More than 30,000 people have fled Burma’s restive Kokang autonomous zone in the aftermath of an attack by the region’s dominant ethnic armed group on the administrative capital Laogai earlier this month.
Join the “roadies” of DVB’s Doh Pyay Doh Myay (Our Land, Our Region) in Hainggyi Kyun, a coastal settlement in the Irrawaddy Delta located about 220 kilometres southwest of Rangoon. There, for many, lives and livelihoods are tied to the sea.
The Ministry of Information says the winners of five new content provider licences granting the recipients digital free-to-air television channels under the state-owned broadcaster MRTV will be announced at the end of this month.
The United Wa State Army withdrew its troops from the Mongla region this week, signalling the end of a six-month-long standoff with the National Democratic Alliance Army, which controls the autonomous area in northern Shan State.
The Kokang Self-Administered Zone’s capital Laogai, in northern Shan State, came under attack early Monday morning, with a spokesman for the coalition of ethnic armed groups identifying itself as the Northern Alliance saying one of its members was responsible for the assault.
The Mon State legislature on Wednesday approved the appointment of Dr. Aye Zan as the state’s new chief minister, less than a week after the resignation of his predecessor was formally accepted by the Union government.
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.