Concluding a ten-day visit to Burma, the UN’s new special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee, painted a decidedly mixed picture of the country’s ongoing reform process.
A programme to register stateless Muslim IDPs to determine whether they are eligible for citizenship is continuing at Myebon camp in Arakan State.
The construction of a fence along Burma’s border with Bangladesh has resumed in Arakan State to stop people entering the country illegally.
US President Barack Obama praised the ongoing process of political reforms in Burma, but warned that democracy would not succeed if oppression against the Muslim minority in the country continued.
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.
Spokesperson for Malteser International, Johannes Kaltenbach speaks to DVB about the violence that kicked off in Arakan state on Wednesday, forcing 71 aid workers to evacuate.