Friday, October 14th, 2016


The police, Burma border guard police (BGP) and army have turned northern Arakan – Maungdaw and Rathedaung – in to a hell for Rohingya, crackdowns on innocent Rohingya civilians following attacks by unidentified assailants on three separate police outposts – the BGP headquarters, Kyein Chaung and Koe Tan Kauk- in northern Arakan on Sunday 9 October, according to Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) press statement on October 11.

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The death toll in northern Rakhine State has risen to more than 40 as security forces and unidentified insurgents continue to clash in the aftermath of a brazen October 9 assault on border security posts in Maungdaw and Rathedaung townships.

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The Burmese army has claimed that troops conducting a security sweep of northern Arakan State in the wake of coordinated attacks on border police last Sunday have discovered flags belonging to a militant Rohingya group.

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Terrified residents fled north-western Myanmar on Friday, thousands evacuating on foot and others airlifted out by helicopter, as troops hunted through torched villages for those behind attacks on police that have raised fears Rakhine state could again be torn apart.

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Dozens of people have been charged under Myanmar’s Unlawful Association Act for allegedly having connections with an ethnic rebel group in restive northern Kachin State, according to an official Thursday, the Anadolu Agency reported on 13 October.

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Recent attacks on border police posts in Arakan State have heightened public concern over the democratization process and civil-military relations, members of the political community told The Irrawaddy.

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The first round of Burmese refugee returns is reportedly taking place later this month from Nu Po refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border, with no exact date yet set.

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A third of 100 big Myanmar companies do not have an official website where data related to corporate governance is published, according to the latest transparency ranking by the Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business, highlighting the deep-rooted opacity of the country’s corporate culture.

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Its embrace can bring wealth beyond measure, or instant death. It is a magnet for the most impoverished migrant workers and the most ruthless exploiters. Its haunts are a cauldron of armed conflict beyond the law of the land. In what could be one of its most challenging tests, how will Myanmar’s democratic government deal with the green curse of jade?

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On Oct. 9, as many as 500 to 800 people armed with knives, slingshots and a small collection of firearms launched three separate, coordinated attacks on border police bases in northern Rakhine State, near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh. Nine police officers and eight attackers were killed, and at least 50 weapons and 10,000 rounds of ammunition were looted. There have been several deadly clashes since, as the security forces attempt to capture the attackers and retrieve the arms cache, with at least 22 further casualties on both sides.

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A nightmare has become reality in this country: A Chimera has been born out of oppression, fear, deliberate provocation and complicit silence whose gestation has been surprisingly long but, having materialised, has already claimed dozens of lives.

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The Myanmar rural women’s network May Doe Kabar was created one year ago, on October 15, International Rural Women’s Day. The journey over the past year has been exciting. We have held talks on gender-based violence across the country, co-developed and launched a mobile phone application, and organised training to help women generate income. We have come a long way and we know we have a long way to go.

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On October 6, the President’s Office issued a notice saying the human rights commission had let four of its members, Zaw Win, Dr. Nyan Zaw, Mya Mya and Dr.Than New, voluntarily resign from their posts following the recent outcry over two abused teenage maids who were encouraged by the commission to accept compensation money from the perpetrators.

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