Rakhine - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Rakhine


Myanmar finds soldiers guilty in Rohingya atrocities court martial

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:51 PM

The rare action against military members comes as Myanmar faces charges of genocide at the United Nations' top court over a brutal 2017 crackdown against the Rohingya

FLEEING CONFLICT. In this file photo, members of Myanmar's Red Cross help people, who is fleeing a conflict area, upon arriving in Sittwe jetty, in Rakhine State on August 30, 2017. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

UN warns of 'intensified fighting' in Myanmar's Rakhine state

Jun 28, 2020 - 9:15 PM

The United Nations calls on the two parties to 'take urgent measures to spare civilians'

Myanmar ships 800 freed Rohingya prisoners back to Rakhine

Apr 20, 2020 - 6:47 PM

A Navy vessel transports hundreds of freed prisoners from Yangon to western Rakhine state, where most Rohingya live under tight movement restrictions and in conditions Amnesty International has condemned as 'apartheid'

NOW IN RAKHINE. Released Rohingya prisoners wearing face masks amid concerns of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic arrive in Sittwe jetty in Rakhine State after being transported by military boat on April 20, 2020. Photo by AFP

Myanmar sends nearly 200 Rohingya captured at sea to Rakhine camps

Jan 13, 2020 - 11:18 PM

The nearly 200 arrested Rohingya Muslims are taken to either Thechaung camp or transported further north to Ngakhuya camp in Maungdaw township

ROHINGYA. Rohingya people who were arrested at sea in December walk on a beach after being transported by Myanmar authorities to Thalchaung near Sittwe in Rakhine state on January 13, 2020. Photo by AFP

Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine

Dec 26, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The National League for Democracy's Ye Thein, party chairman in Buthidaung township, had been held for weeks by the Arakan Army

Number of hostages 'killed' as Rakhine rebels, Myanmar army clash

Oct 27, 2019 - 9:35 PM

The insurgents and army blame each other for the deaths of hostages

Rakhine rebels abduct dozens after storming Myanmar bus – army

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:18 PM

State-backed Global New Light of Myanmar says a bus was flagged down by a man before 18 rebels in sportswear emerged from the forest and ordered passengers off at gunpoint

Myanmar says holding court martial after Rohingya atrocities probe

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

The report describes grisly violence at the hands of soldiers and Buddhist vigilantes, who allegedly attacked villagers with guns, knives, rocket launchers and grenades before dumping bodies into pits and dousing them with acid

ROHINGYA PLIGHT. A burned village is seen from the air near Maungdaw, north of Myanmar's Rakhine state on September 27, 2017. File photo from AFP

200,000 Rohingya rally to mark 'Genocide Day' in Bangladesh camps

Aug 25, 2019 - 2:58 PM

The rally marks two years since the Rohingya fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar forces

RALLY. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the second anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Security tightened as Myanmar delegation visits Rohingya camps

Jul 26, 2019 - 8:18 AM

Some 740,000 Rohingya who fled a crackdown by Myanmar's military in 2017 in Rakhine state still fear for their safety if they return to Myanmar

Young Rohingya refugees look on as a general view of Balukhali refugee camp is pictured in Ukhia on November 16, 2018. - Rohingya Muslims were fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid being repatriated to Myanmar later this week, community leaders said on November 12. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from November 15. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Internet cutoff in Myanmar's Rakhine enters fifth week

Jul 22, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Authorities say the internet was being used to coordinate operations while rights groups allege the blackout permits troops to act with impunity

Internet blackout imposed on Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Jun 23, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Internet services are being used to coordinate illegal activities, said Myanmar's Ministry of Transport and Communications

NO DATA. Mobile internet across Rakhine state has been turned off. AFP file photo

Amnesty accuses Myanmar military of fresh 'war crimes' in Rakhine

May 29, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Army spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun denies all allegations by Amnesty International, saying the military's operations were within the law and they 'avoided harming civilians'

DENYING WAR CRIME ALLEGATIONS. Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun of Myanmar's military information committee attends a press conference in the Yangon division military headquarters in Yangon on Feburary 23, 2019. File photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

9 cops killed in attack in Myanmar’s Rakhine

Mar 10, 2019 - 1:45 PM

One cop is injured, while another one is missing

Bangladesh protests to Myanmar over new arrivals from troubled state

Feb 06, 2019 - 5:25 PM

Bangladesh's foreign ministry summons Myanmar's ambassador late Tuesday, February 5, to protest over the arrivals from Rakhine

PLAY. A young Rohingya refugee plays at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Myanmar's Rakhine rebels attack police posts in pre-dawn raids

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Ethnic Rakhine rebels carried out pre-dawn attacks on 4 police stations near Myanmar border with Bangladesh

MYANMAR POLICE. File photo of a group of Myanmar police securing the Rakhine State government center in capital Sittwe on November 15, 2018. AFP Photo

Myanmar forces conduct 'clearance operations' after 2 killed in Rakhine state

Dec 20, 2018 - 8:48 PM

The operations come after two ethnic Rakhine Buddhist men were found dead

Rally to mark 1 year since arrest of Myanmar Reuters journalists

Dec 12, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Supporters will gather in downtown Yangon as Reuters invites people from around the world to post photos on social media of the 'thumbs up' gesture that became a symbol of the pair's court appearances

THUMBS UP. Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (C) is escorted by police to a courtroom in Yangon on September 3, 2018. Photo by Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Rohingya say prayers of thanks after repatriation halted

Nov 16, 2018 - 10:48 PM

None of the 720,000 Rohingya who fled Myanmar after a military crackdown in August last year volunteer to return

Aung Suu Kyi promises 'transparency' over Rohingya atrocities

Oct 08, 2018 - 8:23 PM

Once hailed as a global rights champion, Suu Kyi has fallen from grace due to her failure to speak up following a brutal military crackdown on Myanmar's Rohingya minority

Myanmar's State Councellor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi looks on during the 9th ASEAN UN Summit on the sideline of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila on November 13, 2017.  World leaders are in the Philippines' capital for two days of summits. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Linus ESCANDOR II

U.S. documents systematic violence against Myanmar Rohingya

Sep 25, 2018 - 2:36 PM

(UPDATED) The State Department releases the report just as the United States announces $185 million in new funding for Rohingya refugees during a meeting on Myanmar at the United Nations

ROHINGYA WOMEN. File photo shows Rohingya women holding children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Suu Kyi defends court decision to jail Reuters reporters

Sep 13, 2018 - 12:41 PM

(UPDATED) 'They were not jailed because they were journalists' but because 'the court has decided that they had broken the Official Secrets Act,' says Aung San Suu Kyi

ICC can rule on Rohingya deportations from Myanmar

Sep 07, 2018 - 12:19 PM

The International Criminal Court's 'pre-trial chamber...decided by majority the court may exercise jurisdiction over the alleged deportations of the Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh'

ROHINGYA. This photograph taken on September 12, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees arriving by boat at Shah Parir Dwip on the Bangladesh side of the Naf River after fleeing violence in Myanmar. Photo by Adib Chowdhury/AFP

Rohingya protest for 'justice' on crackdown anniversary

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(UPDATED) The Rohingya exodus continues today, as refugees continue to trickle over the border throughout this year

PROTEST. Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the first anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Reuters reporters to face Myanmar trial for 'breaking' secrecy law

Jul 09, 2018 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Myanmar nationals Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been held in custody for nearly 7 months for pre-trial hearings

PRESS FREEDOM. Detained Myanmar journalist Wa Lone (center) speaks to reporters as he is escorted by police from a courthouse following his ongoing pre-trial hearing in Yangon on July 9, 2018. Photo by Myo Kyaw Soe/AFP

Myanmar downgraded in U.S. trafficking report

Jun 29, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The annual Trafficking in Persons report says Myanmar slipped backward on its trafficked person's index to Tier 3 for failing to protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing a military crackdown in Rakhine state

Myanmar sacks top general involved in Rohingya crackdown

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:38 PM

The military says in a Facebook post that Major General Maung Maung Soe, the former head of the western command in Rakhine, has been 'purged' for poor performance

[OPINION] Myanmar is now erasing the Rohingya's very name

Jun 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

News organizations are being prohibited from using the word 'Rohingya' in their shows

ROHINGYA. This picture taken on November 26, 2017 shows Rohingya Muslim refugees looking on near Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

UN signs Myanmar access deal amid Rohingya repatriation fears

Jun 07, 2018 - 9:53 AM

United Nations agencies will initially carry out assessments in Rakhine state, which has been largely closed to outsiders since the Rohingya crisis began

CRISIS. This file photo taken on October 09, 2017 shows Rohingya refugees wait after crossing the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh in Whaikhyang on October 9, 2017. File photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Security Council asks Myanmar to cooperate with UN investigators

Jun 06, 2018 - 10:16 AM

The UN Security Council is also urging Myanmar to take steps to end decades of discrimination against the Muslim Rohingya, who are denied citizenship rights in the Buddhist-majority country

RAKHINE. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar. File photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

One family, 4 countries – the dispossession of the Rohingya

May 25, 2018 - 7:35 PM

A story of a Rohingya family torn apart by brutality and with nowhere to go

ONE FAMILY. In this photograph taken on April 7, 2018, Rohingya Muslim refugees (from left) Robi Alam, 16; Mohammad Hashim, 17; Mohammad Jaber, 18; and Abul Faiz, 12, pose for a photograph at their house in Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district. Photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Q and A: The 'Rohingya' word

Apr 29, 2018 - 6:23 PM

'Definitely the term is divisive,' says sociologist Su-Ann Oh, who has done fieldwork in refugee camps on the Thai-Burmese border since 2005

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Scepticism as Myanmar announces repatriation of first Rohingya family

Apr 15, 2018 - 10:38 AM

(UPDATED) Bangladesh and Myanmar are supposed to begin repatriation in January but the plan is repeatedly delayed as both sides blame the other for a lack of preparation

REFUGEE. File photo of fleeing Rohingya refugees rests under a makeshift shelter near Ukhiya on the Bangladesh border on August 27, 2017, after violence erupted in bordering Myanmar's Rakhine state. AFP PHOTO / Sam JAHAN

Conditions in Myanmar 'not conducive' to Rohingya return – UN

Apr 08, 2018 - 4:25 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations says Myanmar must still address 'critical issues of freedom of movement, social cohesion, livelihoods, and access to services'

NO HOME. In this photograph taken on November 12, 2017, women hold children at a makeshift camp in Rakhine state in Myanmar, where hundreds of Rohingya Muslims wait in makeshift camps before finding a way to cross over into Bangladesh. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Boat carrying dozens of Rohingya arrives in Malaysia

Apr 03, 2018 - 5:22 PM

It has been rare for Rohingya migrants to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015

Rohingya returnees won't be kept in camps 'forever' – Myanmar official

Mar 17, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Myanmar has been trumpeting its readiness to take back refugees, who are massed across the border in Bangladesh, and built reception centers and transit camps for returnees

MODEL. Buddhist flags hang limply from bamboo poles at the entrance to Koe Tan Kauk, a 'model' village for ethnic Rakhine migrants shuttled north to repopulate an area once dominated by Rohingya Muslims. Photo by Phyo Hein Kyaw/AFP

Myanmar events 'bear hallmarks of genocide': UN rapporteur

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:09 AM

'I am becoming more convinced that crimes committed... bear the hallmarks of genocide, and call in the strongest terms for accountability,' says the report to the UN Human Rights Council

MYANMAR SITUATION. United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur to Myanmar Yanghee Lee looks on at a press conference after addressing her report before the Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 12, 2018. AFP

3 bombs rock capital of Myanmar's Rakhine state

Feb 24, 2018 - 11:03 AM

(UPDATED) One is detonated in the compound of the state government secretary's home, while the two others explode in front of an office in the city and on a road leading to a beach

BOMBING. An earlier photo of people cleaning a damaged bulding after a bombing in Lashio in Myanmar's Shan state on February 22, 2018. Photo by AFP

Myanmar denies report of mass graves in Rakhine

Feb 03, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Myanmar denies the allegation, saying it launched a proportionate crackdown on Rohingya rebels

REFUGE. A Rohingya Muslim refugee child cries as she sits in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

Myanmar pillories U.S. diplomat for 'personal attack' on Suu Kyi

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:16 PM

One-time Suu Kyi ally Bill Richardson was one of 5 foreign members handpicked by Myanmar's civilian leader to serve on the committee

CRITICIZED. Former US energy secretary Bill Richardson at the 18th annual CAF, Development Bank of Latin America, conference on September 4, 2014 at a hotel in Washington, DC. Mandel Ngan/AFP

UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar's Rohingya

Jan 17, 2018 - 1:31 PM

'We believe it would be very important to have UNHCR fully involved in the operation to guarantee that the operation abides by international standards'

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. File photo by Manuel Elias/UN

Myanmar security forces took part in killing 10 Rohingya – army

Jan 10, 2018 - 11:17 PM

(UPDATED) The Facebook post gives the first confirmation of a mass Rohingya grave inside Rakhine state following an army crackdown on militants from the minority group

ROHINGYA. Myanmar's minority Rohingya people wait in a queue to receive tram at Balukhali rohingya camp, Ukhiya in Coz's Bazar Bangladesh on September 25, 2017. Photo from Shutterstock.

Bangladesh targets 100,000 for first Rohingya repatriation

Dec 29, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bangladesh sends the list of names to Myanmar authorities so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

HRW: Myanmar burned Rohingya villages despite refugee deal

Dec 18, 2017 - 8:25 PM

Human Rights Watch says dozens of buildings were burned the same week Myanmar and Bangladesh signed a memorandum of understanding on November 23

SCORCHED. This file photo taken on September 27, 2017 shows and aerial view of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state. Photo by STR/AFP

6,700 Rohingya killed in first month of Myanmar violence: MSF

Dec 14, 2017 - 5:24 PM

The Doctors Without Borders (MSF) says 'at least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of 5'

VICTIMS. A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks by night after crossing the border from Myanmar, on the Bangladeshi shores of the Naf river in Teknaf on September 29, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemns 'widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal' attacks against the Rohingya

DEHUMANIZED. Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

'Strong resolution' needed on Myanmar at UN meet – Amnesty

Dec 05, 2017 - 4:23 PM

Amnesty urges members to keep the pressure on and says authorities in Myanmar are committing crimes against humanity that are continuing on a 'daily basis'

DISTRESSED. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees sit under a shelter during rainfall at Thangkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district on September 17, 2017. Dominique Faget/AFP

Pope Francis says he 'wept' while meeting Rohingya refugees

Dec 03, 2017 - 8:34 AM

'I wept, I tried to do it in a way that it couldn't be seen. They wept too. I told myself 'I cannot leave without saying a word to them,'' says Pope Francis after his visit to Bangladesh

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

#GiftofHope: Atom Araullo on why Filipinos should care about the Rohingya

Dec 02, 2017 - 6:28 PM

'Just trust in our capacity to care. Ang mga Pilipino, malaki ang mga puso niyan. Puwede nating suportahan ang mga kababayan natin dito habang sinusuportahan ang mga mamamayang nakakaranas ng karahasan at pambubusabos,' says journalist and UNHCR advocate Atom Araullo

ROHINGYA. Atom Araullo talked to Rappler about why they should care about the Rohingya. Photo by Veejay Villafranca/UNHCR

Pope Francis refers to 'Rohingya' after meeting refugees

Dec 01, 2017 - 10:39 PM

'Today the presence of God is also called Rohingya,' the Pope says after an emotional encounter with refugees who have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar.

PRESENCE OF GOD. Pope Francis (right) prays next to Rohingya refugees during an interreligious meeting in Dhaka on December 1, 2017. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP