In this episode aired on 27 August, DVB Debate takes up the contentious issues surrounding political and inter-religious dynamics in Arakan State, and discusses why the state’s problems have so captured the international community’s attention.
Aung San Suu Kyi announces the creation of yet another body with the challenging portfolio of improving the situation in crisis-stricken Arakan State, saying it would include a broad spectrum of actors, both domestic and foreign.
Burmese government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Burmese authorities on Tuesday to end violence against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State, warning of the risk of ethnic cleansing and regional destabilisation.
Food supplies have been cut off by the latest round of violence in northern Arakan State, according to a major UN provider of humanitarian assistance.
Officials say Rohingya insurgents are behind a slew of killings in northern Arakan State, which has been racked by violence in recent months.