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Source: Reuters

U.S. urges U.N. to hold Myanmar military accountable for 'ethnic...

Wednesday 19:08 GMT

The United States on Tuesday described Myanmar denials of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as “preposterous” as it called on the U.N. Security Council to hold the military accountable and pressure leader Aung San Suu Kyi “to acknowledge these horrific acts that are taking place in her country.” “Powerful forces in the Burmese government have denied the ethnic cleansing in Rakhine State,” U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council.

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Source: Reuters

Myanmar policeman who detained Reuters pair 'did not know arrest...

Friday 12:47 GMT

A police officer who said he was part of the team that detained two Reuters reporters in Myanmar in December told a court on Wednesday that he was not familiar with police procedures for recording arrests.

Myanmar U.N. Ambassador Hau Do Suan said Myanmar recognizes freedom of the press and the journalists were not arrested for reporting a story, but were accused of “illegally possessing confidential government documents”.

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Source: New York Times

Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?

Saturday 05:10 GMT

In less than half a year, around 700,000 Rohingya escaped attacks in their home state, Rakhine, and what the international community has called ethnic cleansing by Myanmar’s security forces.

In the repatriation agreement signed last November, Myanmar and Bangladesh agreed to the return of willing Rohingya who could prove they had fled to Bangladesh since October 2016, when an earlier Rohingya insurgent assault catalyzed a smaller exodus.

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Source: The Guradian

Myanmar government 'bulldozing Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence'

Tuesday 14:32 GMT

Rights group says site of massacre in Rakhine state is being flattened on government orders after exposés of two other mass graves. The government of Myanmar is bulldozing over the site of a Rohingya mass grave in an effort to destroy evidence of a massacre committed last year by the military, according to a rights monitoring group.

The Arakan Project, which uses on-the-ground networks to document abuses against the Rohingya community in western Rakhine state, Myanmar, provided the Guardian with a video of the grave site before its destruction.

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Source: Reuters

Civilian witness contradicts Myanmar police on Reuters reporters'...

Today 16:25 GMT

The first civilian to testify in the case of two Reuters reporters accused of violating Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act contradicted police and prosecutors on Wednesday about where the pair were arrested, a defense lawyer said.

The reporters have told relatives they were arrested almost immediately after being handed some papers at the Saung Yeik Mon restaurant by two police officers they had not met before.

“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte