Army Chief

A coalition of eight armed groups who signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) have requested a meeting with the State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing to find solutions to... More

Myanmar government finally acknowledging Rohingya crisis?

Has Myanmar government finally started to contemplate Rohingya crisis and reasons behind the crisis? For a long time, they remained silent on the Rohingya issue and refused to accept it as Myanmar state’s problem until some recent... More

Migrant workers attacked: Myanmar relation with Malaysia dip

The death of five Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia has further deepened the already strained relations between the two Southeast Asian nations. The workers were killed in a mob attack near Kuala Lumpur on January 5. The... More

Israel Rejects Call to Suspend Weapons Exports to Burma

Israel’s defense ministry rejected a call from human rights activists and lawyers in the country to suspend military exports to Burma. Jerusalem-based human rights lawyer Eitay Mack told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday that the Israeli defense ministry said... More

Myanmar’s Commission finds no evidence of genocide in Rakhine

An investigation commission set by Myanmar’s government reported that there is no evidence of genocide of religious oppression against Rohingya Muslims in Maungdaw of Myanmar's Rakhine state. After a video of state police torturing Rohingya Muslims went... More

Rohingya child lying on river bank evokes memories of Aylan Kurdi

This picture of a Rohingya child washed up dead on the banks of river Naf on Bangladesh- Myanmar border has painfully reminded us of Syrian Refugee Aylan Kurdi who was who was found dead on a Turkish... More

Demand for a separate state for Rohingyas

Demand of separate state for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, one of the most tortured ethnic group in world, is growing stronger by the day. The ethnic cleansing against Rohingyas since October is consolidating this demand. This issue has... More

‘The NLD-Dominated Parliament Has Not Thought About Federalism in Advance’

Myanmar media The Irrawaddy’s HtetNaing Zaw recently sat down with U OoHla Saw, an outspoken Lower House lawmaker representing Arakan State’s MraukU, to outline his perspective as an Arakan National Party (ANP)Central Executive Committee member (CEC) on... More

Make Rohingya issue a priority

Twenty-three Nobel laureates and global leaders have urged the members of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to urgently put the persisting Rohingya crisis on the Security Council's agenda and to call upon the UN secretary-general to visit... More

Myanmar Finalizes Ethnic Census Data without Rohingya

Myanmar will try to finalize census figures on its ethnic demographics by early 2017, a spokesperson from the Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population has said. Due to controversial debates, figures on the country’s religious and ethnic population... More

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to calm Myanmar’s ethnic violence

Western media has been castigating Aung San Suu Kyi more and more with the Rakhaine situation in Myanmar. There was a time when media highly praised Suu Kyi for her role in establishing democracy. But after assuming... More

Many villages still empty in northern Rakhine

Many of the villages in northern Rakhine State where the military has been conducting “clearance operations” since October remain empty, with some citing “anxiety” as the reason for the continued absence. More than 30,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled... More

New China Silk Road – Has Myanmar still got a role?

In September of this year I wrote an article arguing that Myanmar will play a pivotal and key strategic role in China’s “One Belt One Road “strategy. Since the publication there have been a number of commentators... More

Pressure on Myanmar as region holds Rohingya talks

Myanmar faced growing pressure from its neighbours on Monday over claims its army has carried out a bloody campaign of abuse against its Rohingya minority as ministers held emergency talks on the crisis. More than 27,000 from the... More

Myanmar army accused of ‘crimes against humanity’

The acts of Myanmar army against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority may amount to crimes against humanity, human rights group Amnesty International has warned. Outlining its accusations, on 19 December, the human rights watchdog released a report based... More

Has Daw Aung San Suu Kyi taken on too much?

At a luncheon last week, a British businessperson with interests in Myanmar told me that in his view State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has taken on too many responsibilities.   Daw Aung San Suu Kyi hugs then-US... More

Myanmar ‘resented’ Indian claims of hot pursuit in its territory

Myanmar “deeply resented” the Narendra Modi government boasting in June last year that Indian troops had entered its territory in hot pursuit of secessionists in Manipur and Nagaland, a government official said on condition of anonymity.   A senior... More

Burma Army Postponed Meetings with Counterparts in Bangladesh

Is Myanmar avoiding discussions with Bangladesh regarding the Rohingya issue? It appears so, with the situation created after 9 policemen were killed in a terrorist attack on Bangladesh border last October. There were no government-to-government meeting, and... More

Myanmar: Interfaith marriage push met with opposition

Buddhist nationalists, feeding off the fear and uncertainty caused by successive waves of anti-Muslim violence, have issued fiery pronouncements that the very fabric of the Myanmar's main religion is under threat, casting a dark shadow over ongoing... More

ASEAN talks summoned over “Rohingya issue”

Myanmar has called an emergency ASEAN meeting to discuss the Rohingya crisis as regional tensions deepen over a bloody military crackdown on the country's Muslim minority, reports the country’s news media.   More than 30,000 Rohingya have flooded into... More


Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... More

Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More