Rakhine state

  • Myanmar’s ‘maximum containment’ COVID plan pushed to brink as virus surges
    YANGON, September 24 (Reuters): Myanmar has quarantined tens of thousands of people to prevent a coronavirus outbreak from overwhelming its fragile healthcare system but public health experts and doctors say the strategy is on the brink of collapse as infections surge. The Southeast Asian nation is housing more than 45,000 people, including COVID-19 patients as well as those yet to be tested, their close contacts and returning migrant workers, in buildings from schools and mona
  • Myanmar army probes 'wider patterns' of abuse against Rohingya
    Reuters The Myanmar military has said it is investigating "possible wider patterns of violations" before and during a 2017 crackdown in Rakhine State that the United Nations has said was executed with genocidal intent against Rohingya Muslims. More than 730,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh that year following the launch of a sweeping security campaign that refugees said included mass killing, gang-rape and arson. The army has denied genocide, saying it was carrying ou
  • Three years after exodus, Myanmar erases names of Rohingya villages, U.N. map makers follow suit
    Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, September 11 (Reuters): Three years ago, Myanmar’s military burned the Rohingya village of Kan Kya to the ground and bulldozed over its remains. Last year, the government erased its name from official maps, according to the United Nations. About 3 miles (5 km) from the Naf River that marks the border between Myanmar’s Rakhine state and Bangladesh, Kan Kya was home to hundreds of people before the army chased 730,000 Rohingya out of the countr
  • Myanmar police detain student protesters in Rakhine state
    Reuters Myanmar police detained three students after breaking up an anti-government demonstration in the restive Rakhine state on Wednesday, a student group and a human rights body said on Thursday. They said the three men, in their early twenties, were taken away in the state capital of Sittwe after protesting with placards that read "oppose murdering fascism" and called for the restoration of internet access, which authorities say has been cut in swathes of Rakhine fo
  • Two Myanmar soldiers taken to the Hague after confessing to Rohingya killings - reports
    Reuters Two Myanmar soldiers have been taken to The Hague after confessing to murdering minority Rohingya Muslims during a 2017 crackdown, two news organisations and a rights group reported on Tuesday. The two men admitted to killing dozens of villagers in northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves, according to the New York Times, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the non-profit Fortify Rights, citing statements the men made on videos filmed in Myanmar this y
  • Myanmar locks down Rakhine state capital after outbreak of more infectious virus strain
    BANGKOK, August 21 (Reuters): Myanmar has locked down the state capital of conflict-torn Rakhine state after an outbreak of a coronavirus strain that officials said was more infectious than that previously seen in the country. Nineteen people have tested positive for the virus in the western region since Monday, health officials said on Friday, the first local transmission in Myanmar in months, bringing the total number of cases to 409. Myat Htut Nyunt, deputy director at My
  • Myanmar may postpone election in war-torn Rakhine state – official
    NAYPYITAW, July 30 (Reuters): Myanmar will postpone elections in parts of war-torn Rakhine state if the military declares them unsafe, a senior election official said on Thursday, prompting a backlash from ethnic parties with strong support in the region. "It is necessary to have peace and stability to hold elections," said Union Election Commission chair Hla Thein, adding that the army-controlled ministries of defence and home affairs would soon determine whether the
  • Thousands in western Myanmar flee as army plans operations, monitors say
    Reuters Thousands of villagers have fled their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after a local administrator warned dozens of village leaders that the army planned “clearance operations” against insurgents, a lawmaker and a humanitarian group said.   But a government spokesman said late on Saturday an evacuation order issued by border-affairs officials had been revoked. Border affairs acknowledged issuing the order through the local administrator but said