Administration officer harasses villagers to participate in census

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Maungdaw municipal, Block number 2, administration officer- Yousuf- is harassing the villagers to participate in census which authority frame for Rohingya community since June 16, said Aziz, an elder from Block # 2.

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Changing dynamics in Myanmar impact Bangladesh’s geopolitics

By Zahedul Amin

On May 28, as the latest skirmish unfolded between Bangladesh’s Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP), leaving one BGB member dead, the uneasy relationship between the two neighbors again came to the fore. Although Bangladesh is mostly surrounded by India, it does share a short border with Myanmar, the importance of which has increased dramatically over the past decade. Despite the recent spate of unrest, Bangladesh is eager to resolve the simmering crisis, especially given Myanmar’s strategic importance as the gateway to China and ASEAN, and as a potential long-term supplier of natural gas.

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“I’d kill him” – Racist violence as state policy in Burma

By Andrea Gittleman

In some areas of remote Rakhine State in western Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar), mothers struggle to find medicine for their sick children, people avoid visiting clinics for fear of violence, and entire communities face serious illness and even death from preventable diseases. This black hole of medical care – created specifically to punish members of the minority Rohingya ethnic group – threatens millions of people in Rakhine State.
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