Tag: Rakhine State (Myanmar)

As Myanmar Genocide Hearing Closes, Focus Is on Trapped Rohingya

BANGKOK — Half a world away from the elegant confines of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, where Myanmar is being accused of genocide in a landmark case that opened this week, a Rohingya Muslim man was preparing to die. It was, he said by phone on Thursday, going to be a slow […]

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A Daring Helicopter Rescue After Rebels Capture a Ferry in Myanmar

MANDALAY, Myanmar — When the ferry pushed off from a dilapidated pier in western Myanmar, few of the passengers could have predicted how dangerous the journey would turn out. Later on Saturday, along a riverbank dotted with mangroves, a rebel group abducted dozens of soldiers and government workers from the ferry at gunpoint. That drew […]

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A Million Refugees May Soon Lose Their Line to the Outside World

BANGKOK — About one million Rohingya Muslims in camps in Bangladesh could soon lose a vital connection to the outside world if the government moves forward with a threat to suspend cell service to the world’s largest refugee settlement. Citing “state security” and “public safety,” the Bangladeshi telecommunications minister ordered a halt this week to […]

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2 Years Ago, They Fled Into Danger and Squalor. Myanmar Still Looks Worse.

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its […]

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Top Myanmar Generals Are Barred From Entering U.S. Over Rohingya Killings

BANGKOK — The United States has imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s top military commander, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, and three of his highest-ranking generals for their roles in the atrocities carried out against Rohingya Muslims since 2017, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced. The four generals and their immediate family members will be barred from […]

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The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?

RATHEDAUNG, Myanmar — The security forces, with their geriatric rifles, formed a wary patrol, scanning the forested hills where members of an ethnic insurgency roam. A crater on the pitted road attested to the rebels’ skill at fashioning explosive devices. Rakhine State, a ribbon of marsh and mountain on the western coast of Myanmar, is […]

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He Incited Massacre, but Insulting Aung San Suu Kyi Was the Last Straw

SITTWE, Myanmar — Ashin Wirathu, a radical Buddhist monk in Myanmar, has been charged with sedition over what prosecutors say are defamatory remarks he made about the nation’s civilian leader, the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. The most notorious of a band of extremist monks, Ashin Wirathu has been traveling the country delivering […]

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