Myanmar Reuters journalists lose appeal against 7-year sentence

A Myanmar judge dismissed an appeal by two Reuters journalists jailed for seven years while investigating atrocities committed against the Rohingya, dashing slim hopes that the pair could be freed early.

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Rally in Yangon to mark anniversary of Reuters reporters’ arrest

Dozens of protesters gather in downtown Yangon to mark the one-year anniversary of the arrest of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, over their reporting of the Rohingya crisis. Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested outside a Yangon restaurant on December 12 and later handed seven-year jail sentences after exposing the extrajudicial killing of 10 Rohingya men during the military’s brutal crackdown on the stateless minority last year.

Rohingya migrant boat lands in Indonesia: official

A group of 20 men believed to be Rohingya migrants has arrived in the Indonesian province of Aceh in a rickety wooden boat, according to a local official. The migrants are the latest group of the vulnerable Myanmar minority to reach the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation. IMAGES

Rohingya migrants detained at sea arrive at Myanmar camp

Nearly 100 Rohingya Muslims are escorted back to camps in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after being detained at sea en-route to Malaysia.

Protest in Myanmar’s Rakhine state opposes Rohingya return

Buddhists monks lead protesters in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state during a demonstration against the planned repatriation of Rohingya Muslims from Bangladesh, referring to them as “run-away refugees”.

Fears of boat exodus as smugglers prey on Rohingya desperation

As desperation swells in the squalid camps that are home to a million Rohingya refugees, Bangladeshi officials warn that long-dormant — and often deadly — human trafficking networks are being revived.

100 Rohingya found at sea en route to Malaysia (2)

A boatload of more than 100 Rohingya Muslims who fled a camp in Myanmar were found off the country’s south coast after spending 15 days at sea in a failed attempt to reach Malaysia. They were escorted by police in vehicles and one Rohingya man says a girl died at sea.

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh protest against repatriation

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees stage a demonstration near the Myanmar border against the repatriation program on the day the first group were due to be sent back. More than 720,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state into Bangladesh after a military crackdown in August 2017 that the UN has said merits a genocide investigation.

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