UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon toned down earlier statements supporting the UN’s recognition of the term “Rohingya,” a move that appears to have been calculated to avoid a backlash from the Burmese government and media.
DVB speaks to Dr. Aye Maung following his appointment as RNP chairman. He discusses the recent RNP conference and the party’s policies, as well as addressing the status of Rohingyas (or Bengalis) in Arakan State.
A mud volcano in Kyaukphyu Township on the west coast of Burma has erupted, spilling tons of mud across three village tracts and destroying more than 100 acres of paddies fields. No one has been reported injured.
Arakanese historical sites, such as Mrauk-U, will be protected under the new Arakan State Culture Heritage Conservation Law, includes penalties for anyone who builds, abuses, digs or exploits demarcated sites of cultural value.
“The responsibility for health and education in Rakhine State is the government’s responsibility, and the way to facilitate aid is through INGOs. The plan to allow MSF back should improve health services.”
Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn, nominated by the President’s Office as the next chief minister of Arakan State, has pledged to improve the living standards of the local population and restore stability to the region.
The Burmese President’s Office has nominated Border Affairs Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn as the new chief minister of Arakan State, a position vacated by Minister Hla Maung Tin who resigned last week.
The primary concern for UNICEF is the plight of children in Arakan State, and not the lexicon employed to describe members of the community, says Bertrand Bainvel, the agency’s leading official in Burma.
International agency finds itself again on the receiving end following a report that it had apologised for using the word “Rohingya” and promised Arakanese authorities that it would not use the term again.
The Emergency Coordination Centre, headed by Deputy Minister of Border Affairs Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn, has paid a visit to a displacement camp in Myebon Township near Sittwe, accompanied by UN and INGO representatives.
At the latest round of talks to restore humanitarian access in Arakan State, an ECC member said he was against further assistance to bolster the capacity of the existing hospital in the Dar Paing camp for IDPs near Sittwe.