The network makes radio and television news broadcasts about current events in Myanmar for a domestic audience. VOA and Burmese officials also discussed a possible media exchange program that would include journalism training for VOA affiliates in the region. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which is conducting a fact-finding mission into the bitter ethnic and religious strife that has left the majority of an estimated , stateless Rohingya Muslims confined to temporary camps following waves of deadly violence between Buddhists and Muslims.
Sorry, but your browser cannot support embedded video of this type, you can download this video to view it offline. Two years ago, Myanmar's army drew international condemnation for driving more than , Muslim Rohingya into neighboring Bangladesh. This week the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments announced the beginning of a voluntary repatriation plan for many, however not a single person volunteered to go back. Steve Sandford spoke to refugees and rights workers about the prospect of returning home amid security and rights concerns. Open main navigation Live TV. Full Schedule. Live Radio. Live TV. English voanews.
Intent on preventing an outbreak of the coronavirus in Myanmar, local officials and members of ethnic armed organizations, or EAOs, along the border with China have imposed travel restrictions, increased health checks, called for monitoring of Chinese workers and, in some areas, imposed fines. The border area — known for its rugged terrain beyond the government's control, enterprising smugglers, and long-simmering ethnic wars — concerns health authorities due to lax checkpoint controls. According to the government, there are no confirmed cases or deaths in Myanmar. However, the swift spread of the not fully understood virus has alarmed many, leaving officials to quell rumors born of fear and long-held anti-Chinese sentiment. Zaw Win, the social affairs minister of Myanmar's Sagaing region, told VOA Burmese on Thursday he had to contain widespread rumors of a coronavirus outbreak at a copper mine. That meant educating people that 34 Chinese workers there were under observation, not in quarantine. Health workers reported none of the Chinese mine workers had fevers, and none had been in Wuhan in the past 14 days. The U.
The court's ruling Thursday in The Hague came in response to a complaint filed last November by the West African nation of Gambia on behalf of the nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation against Myanmar, accusing it of violating the Genocide Convention. The government said it was responding to attacks on security posts by Rohingya militants in northwestern Rakhine state. Refugees praised Gambia and the international community for bringing the matter before the court. Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen voiced his hope that the decision will make it possible for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in his country to return home. The ICJ also ordered Myanmar to submit a report within four months on what actions it is taking to comply with the court's decision, and to submit follow-up reports every six months after that. The ruling does not address the broader question of whether Myanmar committed genocide, which could take the court years to decide.