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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo publicly designated four members of Myanmar’s military on Tuesday. The public designation, made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2018, means the four individuals and their immediate family members may not enter the US. Pompeo cited gross human rights violations, including [...]

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Amnesty International on Wednesday released a report claiming the Myanmar military has committed violations of war crimes and other human rights violations against the ethnic armed group the Arakan Army (AA) since January 4. The report finds that the military has fired indiscriminately in civilian areas, killing and injuring civilians and damaging homes and other [...]

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Myanmar President Win Myint granted amnesty on Monday to 6,520 prisoners, including journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. The journalists, reporters for Reuters, were arrested in September for alleged violations of Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act and sentenced to seven years in prison for their Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative report into the military’s violence against the [...]

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UN human rights experts on Tuesday condemned the Indian government for the deportation of three Rohingya to Myanmar despite international law which prohibits the practice. According to the UN experts, India has separated and forcibly returned Rohingya families to Myanmar, including the recent deportation of a father and three of his children. Five other family members [...]

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Amnesty International reported Monday that the Myanmar Army has bombed villages and cut off access to food and humanitarian assistance while targeting rebels in the Rakhine State. “Security forces have also used vague and repressive laws to detain civilians in the area.” The crackdown began on January 4 when the Arakan Army rebels raided police [...]

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The High Court of Myanmar on Friday rejected the appeal of Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who were sentenced to seven years in jail for violating the Official Secrets Act in September. The journalists were arrested in 2017 while investigating military operations in northern Rakhine State. Judge Aung Naing, in making his [...]

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The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday released the court’s annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. This report, which spans December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2018, summarizes work done by the Office of the Prosecutor to determine whether situations meet legal criteria established by the Rome Statute and warrant further investigation. [...]

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