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Bangladesh’s border guard said on Monday it turned down a proposal it said Myanmar had made to return a captured officer if Dhaka also took in some 600 illegal migrants from a people trafficking ship intercepted by the Myanmar navy.
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Wai Wai Nu, a young Rohingya activist based in Rangoon, was among the guests at a dinner hosted by US President Barack Obama at the White House on Monday night.
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The second EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 June 2015 according to an official joint statement on 18 June. A Civil Society Forum preceded the Dialogue on 17 June in Yangon, where the human rights situation in both the EU and Myanmar was discussed with civil society and human rights defenders, as well as by bilateral meetings with various stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Myanmar to do more to address the Rohingya issue reported Channel News Asia on 21 June.
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While most Australians were happily tucking into bacon and eggs on Saturday morning, Jade Horrobin was finishing off the last of her week’s rations.
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Thirty-seven migrants were deported from western Burma to Bangladesh on Friday, as nearly 600 others remain in shelters near the border, according to officials.
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As the news coverage of the migrant crisis in the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea drops away, the UN has made a renewed call to harness the energy to solve the regional problem with a 12 June updated appeal.
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More than 700 people rescued from a boat in Myanmar waters last month are still being held in the western state of Rakhine. Authorities verifying their citizenship claim most of them are from both neighbouring Bangladesh, while the rest are Rohingyas according to a report by Channel News Asia on 17 June.
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Despite a long tradition of non-interference among member states, ASEAN has been urged to be more involved in addressing concerns about the growing numbers of Rohingya people fleeing Myanmar’s Rakhine province.
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In years gone by, decisions in Myanmar’s courts were largely dictated to the judge by the military, with instructions given in sealed envelopes or by telephone. In early June, however, a court in central Myanmar caved to a different kind of pressure.
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In rare comments on Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslims, opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi urged caution on granting citizenship to minorities, saying the sensitive issue must be addressed “very, very carefully”.
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Bangladesh Border Guards (BGB) have identified another 37 Bangladesh nationals among the 208 people rescued from boats by the Myanmar Navy reported bdnews24.com on 16 June.
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Union Minister for Foreign Affairs U Wunna Maung Lwin received Mr Syed Hamid Albar, Special Envoy of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Tuesday.
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The impact of Myanmar’s repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which an estimated 90,000 people have fallen prey to smugglers and traffickers since early 2014. The United Nations estimates that around 1,000 people have died on the way.
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The Myanmar government has started issuing green cards to Muslims in 13 townships in restive Rakhine state to verify their identities, bringing them a step closer to applying for citizenship, a local immigration official said Monday according to an article by RFA on 15 June.
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When religious violence erupted in Meiktila in central Burma two years ago, local politician Win Htein spoke up for the minority Muslims who bore its deadly brunt. Many of his fellow Buddhists have never forgiven him.
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Thai authorities have handed over several people believed to be key suspects behind the massive human smuggling syndicate to Malaysia according to a report by the Star Online on 16 June.
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Ethnic party parliamentarians have been calling for a greater role in the peace process and should be important players once the political dialogue starts. However, recent research reveals that this new and important role they have played is now under threat. Ahead of the 2015 election, research was undertaken over five months to understand the role that ethnic parties play in Myanmar politics today, their views on the reform and peace processes, their thoughts about the ethnic armed groups, and the challenges they face in view of the polls. Interviews and focus groups were conducted with a total of 218 people at the headquarters of 36 parties in all ethnic states. The conversations revealed a complex yet vibrant ethnic political scene.
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Around 500 people, backed by dozens of monks, gathered under heavy rain on Sunday 14 June in the Arakan State capital of Sittwe chanting slogans, a witness who joined the protest told AFP by phone. The protest finished some two hours later.
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Newly released census data revealing steady birthrates has renewed speculation over the motivations behind a recently enacted population control law, as some critics have implored lawmakers to offer a fact-based explanation for how the new provisions might be put to use.
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