(The Guardian) – As many as 150 children die every day in Myanmar before they reach their fifth birthday, the UN children’s agency said on Tuesday, in a report calling for the government to end blocks on humanitarian access to conflict areas. Despite reform and reconciliation efforts undertaken by the one-year-old government headed by Aung San […]

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(Eleven) – Twenty army officers have faced actions for “mistakenly” drafting under-18s, according to the military-controlled Defence Ministry. Major-General Myint Nwe, deputy minister for defence, said: “We’re boosting our efforts to protect children from being drafted into the army. Our aim is to leave the list of militaries that use child soldiers.” Link

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(Reuters) – A top official from the U.N. children’s fund (UNICEF) has sought the release of Rohingya children detained in a Myanmar army crackdown on the Muslim minority, the organisation’s country representative said on Monday. Children as young as 10 were among hundreds of Rohingya detained on charges of consorting with insurgents, Reuters revealed last month, citing […]

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(Al Jazeera) – Two former rebels in Myanmar have been reunited in their homeland for the first time since giving up their armed struggle 16 years ago. The twins were part of the so-called “God’s Army” as child soldiers, and grew up to lead a violent struggle against Myanmar’s military. Link

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(Human Rights Watch) –  Burmese government forces committed rape and other sexual violence against ethnic Rohingya women and girls as young as 13 during security operations in northern Rakhine State in late 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burmese government should urgently endorse an independent, international investigation into alleged abuses in northern Rakhine State, […]

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(OHCHR) – Mass gang-rape, killings – including of babies and young children, brutal beatings, disappearances and other serious human rights violations by Myanmar’s security forces in a sealed-off area north of Maungdaw in northern Rakhine State have been detailed in a new UN report issued Friday based on interviews with victims across the border in Bangladesh. […]

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(UNICEF) – Zau Seng, 11, is a student at Nam Ya Middle School, in Moe Nyin District, Kachin State, Myanmar. Kachin has been affected by conflict since 2011, following the collapse of a 17-year ceasefire. The recent violence has resulted in thousands of deaths and the displacement of around 100,000 civilians, half of them children. Despite […]

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(UNICEF) – Zau Seng, 11, is a student at Nam Ya Middle School, in Moe Nyin District, Kachin State, Myanmar. Kachin has been affected by conflict since 2011, following the collapse of a 17-year ceasefire. The recent violence has resulted in thousands of deaths and the displacement of around 100,000 civilians, half of them children. Despite […]

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(Reuters) – More Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighbouring Bangladesh this week, with some feared drowned after a boat sank in a river during a bid to flee escalating violence that has killed at least 86 and displaced about 30,000 people. Some Rohingya refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the river […]

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(UN News Centre) – Gravely concerned about allegations of rape and sexual assault of women and girls in Northern Rakhine state in Myanmar following recent border attacks, Zainab Hawa Bangura, the United Nations Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict called today on the Government to ensure that an impartial and effective investigation is conducted into […]

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