Tag Archives: Myanmar

Journalist killings, Arrests and Assaults Climb Worldwide as Authoritarianism Spreads

Twelve reporters have been killed so far this year and 172 are in jail, according to a new report on press freedom worldwide. The US places 48th of 180 countries ranked, down two spots from 2018.

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Bangladesh Can Get Something Out of This Mess

Both China and India should wake up and take Bangladesh a little more seriously, says one analyst.

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India Changes Tack on Rohingya

India was silent on the plight of the Rohingya since Hindutva project architects did not want to include the Muslim. But in the end, the gravity of the tragedy forced it to express concern.

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View from Riyadh: Suu Kyi on Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

It is high time for the international community to take stringent and decisive measures to halt the ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya Muslims.

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Is ASEAN a Newfound Voice for the Rohingya?

Myanmar has long valued ASEAN for the protection it provides not only from the wider international community but also its fellow members. But the unwillingness of Myanmar to resolve the Rohingya issue has pushed ASEAN members towards new forms of protest. This failure is already a tragedy, but for ASEAN it might become a disaster.

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Myanmar’s Political Choice

Myanmar’s November 8 election will be different in many ways from all such exercises of the past and are expected to prove to be one more essential step towards political reforms.

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Is Myanmar’s Ceasefire Agreement Good Enough?

Myanmar must find a solution to the socially and economically devastating Kachin insurgency. And it needs to bring other smaller armed ethnic groups formally into the present arrangement. They must be brought into the main peace-making process as soon as practicable.

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Myanmar’s Minority Conundrum

For long-term happiness, Myanmar’s minorities will be seeking greater autonomy and the chance to defend their cultural heritage. Even if all goes well, balancing their interests against those of the majority will be a permanent conundrum.

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Peace Again at Stake in India’s Nagaland

With the NSCN (K) withdrawing from the ceasefire, trouble could brew once more in India's restive Nagaland state, putting the government’s ambitious plans for an ASEAN trade gateway at risk.

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Can Bangladesh’s Jumma Minority Speak up?

The mood of Bangladesh’s government indicates an urgency for increased securitization, surveillance, discrimination and suspicion of the country’s Tibeto-Burman speaking Buddhist minority, known as Jummas.

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