Burma’s presidential spokesperson rejects Obama’s allegation that Burmese Muslims are oppressed, and refutes US claims that communities in Arakan State have been left in a precarious situation by the absence of international aid workers.
Children in Arakan’s IDP camps are becoming malnourished as UN aid agencies and INGOs struggle to resume operations in the violence-plagued state.
Burma vows to protect aid workers in Arakan State after a briefing by the Arakan Commission concluded the government’s response to the violence was “sluggish”.
Government authorities say they will take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of foreigners and Burmese nationals working for aid agencies in Arakan state. Meanwhile IDPs are facing food shortages as the decrease in staff affects supply chains.
The UN envoy concludes his six-year tenure as Special Rapporteur with a press conference at which he praised Burma’s reforms but questioned the impartiality of a domestic inquiry into the alleged massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Duchira Dan on 13-14 January.