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The Weekly Global Roundup: In Pursuit Of Accountability: Myanmar, Puerto Rico, And The Vatican (August 27 to September 1, 2018)

The pursuit of accountability characterised the headlines this week: In Myanmar, where the United Nations (UN) said military leaders should be prosecuted; in Puerto Rico, where the death toll from Hurricane Maria has been revised upwards; and in the Vatican, where the Catholic Church and Pope Francis have come under fire for their mismanagement of sexual abuse cases. In Myanmar, UN investigators said that military leaders in Myanmar should be prosecuted for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide against the Rohingyas. In Puerto Rico, after admitting earlier this month that the death toll from the hurricane could be higher than 64, the government has now raised it to 2,975. And in the Vatican, there is a call for Pope Francis’s resignation, by a former Vatican ambassador to the United States who said the pope knew about allegations against a cardinal. Continue reading

The Weekly Global Roundup: Myanmar Under The Spotlight (January 8 to 13, 2018)

For months Myanmar has been under the spotlight for its assault against more than 650,000 Rohingyas – stripped of their citizenship in 1982 – who have been forced to flee into neighbouring Bangladesh. Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been criticised for her apparent apathy too. This week, as a Rohingya rebel group Myanmar claimed responsibility for an attack on government forces which left three people wounded, the Myanmar military also made a first public admission of its wrongdoing, when it acknowledged that “its security forces and Buddhist villagers killed 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in a village in troubled Rakhine state”. For covering the situation in the Rakhine state, two Reuters journalists were “formally charged with offences under the Official Secrets Act”, facing up to 14 years in prison. Continue reading

Rohingya Exodus Evidence Of ASEAN’s Impotence

While the practice of destination countries to push the migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar – the “boat people” – is deplorable (ST, May 16), the present humanitarian crisis highlights not only the responsibility of the Myanmar government, but also the impotence of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). In fact the Ministry of Home Affairs in Singapore has taken a similar stance on these migrants, arguing on Friday that because of limited land the country “is not in a position to accept any persons seeking political asylum or refugee status, regardless of their ethnicity or place of origin”. Continue reading

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