Teknaf, Bangladesh: Ten Rohingyas were arrested and pushed back into Burma by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on July 22nd, according to a local from Teknaf Town named Kamal.
Senior representatives from 16 of Burma's armed ethnic groups this week arrived in Laiza, the Kachin Independence Organization's (KIO) de facto headquarters, for talks aimed at solidifying a united rebel front in advance of further negotiations between the armed groups and the central government. The talks began on Thursday and are expected to last until early next week.
The Pyithu Hluttaw has approved a draft bill submitted by its National Races Affairs and Peace Making Committee that provides for the creation of a Ministry of Ethnic Affairs.
A group of Myanmar workers who said they endured "atrocious" working conditions at two garment factories in China have returned home and been reunited with their families, said the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society group and the International Labour Organisation.
Charges have been brought against three people accused of involvement in a fabricated rape claim that sparked three days of communal rioting in Mandalay early this month, a senior Home Affairs Ministry official told Mizzima in Nay Pyi Taw on July 23.
In an unexpected move, the Rakhine State Government has invited an international branch of the international medical aid group, Medicins Sans Frontieres, to "participate" in humanitarian activities in the state.
The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) will join the upcoming Third Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAO) conference in the Kachin State capital of Laiza, according to SSA-S sources. The SSA-S delegation will be led by Lt-Col Sai Ngeun, chief aide to SSA-S leader Lt-Gen Yawd Serk. The EOC conference will focus on the latest draft of the nationwide ceasefire agreement prepared by the NCCT, 16-member group which has been negotiating a ceasefire with Naypyidaw on behalf of armed ethnic groups
Starting this August, Mon State’s edition of the state-run newspaper Myanma Alinn will include a weekly section written in Mon and other ethnic languages spoken in Mon State.
There has been no increase in deportations of Myanmar refugees from camps in Thailand since restrictions began being enforced on their movement in late June, the United Nations refugee agency told Mizzima on July 23.
Sacked former religious affairs minister U Hsan Hsint has been charged with sedition as well as breach of trust, his lawyer said after a hearing at Thabeikkyin Township Court in Nay Pyi Taw on July 22.
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