Media Release: Myanmar’s Approach to Coronavirus is Putting Lives at Risk

 • Myanmar’s claims about caseload are “dangerous and deeply irresponsible” • Bangladesh should lift restrictions in Rohingya refugee camps The government of Myanmar is putting lives at risk, including tens of thousands of Rohingya people trapped in camps in Rakhine State, by turning a blind eye to the threat of coronavirus, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said today. Although Southeast Asia is among the regions in the world most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Myanmar has so far
| Burma Affairs, Rohingya in Arakan, BROUK |

Drinks giant Kirin reviews Myanmar army ties over genocide funding accusations

Kirin has stakes in two breweries and donated directly to the military, which the UN says is ‘indefensible’ Japanese beverages giant Kirin – parent brewer of a suite of Australian beer brands such as XXXX, Tooheys, and James Squire – could pull out of the brewery it co-owns with the Myanmar military, after facing international condemnation for its business partnership with an army accused of genocide. The company’s president and chief executive, Yoshinori Isozaki, said in a statement
| Myanmar |

16 Rohingya Muslims drown after overcrowded refugee boat capsizes

The death toll of a capsized boat full of Rohingya Muslim refugees has risen to at least 16. The death toll of a capsized refugee  boat carrying about 125 Rohingya refugees from Bangladeshi  camps has risen to at least 16, officials have said.  The boat sank early on Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal , according to officials. The coast guard, navy divers and other rescuers recovered the bodies of 14
| News |

As the election cycle begins, expect Trump to supersize his favorite tactic

Comment: President Trump has made Islamophobia one of the defining features of his presidency, writes Mobashra Tazamal. US President Donald Trump's actions in the first weeks of 2020 sent a clear signal about what lies ahead this election year. From ordering the  assassination of a top Iranian general, despite the US not being formally at war with Iran, to  threatening to bomb the country's cultural sites protected under international law, the twitter-loving leader is sure to
| Comment |

History will show the warnings of a genocide: Why ICJ's ruling won't save Rohingya Muslims

The ICJ's ruling, while commendable and historic, does little to change realities on the ground for not only 1.3 million Rohingya refugees, but also the 200,000 who remain trapped. Last week, the United Nations' highest court, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) handed down a historic decision in finding Myanmar guilty of " causing irreparable damage to the rights " of its Muslim minority, the Rohingya, ordering its government to take emergency measures to prevent genocide.
| In-depth |

Trading diplomacy: Why is Britain silent on a growing human rights crisis in Bangladesh?

The rollback of democracy and human rights in Bangladesh should matter to the UK. As a long-term ally, Britain is Bangladesh’s third largest export’s destination, the fifth largest source of remittances, and the second largest foreign investor. On the 17 th January, a court in Bangladesh issued an arrest warrant for a respected independent newspaper editor, after a student was killed at an event organised by a sister publication. Matiur Rahman edits the Prothom Alo daily and has
| Brexit & Foreign Policy, Media Bias, global britain |

Real justice for Myanmar's Rohingya will require more than an ICJ ruling

Comment: The ICJ ruling to protect Rohingya Muslims is a positive step, but by no means will guarantee their safety, writes Tasnim Nazeer. Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world, have finally seen a beacon of light in the fight for justice driven forward by Gambia.  The historic  decision by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar is now legally bound
| Comment |

Two Rohingya women killed in Myanmar shelling despite UN ruling to protect minority Muslim group

Just days after the UN's top court ordered the country to protect the beleaguered Muslim minority, two Rohingya women were killed. Two Rohingya women  were killed and seven others injured in shelling the Myanmar military and insurgents blamed on each other, days after the UN's top court ordered the country to protect the beleaguered Muslim minority. One woman was killed on the spot by "heavy weapons" while another died after arriving at hospital in conflict-torn northern Rakhine state , military spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told
| News |

The persecuted Rohingya now have legal protection, but will it amount to anything? | Francis Wade

The ICJ ruling on Myanmar is a rare bright point in a woeful international response. Unfortunately its powers are limited On Thursday the internet in Kutupalong, a city-sized refugee camp in south-eastern Bangladesh, was switched back on for a few hours. The camp’s residents gathered around their phones as, 5,000 miles away in The Hague, the international court of justice (ICJ) delivered a ruling on Myanmar’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority. They cheered as the court issued
| Rohingya |

Rohingya Muslims hail UN ruling on Myanmar genocide

Some members of the Rohingya Muslim minority hailed the ruling by the UN's top court, while others were skeptical it would be implemented. The United Nations ' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to do all it can to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, a ruling met by members of the Muslim minority with gratitude and relief but also some skepticism that the country's rulers will fully comply. The
| News |

Rohingya Muslims: World court orders Myanmar to prevent genocide

BBC The International Court of Justice has ordered measures to prevent the genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (formerly Burma). The decision comes despite de facto leader Aun San Suu Kyi defending her country against the accusations in person last month. Thousands of Rohingya died and more than 700,000 fled to Bangladesh during an army crackdown in 2017. UN investigators have warned that genocidal actions could recur. The ICJ case, lodged by
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, ICJ |

UN's top court orders Myanmar to protect Rohingya from genocide

Momentous pronouncement at Hague rejects Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence of her country’s military Myanmar has been ordered by the United Nations’ highest court to prevent genocidal violence against its Rohingya Muslim minority and preserve any evidence of past crimes. In a momentous and unanimous decision, the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague imposed emergency “provisional measures” on the country – intervening in its domestic affairs by instructing the government of Aung San Suu Kyi to respect
| Rohingya |

Myanmar inquiry into treatment of Rohingya condemned as 'cover-up'

Government-appointed investigators failed to meet alleged rape victims living in Bangladesh A Myanmar government-backed inquiry that dismissed allegations of genocide against the Rohingya has been condemned as a deeply flawed cover-up, after it failed to interview a single victim of rape. The full report of the panel inquiry, which has been criticised by the UN , was not made publicly available. It is not clear how many Rohingya were interviewed by the panel. Related:
| Rohingya |

Media Release: Myanmar Investigation Tries to “Sweep the Rohingya Genocide Under the Carpet”

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK For Immediate Release 20th January 2020 Myanmar’s deeply flawed investigation into human rights abuses in Rakhine State is another attempt to whitewash the Tatmadaw’s brutal violence against the Rohingya, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said. The Independent Commission of Enquiry (ICOE) today announced that its investigation into the Tatmadaw’s “clearance operation” in 2017 found evidence of “war crimes” and “serious human rights abuses”, but not genocidal intent.
| Rohingya in Arakan, BROUK, Genocide |

ICJ To Deliver Its Order over Genocide Case on January 23

THE HAGUE — In a press release issued on January 15, ICJ announced that the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver, on Thursday 23 January 2020, its Order on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by The Gambia in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar). The Gambia filed the suit in November, alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its minority Muslim Rohingya population.
| Rohingya in Arakan, Rohingya |

ICJ to Rule on Emergency Measures in Myanmar Genocide Case

The International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ highest court, will issue a decision on a request for emergency measures in a genocide case against Myanmar on January 23, the Gambian Ministry of Justice said on Twitter on Monday. The mainly Muslim West African country filed the suit in November, alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its minority Muslim Rohingya population. The ICJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gambia has accused Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, ICJ |

Australian craft beer brewer faces criticism over partnership with Myanmar military

Brewer’s parent company, Kirin, provides foreign currency to military accused of genocide Australian craft beer brewer Lion Little World has faced international criticism over a business partnership with the Myanmar military, which is accused of genocide in its persecution of the Rohingya ethnic and religious minority. Australia-based Lion Little World Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese beverage giant Kirin, which owns a little over half of both Myanmar Brewery and Mandalay Brewery in partnership with Myanmar Economic
| Myanmar |

UN designates 2020 funds for war crimes probes in Syria, Myanmar

The UN's budgets for war crimes investigations in Syria and Myanmar will now receive compulsory contributions from all 193 member states. The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a $3.07 billion operating budget which for the first time includes funding for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar . The budget represents a slight increase from 2019's figure of $2.9 billion. The increase is due to additional missions assigned
| News |

UN condemns Myanmar over human rights abuses against Rohingya

General assembly’s vote in favour of resolution also calls on Myanmar to urgently combat incitement of hatred The United Nations general assembly has approved a resolution condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. The 193-member body voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions on Friday in favour of the resolution, which also calls on Myanmar’s government to take urgent measures to combat incitement of hatred against the Rohingya
| Myanmar |

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state

A Myanmar ruling party official has been killed after being held for weeks by an armed group in Rakhine state. An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party was killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state, as accusations over genocide  mount against the country's leaders.  Ye Thein, who was the the National League for Democracy (NLD) party's chairman in Buthidaung township died after planning a show of support for Suu Kyi’s defence of Myanmar
| News |

Military Shot Dead A Young Rohingya In Maungdaw

MAUNGDAW — A Rohingya youth is believed to be shot dead by the military in Kyun Pauk Pyu Su village of Northern Maungdaw, Arakan State on December 21, 2019. Following multiple gunshots in the evening, the military officers informed the village administration of a dead body laying down in an old grave. The villagers along with the members of village administration found the dead body with bullet injuries at the head. After a postmortem conducted in General Hospital Maungdaw, the dead
| Rohingya in Arakan, military, Rohingya |

Sudan dropped from US violators of religious freedom blacklist amid warming ties with Washington

Khartoum has seen warmer ties with Washington in recent months as it attempts to be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list. The United States dropped Sudan from its list of nations that severely violate religious freedoms, signalling increased support for Sudan's transitional government .  The US State Department said it had upgraded Sudan to a special watch list for religious freedom, citing "significant steps taken by the civilian-led transitional government".  
| News |

Myanmar’s Repatriation Preparation Meaningless, says Refugee Representative

Representatives from Rohingya genocide survivors described Myanmar’s preparation for the repatriation of its deported citizens as “meaningless” as it is the same as the previous plan presented in the last meeting, without refugees’ least demands being met. It has been presented in the meeting between refugee representatives and delegation from Myanmar and ASEAN held on Dec. 18, 2019 at CiC office of Camp 4 extension, Kutupalonga, Cox’s Bazar and organized by RRRC. The meeting focused on the three main topics: dialogue,
| Rohingya in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Repatriation |

180 Arakanese Rohingya Boat People Fleeing Genocide Arrested Off Kawthaung

A boat carrying nearly 200 Arakanese Rohingya trying to flee the genocide arrested by Myanmar navy at around 155 miles off the coast of Kawthaung, the southernmost township of Myanmar on Dec. 15, at 8 pm, according to VOA. Myanmar Army media spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun confirmed that they are Rohingya and mostly women and minors. They were about to be brought to Kawthaung by the Navy for further interrogation and investigation, perhaps, before being jailed like the previous group of 95.
| Rohingya in Arakan, Boat people, Rakhine |

The Rohingya Finally Got Their Day in Court. For Most of Them It was a First.

By Christian Caryl An extraordinary event took place in the Netherlands this week: a hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that is a first small step toward justice for one of the world’s longest-suffering minority groups. On Thursday, an ICJ panel wound up the first phase of a legal process aimed at determining whether Myanmar committed an act of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority. In August 2017, using a counterterrorism operation
| Opinions |

Rohingya fury at Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial to world court

Muslim victims of Myanmar ‘clearances’ voice outrage as peace prize winner dismisses atrocity charges When Aung San Suu Kyi rose to denounce genocide charges against her country at the “world court” last week, three victims of Myanmar’s ethnic violence were sitting close behind the Nobel peace prize winner – disbelieving and seething with anger. Hamida Khatun, Yousuf Ali and Hasina Begum had travelled from the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to sit on the legal delegation
| Rohingya |

Regional Rule Still Practiced in Rohingya Documentation

Contrary to NLD’s stand over the naming of Rohingya, household lists and birth certificates are being issued to Rohingya in Sittwe labeling them racially as Bengali, in the wake of the continued attempt to Bengalize Rohingya ethnically. On Dec. 7, 2019, the township directorate from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population ordered IDP camp in-charges to issue household lists, NV Cards, and birth certificates and begin e-ID process. As Rohingya normally refuse to cooperate if the government openly
| Rohingya in Arakan, Myanmar, NLD |

Israel gives Myanmar ‘tools, space’ for genocide of Rohingya Muslims: Haaretz

Bethlehem/PNN/ The Haaretz newspaper has shed light on Israel’s “shameful role” in Myanmar’s state-sponsored genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims, citing Tel Aviv’s arms sales to the Southeast Asian as well as the regime’s attempts to forge closer relations with the country’s officials. An opinion piece written by journalist Charles Dunst and published by the Israeli …
| International, IOF, Israel |

The Guardian view on Myanmar and genocide: humanity on trial | Editorial

Criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence of her country must not overshadow the issue at the heart of the case at the international court of justice: the ongoing suffering of Rohingya Muslims Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision to personally defend Myanmar in the genocide case at the international court of justice this week has torn away any scant remaining shreds of moral credibility from the figure once lauded as a champion of democracy and the fight against
| Myanmar |

The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a […] The post The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Active Citizens, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society |

Myanmar's Rohingya say 'world will judge' Suu Kyi's denial of genocide

Leaders in refugee camps says justice will be delivered based on the evidence they have provided of Myanmar atrocities Rohingya refugees have hit back at Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims at the international court of justice in testimony on Wednesday after she denied that Myanmar’s armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority. Suu Kyi told the court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh was the unfortunate result
| Rohingya |

Factchecking Aung San Suu Kyi's claims over genocide allegations

Myanmar leader tells court in The Hague that civilian deaths were not genocide but part of a civil war She might have been saving her best defence for the highest stage of all. But the arguments advanced by Aung San Suu Kyi at The Hague in response to allegations including genocide were much the same as the Burmese leader has been making for years. Most had been discredited long before she delivered her 20-minute address at the international court of
| Aung San Suu Kyi |

Aung San Suu Kyi tells court: Myanmar genocide claims ‘factually misleading’

De facto PM defends actions of government, saying attacks were initiated by insurgents The Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has defended Myanmar’s government against accusations of genocide at the international court of justice, calling the allegations an “incomplete and misleading factual picture of the situation”. Addressing a bench of 17 judges from around the world, the 74-year-old leader dismissed reports of state violence against Rohingya Muslims and blamed the conflict on an uprising by sectarian insurgents.
| Myanmar |

Aung San Suu Kyi denies genocide charges against Myanmar – video

Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed allegations of state violence against Rohingya Muslims at The Hague. Speaking on the second day of hearings at the International Court of Justice in the genocide case against Myanmar, the country's de facto prime minister denied there had been genocidal intent in her government't treatment of the Rohingya and blamed the conflict on an uprising by separatist insurgents Aung San Suu Kyi tells ICJ: Myanmar genocide claims ‘factually misleading’ Continue
| Myanmar |

Shan Communities Support Genocide Lawsuit Against Burma

Seventeen Shan organizations jointly released a statement supporting the ongoing legal case rehearsal in ICJ against Burma. The statement was released a day before the hearings begin in the Hague signed by seventeen communities. “We, the undersigned Shan communities, strongly support the international legal cases being brought against Burma’s military leaders, who have authorized atrocities against the country’s ethnic peoples for decades with impunity.” The statement emphasized that like Rohingya the people of Shan have been suffering from state-sponsored atrocities for decades.
| Burma Affairs, Genocide, Justice |

A Reflect on Why the Current Case Against Myanmar in ICJ Is Crucial

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived at the Hague to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, against charges of genocide of the Rohingya people, as brought on by the Gambia. Gambia’s Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou on Tuesday said in his opening remarks: “All that the Gambia asks is that […] The post A Reflect on Why the Current Case Against Myanmar in ICJ Is Crucial appeared first on Inter Press Service
| Crime & Justice, Featured, Headlines |

Aung San Suu Kyi impassive as genocide hearing begins

World’s failure to act over Myanmar is ‘stain on collective conscience’, UN court told Aung San Suu Kyi has sat impassively through graphic accounts of mass murder and rape perpetrated by Myanmar’s military at the start of a three-day hearing into allegations of genocide at the UN’s highest court. “I stand before you to awaken the conscience of the world and arouse the voice of the international community,” Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, the Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister,
| Aung San Suu Kyi |

High stakes: Myanmar’s Lady gambles image in Rohingya genocide lawsuit

From democracy champion to defending Myanmar against genocide charges, the shock decision by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to face the UN's top court risks further damaging her image overseas and deepening the siege mentality at home. The post High stakes: Myanmar’s Lady gambles image in Rohingya genocide lawsuit appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
| Burma, Insights, News |

Rohingya Activists Gather at the Hague in Pursuit and Hope of Justice

Many Rohingya activists and friends from all over the world arrived at the Hague in pursuit and hope of justice for the victims of genocide. They came to join the Mass Rohingya Solidarity Rally (the Right Rally) that will be ongoing for two days, 10 – 11 December, before ICJ of the Hague. The participants in the rally are scheduled to gather at Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague, Nederlands between 09:30-14:00 today and tomorrow. The rally
| Burma Affairs, Gambia, Genocide |

A legal briefing by The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) published a legal briefing on the hearing on provisional measures to be held at the International Court of Justice on 10-12 December 2019 in the case of  The Gambia v Myanmar . Introduction This briefing note focusses on the upcoming hearing between The Gambia and Myanmar on the narrow issue of “provisional measures,” set down for 10-12 December 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)[1] and does not seek to address the
| Analysis |

Rohingya Campaigners: Boycott Myanmar

On the occasion of International Genocide Day on 9th December 2019, Rohingya Campaigners have launched a global boycott movement in London, UK calling corporations, foreign investors, professional and cultural organizations to cut off their institutional ties with Myanmar ahead of Myanmar’s genocide trial at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Full text is as follows: Boycott Myanmar Campaign Logo London, UK:   On the 9th December 2019,
| Burma Affairs, Boycott, ICJ |

Karen, Mon Communities Welcome Lawsuit Against Myanmar

Karen (48 organizations) and Mon communities worldwide welcome the ICJ lawsuit filed by the Gambia against Myanmar for committing genocide against its Rohingya minority. They…
| Burma Affairs, Gambia, Genocide |

The Story Behind The Gambia’s Lawsuit against Myanmar over the Rohingya Genocide

On Nov. 11, the Gambia filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice for the southeast asian country’s atrocities against the Rohingya population. Over the past years, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh for refuge, sparking one of the more dire refugee crises of the decade. They continue […] The post The Story Behind The Gambia’s Lawsuit against Myanmar over the Rohingya Genocide appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Armed Conflicts, Asia-Pacific, Crime & Justice |

‘My dignity is destroyed’: the scourge of sexual violence in Cox’s Bazar

With rape and domestic abuse endemic in the lawless refugee camp, safe spaces have been set up to help the women affected In a small, dark hut within the world’s largest refugee settlement, a fan hums quietly as Faizal speaks. He says that last month his 12-year-old sister was raped here in their home. The little girl sits in silence beside him wearing a pink headscarf and red dress. Rape is endemic in the camp in Cox’s Bazar. Although
| Sexual violence |

Myanmar’s Northern Alliance Releases Statement Against Tatmadaw, Rohingya

Members of Northern Alliance MNTJP/MNDAA, PSLF/TNLA and ULA/AA excluding KIA jointly released a self-contradictory statement on Nov. 28, 2019 in support of the trial against…
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, Rakhine |

Rohingya in Malaysia Pays Gratitude to International Community

Around a hundred Rohingyas gathered for paying thanks to the global community for fighting Rohingya’s justice at the international level in Kampung Pandan of Kuala…
| Rohingya in Malaysia, Genocide, ICC |

With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims?

The 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) stands virtually paralyzed in the face of genocide charges against the government of Myanmar where over 730,000 to one million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2016 crackdown by Myanmar’s military. A team of U.N. investigators has declared that the crackdown was carried […] The post With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims? appeared first on Inter Press
| Active Citizens, Asia-Pacific, Civil Society |

Kachin Welcomes Gambia’s Move Against Myanmar

Kachin Nation Organization (KNO) overwhelmingly welcomes Gambia’s filing of a lawsuit against Myanmar at the UN’s highest court, International Court of Justice (ICJ) supporting the…
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, Lawsuit |