Australia on Tuesday slapped travel and financial sanctions on five top Myanmar military officers, accused of overseeing brutal violence against Rohingya Muslims by units under their command, following similar moves by the European Union and United States.
Myanmar's military engaged in "extensive and systematic" preparations for a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, a rights group said Thursday, in a damning new report that it says justifies a genocide investigation.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for more international pressure on Myanmar to create conditions safe for the return of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled the country since a military crackdown last August.
A boat carrying 70 Rohingya Muslims set out for Malaysia from Myanmar this week, two sources and a rights group, the latest to embark on a dangerous sea journey.
Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims is continuing, a senior UN human rights official said on Tuesday, more than six months after insurgent attacks sparked a security response that has driven nearly 700,000 people into Bangladesh.
Myanmar on Wednesday accused Bangladesh of delaying the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims who have fled Rakhine state since August, as conditions worsen for the stateless minority penned into squalid refugee camps.
Four Rohingya Muslims, a man, woman and two children, drowned when a small wooden fishing boat carrying dozens of refugees fleeing ethnic violence in Myanmar capsized off the Bangladesh coast on Tuesday, police said.
The main headline on the sports page of the Malayala Manorama, a Kerala-based newspaper that sells 2.5mn copies a day, dealt with Argentina’s World Cup 2018 qualifying travails.
Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday any human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State and said anyone responsible would face the law, and that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there.
The top UN body was set to meet behind closed doors at around 1600 GMT to discuss the crisis but diplomats said they expected China and Russia to resist calls for a tough response.
Two UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) flights brought 91 tonnes of blankets, mats and shelter material, as well as 1,700 tents to Cox's Bazar, near the border with Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state, UNHCR spokesman said.
Malaysia, hundreds of kilometres to the south on the Andaman Sea, is likely to see more boat people from Myanmar in coming weeks and months because of the renewed violence.