Criticism has emerged over remarks by Kachin State’s social affairs minister after he said the state government did not know the location of many people displaced by recent conflict, professing ignorance amid reports of hundreds trapped in the jungles surrounding Tanai Township’s Awng Lawt village.
Thousands in Kachin State’s capital Myitkyina joined a rally on Monday demanding safe passage for displaced civilians trapped amid clashes between the Burmese military and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
The relatives of 10 Rohingya men massacred in the Rakhine State village of Inn Din did not learn of the killings for many months — in some cases, not until Reuters reporters tracked them down in the refugee camps and told them what had happened. This is their story
Officials and aid workers fear that the welcome is wearing thin for Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh since August, due to the unprecedented number of refugees and growing doubts over whether Burma will ever take them back.
Women land rights defenders in Asia are at greater risk of violence and harassment, according to rights groups who are calling on authorities to do more to protect them as conflicts over land and resources get increasingly bloody.
The rapid growth of factory farming in Asia for livestock and seafood poses enormous environmental and forced labour risks, in addition to threats to public safety and health, according to a report by an investor network.
Residents of some villages in Irrawaddy Division’s Ngapudaw Township say they are beating back a recent infestation of rats, with hundreds of the vermin dispatched by local brigades of amateur exterminators this week.
The United Nations’ refugee agency has criticised a Burmese government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in “camp-like” villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.
After decades on the run from armed conflict in their ancestral lands, Burmese nationals with Karen heritage are finally getting a taste of peace as they settle into newly built houses in the country’s southeast.
Ethnic communities across Burma are raising their voices to strongly oppose plans by the Burma government and the global hydropower industry to build large dams that threaten to destroy their lives and livelihoods.
The emergence of Harakah al-Yaqin, the first Rohingya Muslim insurgent group to organise in Burma in decades, signals a dangerous new phase in a crisis that is increasingly attracting the attention of extremists in Pakistan and the Middle East.