(HRW) – Dear Excellencies, We write to you regarding the deeply concerning situation in Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State. Reports estimate that more than 270,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh following the outbreak of violence two weeks ago, and this figure is expected to significantly increase. Thousands of non-Muslim residents have also been internally displaced. […]

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(Al Jazeera) – Rohingya as old as 105 are pouring into Bangladesh in the hope of finding peace and some semblance of a future, as the Myanmar army and allied mobs lay waste to their homes and villages in the western region of Rakhine. In lines stretching deep into the horizon, tens of thousands of Rohingya – 80 percent of […]

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(HRW) – Ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing Burmese security forces in Burma’s Rakhine State have described killings, shelling, and arson in their villages that have all the hallmarks of a campaign of “ethnic cleansing,” Human Rights Watch said today. Burmese army, police, and ethnic Rakhine armed groups have carried out operations against predominantly Rohingya villages since the […]

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(Amnesty International) – Daw Aye Am, 35, closed the door to her house in Pain Hwe village, northern Shan State. The guns firing that morning of June 26 had gone silent, and she needed to go to the local clinic to receive treatment for a worsening illness. Then another boom sounded. Nearly two years after an […]

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(Frontier Myanmar) – Ko Aung Ko Htwe’s taste of freedom was brief. Barely a month after completing a 10-year prison sentence, he was re-arrested on August 18 and remanded the following day in Insein Prison. His alleged crime was speaking about his experience as a child soldier to the media. The interview prompted an officer from […]

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(NRC) – “The devastating violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in August has led to an explosion of unmet needs within the local vulnerable populations. We are likely looking at a full-blown humanitarian crisis that warrants a large-scale response. We now need full and unimpeded access to affected communities, including all parts of the northern Rakhine.” Link

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(Deutsche Welle) – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Myanmar and Bangladesh to allow humanitarian access to people impacted by recent clashes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. “Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded,” Guterres’ spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said in a statement on Monday. Link

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(AFP) – Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday accused Rohingya fighters of burning down homes and using child soldiers during a recent surge in violence in troubled Rakhine state, allegations denied by the militants themselves. The impoverished western state neighbouring Bangladesh has become a crucible of religious hatred focused on the stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, who […]

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(The Guardian) – Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has accused international aid workers of helping “terrorists”, a claim that has prompted fears for their safety and been condemned as dangerously irresponsible. The state counsellor office said it had learned that international aid staff had “participated while extremist terrorists besieged” a village in Rakhine state, adding it would investigate […]

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(Radio Free Asia) – A former child soldier has been arrested and charged with allegedly defaming the country’s military after telling the story of his abduction and forced conscription to RFA’s Myanmar Service. Aung Ko Htway, 26, who spent nearly a decade as a child soldier, was arrested on Friday, and faces up to two years […]

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