Friday, June 24th, 2016


Police have restored order in the Bago Region village of Thuye Thumain on Friday, the day after a mob ransacked a mosque and assaulted a member of the local Muslim community.

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Arakan Army spokesman Lt-Col Kyaw Han claims his forces have detained an Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) Column 9 soldier who stole their military armor, weapons and other supplies in Chin State near the borders with India and Bangladesh on Tuesday.

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Ma Ma, a leader of the Wa National Organization (WNO), the political wing of an ethnic Wa armed group, was arrested by Thai narcotics police in Chiang Mai, Thailand this week.

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A private cinema developer will build 100 cinemas in Burma within the next two years to encourage the country’s stagnating film industry, the Information Ministry said.

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The rapid decline in effectiveness of a widely used anti-malaria drug treatment on the Thai-Burmese border is linked to the increasing prevalence of specific mutations in the malaria parasite itself, according to a paper published in the Clinical Infectious Disease Journal.

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Rohingya in Thailand are “hopeless” about their future, as Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her newly formed government refuse to recognise their identity.

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Burma should be given more time to prepare to take back refugees, said Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a former commander-in-chief of the Royal Thai Army.

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Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Thailand yesterday under an even darker cloud than anticipated when her three-day official visit was first announced. Myanmar’s state counsellor and de facto leader has in the interim declared that the much-maligned Rohingya population of her country will henceforth be referred to not as Rohingya, evidently a troublesome term, but as “Muslims living in Rakhine state”. It’s a bizarre and entirely unhelpful means of addressing the domestic bigotry that has seen the Rohingya become one of the world’s most persecuted peoples.

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If we see each other as humans and show mutual respect, then it is easy to solve problems. But when one side looks at the other as if they are sub-human, it is almost impossible to come up with a solution. This is what is happening in Arakan State, where the UN has accused Burma of human rights violations.

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On the occasion of your visit to Thailand during June 23-25, we, the Coalition for the Rights of Refugees and Stateless Persons – composed of academic institutions and civil society organisations in Thailand dedicated to providing support to refugees and stateless people, and researching the issue of migration into Thailand, particularly the Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladesh – would like to make the following recommendations to Her Excellency as the state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar:

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This week’s visit by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Thailand appears to hold out hope for Thai state and private investors to revitalise their plans for key investments in Myanmar. Among these projects, the most prominent are the Dawei special economic zone and a cascade of hydroelectric dams on the Thanlwin River.

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Good news this week that the government is promising to clamp down on the use of child labour in the workplace.

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In 2015, Burma’s former quasi-civilian government announced that the country had received more than 4 million visitors; however, industry observer Sabei Aung, chairwoman of Nature Dream Travel and Tours, criticized the statistics as misleading. The Irrawaddy spoke with Sabei Aung about her take on the current state of the travel industry.

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The Arakan Army (AA) was formed in 2009 in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) stronghold of Laiza, on Myanmar’s northern border with China, where the Arakan ethnic rebels received training and arms.

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