‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

‘Risk of renewed genocide’ for the 600,000 Rohingya remaining in Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In a stunningly gloomy presentation, UN human rights experts reviewed the situation in Myanmar/aka Burma, the Southeast Asian country where the government  continues to persecute, harass and eliminate members of minority religious groups, especially the Muslim Rohingya. An already bad human rights situation deteriorated two […]

‘Crimes against humanity’ under Buddhist Burma’s generals and peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi

‘Crimes against humanity’ under Buddhist Burma’s generals and peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Burma’s human rights situation is deteriorating despite consistent pressures by the United States and the wider international community to stem the humanitarian crisis. In a rare address before the Security Council, Marzuki Darusman, human rights Rapporteur for Burma, aka Myanmar, presented a report which details […]

World turns blind eye to ‘world’s worst humanitarian’ crisis in China-backed Burma

World turns blind eye to ‘world’s worst humanitarian’ crisis in China-backed Burma

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A “climate of fear and persecution” face Burma’s minority Rohingya population as a year of unrelenting human rights abuses and forced expulsions continue by the country’s Beijing-backed military rulers. As UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres told a stunned Security Council meeting, “The massive refugee emergency […]

China imprisons North Carolina missionary working with ethnic group in Burma

China imprisons North Carolina missionary working with ethnic group in Burma

by WorldTribune Staff, July 3, 2018 A group of U.S. lawmakers are calling on China to release a Christian minister from North Carolina who has been sentenced to seven years in prison in China for allegedly organizing illegal border crossings into Burma. Pastor John Cao, who is of Chinese origin, built 16 schools that serve […]

State Dept. report hits plight of political prisoners in N. Korea, Muslim minorities in China, Burma

State Dept. report hits plight of political prisoners in N. Korea, Muslim minorities in China, Burma

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2018 North Korea is holding up to 120,000 political prisoners while China and Burma continue to crack down on and often brutalize religious minorities, the U.S. State Department said in its annual report on religious freedom. Despite North Korea’s constitutional guarantee of “the right to faith” of its citizens, a […]

China blocks UN solution for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

China blocks UN solution for Burma’s 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid continuing destruction of villages, attacks on children and a widening displacement of refugees, members of the UN Security Council visited Burma and neighboring Bangladesh to assess the widening humanitarian carnage. The officially dubbed Mission to Myanmar, as the country is officially known, offered diplomats […]

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Special to WorldTribune , December 21, 2017 Yes: 128 No: 9 Abstain: 35 Y  AFGHANISTAN Y  DOMINICA Y  LITHUANIA SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE Y  ALBANIA A  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Y  LUXEMBOURG Y  SAUDI ARABIA Y  ALGERIA Y  ECUADOR Y  MADAGASCAR Y  SENEGAL Y  ANDORRA Y  EGYPT A  MALAWI Y  SERBIA Y  ANGOLA EL SALVADOR Y  MALAYSIA […]

As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

As UN convenes, N. Korea is only one crisis: Consider China-backed Burma’s ethnic cleansing

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the backdrop of global conflicts and humanitarian crises, presidents, prime ministers, and potentates from 193 member states have gathered in New York for the 72nd annual General Assembly of the United Nations. The Autumn Assembly comes at a time of renewed political and humanitarian […]

China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

China closely watching as Burma evolves from a socialist winter

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — A new dawn has come to Burma. At long last the political pariah state, also known as Myanmar, has ushered in a new civilian government in which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has a strong if not formal hand at the democratic […]

Report: China threat spurs ‘long overdue’ military upgrades throughout Asia

Report: China threat spurs ‘long overdue’ military upgrades throughout Asia

Special to WorldTribune.com Asian Pacific nations are spending big on “long overdue” military upgrades to counter the threat posed by China, according to a IHS Jane’s report. In 2015, nine of the 20 fastest-growing defense budgets were in the Asian Pacific, the report said. By 2020, total military spending in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region is […]