Burma’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture claims there is no mention of the word ‘Rohingya’ in historical documents dating back to the British colonial era.
Arakan State Advisory Commission chair Kofi Annan’s statement this week that he had been assured humanitarian aid access would be restored to northern Arakan State in the near future has put a tentative, if ill-defined, time table on potentially life-saving assistance.
In an emergency session on Wednesday, the Shan State legislature passed an urgent proposal to designate as “terrorist organisations” the four ethnic armed groups fighting with Burmese government forces in the state’s north.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh said on Tuesday that she hopes her country can finally resolve the decades-old issue of Rohingya refugees residing in her country now that Burma is under a new government.
Community leaders and representatives of civil society organisations in Arakan State say they were denied a chance to speak to Kofi Annan during a meeting on Tuesday.
The proposal to dismiss the three foreigners was rejected by a vote of 250 objections, 148 in support, and one abstention.