Latest Myanmar News

Thai officials deny swine fever outbreak after culling news

Sep. 18, 2019 5:45 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's government on Tuesday denied rumors of an outbreak of African swine fever that spread after media reports of the culling of pigs in the country's north. A statement by Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said that while no outbreak has been confirmed, road checkpoints...

UN expert: Suu Kyi's role in Rohingya abuses still unclear

Sep. 17, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — A top U.N. investigator said Tuesday "it's still an open-ended question" about how much Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi could be implicated in human rights violations against Rohingya Muslims. Marzuki Darusman said it was "probably the case" that Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace prize laureate, may not...

UN mission accuses accountability for Myanmar 'genocide'

Sep. 16, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A special U.N. fact-finding mission has urged that Myanmar be held responsible in international legal forums for alleged genocide against its Muslim Rohingya minority. The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said in a report Monday wrapping up two years of documentation...

Anti-bullying and rights defenders among Magsaysay awardees

Sep. 9, 2019 10:23 AM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Five people were honored Monday as this year's winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards, regarded as Asia's version of the Nobel Prize, including a South Korean who helped fight suicide and bullying and a Thai housewife who became a human rights defender after losing her husband to...

Bangladesh bans cellphone services in Rohingya camps

Sep. 3, 2019 8:54 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh's telecommunications regulatory body has asked operators to shut down cellphone services in sprawling camps in the southeast where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar live, citing a security threat and illegal phone use, an official said Tuesday....

Rights group skeptical that Myanmar's military seeks justice

Sep. 2, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Plans announced by Myanmar's military to prosecute soldiers for actions at a village where security forces reportedly killed as many as 400 members of the Muslim Rohingya minority drew skepticism Monday from the New York-based rights group Human Rights Watch. The military announced...

Jobs, housing lure Karen refugees to spread across Minnesota

Aug. 31, 2019 1:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Greater Minnesota has given many refugees eager to make their mark in the American economy what the Twin Cities could not: ample jobs. That was especially true about a decade ago, coming on the heels of the Great Recession. Unemployment was high, and a lot of companies in the...

Myanmar court sends filmmaker to prison for army remarks

Aug. 29, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A court in Myanmar has found a prominent filmmaker guilty of defaming the military with his postings on Facebook and sentenced him to a year in prison. The lawyer defending Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi said he was prosecuted because his posts criticizing the army allegedly threatened to cause...

Thai Court upholds death for 2 Burmese in British murders

Aug. 29, 2019 5:48 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of two Myanmar migrants sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island in 2014. Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin have denied killing David Miller and raping and killing Hannah Witheridge. Their battered bodies...

Thai Court upholds death for 2 Burmese in British murders

Aug. 29, 2019 2:31 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of two Myanmar migrants sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on a resort island in 2014. Wai Phyo and Zaw Lin have denied killing David Miller and raping and killing Hannah Witheridge. Their battered bodies...