Myanmar and Bangladesh are again taking up talks to repatriate the Rohingya. But conflicting goals, and wariness among the refugees, remain a roadblock.
The Rohingya Muslims are victims of real atrocities. But the blurring of fact and fiction in the camps risks undercutting their case against Myanmar.
“I have nightmares that the military is chasing me,” says a 12-year-old who fled Myanmar. For hundreds of thousands like her, the horror isn’t over.
Even after escaping Myanmar, survivors of rape and other trauma find themselves still vulnerable and commodified in the brokenness of refugee life.
Divided politically, Muslims in Southeast Asia are united by support for Palestinians and anger at President Trump for calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital.
Five of the 257 people who had been aboard the Mercraft 3 died, the Philippine Coast Guard said.
The aid group, Doctors Without Borders, said the figure, which covered the first month after a military crackdown, was almost certainly an underestimate.
Evidence of the Rohingya Muslims’ history in Myanmar is being systematically eradicated. One prominent Rohingya asks, “How can they pretend we are nothing?”
An announcement by Myanmar and Bangladesh brings a vague commitment to return migrants who fled death and destruction in a military crackdown.
Visiting Myanmar’s capital, he called the violence “crimes against humanity,” and said that targeted sanctions against individuals might be called for.
It is hard to overstate the long history of Vietnamese antipathy toward the Chinese. But with the U.S. apparently withdrawing from the region, Hanoi can’t ignore Beijing.
Once a vital American war base, the city is host to an APEC summit where Vietnam will reaffirm warmer ties with the United States and seek help with China.
“We all have to try our best to live peacefully,” said Myanmar’s civilian leader, who has been faulted for not condemning the military’s atrocities in Rakhine State.
The pomp and pageantry of Thailand’s monarchy were on display for the cremation of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
In Bangkok, residents have folded more than 10 million flowers made of sandalwood to help guide the king’s soul to the afterworld.
Claims that atrocities were staged, along with stark hate speech against Rohingya Muslims, are blaring out from social media and official statements.
The killings in 1965-66 played to anti-Communist attitudes, and U.S. diplomats mostly stayed silent while tallying the deaths, documents show.
As the humanitarian crisis for Rohingya Muslims worsens, envoys are reluctant to criticize Aung San Suu Kyi even though they seem to have been frozen out.
Ms. Yingluck, who is said to be in Dubai, was convicted of negligence over a rice-subsidy program. The verdict bars her from politics for life.
Concern is rising that Rohingya Muslims — both militants and those displaced in recent attacks — will be exploited by international terrorist groups.
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