Month: April 2016

RVISION April 29, 2016

The United Nation’s aid chief has issued a strongly-worded appeal to world powers to revive a shattered ceasefire in Syria and put an end to the “massive human suffering” that has left millions of people facing desolation, death and starvation. Stephen O’Brien told the UN Security Council on Thursday that it must not squander what […]

ZYA April 29, 2016

YANGON – A Myanmar Christian leader appealed for calm Wednesday after an influential Buddhist monk built pagodas within the compound of a church and near a mosque, in a country beset with religious tensions. The incursions began last month when supporters of the monk Myaing Kyee Ngu erected a religious statue and planted a Buddhist […]

ZYA April 29, 2016

The Rohingya and their right to self-identification By Mr. Aman Ullah Hundreds of demonstrators, including Buddhist monks, denounced the United States for its use of the term Rohingya during a protest outside of the U.S. embassy in Yangon today, 28 April, 2016. It was sparked by a statement from the embassy last week expressing condolences […]

ZYA April 29, 2016

The troops are Karen freedom fighters—a Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) splinter group, and other ethnic armed forces from groups that the Colonel did not specify. He described the fighters as a federal army, formed discreetly by ethnic leaders. Making pillows of stones and singing to his troops, Col. Saw San Aung attempted to keep […]

RVISION April 29, 2016

More than a dozen Rohingya refugees abandoned by people smugglers have been found in a southern Thai forest, police said Wednesday, almost a year on from a crackdown which has forced traffickers to find new routes. Muslim Rohingya, an ethnic minority from Myanmar’s western Arakan (Rakhine) state who are forced to live in apartheid-like conditions, […]

RVISION April 28, 2016

YANGON – Around 500 Buddhist nationalists have staged an unauthorized demonstration outside the U.S embassy in Yangon to protest the use of the term “Rohingya” to describe the country’s persecuted Muslim minority. Win Zaw Zaw Latt, from the Yangon-based Myanmar National Network, told Anadolu Agency prior to Thursday’s demonstration in the country’s commercial capital that […]

RVISION April 28, 2016

RANGOON — Authorities in Arakan State have imposed new restrictions on the Rohingya minority’s access to medical treatment in Rangoon, after local sources reported that many patients did not return to the region after traveling to hospitals in the commercial capital. Authorities including police, immigration officers, and the border affairs minister hosted a meeting with […]

RVISION April 28, 2016

At least 16 people have been killed in a Syrian government air strike on a hospital in the city of Aleppo, a source in the war-torn city told Al Jazeera. The attack on Al Quds hospital on Wednesday evening left a number of medical staff and other civilians dead, including Dr Wasem Maaz, one of […]