Burma’s Union Election Commission has allowed the registration of the Arakan League for Democracy, re-establishing a political party that was a formidable competitor in national polls 27 years ago but may further fracture ethnic Arakanese political solidarity in future votes.
If there’s one thing that unites Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the army that once tried to crush her, and the majority of people in mostly Buddhist Burma, it is their vehement dislike of Rohingya Muslims, seen as a threat to national security.
A Union minister has said the presence of security forces will be boosted in Arakan State, a troubled border region where recent violence has renewed scrutiny on the government, its handling of militants and a 10-month counter-insurgency campaign against them.
In a surprise move, Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing and top officials from the Arakan National Party (ANP) met in Naypyidaw on Wednesday, according to the Office of the Commander-in-Chief.
Human rights advocates both at home and abroad this week issued calls for the creation of an independent, international commission of inquiry into allegations of serious human rights abuses committed by Burmese security forces in northern Arakan State.
The United Nations human rights envoy in Burma has wrapped up her tour of Arakan State, during which she was reportedly denied the opportunity to speak directly to locals living in a village where police filmed themselves beating detained Muslim men in November.
The hardline Arakan National Party (ANP) has called for the newly formed Arakan Commission, headed by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to be dissolved, calling its mandate “unacceptable”. The nine-member[…]
Senior Arakan National Party(ANP) members have broken ranks to speak out against their party’s claims it will undermine the government’s appointment of a chief minister. In January, ANP officials spoke[…]