Myanmar morning news for October 22

Myanmar morning news for October 22
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Myanmar morning news8000 Rohingyas to return to Myanmar soon, FM tells ASEM Summit
Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has expressed hope that the first batch of eight thousand Rohingya people would be able to return to their original villages in Rakhine State of Myanmar soon.
— The Nation

Nine Myanmar nationals killed in van inferno (video)
Nine Myanmar nationals were burned to death and six others injured after their van hit a roadside tree and burst into flames in Kamphaeng Phet province on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

President gives directive to Yangon Region Government regarding Eleven Media case
State Counsellor Office Director-General Zaw Htay said that the President had given a directive to Yangon Region government regarding the prosecution of Eleven Media journalists.

“Genocide Gems,” the New Blood Diamonds? (video)
Are “genocide gems” the new blood diamonds? Activists are campaigning against Bulgari’s sale of the jewels, saying they help fund Myanmar’s military.
— Bloomberg

Buddhist extremism: Meet the violent followers of a religion widely known for its pacifism
Myanmar’s “Buddhist Bin Laden” has made a return to public life, appearing at a rally in support of the military generals condemned globally for a brutal crackdown on the Muslim minority Rohingya.
— ABC News

Myanmar: Priests, Nuns, Christian Teachers Expelled Amid Crackdown
A persecution watchdog group has said that it’s profoundly concerned about the ongoing removal of priests, nuns, and Christian teachers in Myanmar’s northern Shan State.
— Christian Post

6 dead in fire at Rohingya camp in Myanmar
Six Rohingya were killed early Friday (Oct 19) after a blaze tore through an overcrowded camp for the persecuted minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, the local fire service said.
— The Straits Times

Inside Myanmar’s open-air prisons (video)
Nearly 130,000 Rohingya have been living in squalid refugee camps in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since 2012.

19 provinces on downpour alert
Low pressure over Myanmar will create downpours and possible flash floods in 19 provinces, the Meteorological Department warned on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Why You Keep Hearing the Name Magnitsky in the News
The U.S. law known as the Magnitsky Act has been wielded against Russian officials and the Myanmar military, proposed as a tool to punish China and Saudi Arabia and invoked in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
— Bloomberg

UN Security Council set to be briefed on Myanmar inquiry report
The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said on Tuesday.
— The Straits Times

UN Security Council to meet over Myanmar report
The UN Security Council is scheduled to hear a briefing next week from the head of a UN fact-finding mission that has accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingya, diplomats said Thursday.
— Mizzima

Accountability a Key Pillar for Reconciliation in Myanmar
Accountability and inclusive dialogue are two important pillars for national reconciliation in Myanmar, said the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG), Christine Schraner Burgener in a statement released on Saturday, adding that “credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability.”

Canal pirates shot dead in police ambush
A DRAMATIC encounter between police and a brazen pirate gang on the Twante Canal has left two men dead and another missing, believed drowned, and highlighted challenges faced by an understaffed Myanmar Police Force to maintain law and order.
— Frontier Myanmar

Myanmar Buddhist temple now a nirvana for snakes
Crossing a bridge to the middle of a lake in Myanmar’s Yangon region, pilgrims arrive at a temple to pin their hopes on the pythons slinking across the temple’s floors and draped across windows.
— The Straits Times

Buddha statues vandalized in Lemyethna Temple, Mrauk U
Buddha statues inside the Lemyethna Temple in Mrauk U, Rakhine State have been vandalized on Wednesday night.

Myanmar State Counsellor visits IDP camps, boarding school in Kachin State
Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi visited Myitkyina in Kachin State yesterday and visited a boarding school for students, a drug rehabilitation center donated by the Daw Khin Kyi Foundation, and IDP camps in the area, according to a local media report.
— Mizzima

‘Unintentional’ Clashes Break Out Between RCSS, PNLO in Southern Shan State
The PNLO’s Col Khun Okkar says that the fighting occurred because of a lack of communication channels, describing it as ‘attacking and defending.’

Cave boys & coach observe anniversary of hero diver’s death
A statue of the hero diver will be installed at the Ban Nong Khu community and will be consecrated by a highly-respected Buddhist monk from Myanmar after the end of Buddhist Lent.

Myanmar state counselor stresses role of UEHRD for western state rehabilitation
Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has stressed the important role of the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development (UEHRD) in conflict-hit Rakhine state for achieving sustainable peace and stability in the state, Myanmar News Agency reported Friday.
— Mizzima

UN official: Credible fact-finding is the first step towards accountability
Burgener visited Myanmar from October 10 to 20—her third visit to the country as the SESG, reports UNB.
— Dhaka Tribune

Myanmar’s Hindu refugees mark festival in Bangladesh camp
Hindu refugees from Myanmar living in a camp in Bangladesh have been celebrating the festival of Durga Puja for the first time since fleeing violence in northern Rakhine state last year.
— Tribune

Myanmar’s nascent surfers make waves
From a beachside perch next to a group of sunburned Japanese surfers, betelnut seller Let Let Khine studies a reedy figure being swallowed by a meter-high swell.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Myanmar newspaper journalists held after handing themselves in to police
Three senior journalists at Myanmar’s largest private newspaper were remanded in custody after handing themselves in to police on Wednesday, facing accusations of causing “fear or alarm” following a complaint from the Yangon regional government.
— Tribune

TNLA Shan Detainee Allowed to Return to Family
After being granted amnesty by the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), detainee Nang Mo Hom was sent back to her family in Namkham by TNLA ally the Shan State Progressive Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) on Wednesday.


Feature photo McKay Savage


This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges World Development Information Day October 24.

Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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