Two Rohingya political parties issued a plea to the government last Friday not to be categorised as “other” in the upcoming census, claiming they are “bona fide citizens” and entitled to be recognised as an ethnic minority group in Burma.
The Ministry of Immigration and Population says it wants to include Burmese refugees living in Thailand, which is estimated to be around 130,000 people, in the 2014 census.
50 trucks laden with Tatmadaw reinforcements rolled into beleaguered Chin State in the week up to Dec. 22, causing many to anticipate a coordinated military attack over the Christmas period, a spokesperson for the Chin National Front (CNF) resistance group told DVB. “Preparing offensive attacks when Christians are focusing on their religion is inhumane and …
The Kachin State government intends to begin the process of rescuing hundreds of civilians trapped in Injangyang Township by broader regional conflict, with the Burmese military blockading the road linking it to adjacent Myitkyina Township to the west.
“We feel deeply for the suffering of all the people who have been caught up in the conflict,” she told an audience in Naypyidaw that included members of the foreign diplomatic corps.
About 2.2 million children living in remote, conflict-hit parts of Burma could be left behind as the country rapidly develops following decades of military rule, the United Nations warns.