Friday, March 10, 2017



Myanmar sees influx of Rohingya refugee returnees

The decision by Bangladesh to house Rohingya refugees who fled the violence of Myanmar, in an uninhabited flood-prone island, in the Bay of Bengal have caused a panic return of this victimized community back to Myanmar. Thousands of Rohingya who took... More

28 IDPs Detained for ‘Illegal Entry’ to Myanmar

Border police patrol in Arakan State apprehended a vessel carrying 28 people in the Bay of Bengal on Sunday (5 March) afternoon, who the authorities say had illegally entered Burmese territorial waters from St. Martin’s Island of Bangladesh, reports The Irrwaddy. Those... More

TNLA Attack on Burma Army Base Kills Six

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) attacked a Burma Army base in Mong Yu village of Shan State’s Kutkai Township on Saturday morning, killing six Burma Army soldiers and confiscating weaponry, according to the TNLA. “We found six dead bodies on the... More

Myanmar’s Ports to Link SE Asia, South Asia and the Middle...

(Exclusive): China and Thailand have long yearned to find faster and more efficient access to the markets of South East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and even as far as Europe. Over the last decade feasibility studies and the construction... More

India to train Myanmar Navy and setup new facilities

Indian Navy will set up meteorological facilities and impart training for the Myanmar Navy. This was agreed upon during a recent visit of a Myanmar delegation to Kochi. Myanmar will soon send a proposal with its requirements. This fits into India’s overall... More

Myanmar Army Denies Involvement in U Ko Ni’s Assassination

A top Myanmar military official denied any involvement of the armed forces in the murder of prominent lawyer U Ko Ni Chief of the General Staff (Army, Navy and Air) General Mya Tun Oo said on Wednesday although two retired military personnel... More

Myanmar army officially denies reports of abuses against Rohingya

Myanmar's military defended its crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim at a rare news conference on Tuesday. In the news conference, it was said the lawful counterinsurgency operation was necessary to defend the country. This is the first time a top general directly... More

Ko Ni’S Killing: A Political Assasination

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has broken a month-long silence on the daylight assassination of her advisor, calling his killing a "great loss" for the country's democracy struggle- report AP. Ko Ni, a prominent Muslim lawyer and critic of... More

Myanmar’s Neighbours And The Peace Process

(Exclusive): China, India and Thailand are all carefully watching Myanmar’s stalled peace process. All these neighbours understand that only a truly genuine peace settlement will guarantee reconciliation, stability and development in the border areas adjacent to these countries. Beijing and Bangkok... More

China protests over raid on Yangon plant

China has asked Myanmar to take effective measures to protect Chinese citizens and investors after a Chinese garment factory in Yangon was targeted on Thursday by strikers who damaged property, stole personal belongings and prevented some workers from leaving. Police have arrested... More

Arakanese Politicians Threaten to Boycott Panglong Peace Conference

Arakanese politicians say they will boycott the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference unless the government approves a national-level political dialogue for Arakan State. In early February, the government’s Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) decided not to allow national-level dialogues for... More

Meeting Minutes Reveal Insights Into Chinese Approach to Burma’s Peace Process

China will not “sit as a judge” regarding armed conflicts between the Myanmar Army and ethnic armed groups, Sun Guoxiang, Chinese Special Envoy of Asian Affairs, has said. The Irrawaddy was able to read the meeting minutes of the discussion between the... More

Myanmar Opts An Asian Pivot

(Exclusive):  Myanmar -- beset with a myriad of internal problems, including a host of border security issues and tensions between the military top brass and the civilian government – is molding an Asia-first foreign policy. In some ways it is reminiscent... More

Third Suspect in U Ko Ni Assassination Plot is ex-army officer

The President’s Office revealed on Wednesday the name of a third suspect involved in the assassination of U Ko Ni, the legal adviser to the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) government. The suspect is Aung Win Khaing, a former lieutenant colonel... More

Speculations of military intervention keep Suu Kyi silent

Speculations of military intervention in the political process of Myanmar are growing hard to ignore. This buzz is growing louder with the military operation against Rohingyas following the October attack on a Rakhine border post and later the assassination of U... More

Who killed Ko Ni? Assassination leaves Myanmar on the verge...

(Exclusive):Many analysts and foreign businessmen fear that recent events in Myanmar have pushed the country to the verge of implosion.The assassination of the prominent Muslim lawyer, KoNi at the Yangon airport has sent shivers through the international residents, who fear further... More

Revolt against Bangla radio program in Rakhine

Buddhist rightist organizations of Bangladesh bordering Myanmar's Rakhine region now started protesting against Bangla language. Few days ago, A radio station of the country’s western Rakhine province test broadcasted Bangla language program in some Rohingya majority township. Protesting this, local Buddhist... More

State Counselor Urges Compromise in Union Day Speech

While delivering the 70th Union Day address to a crowd in Panglong, Shan State on Sunday, Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asked all of the remaining armed ethnic groups to sign the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) so that they... More

Myanmar Army Forms Team to Investigate Allegations of Abuse in Arakan...

In response to the United Nation’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report released on Feb. 3, the Myanmar Army has formed its own investigation team tasked with ascertaining whether security forces committed unlawful acts during clearance operations... More

China-India & ASEAN should resolve Rohingya crisis before eruption

China is also becoming anxious that Myanmar’s Rakhine state crisis could take a serious downturn if the current situation continues. Global Times, known as the mouthpiece of Chinese Communist Party, has urged ASEAN and other Asian power house to collaborate for... More

Pope condemns Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingyas

Pope Francis strongly criticized atrocities, including mass killings and gang rapes, committed against Rohingya Muslims. Condemning the torture and killings committed by Myanmar's security forces that - according to a UN report - possibly amount to ethnic cleansing, Francis said in... More


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Myanmar is currently in the throes of a massive humanitarian crisis. Thousands of... More