Myanmar


Thousands Flee Western Myanmar As Army Plans “Clearing Operations”

Warnings from local administrators have prompted thousands of citizens in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to flee their homes in fear as the country’s army plans “clearance operations” against insurgents in the area.  A government spokesperson later said that the evacuation order had been revoked altogether. Border affairs officials acknowledged that the […]


ASEAN Faces Pressure After Indonesian Fishermen Rescue Rohingya Refugees At Sea

On Thursday, June 25, Indonesian fishermen pulled 94 Rohingyas, including 30 children, to shore with the aid of maritime officials from Sumatra Island. Local authorities in the Indonesian province of Aceh had initially refused to take in those who were floating out at sea for five months, citing fears that […]


Myanmar Submits First Report To ICJ Concerning Rohingya Genocide

Last Sunday, Myanmar submitted its first report to the International Court of Justice, elaborating on the measures it has taken to protect the Rohingya ethnic minority from genocide. The ICJ had issued a provisional order on Myanmar in January following a call to action made by The Gambia, urging Myanmar […]


Vulnerable And Exposed In The World’s Largest Refugee Camp

Escaping ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, Rohingya refugees have survived unimaginable atrocities. Now along with the rest of the world, they face an entirely new threat; COVID-19. However, Rohingyas living in the world’s most crowded refugee camp are more vulnerable than most. Living conditions in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong Refugee Camp represent the […]


The Rohingya Crisis: The Dirt Under Another’s Shoe

An Unknown Crisis, An Ignored People On 15 May 2020, it was reported that the first coronavirus case has been detected in one of Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps, according to Aljazeera. This settlement in southern Bangladesh is home to a million refugees and fears have risen as to the possible […]


The Moral And Logical Necessity Of Saving Rohingya Refugees Stranded At Sea

Up to 500 Rohingya refugees are stranded on two fishing trawlers in the Bay of the Bengal, Human Rights Watch has reported. Along with the U.N. Human Rights High Commissioner and Amnesty International, it has called on the governments of Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia to urgently launch search and rescue […]


Secretary-General Reiterates Appeal for Global Ceasefire

In a public statement by Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, on March 23rd, states and non-state actors around the world were called upon to lay down their arms in the face of the growing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Before a sombre international press conference, he declared, “The virus does not care […]


Factory Workers Are The Hidden Victims Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Rubana Huq, President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, has issued an urgent appeal to European clothing brands not to cancel their orders or defer payments in light of the COVID-19 crisis. In the statement, she warns that factories are on the verge of closure, putting millions of […]


Top UN Court Orders Myanmar To Protect Its Persecuted Rohingya Minority

The Gambia, supported by the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), filed a lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) late last year. The lawsuit accuses Myanmar of genocide against its Rohingya Muslim minority. In response, Naypyidaw, Myanmar’s capital, was ordered by the ICJ to “take all measures within […]


Bangladesh Allows Education For Rohingya Refugee Children

On January 29th, the Bangladesh government announced plans to provide formal education to Rohingya child refugees, a move praised by human rights groups.  A pilot program led by UNICEF and the Bangladesh government will start in April with an initial 10,000 Rohingya children up to age 14 will be taught […]


UNGA Passes Resolution Condemning Myanmar’s Human Rights Abuses Against Rohingya

The UN General Assembly, in a vote of 134-9 with 28 abstentions, issued a condemnation of Myanmar’s human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities in the state. Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country under the leadership of Aung San Suu-Kyi, has long deemed the Rohingya to be ethnic Bengalis […]


New Resolution By The UN Condemns The Human Rights Abuses In Myanmar

On Friday, the United Nations general assembly passed a resolution, with 134 countries voting in favour of it, condemning the human rights abuses in Myanmar against Rohingya Muslims and other minorities. Myanmar has been urged by the UN to protect all ethnic minorities and bring human rights abusers to justice. […]


Myanmar’s Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Accusations Of Genocide Before The International Court Of Justice

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi defended Myanmar’s government against accusations of genocide at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague during three days of hearings that went from December 10th to the 13th. Addressing 17 judges from around the world, the leader dismissed the claims […]


Aung San Suu Kyi To Defend Myanmar Against Accusations Of Genocide

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who was once seen as a champion for human rights, is preparing to defend her country against accusations of genocide. Myanmar’s military has committed atrocities against the ethnic Rohingya Muslims, including mass murder, rape, and arson. The Gambia, a West African state, backed by […]


Myanmar Sued For Rohingya Genocide In ICJ’s First Humanitarian Crisis Lawsuit

On November 13, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and army chief Min Aung Hlang along with several other top Myanmar officials faced first legal action over the Rohingya crisis. The International Criminal Court has approved a full investigation of crimes against the Rohingya minority, according to Reuters from the […]


Why Is This Small African Nation Taking Myanmar To The ICJ And Where Is The Rest Of The World?

The small West African nation of the Gambia, has filed a charge to take Myanmar to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to face charges for the crime of Genocide. The Gambia has its own recent history of serious human rights violations. The former Jammeh regime was characterized by extrajudicial […]