By NAW NOREEN / DVB
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) at a camp in Papun District, Karen State, have staged a demonstration to call for the withdrawal of Burmese military forces from the area, as well as a campaign to clear landmines.
The protesting IDPs, the vast majority of whom were ethnic Karen, marched around E Htu Hta camp to voice their demands, and said that they are unwilling to return to their own villages until these steps are taken.
By KIMBERLEY PHILLIPS / DVB
NAYPYIDAW — State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi opened a second round of peace talks under her government here in the capital on Wednesday, predicting that the coming days would bring “intense discussions, exchanges of views, debates and difficult decisions.”
A new report released on Tuesday provides another grim accounting of gross human rights abuses allegedly committed by security forces against the Rohingya in northern Arakan State, according to the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.
Based on an enquiry conducted across the border in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, the report comes while the government steadfastly refuses to cooperate with a United Nations fact-finding mission in the restive region, as well as Kachin and Shan states.
Rights groups on Tuesday released a joint report giving the ruling National League for Democracy government abysmal marks on matters related to press freedom and free expression over the party’s first year in power.
Fourteen media freedom and rights groups including PEN Myanmar, the Myanmar Journalist Association, Burma News International (BNI) and Pyi Gyi Khin released their “scorecard” on the eve of World Press Freedom Day. Assessing improvements to the free expression environment across six areas, the NLD was given a score of 8 out of a maximum 60 points.
Four people have been killed and about 60 houses destroyed as storms caused by Cyclone Maarutha wreaked havoc in the Irrawaddy Delta.
Speaking to DVB yesterday, Irrawaddy Division Transportation Minister Win Htay said, “A 50-year-old man was killed when a tree fell on him in Hinthada Township, while a bolt of lightning killed another man in Laputta. Two women were also killed by electrocution in Laputta.”