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Govt Summons RNDP Over Calendar, Newsletter

27 December 2012

Burma’s Union Election Commission summoned leaders of the Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) earlier this week to demand an explanation for the party’s publication of a calendar that featured photos of Thida Htwe, an ethnic Arakanese woman whose murder in late May sparked months of communal violence in Arakan State. Narinjara reports that the commission threatened legal action over the calendar and the party’s use of anti-Muslim language in its newsletter. It also warned that the RNDP’s plans to commemorate the fall of the Arakan Empire on Dec. 31 undermined national unity.