Simon Lewis

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1 Nov 2017 | 3:47 PM

Detained journalists informed Myanmar of filming plans, Turkish broadcaster says

YANGON (Reuters) - Turkey’s state broadcaster said a team of journalists filming a documentary in Myanmar had told the government of their plans before they were detained for attempting to fly a drone near the country’s parliament.

26 Oct 2017 | 6:23 PM

Driven by fear, Rohingyas keep fleeing Myanmar - Red Cross official

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - The thousands of Rohingya Muslims thronging the desolate beach had no food or water, except what the Red Cross gives them, and there was no shelter from the tropical sun and rain, yet fear of "tomorrow" has persuaded them to abandon their homes.

26 Oct 2017 | 9:35 AM

Desperate for news, Rohingya refugees tune in to 'WhatsApp radio'

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Sat in his hillside grocery shop in a Bangladesh refugee camp, Rohingya Muslim Momtaz-ul-Hoque takes a break to listen to an audio recording on his mobile phone, while children and passers-by gather round to hear the latest news from Myanmar.

25 Oct 2017 | 8:25 PM

In Myanmar's Rakhine, aid workers blocked from entering Muslim camp amid tension

YANGON/SITTWE (Reuters) - Buddhists in Myanmar on Wednesday blocked aid workers from visiting a camp for displaced Muslims in the central part of Rakhine State, where the United Nations fears the spread of violence that has already displaced hundreds of thousands.

22 Oct 2017 | 5:27 PM

Exclusive - Returning Rohingya may lose land, crops under Myanmar plans

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.

13 Oct 2017 | 8:25 PM

Myanmar army opens probe amid reports of killings, abuse of Rohingya Muslims

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military has launched an internal probe into the conduct of soldiers during a counteroffensive that has sent more than half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, many saying they witnessed killings, rape and arson by troops.

27 Sep 2017 | 9:03 PM

Government will take over burned Myanmar land - minister

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.

24 Sep 2017 | 3:55 PM

U.N. medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army 'cleansing' campaign

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.

15 Sep 2017 | 9:14 AM

Saviours or profiteers? Bangladesh fishermen rescue Rohingya, for a price

SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar army.

11 Sep 2017 | 7:21 PM

U.N. brands Myanmar violence a 'textbook' example of ethnic cleansing

GENEVA/SHAMLAPUR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - The United Nations' top human rights official on Monday slammed Myanmar for conducting a "cruel military operation" against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state, branding it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".