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Two former Australian soldiers taken prisoner by the Japanese army in 1942 and sent to work on the Thai-Burma railway have flown out of WA to commemorate Anzac Day about 6,000km away, at the site of their captivity. At 101 and 96 years of age respectively, Harold Martin and Neil McPherson ... prisoners of war

Yemen's three years of war have been hell for civilians, and as we highlighted last month in these stunning photographs by Benedict Moran, that includes the African migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who continue to arrive on the country's shores. This week, both Human Rights Watch and the ... women Myanmar NGO
Some 2,000 civilians in Myanmar's war-torn Kachin state trapped in Tanaing township amid fighting between the national army and an ethnic militia are free to return home to their village, which has been cleared by the military, Kachin Chief Minister Khet Aung told RFA's Myanmar Service on Thursday.
A Myanmar NGO has sent a letter to the head of the war-torn Kachin state government calling for the rescue of civilians trapped in a battle zone in ... and are in need of humanitarian supplies, the online news service Democratic Voice of Burma reported on Monday, citing local relief committee organizers.
The possibility of international justice for mass atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar appears closer following the 9 April ... steps to facilitate reconciliation and minimize the risk of recurring armed conflict, including by protecting Sunni civilians in areas previously occupied by ISIL. Iraq

Myanmar's government announced that it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees, among 700,000 others who fled to Bangladesh escaping ... the regime over its use of toxic gas, would convince Russia to pressure regime head Bashar Assad into negotiations on ending the seven-year war. Iraq
... presidential chief legal counsel Salvador Panelo said “it was in regard to his earlier statement which was more in the nature of sarcasm directed at European and Western countries that criticized the alleged human rights violations (in Myanmar) with no accompanying offer (of) sanctuary to the refugees. Iraq
The prosecutor is required to “robustly” prosecute war crimes and crimes against humanity, but “with full respect for the sovereignty of states and the limits of its jurisdiction,” it said in an e-mailed response. While Myanmar is not a member of the ICC, Bangladesh is, it said, adding, “An essential element of ... Iraq
A new UN report puts Myanmar's armed forces on a U.N. blacklist of government and rebel groups "credibly suspected" of carrying out rapes and other ... The year 2017 "also saw sexual violence continue to be employed as a tactic of war, terrorism, torture and repression," he said, citing conflicts in CAR, ... Iraq
Nay Pyi Taw, 4 April 2018- Landmines and Explosive Remnants of War (ERW) from decades of armed conflicts across Myanmar continue to threaten the lives of children and their families every day in nine out the 14 States known to be contaminated. During an event in Nay Pyi Taw today, organized to ... Iraq
They were running from the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) after large numbers of troops were deployed in Lu Thaw Township without warning. Many fled with just the clothes on their backs and a small bundle of possessions. Six battalions have been deployed into Lu Thaw Township, with orders to secure the ... Iraq
TRIBUTES have been paid to war veteran, Eddie Straight, who took part in the Allied Invasion, the Liberation of Belsen and the Burma campaign, who has died at the age of 97. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 20 at a retirement home in his hometown of Saltburn. Despite being wounded by ... Iraq
Stanley Sasine did not speak about his service in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II until his grandson Adrian Sasine coaxed him into a ... He'd fought in World War II, married his teenage sweetheart, met Frank Sinatra, bought and sold businesses, won the Reader's Digest Sweepstakes, ... Iraq
By the same token, Myanmar has been beset by Hybrid War violence in recent months as a result of “Rohingya” “rebel”-terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country's northwestern Rakhine State along the Bangladeshi border, with this sudden conflict prompting the military to decisively intervene and in ... Iraq
In fact, as the historian Eugene Ford shows in his book Cold War Monks: Buddhism and America's Secret Strategy in Southeast Asia, the Buddhist world was a ... The religion supplied the symbols of kingship in courts, capitals, and urban centers from Burma (now Myanmar) to Siam (Thailand) to Laos, ... Iraq
The mostly Buddhist ethnic group, which shares the state's name, feels it is at the forefront of a cultural war that could see Myanmar turned into an Islamic country. They, along with the military and many others in the country, refer to the Rohingya as Bengalis to assert their view that the group are interlopers. Iraq

The anti-protectionism comments come as market sentiment sours with signs of a looming trade war between the United States, China and Europe over U.S. ... Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she would raise human rights concerns with leaders in Myanmar, which has been criticized for its ... Iraq
MYANMAR'S economy is still in the woods: The Aung San Suu Kyi-led government has delayed a long-awaited reform to allow foreign companies to purchase ... The author argues that throughout the Cold War, heavily armed insurgents controlled almost all of Myanmar's lengthy borders with China and ... Iraq
The Women's League of Burma (WLB) has urged the government to take action against those who are creating religious, ethnic, political, and military ... from Myanmar to put an end to the abuses by the Tatmadaw, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and all forms of violence used to keep women ... Iraq
Its people and its landscape bear the scars of an almost ceaseless war between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) and splinter militias. ... Burma Students Democratic fighter and now executive director of the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security and a negotiator in the peace process. Iraq
The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has set up multiple investigations and fact-finding ... Iraq
To mark International Women's Day, the JPF caught up with Lway Poe Ngeal, General Secretary of the Women's league of Burma, with whom the JPF will shortly be supporting a project to amplify the voice of women in Myanmar's peace process. During many years of negotiations for the Nationwide ... Iraq
... led to hundreds of thousands dead and contributed to the worst refugee crisis since the end of World War II. And sadly, we are seeing now this same lack of effective diplomacy in Myanmar, formerly Burma, where since last summer 680,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee a systematic military ... Iraq
GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has set up multiple investigations and ... Iraq
An international coalition advocating for children in conflict zones urged Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday to put government security forces from Israel, Myanmar and Afghanistan on a U.N. blacklist for killings and other violations of children's rights. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict ... Iraq
The opening of Myanmar will not be complete until peace and stability are achieved in ethnic regions. But as those who have been following the country's long history of civil war know, that is still a distant and elusive dream. Increasingly, however, political observers are not the only ones paying close ... Iraq
Bangladesh will send a protest note to Myanmar over an increased security presence near a portion of their border where thousands of Rohingya Muslims ... Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state as possible genocide and ethnic cleansing but has stopped short of outright accusing the army of war crimes. Iraq
In Myanmar, insurance policies covering risks such as damage to bank buildings as well as war, terrorism and natural disasters are available at government-owned Myanma Insurance and other private insurance firms. There is also deposit insurance to protect the public's savings at the bank against a ... Iraq
THE funeral of a Second World War veteran who was awarded the Burma Star medal will take place next week. Clifford White, 95, passed away on February 10 after a prolonged illness. His funeral service will be held in the central chapel at Landican Cemetery next Thursday, March 8, at 11am. Iraq
It said an unnamed UN member state also reported evidence of Myanmar's receipt of a range of conventional weapons from North Korea including ... While Myanmar, also known as Burma, told the panel in 2015 that it only had "normal diplomatic ties" with the DPRK, it reported on July 26, 2017 that it ... Iraq
World War II Mass Grave of 'Comfort Women' Documented in Graphic Video Was Discovered in the U.S. ... was filmed by a soldier identified as Private Baldwin of the U.S. Army Signal Corps' 164th Photographic Unit in the Chinese city of Tengchong in the Yunnan province, near the border with Myanmar. Iraq
BANGKOK — A bomb exploded at a bank in northern Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least two people and wounding 22 others, military officials said. ... the military of gang-raping ethnic-minority women and forcing ethnic-minority civilians to act as human minesweepers, among other war crimes. Iraq
Surrounding the Irrawaddy Valley are a range of border areas home to a plethora of ethnic and religious minorities — almost all of which have sought independence from the central government at one time or another since 1948, when Myanmar, then known as Burma, gained independence from the British. Iraq
The activists, representing six civil society organizations, harshly criticized Mr. Zuckerberg in the letter, saying he had mischaracterized Facebook's response to violence-inciting messages in Myanmar and had not devoted sufficient resources to enforcing its hate speech rules in the violence-stricken country. Iraq
The United Nations secretary-general for the first time has included Myanmar's military, or Tatmadaw, in his annual list of parties that have committed sexual violence in armed conflict. Presented today to the UN Security Council, the report details conflict-related sexual violence carried out in 2017 ... Army
But underneath this military operation is actually a “resource war” between the Tatmadaw and the KIO in Kachin state. Indeed, control of not only gold and amber but also jade, copper, and ruby mines in the area is important for both the Tatmadaw and the KIO. This competition for natural resources can be ...
“War Zone in Kachin State and Northern Shan State” comprises two paintings from “Missing Archives”, the artist's ongoing series dealing with what he describes as unrecorded moments of the ongoing war in northeast Burma. The second element, the painting “Shan State Army” (2017), depicts his imagined ...
Impressively, downtown Yangon has more than 2,000 pre-Second World War buildings within a square mile, which line the grid pattern of 60 streets by five ... mix of people of many faiths, languages and backgrounds, an example of tolerance in a country wracked by armed conflict and charged with ethnic cleansing.
World War II Mass Grave of 'Comfort Women' Documented in Graphic Video Was Discovered in the U.S. ... was filmed by a soldier identified as Private Baldwin of the U.S. Army Signal Corps' 164th Photographic Unit in the Chinese city of Tengchong in the Yunnan province, near the border with Myanmar.
The International Criminal Court challenges Duterte's drug war ... There is a strong case for ICC involvement in Myanmar, but unlike in the Philippines, any progress on this front is difficult. Myanmar is not a party to the Rome Statute, so the Court has limited jurisdiction over any crimes committed.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday told the House that Bangladesh does not want war with anyone as its works for peace. “We want peace, not ... She mentioned that some 10,78,966 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh from Myanmar and Bangladesh provided them with ID cards. “Myanmar can't deny ...
It said an unnamed UN member state also reported evidence of Myanmar's receipt of a range of conventional weapons from North Korea including ... While Myanmar, also known as Burma, told the panel in 2015 that it only had "normal diplomatic ties" with the DPRK, it reported on July 26, 2017 that it ...
The committee's first report in this inquiry on the Rohingya Crisis was published on January 2018, expressing "grave concerns over Burma's treatment of the Rohingyas, their mass displacement and plans to repatriate hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas back to Burma without safeguards", Anadolu news ...
With popular destinations such as Yangon and Bagan, Myanmar has long been an emerging travel hotspot. But the country, also known as Burma, has been making headlines for altogether different reasons since the middle of 2017 as parts of Myanmar are hit by civil war and attacks on Rohingya Muslims.
The government's belligerent approach to Western criticism over the Rohingya crisis has allowed China to win back ground lost since Myanmar began to ... this year of a new telecoms company, branded Mytel—with stakes held by the militaries of Vietnam and Myanmar—which is tipped to start a price war.
“The letter is very Gestapo-esque” said attorney Chris Rottler. Rottler is working with Burma community advocacy group EMBARC to guide refugees through the process. Thousands of refugees from Burma, many an ethnic minority who escaped a bloody civil war, settled in the United States. They are facing ...
Gordon served in the RAF from 1941 to 46 as the Allies fought and eventually beat the Imperial Japanese forces in Burma, now Myanmar. Age-related macular degeneration began causing the great-grandfather of six's sight to deteriorate about 20 years ago and he joined Scottish War Blinded in 2014.


 

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