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19 Sep 2017 description
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By Laignee Barron

Myanmar plans to open new displacement camps for Rohingya in violence-ridden Rakhine State, sparking fears that members of the Muslim minority not already driven out of the country will instead be forcibly interned.

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15 Sep 2017 description
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There are two lines on the edges of the Naf River: on one side, refugees in ragged clothing, waiting to cross and leave Myanmar behind; on the other, Bangladeshis ready to welcome them with water bottles, apples and biscuits.

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13 Sep 2017 description
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While the international community mulls action, deep-rooted Buddhist distrust of aid groups grows in Rakhine State

An unfolding humanitarian emergency along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border is intensifying pressure on the UN to take action, with fears that an unprecedented exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing a military clampdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State could amount to ethnic cleansing.

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21 Aug 2017 description
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Ahead of World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, take a look at some highlights of our recent coverage related to this year’s #NotATarget theme, which aims to bring attention to the thousands of aid workers and millions of civilians caught in the crossfire of conflict.

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04 Jul 2017 description
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By: Emanuel Stoakes

Myanmar security forces allegedly raped as many as 13 women during “clearance” operations following an explosion in May that was reportedly detonated by ethnic Rohingya insurgents, according to rights groups and witnesses.

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04 Apr 2017 description
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YANGON, 4 April 2017

The UN’s main human rights body is assembling a team to probe alleged atrocities against Myanmar’s Rohingya, even as the government appears set to deny investigators access to areas where crimes against humanity may have occurred.

26 Feb 2017 description
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Paul Vrieze

MYAING GYI NGU/MYANMAR, 21 February 2017

The crops were almost ready to harvest when fighting forced Naw Tin Swe’s family to flee to this camp on Myanmar’s eastern frontier where food supplies always seem to be running low.

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10 Feb 2017 description
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YANGON, 9 February 2017

By Jared Ferrie, Asia Editor

The UN should launch an inquiry into military abuses of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims, because the government is incapable of carrying out a credible investigation, the UN’s rights envoy will tell the Human Rights Council next month.

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04 Jan 2017 description
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2 janvier 2017

Si 2016 nous a appris à nous attendre à l’inattendu, les collaborateurs d’IRIN sur le terrain nous ont donné une bonne idée de ce que la nouvelle année nous réserve. Nous ne pouvons pas garantir que tous les médias couvriront ces sujets, mais en voici dix auxquels nous serons attentifs :

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03 Jan 2017 description
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Jared Ferrie

Proghyananda Vikkhu stood in his purple monk’s robe in front of gleaming gold statues of the Buddha, recalling the night that a mob of nationalist Muslims attacked his monastery in eastern Bangladesh.

“This monastery is 300 years old and it was totally demolished on that night in 2012,” he said. “Within one year, the Bangladesh government totally rebuilt it with help from the army.”

03 Jan 2017 description
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By Emanuel Stoakes

The UN has warned authorities that plans to demolish hundreds of homes belonging to ethnic minority Rohingya Muslims will “heighten tensions” in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the military is accused of abusing civilians during counterinsurgency operations.

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02 Jan 2017 description
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While 2016 taught us to expect the unexpected, IRIN’s eyes and ears on the ground have given us an idea of what to look out for in the new year. We can’t promise everyone else will be covering these stories, but here are ten we’ll be watching:

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22 Dec 2016 description
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Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

By Jared Ferrie

One by one, seven Myanmar soldiers raped Yasmin in her home, as she stifled her screams for fear of being murdered.

Sixteen days ago, the military attacked Mukhtar’s village, and now the elderly man sits in a small hut nursing shotgun wounds to his thigh.

Two fingers on two-year-old Anwar’s tiny hand are fused together at the base, after he suffered burns when soldiers set houses on fire.

30 Nov 2016 description
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By Ann Wang

Khin San Yee rummaged through the bags she had brought back to Myanmar from a refugee camp in Thailand. She smiled as she pulled out a photo of herself standing next to Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who is now de facto head of state after decades of leading a pro-democracy movement against military rule.

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15 Nov 2016 description
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Soe Aung works for an international aid agency in his hometown of Sittwe, the capital of Myanmar’s Rakhine State. It’s a good job, but he isn’t eager to discuss it in a public setting or outside his close circle of friends and family. That’s because his agency helps Rohingya Muslims.

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31 Oct 2016 description
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Julia Wallace

Aung Kyaw Min Tun has lived in Myanmar for all of his 24 years, his native language is Burmese, and his parents and grandparents were all born here. But he is not officially a citizen of the country he calls home and he has no idea if he ever will be.

27 Oct 2016 description
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By Joe Freeman SITTWE/MYANMAR,

Shwe Maung first heard the shots at around 1 a.m. on 9 October.

At the time, the 23-year-old fisherman was in his village on the outskirts of Maungdaw Township in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
Neighbours were roused from sleep. Phonecalls were made. The shooting continued for hours.

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11 Oct 2016 description
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By Julia Wallace

In Myanmar’s Rakhine state, even food is political.

Sectarian tensions have simmered for decades here on the country’s western frontier with Bangladesh, and they exploded with deadly violence in 2012 when mobs of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists drove minority Muslim Rohingyas from their homes. Four years later, about 120,000 people remain displaced and, with hostilities as high as ever, the government is struggling to help them return home.

09 Sep 2016 description
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By Paul Vrieze
NAYPYITAW, 9 September 2016

In a sign of its commitment to ending the ethnic wars that have bedeviled Myanmar for six decades, the country’s first civilian-led government in half a century held a four-day peace conference last week, to much fanfare.

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18 Aug 2016 description
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By Kayleigh Long
YANGON, 18 August 2016

Floods have displaced more than 422,000 people in Myanmar this month. Drone enthusiasts say they want to help assess the damage from the air but are having a hard time convincing the government to accept their offer.

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