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12 February, 2018

Cardinal: Rohingya Faced ‘Elements of Ethnic Cleansing’

VATICAN CITY — Myanmar’s Catholic cardinal says it’s likely that Rohingya Muslim refugees in Bangladesh won’t ever go home and that “the elements of ethnic cleansing” that drove them out are now apparent.
Two months after Pope Francis visited Myanmar and Bangladesh, Cardinal Charles Bo said Friday that even though the Myanmar government was making plans to receive Rohingya back, many would opt to go elsewhere. He cited security fears, continued discrimination and economic necessity.
Bo, who was at a Vatican conference on human trafficking, again defended Myanmar civilian leader Aung Sung Suu Kyi, saying she has no constitutional right to speak out against the military. While saying more proof was needed, he acknowledged in an interview with The Associated Press that “the elements of ethnic cleansing” against Rohingya existed.

03 December, 2017

Myanmar, China to deepen close ties

Beijing, 1 Dec
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks yesterday in Beijing, China, committing to creating closer ties between the two neighbouring countries.
At the meeting, they cordially discussed accelerating the strategic cooperation between the two countries based on existing bilateral relations, cooperation in the international arena, exchange of goodwill visits by the leaders of the two countries, promoting friendship between the two peoples, cooperation in all sectors, China’s assistance for projects to be implemented by the two countries and the peace process in Myanmar.
Also present at the meeting were Union Minister U Win Khaing, Chief Minister of Mandalay Region Dr. Zaw Myint Maung, Deputy Minister U Min Thu and officials.
Following the meeting, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended the CPC (Communist Party of China) in Dialogue with World Political Parties High-Level Meeting.
The State Counsellor delivered a speech at the meeting as the special guest of the People’s Republic of China.
The Myanmar delegation headed by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi attended a dinner last night hosted by Mr. Wang Huning, a member of the Politburo Standing Committee of the CPC.
Before going to the meeting yesterday, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi visited the Myanmar Embassy in Beijing and met Myanmar Ambassador U Thit Lin Ohn, Military Attaché Brig-Gen Tint Hsan, embassy staff and their families.
After the meeting, the State Counsellor and party attended a luncheon hosted by the ambassador.

19 November, 2017

Rohingya can return only if Myanmar’s ‘real citizens’ accept: army

By Afp
Soldiers under the command of Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing are accused of commiting widespread atrocities against the Rohingya
Soldiers under the command of Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing are accused of commiting widespread atrocities against the Rohingya
Rohingya refugees cannot return to Rakhine state until “real Myanmar citizens” are ready to accept them, the country’s army chief said Thursday, casting doubt over government pledges to begin repatriating the persecuted Muslim minority.
More than 600,000 Rohingya are languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing a brutal Myanmar army campaign launched in late August.
The UN says the scorched-earth operation, which has left hundreds of villages burned to ash in northern Rakhine state, amounts to ethnic cleansing of the stateless minority.
But Myanmar’s hardline army chief Min Aung Hlaing has steadfastly denied all allegations of abuse, insisting troops only targeted Rohingya insurgents.
He has also taken to Facebook throughout the crisis to fan anti-Rohingya sentiment among the Buddhist public, branding the Muslims as foreign interlopers from Bangladesh despite many having lived in Rakhine for generations.
On Thursday he signalled repatriation of the Rohingya was a long way off, saying their return must first be accepted by ethnic Rakhine Buddhists — many of whom loathe the Muslim minority and are accused of aiding soldiers in torching their homes.
“Emphasis must be placed on wish of local Rakhine ethnic people who are real Myanmar citizens. Only when local Rakhine ethnic people accept it, will all the people satisfy it (sic),” the statement, written in English, said on his Facebook page.
The army commander also said Myanmar would not allow the return of all Rohingya in Bangladesh, a country that was already hosting hundreds of thousands of the minority from previous waves of persecution.
“It is impossible to accept the number of persons proposed by Bangladesh,” the army statement said, after branding the refugees as “terrorists” who fled with their families.
The general’s comments came a day after he met with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who on Wednesday called on the army to support efforts to return “all refugees”, adding that the reports of widespread atrocities by Myanmar’s soldiers were “credible”.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed in principle to begin repatriation but are still tussling over the details.
Questions are mounting over how many Rohingya will be allowed to return, where they will live after they homes have been burned down and how they will coexist peacefully among ethnic Rakhine neighbours.
Tensions between the two groups have simmered for years, erupting into bouts of bloodshed in 2012 that pushed more than 100,000 Rohingya into grim displacement camps.
The Muslim minority has for years suffered under discrimination from a government that denies them citizenship and severely restricts their access to work, healthcare and education.

24 September, 2017

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar proposes meeting Bangladesh

Rohingya crisis: Myanmar proposes meeting Bangladesh
Myanmar’s National Security Adviser Thaung Tun and Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali talking in a meeting recently Collected
Myanmar used similar tactic in the past only to alleviate global pressure, a source says
Myanmar, who’s brutal military campaign in Rakhine state forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee to Bangladesh, has finally proposed a meeting with Dhaka to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis that has drawn global attention and condemnation.
Thaung Tun, Myanmar’s national security adviser, made the proposal on Thursday during a meeting with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in New York.
Source said Myanmar had used similar move in the past in the face of mounting global pressure over its persecution of the Muslim minority.
Earlier, Naypyitaw took three months’ time for a bilateral meeting when violence erupted in Rakhine state on October last year. Thousands of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the army launched a security crackdown targeting the minority.
In January this year, Myanmar’s special envoy Kyaw Tin held talks with Bangladesh’s prime minister, foreign minister and foreign affairs secretary over Rohingya issue.
Dhaka had asked Naypyitaw to take back the Rohingya as the sudden influx placed extreme stress on the former.
The ongoing crackdown on Rohingya started after insurgents wielding guns, sticks and homemade bombs attacked 30 police posts and an army base in Rakhine and killed 12 security personnel on August 24 and 25.
A sweeping military response from Myanmar forced more than 422,000 Rohingya Muslims to escape to Bangladesh since then.


23 July, 2017

Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor Press Release (21st July 2017)

Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Ministry of the Office of the State Counsellor
Press Release
(21st July 2017)

1. The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) passed at its 34thSession a resolution that called for the dispatch of an international fact-finding mission to Myanmar. This resolution also extended the mandate of the Special Rapporteur.
2. The resolution was based on unsubstantiated allegations. Additionally, the establishment of the fact-finding mission would do more to inflame, rather than resolve, the complex and challenging situation that confronts the country. Myanmar therefore dissociated itself from the HRC resolution as a whole.
3. Cooperation with the United Nations is the cornerstone of Myanmar’s foreign policy. Despite our dissociation, we agreed to accept the proposal for the visit of the Special Rapporteur and to facilitate the discharge of her HRC mandate.
4. Many government representatives discussed with the Special Rapporteur, during her visit, the challenges facing our country and our efforts to resolve them.
5. During these discussions we outlined clearly for the Special Rapporteur the extensive steps the government has taken to promote peace and development for the benefit of the people of Myanmar. We also stated that we are committed to overcoming the challenges we face.
6. The Special Rapporteur met many government representatives who discussed with her the challenges we are striving to overcome in our efforts to achieve stability and peace throughout the country. The steps the Government has taken to promote development and communal harmony was also explained to the Special Rapporteur.
7. However, we are disappointed with the Special Rapporteur’s end of mission statement.
8. We had hoped that the Special Rapporteur's statement would reflect the difficulties of resolving the problems that are a legacy of decades of internal conflict, isolation and underdevelopment. The Special Rapporteur's statement instead contains many sweeping allegations and a number of factual errors.
9. Our goal is clear: to achieve a peaceful, democratic, and prosperous country, for all the people of Myanmar. While we have made significant strides, we accept that many challenges remain and that these cannot be resolved overnight.
10. Forging a lasting nationwide peace is our first priority. The Government is committed to building a democratic federal union based on the principles of freedom, equal rights, and justice for all.

14 June, 2017

Harn Yawnghwe blacklisted by NLD Govt

Harn Yawnghwe, a son of Burma’s first president Sao Shwe Thaike, has been blacklisted by the National League for Democracy (NLD) government led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi.
Unable to extent his visa, on June 9 he was forced to leave the country.
“Over the past few years, it was never difficult for him [Harn Yawnghwe] to get a one-year visa. He would be issued one within a week. He has been applying [for a visa] since April but still didn’t get it,” said Khuensai Jaiyen, the managing director of Pyidaungsu Institute for Peace and Dialogue (PI). “When he contacted the Burmese embassy in Canada, they said they didn’t know anything about it.”
Khuensai added: “Any visa ban is ordered by the Burmese Ministry for Foreign Affairs.”
There is a rumor that the reason Harn Yawnghwe was blacklisted is because he has been increasingly seen as an influential person in the ethnic political arena. He is often accused by critics of masterminding the peace process single-handedly. Harn Yawnghwe and his Euro Burma Office (EBO) organization has been one of the main funders of civil society groups and ethnic armed organizations involved in Burma’s peace process.
The EBO was established in 1997 with an agenda to promote democracy and human rights. It was allowed to set up a branch office in Burma a few weeks after Harn Yawnghwe met Naypyidaw’s chief negotiator Aung Min in Bangkok in September 2011.
Khuensai Jaiyen said that Harn Yawnghwe has been a key player in Burma’s peace process dating back to President Thein Sein’s initiative in 2011, frequently helping to facilitate talks between the Burmese government and ethnic armed groups.
“In my opinion, this marks a failure for the State Counselor’s peace process,” said Khuensai Jaiyen. “If he is not allowed to enter the country, the peace process that the State Counselor is leading will face problems. They should not ban him on the basis of these suspicions. They should have talked with him face to face.”
Apart from Harn Yawnghwe, two other staff from EBO are also on the blacklist.
Currently, EBO is helping to support the eight nationwide ceasefire agreement signatory groups to set up liaison offices inside the country.
Han Yawnghwe is the youngest son of Sao Shwe Thaike, the prince of Yawnghwe who was the first president of Burma from 1948-52. One of his brothers was shot dead when Gen. Ne Win staged a coup d’état in 1962. He and his mother, Sao Nang Hearn Kham, the founder of the Shan State Army, immediately fled the country. He was allowed to return to Burma in 2011 during the early days of the military-backed Thein Sein government.


05 June, 2017

ဦးၿဖိဳးမင္းသိန္း ကိုယ္ေရးအရာရွိကိစၥ ဥပေဒအတုိင္းပဲလုပ္မယ္- ဦး၀င္းထိန္ (႐ုပ္သံ)

၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ ဦးၿဖိဳးမင္းရဲ႕ ကုိယ္ေရးအရာရွိက ေျမပုိင္ရွင္ေတြဆီကေန ေငြက်ပ္ ၁၂ သိန္းယူခဲ့တယ္ဆုိတဲ့ စြပ္စြဲေျပာဆုိခဲ့မႈနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ဥပေဒအတုိင္း ေဆာင္ရြက္သြားမယ္လုိ႔ ဦး၀င္းထိန္က ေျပာၾကားလုိက္ပါတယ္။
ရန္ကုန္တုိင္း ၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ဦးၿဖိဳးမင္းသိန္းရဲ႕ ကုိယ္ေရးအရာရွိ ဦတင္ထြန္းက သူတုိ႔ေျမပုိင္ရွင္ေတြဆီကေန သိန္း ၅၀ ေတာင္းခံၿပီး ေငြ က်ပ္ ၁၂ သိန္းရယူခဲ့ေၾကာင္း မုိက္ကယ္ေက်ာ္ျမင့္ဆုိသူက ၿပီးခဲ့တ့ဲ ဇြန္ ၂ ရက္ေန႔က သတင္းေထာက္ေတြကုိ ေျပာၾကားခဲ့တာျဖစ္ပါတယ္။
ဒါနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ဇြန္လ ၄ ရက္ေန႔က အမ်ဳိးသားဒီမုိကေရစီအဖြဲ႔ခ်ဳပ္ CEC အစည္းအေ၀းအၿပီးမွာ အန္အယ္လ္ဒီပါတီ ဗဟိုအလုပ္အမႈေဆာင္ အတြင္းေရးမႉးအဖြဲ႔၀င္ ဦး၀င္းထိန္က မီဒီယာေတြရဲ႕ ေမးျမန္းခ်က္ကုိ အခုလုိ ေျပာၾကားလိုက္တာပါ။
“ဥပေဒအတုိင္းပဲ လုပ္မယ္။ ဘာမွ ၀င္စြက္စရာမလိုဘူး။ တုိင္တဲ့သူရွိေတာ့ တိုင္တဲ့အေပၚမူတည္ၿပီး သက္ဆိုင္ရာပုဂၢိဳလ္ေတြက လုပ္ၾကမွာေပါ့။ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္႐ုံပဲ။ ဘာမ်ားလာမလဲလုိ႔ စိတ္၀င္စားလို႔” လို႔ ဆုိပါတယ္။
၀န္ႀကီးခ်ဳပ္ ဦးၿဖိဳးမင္းသိန္းရဲ႕ကုိယ္ေရးအရာရွိ ဦးတင္ထြန္းကလည္း တတ္ကၽြမ္းနားလည္တဲ့ ေရွ႕ေနေတြနဲ႔ တုိင္ပင္ၿပီး ဥပေဒေဘာင္ထဲကေန ေဆာင္ရြက္သြားမယ္လို႔ ဒီဗြီဘီကုိ ေျပာၾကားထားပါတယ္။

26 May, 2017

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s Jade Necklace at Peace Dinner Raises Questions

By Kyaw Phyo Tha                25 May 2017 

RANGOON — From the campaign trail to meetings with dignitaries to state dinners, Burma’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is under watchful eyes. Every move she makes is captured on-camera, each word painstakingly analyzed. Even her wardrobe, including her choices of color, design and accessory do not escape the gaze of admirers or critics.
Famous for her sense of traditional yet colorful Burmese fashion, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has served as a style icon of sorts since her release form house arrest in 2011—her signature look one of simple elegance. Unlike many other Burmese women who can also afford to do so, she rarely wears jewelry featuring gold or gemstones.
On Wednesday evening, the 71-year-old entered the function hall of the Myanmar Convention Center II in Naypyidaw to attend a dinner to commemorate the onset of the second session of the Union Peace Conference. The State Counselor was seen in a peach-toned blouse and a sarong. Jasmine and red roses were tucked into her hair, as it typically is when she appears in public.
But when pictures from the dinner of the State Counselor went viral on Facebook, it was her necklace that attracted the most attention. The piece was noticeably larger than other jewelry she had worn in the past, and was comprised of a set of jade stones.
“Normally, people wear amethyst against a peach-colored dress. But she used jade, creating something different and new,” said Myo Min Soe, a fashion designer from Mandalay, who added that the move might herald a renaissance in jade accessories. “If you looked at her last night, your attention would go directly to her necklace. Wearing oversized necklaces is trendy among middle-aged women now.”
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at MICC II for Union Peace Conference dinner on Wednesday. (Photo: Myo Min Soe / The Irrawaddy)
Yet some netizens have expressed shame at seeing the State Counselor wearing jade—a stone harvested in Kachin State, where thousands remain in displaced people’s camps due to fighting between Burma Army and local ethnic armed group the Kachin Independence Army. The state is home to hugely profitable mines run by a network of military elites, drug lords, and crony companies who illegally exploit the jade for tens of billions of dollars each year, while most of the local population lives in poverty.
One Facebook user shared photos of Daw Aung Suu Kyi in the jade necklace and wrote that despite finding the accessory stylish, “I can’t smile seeing her in this jade necklace.”
Another user complimented the necklace, but said, “whenever I think about jade, only hand-pickers pop up in my mind,” referring to thousands of men who risk their lives scavenging for stones from the waste of larger mining companies.
For all the criticism, only Daw Aung San Suu Kyi knows where the where the necklace came from, whether it was an expensive gift or an accessory fashioned out of cheap jade. At a press conference, she once told reporters that, when it comes to her appearance, she makes do with whatever is on hand.
People also commented on what they described as the inappropriate timing of the fashion statement. They raised questions about her sensibility for wearing jade to the dinner marking the beginning of the peace conference—to which KIA representatives were also invited. A peace agreement between the ethnic armed group and the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led government still has not been reached, and thousands displaced by conflict await a resolution.
For those living in IDP camps, the State Counselor’s choice in attire may seem insignificant; for many, the hope is that her wisdom, patience and collaboration with armed groups in conflict will finally allow them to return home.
The Irrawaddy reporter San Yamin Aung contributed to the reporting.

ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားအတြက္ လုံျခဳံသည့္နယ္ေျမတစ္ခု တည္ေထာင္ၿပီး အိႏၵိယ၊ တ႐ုတ္ႏွင့္ အာဆီယံနိုင္ငံ ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ရန္ လိုအပ္ဟု ဘဂၤလားေဒ့ရွ္ နိုင္ငံျခားေရးဝန္ႀကီးေျပာ

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