BANGKOK (AP) — A leading international rights group is calling on Thailand to investigate its navy's alleged role in trafficking of desperate migrants from Burma instead of charging journalists for reporting on the subject....
YANGON, Burma (AP) — A day after Médecins Sans Frontière (MSF) announced its expulsion from Burma, the government backpedaled, saying the aid organization would be allowed to resume operations everywhere but Rakhine, a state plagued by bloody bouts of sectarian violence. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group expressed grave concern Saturday about the fate of tens of...
YANGON, Burma (AP) — Burma’s government said it wants the international aid group Doctors Without Borders to leave a state torn by sectarian violence, in a move linked to the agency’s work with the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority, news reports said Friday. Presidential spokesman Ye Htut told the Burma Freedom newspaper that the group’s contract...
In August 2012 the Bangladeshi government placed a ban on charities providing aid to the Rohingya. The reason was that Bangladesh feared the aid would create a pull factor for more refugees to come across from western Burma and settle in the country....
WASHINGTON (AP) — The appointee to become the top U.S. defense official for Asia said Tuesday engagement with the Burma military is crucial for democratic reform in the Southeast Asian nation. David Shear said in congressional testimony that without support from Burma’s military, the transition to democracy “will likely falter.” But State Department spokeswoman Jen...
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