State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi took the opportunity at a Union Day commemoration in Shan State on Sunday to urge non-signatories to the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) to drop their reservations and have the “self-confidence” to join the accord.
Locals in seven townships across Arakan State staged protests on Friday against a new radio station broadcasting in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships and providing Rohingya-language programming, which the protesters view as legitimising the Rohingya population.
Authorities in Maungdaw district have eased a curfew in place since 9 October attacks in northern Arakan State put the region on lockdown as security forces combed towns and villages in search of the perpetrators.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications is reviewing the 2013 Telecommunications Law to determine whether the legislation’s article 66(d), a controversial provision on electronic defamation, should be amended.
State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has acknowledged, albeit somewhat obliquely, the deteriorating security environment in Kachin State, with the office of Burma’s de facto leader donating 300 million kyats ($222,000) to those displaced by conflict.
Ko Ni, the prominent Burmese Muslim lawyer assassinated in Rangoon, was being closely watched by intelligence agents, according to friends and colleagues, and had received past threats over his sensitive work as an adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party.
The commission charged with investigating the 9 October attacks on border police outposts in northern Arakan State and subsequent allegations of grave human rights abuses has been granted an “indefinite extension” to its reporting deadline.
An official with the Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) reportedly said this week that Burma had reached its foreign direct investment (FDI) target of $6 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year.
On a tour of the ancient archaeological site Bagan on Tuesday, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi suggested that the long-held practice of scaling the major tourist attraction’s temples for sunrise and sunset views should be banned in future.
Arrests of Muslims suspected of involvement in the deadly 9 October assault on border police posts in northern Arakan State are continuing, with at least nine men detained over the last week, according to state media.
Residents of the neighbourhood in Malaysia where five Burmese migrant workers were killed by armed assailants last week told a local daily that the violence was uncharacteristic in a community made up of many foreign workers simply looking to earn a living.