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  • OPINION

    Suu Kyi must act on UN's genocide charge

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 29/08/2018

    » The UN's independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar's war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators' report does not mince words and is scathing in its conclusions, and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community.

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    Myanmar launches Rakhine 'fact finding' mission

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 02/08/2018

    » Myanmar has established a commission of inquiry to probe the allegations of human rights abuses in the conflict-torn Rakhine state. The announcement was made earlier this week, as it faces growing international calls for investigate accusations of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims.

  • OPINION

    UN envoy averts possible military coup in Myanmar

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 23/06/2018

    » A UN envoy has inadvertently acted as a peacemaker between Myanmar's top civilian leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the army commander, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. Tension between the two leaders has been simmering since their confrontation during a top-level security meeting two weeks ago over the government's handling of Rakhine, and the UN's role in the return of thousands of Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh for safety.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar struggles with its Rakhine conundrum

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 14/06/2018

    » In the face of relentless international criticism, Myanmar is struggling to develop a new strategy to cope with the problems of Rakhine, and the need for a reconciliation process. This week the government has been discussing their new approach with the UN secretary-general's newly appointed special envoy for Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgener -- a Swiss career diplomat, who also recently served as ambassador to Thailand.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar inches toward repatriation

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 04/06/2018

    » Myanmar is ready to receive all the Muslim refugees who have fled to Bangladesh who want to return, according to senior government officials. Preparations are in place for their immediate return, said the minister in charge of the repatriation and resettlement programme.

  • OPINION

    Pressure mounts on Suu Kyi over Rakhine

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 21/05/2018

    » Myanmar's civilian government is coming under increasing fire on all fronts. Or so it would seem. Pressure on Myanmar is mounting, especially from the UN and the US, as the government tries desperately to arrange for the return of nearly a million Muslim refugees -- who fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence in the strife-torn western region of Rakhine.

  • OPINION

    Security Council visit raises spectre of ICC

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 05/05/2018

    » The United Nations Security Council's visit to Myanmar earlier this week has raised the spectre of increased international involvement in its refugee crisis, including referring it to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Although the delegation's main priority was seeing firsthand the government's efforts to prepare for the return of the Muslim -- or Rohingya -- refugees from Bangladesh, inevitably it also raised the need to investigate the causes of the mass exodus.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar govt faces its next Rakhine showdown

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 27/04/2018

    » International pressure is again mounting on the Myanmar government over its treatment of ethnic communities in the strife-torn western region of Rakhine. Unprecedented violence there over the last 12 months has forced more than 700,000 Muslim refugees -- or Rohingya -- to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh for safety.

  • OPINION

    Hopes rest on new president to reinvigorate govt

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 31/03/2018

    » President Win Myint has been sworn in as Myanmar's new president, raising hopes that with him at the helm government administration will be strengthened and revitalised.

  • OPINION

    Myanmar's peace process stumbles on

    News, Larry Jagan, Published on 19/03/2018

    » Myanmar's peace process is precariously poised with Panglong -- or the national peace conference as it is formally called -- set to meet in May. Several more ethnic groups -- including the Wa -- have agreed to sign the national ceasefire agreement (NCA). But, despite this, the peace process is in danger of disintegrating.

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