Buckle up- it's time for another weekly news round-up.

Repatriation paused, ASEAN moments, more awards revoked, a further decay of the peace process and more.
It was a break-neck news week in Myanmar, and somehow right now even on Friday morning we are still in the thick of it. So a quick breakdown for you of the bigger news moments of the last week.
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Without further ado, let's get to it.
Rohingya and Rakhine
Repatriation of the Rohingya was supposed to start this week, despite human rights groups, activists, and the Rohingya themselves saying that they did not want to go back to Myanmar. The Rohingya were forcefully returned to Myanmar in 1990s, and we can see how well things went for them then. But when the time came on Thursday to start repatriation, it didn’t happen. Myanmar says it’s up to Bangladesh to properly do things. Bangladesh says they are doing things properly, but are also worried about what will happen to the approximately 700,000 people who fled ethnic violence by Burmese authorities/military.
A state-led media tour heads to Rakhine today, but it should be noted that the government began dropping already-approved news outlets from the trip- namely outlets that they admitted they thought would write “less than the truth” AKA foreign media outlets.

ASEAN Summit

The 33rd ASAEN Summit happened this week. Tyically a safe space for Aung San Suu Kyi, she was slammed by US Vice President Pence about her treatment of the Rohingya situation and the case of the jailed Reuters journalists. Her response, of course, was that she understood the situation better than any of her critics- a line we routinely hear from her. Don’t forget the Malaysian PM also slammed her for the Rohingya situation.

Domestic affairs

On the home front the peace process continues to fall apart, freedom of expression continues to be in decline, and Aung San Suu Kyi was stripped of another award- but she doesn’t seem to care.

Toli moli
Need something that’s a bit more cheerful? Listen to my podcast about the young people fighting for greater freedom of expression, or read about the biker gangs of Myanmar.

That's it for this week. Now back to the six Word documents I have open. Upwards and onwards, and see you next week.

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