Rakhine in the throes of land grab?

September 29, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 29 September 2017: Battered by global outrage over an army crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, Myanmar has found comfort in an old friend – China, an Asian superpower whose unflinching support is tied to the billions it has lavished on ports, gas and oil in violence-hit Rakhine state.

Close to half a million Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh in the last month after a militant attack sparked a vicious military campaign that the UN has called “ethnic cleansing”.

China — which is expected to speak later Thursday at a UN Security Council meeting on the crisis — has fallen out of step with much of the world in condemning the army-led crackdown. Read more

India calls for restraint in Rakhine

September 11, 2017 by  
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NEW DELHI, 11 September 2017: India has called for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, urging its ally to act with restraint as hordes of Rohingya flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.

“We would urge that the situation in Rakhine State be handled with restraint and maturity, focusing on the welfare of the civilian population alongside those of the security forces,” the foreign ministry said in a statement late Saturday.

“It is imperative that violence is ended and normalcy in the State restored expeditiously,” it said, adding it was concerned about the outflow of refugees. Read more

Travel to Rakhine off limits

August 30, 2017 by  
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BANGKOK, 30 August 2017: Fatal attacks on security forces in northern Rakhine State and ongoing violent clashes with militants prompted updates to travel advisories  this week warning visitors to avoid Rakhine State.

Smarttraveller, the travel advisory service of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade was the first to issue a caution on travel to the west Myanmar coastal state.

Trouble focused on Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships in northern Rakhine State. Read more