ICC gives Myanmar deadline to respond to Rohingya jurisdiction request

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have given Myanmar just over a month to respond to the prosecutor’s request for jurisdiction over the country’s alleged deportation of Rohingya to Bangladesh. The request was originally issued in April, but the judges decided yesterday to give Myanmar authorities until July 27 to reply. “Considering that the ...

Caterpillar, Volvo, Komatsu contribute to mining abuses in Kachin State

Caterpillar, Volvo, Komatsu contribute to mining abuses in Kachin State

Three of the world’s largest mining equipment companies are contributing to major human rights abuses in Myanmar by supplying machinery to local mining companies that have been...

Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis cites jailed Reuters reporters in appeal for press freedom

Pope Francis made an appeal for greater press freedom in “so-called democratic” countries during an interview with Reuters yesterday. He cited the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe...

Myanmar floods kill 19, displace thousands

Myanmar floods kill 19, displace thousands

Floods caused by heavy rain across Myanmar have killed 19 people and displaced around 14,000 families since last week. The death toll includes eight people in Magway Region, six...

Myanmar parliament votes down death penalty for child rapists

Myanmar parliament votes down death penalty for child rapists

Myanmar’s parliament voted down a proposal to give the death penalty to convicted child rapists, the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar reported today. The vote follows...

Toxic mushrooms kill 6 Myanmar workers in Yunnan

Toxic mushrooms kill 6 Myanmar workers in Yunnan

Six migrant workers from Myanmar died last week after eating poisonous mushrooms near the farm where they worked in China’s Yunnan Province, the District Information and Public...

Myanmar courts Japanese, South Korean tourists with visa-free access

Myanmar courts Japanese, South Korean tourists with visa-free access

Myanmar authorities are planning to grant visa-free access to Japanese and South Korean tourists, as well as visa-on-arrival service for Chinese visitors who come on group tours....

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

Rohingya refugees mark first Eid since Myanmar crackdown

As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, Rohingya refugees in squalid Bangladesh camps marked the festival Saturday with a peaceful demonstration...

Myanmar military chief blew Kirin’s cover in donation scandal

Myanmar military chief blew Kirin’s cover in donation scandal

Japanese beer company Kirin has announced that it is investigating a donation allegedly made by its Myanmar subsidiary to the country’s military just days after the mass...

Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

Raids reveal Myanmar poachers’ indiscriminate bloodthirst

A series of targeted raids by Forestry Department agents on Tuesday ended with the arrest of six poachers Mandalay, Ayeyawady, and Bago regions and the seizure of a vast array of...


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