Simon Lewis

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4 Sep 2018 | 11:31 PM

Wives of Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar call for their release

YANGON (Reuters) - The wives of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar jailed for seven years on official secrets charges insisted on Tuesday that the men were innocent and called for them to be released and reunited with their young families as soon as possible.

23 Jul 2018 | 10:18 PM

Reuters reporter says Myanmar police planted 'secret' papers

YANGON (Reuters) - A jailed Reuters reporter told a court in Myanmar on Monday that documents he is accused of breaking state secrets laws to obtain were planted by a police officer, who handed him papers he had not sought in order to entrap him. The officer had then lied to the court about what happened, he said.

13 Jul 2018 | 1:40 AM

UN readies to send experts to Myanmar's Rakhine after Rohingya return deal - official

YANGON (Reuters) - The United Nations is preparing to send teams of experts into Myanmar's Rakhine state to begin work aimed at eventually repatriating Rohingya Muslims who fled violence last year, the regional head of the U.N. development agency said on Thursday.

27 Jun 2018 | 11:39 AM

Exclusive: Myanmar rejects citizenship reform at private Rohingya talks

YANGON (Reuters) - A senior Myanmar official has told Western diplomats that a proposal to review a citizenship law that effectively renders most Rohingya Muslims stateless could not be implemented, five people present at the meeting in Denmark in early June told Reuters.

12 May 2018 | 3:03 PM

Insurgents in Myanmar kill 19 in attack near China border - official

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Ethnic insurgents in Myanmar killed 19 people, including four members of the security forces, in a major attack near the main border gate with China early on Saturday, a government spokesman said.

12 May 2018 | 1:29 AM

Myanmar's northern offensive against rebels sparks youthful revolt

MYITKYINA, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of young people in northern Myanmar have staged one of the largest protests in years, successfully urging authorities to rescue civilians caught up in deadly fighting that threatens to unravel the country's fitful peace process.

21 Mar 2018 | 7:41 PM

Reuters reporters in court 100 days after their arrest in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters reporters appeared in a Myanmar court for the 11th time on Wednesday, which marked 100 days since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.

14 Mar 2018 | 8:50 PM

Myanmar urged not to drag out case against Reuters reporters

YANGON (Reuters) - Some international observers urged Myanmar on Wednesday not to drag out legal proceedings against two Reuters journalists, as they appeared in court for the 10th time since they were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.

12 Mar 2018 | 8:48 AM

Myanmar builds military bases where Rohingya once lived and prayed - Amnesty

YANGON (Reuters) - After driving nearly 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the country, Myanmar's military is building bases where some of their homes and mosques once stood, Amnesty International said on Monday, citing new evidence from satellite imagery.

6 Mar 2018 | 3:11 PM

Myanmar's 'ethnic cleansing' of Rohingya continues, U.N. rights official says

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's "ethnic cleansing" of Rohingya Muslims is continuing, a senior U.N. human rights official said on Tuesday, more than six months after insurgent attacks sparked a security response that has driven nearly 700,000 people into Bangladesh.