Chin refugees in India fleeing persecution in Burma are left to fend for themselves as the UNHCR and local organisations tasked with protecting them fall prey to a “culture of denial and victim-blaming,” says the Chin Human Rights Organisation.
A human rights advocacy group calls for investigation into Britain’s decision to give millions in aid money to assist the Burma government’s census as international criticism mounts over the census process.
A Shan village signpost in Nawng Khio, northern Shan State, was demolished by unknown assailants on April 9, to the anger of some Shan cyber-users.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a British environmental organization, has announced it will move forward with plans to establish a nature reserve in northern Kachin state to protect the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey discovered by FFI researchers in 2010.
Aye Mi Aung – As Burma’s first census in decades ends tomorrow, some households in Mon and Karen states are feeling left out. There are complaints of poor information as to when collections were to take place, said Nai Layie Tamarh, member of the census collection observing group. Homes that were reached didn’t always get a sticker to show collections had taken place. Others, with family working abroad, were reportedly ignored.
Dozens of Rakhine, allegedly from Bangladesh, were arrested by the army after being spotted carrying weapons in the mountain pass of Sein Nyin Pya north, said a village admin officer from Buthidaung, agreeing to be interviewed on condition of anonymity. The 41 arrestees, who were brandishing 16 swords, 8 firearms, 4 bows and even catapults and slingshots, were spotted by wood collectors and ranchers, claimed the officer.
Members of the Union parliament have alleged that the work of a committee appointed to investigate land ownership disputes is being hampered by conflicts of interest.
Myanmar activists opposed to hate speech took their campaign to upper Myanmar on April 8, with small groups gathering in several cities to warn against the use of language that can inflame religious and ethnic tensions.
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