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More than 100 Rohingya arrested near an island in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region

Junta troops arrested 112 Rohingya near an island off Bogale township in Myanmar’s southwestern Ayeyarwady region, local residents told RFA. The eight children, 47 women and 57 men were in two motor boats, waiting for other boats to take them to Bogale when they were caught on Tuesday morning. Locals say they were from Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships in Rakhine State and were planning to sail from Bogale to Malaysia. “Two boats were caught near Ka Tone Lay [Gayatgyi] island. The boats that were waiting to transport them to Bogale fled the scene,” a local resident, who didn’t want to

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Chinese scammers detain Burmese youths for refusing to defraud foreigners

A Chinese gang is holding 19 young Burmese migrant workers against their will in eastern Myanmar’s Shan state after “buying” them from people posing as job brokers to operate online fraud schemes, according to the victims and their family members.  The 13 men and six women, all about 20 years old, signed what they thought were employment contracts for jobs in October, and agents associated with the gang took them to Mong Pauk township in the rebel United Wa State Army-controlled Special Administrative Region, about 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border with China. The ethnic armed organization controls its own territory

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Bomb blast injures 17 people on ferry crossing the Yangon River

A suspected mine blast on a crowded ferry in Yangon injured 17 passengers over the weekend, many of them seriously, according to the junta’s information group. The Cherry 2 ferry, which carries around 30,000 passengers each day between downtown Yangon’s Pansodan Jetty and Dala township, was crossing the Yangon River on Sunday night when an explosion on the lower deck ripped through the vessel. The injured – 15 men and two women aged between 18 and 40 — were rushed to Yangon General Hospital for emergency treatment. “The explosion was very loud. I was 200 yards (183 meters) from the ferry

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Malaysian court lifts stay on deporting 114 Myanmar nationals

A Malaysian court on Tuesday lifted a stay on the deportation of 114 Myanmar nationals, their lawyer said, as human rights groups expressed concern that they would be forced to return to their conflict-ridden country.  Amnesty International and Access Asylum Malaysia urged the government to reconsider the mass expulsion, saying that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s new administration would look bad if it violated the non-refoulement principle. Lim Wei Jet, a lawyer appointed by Amnesty for the Myanmar nationals, said they would appeal the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s ruling. “We want to get an early date at the Court of Appeal.

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Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict

U.S. President Joe Biden offered rare praise for Cambodia’s authoritarian premier as he encouraged diplomatic support for ending the war in Ukraine and bringing peace to Myanmar at a summit with Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday. Although the control of U.S. Congress lies in the balance back in Washington, Biden signaled commitment to the region by attending an annual gathering of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. His appearance in Phnom Penh, a day after attending a climate change conference in Egypt, serves as a prelude to the first face-to-face meeting of his presidency with Chinese leader Xi

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Videos show brutal interrogation in Myanmar, allegedly at hands of junta soldier

Sunlight streams into a room where two men sit on a green, floral-patterned mat – one bound and blindfolded, the other holding a gun. The armed man is wearing a jacket with a Myanmar military badge on its sleeve. He pokes the barrel of his assault rifle at his prisoner’s head before repositioning himself, seemingly to make sure a cell phone set up to record the scene captures both his profile and the torture to come. The phone was found on Nov. 6 in Moe Bye township in Kayah state by members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF), an

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Junta forces seize orphanage in Mandalay region, driving out children and staff

Junta troops and police have taken control of a Christian orphanage in Mandalay’s Pyigyitagon township. They raided the building on Wednesday night, claiming it was being used by People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) following a series of nearby explosions and an attack on a local administrative office. About 50 children from war-torn Kachin State in northern Myanmar were sheltering in the building when it was raided, according to locals. The single story building was sealed with a roll of yellow tape and made off-limits, a resident told RFA on condition of anonymity for safety reasons. “They pulled the children out overnight

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Around 20 Rohingya missing after their boat sank in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady region

A boat carrying at least 80 Rohingya sank when it ran aground near Pyapon township in Myanmar’s southern Ayeyarwady region. Around 20 are still missing and feared dead after Monday’s accident, local residents told RFA. “Only 60 people could be rescued, the remaining 20 just floated away,” a Pyapon resident told RFA on condition of anonymity for safety reasons. “They told us there were more than 80 of them. They were sent … to Bogale Police Station,” said the man, adding that it was not clear whether the Rohingya came from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Rakhine state or

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