ASEAN’s commitment to decision-making by consensus and non-interference in the internal affairs of member states severely restricts its ability to play an effective and pro-active role in the Rohingya crisis.
Tensions in Rohingya refugee camps are rising following failed repatriation efforts. The Bangladeshi government’s knee-jerk responses only threaten to exacerbate the situation.
Renewed violence between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military in Shan State has thrown joint China-Myanmar development plans into question. Relying on China to broker peace seems an increasingly risky gamble.
A leaked ASEAN report ignores risks to Rohingya and violence in Rakhine, showing that plans for repatriation will need to be driven by refugees themselves.
The Myanmar government claims that the Islamic State poses a growing threat to Rakhine state. But with little evidence, this only serves to build the narrative of Islamic terrorism that the military uses to justify its atrocities in Rakhine.
ASEAN is approaching a defining moment. Will it allow regional human rights abuses to undermine its power as a supranational body, or will it abandon its policy of non-intervention?
The Burmese military perpetuates the belief that the Rohingya are stateless. But it is a myth.
A leading UN human rights commissioner suggested Aung San Suu Kyi could face charges of genocide. Is this a possible ending to the Rohingya genocide episode?
The Rohingya crisis continues as Aung San Suu Kyi struggles to maintain her influence over the military.
As the Rohingya crisis escalates, ISIS-affiliated groups prepare to launch a jihad against the government of Myanmar.