The Irrawaddy Magazine

Arakanese Leaders to Propose Detention Camps for Undocumented Rohingya

Buddhist community leaders are considering a proposal to the government that would place Muslims without proof of citizenship in camps, possibly outside of Arakan State.


Shan IDPs Petition for Army to Vacate Occupied VillageDisplaced villagers in Shan State will submit a petition asking the Burmese Army to withdraw from their village, which troops have occupied since early July.

Ethnic Leaders Want Suu Kyi to Observe Signing of National CeasefireEthnic leaders meet with the opposition leader to discuss the peace process, and they urge the government to give her a greater role in negotiations.

One Civilian Killed After TNLA, Govt Troops ClashOne civilian is shot dead and another hospitalized with a gunshot wound following a clash between government troops and Palaung rebels in northern Shan State.

Burma Govt Agrees to Include Federal System in Ceasefire DealA system of autonomy is one the main demands of ethnic armed groups in talks to bring an end to decades of civil war.

200 Kachin Civilians Flee Fighting Near HpakantAbout 200 civilians in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township have reportedly been displaced by fresh clashes between the Burma Army and Kachin rebels in recent days.

Sino-Burmese Border Sees Majority of Human Trafficking RescuesBurma’s anti-human trafficking police report dozens of cases along the Sino-Burmese border, rescuing a total of 60 Burmese women from January through July.

Screening of ‘Bengali’ Citizenship Bids Begins in Arakan StateThe local government in Arakan State’s Myebon Township begins examining citizenship applications of residents self-identifying as “Bengalis” under a controversial pilot program for Rohingya Muslims.

Sentencing Delayed for 173 Farmers in Sagaing Land Grab CaseHundreds of farmers have been hit with charges for returning to land confiscated by the Burmese military and plowing it.

Shan Village Abandoned for Fear of Burma Army Reprisals A Shan village in Namkham Township, northern Shan State, was abandoned after the Burma Army interrogated villagers about the recent assassination of two military officers.

First Resettlements Set to Begin in Violence-Hit MeikhtilaOut of 7,845 people who remain displaced after violence in the central Burma town in March last year, 220 households are set to be resettled.

Burmese Army Officers Murdered in Violence-Wracked NamkhamTwo Burmese Army officers are reportedly murdered in northern Shan State, where government troops have clashed in recent months with ethnic armed rebel groups.

Govt Disagrees With UN Rights Envoy’s Burma ConcernsA Burmese government official pushes back against a UN statement in which its special rapporteur to Burma warned that the country risks backtracking on reforms.

Burmese Govt Reversed MSF Ban Because of ‘International Pressure’The medical NGO was last week invited to return to Arakan State after it was expelled over alleged bias in favor of Rohingya Muslims.

Mon Activist Wins Asian Women’s AwardThe women’s rights activist Khin Khin Kyu wins the N-Peace Award for her efforts to advance the rights of ethnic minority women in Burma.

Arakan Govt Softens Stance Toward MSFThe Arakan State government and Burma’s Ministry of Health encourage international humanitarian organizations—including the previously maligned Medecins Sans Frontieres—to work in the state.

Landslide Kills 5 Civilians in Kachin CampFive people were killed after a landslide hit a camp for displaced Kachin civilians near Laiza, Kachin State, on Tuesday, following days of heavy rain.

New UN Rights Rapporteur Meets With Rohingya, Arakan LeadersYanghee Lee, the new UN rapporteur on the human rights in Burma, met with leaders of the Arakanese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities in Sittwe.

Two Civilians Killed in Renewed Clashes in Northern Shan State: TNLAA spokesman says government troops attacked ethnic Palaung rebel troops after they entered a village to discuss opium eradication with locals.

178 Govt Troops Killed by TNLA This Year: Rebel LeadersAs fighting escalates in northern Shan State, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) says it has killed at least 178 government troops since January.


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