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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

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Rohingya crisis / Myanmar military violence was war crime, says UN report

By: Tom O'Connell - Posted on: August 27, 2018 | Current Affairs

After the UN’s allegations of crimes against humanity, will former Nobel Prize winner and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi soon be headed to the Hague’s International Criminal Court?

Aung San Suu Kyi (C) and Myanmar military generals share a light moment_EPA Images_Southeast Asia Globe 2018
Aung San Suu Kyi (C) and Myanmar military generals share a light moment during the official ceremony to hand over the country’s presidency at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 30 March 2016 Photo: Ye Aung Thu/EPA/POOL

A fact-finding mission by the United Nations has alleged that Myanmar’s military committed war crimes and crimes against humanity in its crackdown on its Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority in 2017. The report extends these allegations to the country’s civilian leadership as well, which it holds culpable for denying and justifying the violence.

The UN report cites conclusive evidence that the alleged systematic violence carried out by the country’s military, known locally as the Tatmadaw, had exhibited “patterns of gross human rights violations and abuses” that “undoubtedly amounted to the gravest crimes under international law” – not only in Rakhine state but also in the states of Kachin and Shan.

The violence sparked off last year after a militant Rohingya group attacked a military outpost, killing 12. Observers and rights groups have subsequently accused Myanmar of using that attack as an excuse for its anti-Rohingya campaign. A report released by Fortify Rights in July alleged that the Tatmadaw had been preparing for the crackdown for months before the attack, systematically disarming Rohingya households and arming Buddhist Rakhine communities in the lead-up to the violence.

An estimated 25,000 Rohingya people have been killed, 700,000 have fled to Bangladesh and hundreds of villages have been burned and looted, according to UN research that includes satellite imagery. Interviews with survivors have revealed rape, sexual slavery, mass murders, torture and other crimes allegedly carried out by government forces.

The new report also contradicts decades of assertions by the Myanmar government that its repression and violence against religious minorities have been in direct response to security threats posed by these groups.

Rohingya supporters during a protest against Aung San Suu Kyi as she visits Australia_EPA Images_Southeast Asia Globe 2018
Rohingya supporters during a protest against Aung San Suu Kyi as she visits Australia to attend the ASEAN Special Summit 2018, in Sydney, Australia Photo: Daniel Munoz/EPA-EFE/AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

“Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages,” the report states. “The Tatmadaw’s tactics are consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats, especially in Rakhine State, but also in northern Myanmar.”

The report concluded that the UN found “sufficient information” to pursue a war crimes and genocide investigation against Myanmar’s military leadership. It also extended culpability to the civilian government of Myanmar, which is led by former Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. The report said the civilian government failed to protect or even speak out about the violence – and even spread “false narratives”, destroyed evidence and blocked investigations by independent parties.

Through their acts and omissions, the civilian authorities have contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes

The US State Department is expected to release its own findings on the violence. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted on Sunday that the US would “continue to hold those responsible accountable”, and described the Tatmadaw’s actions as “abhorrent ethnic cleansing”.

Immediately after the UN report was released on Monday, Facebook removed 18 accounts, 52 Facebook pages and an Instagram account that together were followed by 12 million users – a rare move by the social media behemoth which has been accused of inaction as its site has been used to spread hateful messages against minority groups and activists.

“International experts, most recently in a report by the U.N. Human Rights Council-authorised fact-finding mission on Myanmar, have found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuses in the country,” Facebook posted. “We want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions.”