Myanmar: What Comes Next for Minority Groups?

February 10, 2021

The military coup in Myanmar has been widely denounced as a lethal blow to a fledgling democracy. But it also increases the likelihood of further atrocities and mass displacement. The world cannot forget that the Myanmar military is the same institution that led the campaign...

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Defense of Genocide

December 13, 2019

The specter of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, standing before the UN’s highest legal body to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide is striking. Suu Kyi was once the revered face of international human rights, but she is now defending the most indefensible of crimes. But beyond...

The Reuters Case in Myanmar Is a Wake Up Call

September 08, 2018

For all those who remain deeply committed to Myanmar’s reform process, the Reuters case is yet another wake up call. The government of Myanmar and its de facto head, Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, are facing renewed international condemnation after two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and...

What You Missed in the UN Rohingya Report

September 05, 2018

The report is damning in its conclusions that the UN “demonstrably failed” in its approach in Myanmar, prioritizing democratic and development efforts at the expense of human rights. On August 27, the UN-mandated Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released a...

The World Must Recognize the Cause of the Rohingya Crisis

June 07, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Thomas MacManus, editor-in-chief of State Crime Journal. The humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has been described as the world's most urgent refugee crisis. The roots of the ethnic conflict can be traced back to...

With Rape and Violence Rife, Where Is Justice for Rohingya Women?

March 08, 2018

Evidence is mounting that Myanmar’s military is engaging in systematic use of sexual violence as part of a coordinated campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya minority. It has now been six months since the Myanmar military resumed its ruthless crackdown against the Rohingya minority....

Bangladesh Stands Tall in Rohingya Crisis

September 17, 2017

As the world watches in horror at the escalating Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, Bangladesh shows what a bit of empathy can do. Bangladesh is not rich by any means. In fact, it is one of the world’s poorest nations, with more than a third of its population living under the poverty line. That is a...

The Status of Refugees in India

September 12, 2017

In India, the absence of national legislation on refugees has placed their rights in a vacuum. Today, there are 65.6 million displaced people in the world, including asylum seekers, irregular migrants, returnees (individuals who are willing to return to their countries of nationality) and...