NEW YORK: Following the intense global scrutiny over the Rohingya refugee crisis, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has decided to skip the United Nations General Assembly session being held later this month.
According to her spokesman Zaw Htay, the country’s Vice President Henry Van Thio would attend the summit.
The announcement by the Nobel laureate comes after the UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, accused Myanmar of waging a “systematic attack” on Rohingya civilians and warned that “ethnic cleansing” seemed to be under way.
At least 370,000 Muslim refugees have migrated to Bangladesh after the Buddhist monks launched brutal attacks and killed many Muslims.
French youths jailed for killing Chinese tailor
BOBIGNY: Two French youths were jailed Tuesday over a deadly attack on a Chinese tailor that sparked mass protests by the country’s Asian community.
The pair, aged 17 and 19 at the time of the attack in August 2016, left Zhang Chaolin with fatal injuries when he fell while they were mugging him. The older defendant was sentenced to 10 years in jail and the younger to four years with an additional year suspended for violent robbery leading to death. The younger, who has already served two years behind bars awaiting trial, burst into tears upon hearing the verdict at a juvenile court near Paris.
Prosecutors had asked that the pair be jailed for 15 years and eight years respectively. Zhang’s death caused an outcry among Asians living in France, with thousands taking to the streets to protest what they called a rise in anti-Asian racism in poorer French communities. The 49-year-old and a friend were on their way to a restaurant in the Paris suburb of Aubervilliers when three teenagers crossed their path. Zhang, who has two children, fell and hit his head on a wall after being kicked in the chest.
Merkel, Macron search for reforms to halt EU ‘disintegration’
MESEBERG (Germany): German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to hammer out reforms that can stop the “disintegration” of the European Union, torn by populist forces and deep discord over immigration.
The two leaders of Europe’s biggest economies will seek to thrash out a compromise between Macron’s bold vision for sweeping EU change and Germany’s stance that is more cautious, especially when it comes to finance. Merkel and Macron have both stressed that, as US President Donald Trump openly challenges the EU with a trade war and over security and climate policy, the bloc must learn to stand its ground on the world stage. The ministerial retreat at Meseberg castle near Berlin aims to agree a joint Franco-German stance ahead of a key June 28-29 summit on the EU’s post-Brexit future, at a time when populists and eurosceptics are rapidly gaining ground.
As outspoken pro-Europeans, Merkel and Macron both face harsh opposition from nationalist and right-wing populist forces at home, and in the governments of Italy, Austria and several eastern European countries. Ahead of the meeting, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned that “Europe is in a process of disintegration. We see states that are turning inward, trying to find national solutions to problems that require European solutions.
5 US states refuse to deploy National Guard to border amid outcry
WASHINGTON: Five US states are refusing to deploy National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border amid a growing outcry over a controversial immigration policy of President Donald Trump’s administration that has led to migrant children being separated from their parents.
The Democratic governors of Colorado, New York and Virginia and the Republican governors of Maryland and Massachusetts all said they would not send members of their state’s National Guard units for border duty. “We will not be complicit in this ongoing human tragedy,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said Tuesday. “In the face of the federal government’s inhumane treatment of immigrant families, New York will not deploy National Guard to the border,” Cuomo said on Twitter.
Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, said he will not send any National Guard resources to the border “until this policy of separating children from their families has been rescinded.” Hogan said he had ordered a four-member helicopter crew which had been stationed in the border state of New Mexico to “immediately return” home.
“Immigration enforcement efforts should focus on criminals, not separating innocent children from their families,” Hogan said. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he had ordered the recall of a helicopter and four soldiers from the state National Guard from the border state of Arizona.