The Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) says five of its members, including three health workers, were abducted by the Arakan Army (AA) this week in Ponnagyun, Rakhine State.
China reserves the right to interfere in Myanmar’s affairs; it’s time Myanmar educated itself about its northern neighbor by creating think tanks and research institutes.
Fighting in Rakhine has derailed the voter list process for Myanmar’s election as authorities are unable to post lists in active conflict areas and lack data on IDP camps.
As a terrorist group, the AA will not be invited to this month’s Union Peace Conference, the government said, prompting the Brotherhood Alliance to threaten a boycott.
After a year-long internet blackout, 2G service has resumed in western Myanmar’s conflict zones but locals say the signal is weak and telecom firms appear to be limiting access.
At least seven police and military personnel were killed in fighting with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State, along with one immigration officer who was conducting a census.
The Myanmar military has arrested three Rakhine women described as pillars of their community—the latest in a string of detentions over alleged ties to the Arakan Army.
The Arakan Army denies reports that it killed three members of the Arakan Liberation Army, a Rakhine State armed group that signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement in 2015.
Rights groups say they can do nothing to protect civilians in ongoing violence between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military.
The Chin National Front has told the Arakan Army again that it must withdraw from Chin State’s Paletwa, where the Rakhine armed group has been fighting the Myanmar military.
A woman from Rathedaung filed a complaint with police saying she was raped by three Myanmar military soldiers who also attempted to rape her 19-year-old daughter.
The NLD performed poorly in Rakhine State in 2015 and is set to suffer again in November as it struggles to find candidates for the conflict-ridden north of the state.
Relief groups joined the UN and ambassadors to call on the military and the Arakan Army to stop the violence in Rakhine as thousands have fled their homes since last week.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said Myanmar needs international support to cut off funding, arms, recruits and popular support for terrorist groups.
The evacuation prompted diplomatic missions in Myanmar to issue a statement on the worsening humanitarian and security situation in Rakhine and southern Chin State.