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Friday, June 11, 2021

Why the National Unity Government’s Statement on Myanmar’s Rohingya Is Important

THE I DIPLOMAT
Angshuman Choudhury
June 09, 2021


The shadow government’s formal pledges to offer a persecuted minority justice and rights could help shape Myanmar’s future.

On June 3, Myanmar’s National Unity Government (NUG) – a shadow government formed by civilian lawmakers deposed by the military in its 1 February coup – released a historic position paper on the country’s Rohingya community. The three-page document formally lays down a set of pledges and positions that mark a clear break from the past in the relationship between the Myanmar state and the stateless Rohingya Muslim community.

Welcomed by many as a progressive declaration, it sets out with the premise that “everyone in the Union has full enjoyment of fundamental human rights” and that the NUG will “not tolerate any form of discrimination.” It asserts that “all ethnic groups who are native to the Union have full enjoyment of individual rights held by individual people and collective rights held by ethnic groups.”

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The Arakan Army, Myanmar Military Coup and Politics of Arakan

tni
Authors: Kyaw Lynn
Programmes:Myanmar in Focus

A Myanmar Commentary by Kyaw Lynn

In the aftermath of the November general election the intense fighting between the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army came to an unexpected halt. Since the February coup of the State Administration Council, the situation has remained delicately poised. Political sentiment is very high. But Rakhine nationalism is presently on a different cycle to political movements in other parts of the country. In this commentary Kyaw Lynn outlines why the coming months will remain a time of high tension and uncertainty in Arakan politics.


When political analysts in Myanmar and beyond discuss the role of ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) in the struggle against the military coup in February, the Arakan Army (AA) becomes one of the key political forces in shaping their dialogue and perceptions. The AA, the military wing of the United League of Army (ULA), is the only armed group that can challenge the power of the national armed forces (Tatmadaw) on Myanmar’s western frontiers. This became especially evident during the 2018-20 period when the ULA-AA demonstrated its sharp resistance against the power of the centralised Myanmar state. Behind the ULA rise, there were three key features: popular support among the Rakhine population, well-trained soldiers, and a younger leadership that read the evolving mood and political situation in the country perceptively well.

Sunday, May 9, 2021

After Working With Myanmar’s Regime, Rakhine’s Major Party Remains Divided

THE IRRAWADDY
7 May 2021

An Arakan National Party meeting at the headquarters in Sittwe in 2018.

Rakhine State’s voters and some senior party members have questioned the convictions of the Arakan National Party (ANP), the largest ethnically Rakhine party, as it begins to cuts ties with Myanmar’s regime three months after taking a seat on the military’s governing council.

ANP policy leadership committee member and spokeswoman Daw Aye Nu Sein joined the State Administrative Council (SAC), on Feb. 3 in the wake of the military coup.

However, its central executive committee meeting in Sittwe on Tuesday decided to end the party’s association with the military council.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ CDM လူပ္ရွားမႈကို မလိုလားဟု AA စစ္ဦးစီးခ်ဳပ္ ေျပာ

ဧရာဝတီ
11 April 2021
AA စစ္ဦးစီးခ်ဳပ္ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ ထြန္းျမတ္နိုင္ / AA
 
ရကၡိဳင့္ စစ္တပ္ (AA)တြင္ ပီျပင္သည့္ ရည္မွန္းခ်က္ အခိုင္အမာရွိၿပီး ျဖစ္သျဖင့္ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ အာဏာ ဖီဆန္ေရး အရပ္ဘက္ လႈပ္ရွားမႈ (CDM)ႏွင့္ လမ္းမေပၚရွိ ဆႏၵျပပြဲမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ၎တို႔၏ ရကၡိတလမ္းစဥ္ အေ ပၚတြင္ ေရာေထြး ေဝဝါး သြားရန္ မလိုေၾကာင္း AA ၏ စစ္ဦးစီးခ်ဳပ္ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ ထြန္းျမတ္နိုင္က ေျပာသည္။

ဗမာ တိုင္းရင္းသား အပါအဝင္ တျခားေသာ တိုင္းရင္းသား ျပည္သူမ်ား လိုလားေတာင့္တေနေသာ နိုင္ငံေရး ဆႏၵျပည့္ဝ ရန္အတြက္ တတ္နိုင္သည့္ဘက္က ကူညီပံ့ပိုးမည္ ျဖစ္လည္း ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္ အထက္ပါ လႈပ္ ရွားမႈမ်ားကို AA အဖြဲ႕က မလိုလားေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။

The Arakan Dream: The Search for Peace in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on the Verge of Civil War

TERRORISM MONITOR
Jack Broome
April 9, 2021

  Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 19 Issue: 7

On March 23, the Arakan Army (AA)—an ethnic armed organization (EAO) based largely in Myanmar’s Rakhine State—finally released a statement condemning the military’s seizure of power in the February 1 coup. AA spokesperson, Khine Thu Kha, said that the AA was “together…with the people” and would “continue to go forward for the oppressed Rakhine people” (Dhaka Star, March 23).

Up until this point, the AA had held back from issuing any kind of response to the coup, despite an increasing number of EAOs having already declared their support for the civil disobedience movement (CDM). Some groups, such as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which is one of the AA’s alliance partners, have even begun to carry out attacks against the military in retaliation (Kachin News, March 12). Similarly, when the State Administrative Council (SAC), Myanmar’s new military government, announced on March 10 that it had removed the AA from the list of terrorist organizations, the rebel group made no formal acknowledgement of the move (The Irrawaddy, March 11).

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Myanmar's Armed Groups Shifting Loyalty To China?

THE ASEAN POST
Maria Siow
29 March 2021
This file photo shows Rakhine ethnic people attending an ANP (Arakan National Party) event in Yangon for the Myanmar general election. (AFP Photo)


After weeks of silence as Myanmar ’s military cracked down on civilians protesting against the 1 February coup, the Arakan Army (AA), a major player among the country’s more than two dozen ethnic armed groups, this week announced it was on the side of the people.

“The current actions by the Burmese army and police are very cruel and unacceptable,” AA spokesman Khine Thu Khahe said on Tuesday (23 March), adding that “the oppressed ethnic people as a whole will continue to fight for their freedom from oppression”.

The AA’s statement was significant, as it comes just weeks after Myanmar’s junta removed the militia from its list of terrorist groups as a means of establishing peace across the nation of 55 million.

Myanmar’s Arakan Army, Allies Set to Resume Fight Against Tatmadaw Over Civilian Killings

THE IRRAWADDY 
30 March 2021
Arakan Army (AA) soldiers at their Kachin State headquarters in April 2019. / The Irrawaddy


The Arakan Army (AA) and its two partner ethnic armed groups in the Brotherhood Alliance said they are ready to join forces with all ethnic people in fighting against the Myanmar military regime if its brutal killing of anti-coup protesters continues.

The tripartite Brotherhood Alliance, which groups the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA); Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA); and the AA, condemned the military junta on Monday after the civilian death toll from its lethal crackdown on anti-regime protesters rose to at least 510 nationwide.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Rakhine's Arakan Army joins other minorities in condemning junta

Dhaka Tribune
REUTERS
March 23rd, 2021

The group condemned the current actions by the Burmese Army and police calling it 'cruel' and 'unacceptable' 

The Arakan Army (AA), a major ethnic militia in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, on Tuesday joined other ethnic groups in condemning last month’s military coup and the ensuing violent crackdown on protesters.

While several other armed groups fighting long-running wars in Myanmar's borderlands have signalled their support for pro-democracy protests, the AA, which had agreed a ceasefire with the government ousted on February 1, had not commented publicly.

Rebel militia in Myanmar’s Rakhine state joins other minorities in condemning junta

REUTERS
By Reuters Staff
APAC
MARCH 23, 2021

(Reuters) - The Arakan Army (AA), a major ethnic militia in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, on Tuesday joined other ethnic groups in condemning last month’s military coup and the ensuing violent crackdown on protesters.

While several other armed groups fighting long-running wars in Myanmar’s borderlands have signalled their support for pro-democracy protests, the AA, which had agreed a ceasefire with the government ousted on Feb. 1, had not commented publicly.

“It is a great sadness that innocent people are being shot and killed all over Myanmar,” AA spokesman Khine Thu Kha said in a message, adding that the group was “together ... with the people”.

Friday, January 1, 2021

AA ရခိုင္လက္နက္ကိုင္အဖဲြ႔ ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးခဲ့တဲ့ NLD ပါတီ ဝင္ သံုးဦးနဲ႔ တပ္မေတာ္သား သံုးဦး

VOA
AA ရခိုင္လက္နက္ကိုင္အဖဲြ႔ ျပန္လႊတ္ေပးခဲ့တဲ့ လႊတ္ေတာ္ကိုယ္စားလွယ္သုံးဦးႏွင့္ တပ္မေတာ္သားသုံးဦး။ (ဓာတ္ပုံ -တပ္မေတာ္သတင္းမွန္ ျပန္ၾကားေရးအဖြဲ႕ - ဇန္နဝါရီ ၀၁၊ ၂၀၂၁)

Arakan Army blames NLD, UEC for election impasse

mizzima

By Mizzima
01 January 2021 

Photo: Myanmar State Counsellor Office


The Arakan Army and politicians blamed Myanmar’s ruling party and electoral authorities Thursday for the failure to hold elections in Rakhine State, as analysts warned that holding a vote will be critical to keeping a fragile ceasefire going into 2021, RFA reported.

Amid Fragile Ceasefire, Frustration Over Missed Election in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Radio Free Asia ( RFA ) 
2020-12-31 
People wearing face shields and face masks to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus queue to vote at a polling station in Rakhine state, Nov. 8, 2020.
 

Rakhine’s ethnic army and politicians blamed Myanmar’s ruling party and electoral authorities Thursday for the failure to hold elections in the war-torn state, as analysts warned that holding a vote will be critical to keeping a fragile ceasefire going into 2021.

After a violent 2020 in Myanmar’s westernmost state, Rakhine residents were largely left out of voting in Nov. 8 general elections, with only a quarter of the state’s registered voters able to go to polls after authorities scrapped the election, citing security concerns.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

AA ႏွင့္တပ္မေတာ္၊ တပ္မေတာ္နွင္႔ NLD ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ တို့ အေရး

ရန္ကုန္ေခတ္သစ္
24 December 2020

 

 ျမန္မာျပည္မွာ မ်က္စိမွိတ္ၿပီးေတာ့ အေမွာင္ထဲမွာ ေဗဒင္ေဟာရသလိုပဲ။ တပ္က AAနဲ႔ ေတြ႕ေနၿပီ မူဆလင္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာဆိုတဲ့ စကားလုံးကို စကားလုံးကို စသုံးတယ္။ ဆိုေတာ့ တပ္ကဘယ္လိုသြားမလဲ။ NLD အစိုးရက ဘယ္လိုသြားမလဲ။ ဗန္းစကားနဲ႔ေျပာမယ္ဆိုရင္ ရႊီးေနတာလား"


အျပည္ျပည္ဆိုင္ရာ တရား႐ုံးICJ က ၎တို႔ခ်မွတ္ထားေသာ ၾကားျဖတ္အမိန႔္မ်ားကို အေကာင္ အထည္ေဖာ္ ၿခင္းရွိ၊ မရွိေစာင့္ၾကည့္စိစစ္မည့္ ေကာ္မတီတစ္ရပ္ (ad Hoc committee) ကို ဖြဲ႕စည္းလိုက္ေၾကာင္း ICJ က ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ၂၁ ရက္ေန႔က သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္သည္။ 


ICJ တရား႐ုံး ဆိုင္ရာ ဥပေဒ၊ ဆုံးျဖတ္ခ်က္မ်ားအရ ယင္းသို႔ ဖြဲ႕စည္းျခင္းျဖစ္ၿပီး ယင္းေကာ္မတီတြင္ တရား သူ ႀကီး ၃ ဦးပါဝင္ေၾကာင္း၊ အဆိုပါ ေကာ္မတီက တရား႐ုံးက ခ်မွတ္ထားေသာ ၾကားျဖတ္အမိန႔္မ်ား အေကာင္ အထည္ေဖာ္ျခင္းမ်ားကို ေစာင့္ၾကည့္ေလ့လာျခင္းျဖင့္ တရား႐ုံးကို ေထာက္ကူေပးမည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ ေကာ္မတီ အေနျဖင့္ ဘက္ေပါင္းစုံက ေပးလာေသာ သတင္းအခ်က္ အလက္မ်ား စိစစ္ၿပီး တရား႐ုံးေတာ္သို႔ တင္ျပမည္ ၿဖစ္ေၾကာင္း၊ လိုအပ္ပါက ဆုံးျဖတ္ ခ်က္မ်ားကို တရား႐ုံးေတာ္က ဆက္လက္ ေဆာင္ရြက္မည္ျဖစ္ေၾကာင္း ICJ ၏ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပထားသည္။

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Talks between Tatmadaw, Arakan Army proceed smoothly

MYANMAR TIMES
SAI WUNNA
22 DEC 2020
 
 Residents, who fled from conflict between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army (AA), arrive at a temporary refugee camp at a monastery in Sittwe, Rakhine State on June 29. Photo: AFP
 

Talks between the Tatmadaw (military) representatives and the Arakan Army are proceeding smoothly as both sides keep their desire to reach a ceafire agreement after over two years of clashes.

Major General Zaw Min Tun, chief of Tatmadaw True News Information Term, said the negotiation between representatives of the Tatmadaw and the ethnic Rakhine armed group is progressing so the relative peace in the strife-torn state remains.

“We have to continue the negotiations so as to end the fighting and move forward the peace process in the Rakhine State,” he told the Myanmar Times on December 21. “The Tatmadaw and the AA have the view that we need to keep on negotiating because the civilians in Rakhine support the negotiations for peace.”

Sunday, December 20, 2020

AA ႏွင့္ေဆြးေႏြးမႈ တိုးတက္မႈရွိဟု တပ္မေတာ္ေျပ

MYANMAR TIMES

ျမန္မာတိုင္းမ္ေန႔စဥ္
စိုင္းဝဏၰ
20 DEC 2020 

ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ ဘူးသီးေတာင္ၿမိဳ႕နယ္၌ လုံျခဳံေရးေစာင့္ၾကပ္ေနသည့္ တပ္မေတာ္သားတစ္ဦးအား ၂၀၁၉ ခုႏွစ္ ဇန္နဝါရီ ၇ ရက္က ေတြ႕ရစဥ္။ ဓာတ္ပုံ- အီးပီေအ

ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ေျမာက္ပိုင္း၌ စစ္မက္ျဖစ္ပြားမႈမ်ား ရပ္ဆိုင္းသြားေစၿပီးေနာက္ ရခိုင္လက္နက္ကိုင္အဖြဲ႕ အစည္း (AA) ႏွင့္ ေတြ႕ဆုံေဆြးေႏြးမႈမ်ားမွာ တိုးတက္မႈမ်ားရရွိေနသည္ဟု တပ္မေတာ္ သတင္းမွန္ျပန္ၾကားေရး အဖြဲ ႕ေခါင္းေဆာင္ ဗိုလ္ခ်ဳပ္ေဇာ္မင္းထြန္းက ျမန္မာတိုင္းမ္ကို ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၂၀ ရက္တြင္ ေျပာသည္။

ျမန္မာ့ တပ္မေတာ္မေနျဖင့္ AA ႏွင့္ တရားဝင္ သတင္းထုတ္ျပန္ျခင္းမရွိေသာ ေဆြးေႏြးမႈမ်ားျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့သည္။ ေနာက္ဆုံး အစည္းအေဝးမွာ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၉ ရက္က ၀ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္နယ္ေၿမ ပန္ဆန္းတြင္ျဖစ္သည္။ ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲသည္ တိုးတက္မႈ ရွိခဲ့ၿပီး AA အေနျဖင့္ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္းေရးလုပ္ငန္းစဥ္တြင္ ပါဝင္လာနိုင္ေရးကို တပ္မေတာ္က ရည္ရြယ္ေန သည္ဟု တပ္မေတာ္က ဆိုသည္။

Friday, December 11, 2020

Senior Tatmadaw negotiator meets AA vice chair

MYANMAR TIMES

SAI WUNNA
10 DEC 2020 
Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (C), wearing a protective face mask, leaves the stage after delivering a speech during a donation ceremony by Myanmar military for the ongoing pandemic of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Yangon, July10, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE

A senior Tatmadaw peace negotiator and a senior leader of the Arakan Army met on December 9 in Shan State as talks between the two sides intensifies, a source privy to the ongoing negotiations told The Myanmar Times.

The source said the meeting between a Tatmadaw major general and Nyo Tun Aung, the vice chair of the Rakhine ethnic armed group, was held in the headquarters of the United Wa State Army (UWSA) in Pangkham township in Wa’s self-administered region in Shan.

UWSA, the country’s largest ethnic armed group and AA are holdover groups that refused to sign the government initiated Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

Thursday, December 10, 2020

တပ္မေတာ္ႏွင့္ AA ပန္ဆန္းတြင္ ေဆြးေႏြး

ဧရာဝတီ

နန္းလြင္ႏွင္းပြင့္
10 December 2020

၂၀၁၆ ခုႏွစ္က မိုင္ဂ်ာယန္ တြင္ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ေသာ ညီလာခံသို႔ တက္ေရာက္ခဲ့ေသာ AA အဖြဲ႕မ်ား / ဧရာဝတီ

တပ္မေတာ္ ႏွင့္ ရကၡိဳင္စစ္တပ္ (AA) တို႔၏ ႏွစ္ဖက္ ကိုယ္စားလွယ္မ်ားသည္ “ဝ” ျပည္ေသြးစည္းညီညြတ္ေရး တပ္မေတာ္ (UWSA) ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္နယ္ေၿမ ပန္ဆန္းၿမိဳ႕တြင္ ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၉ ရက္ေန႔ကေတြ႕ဆုံေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကၾကာင္း သတင္းရရွိသည္။

ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္နဲ႔ AA ရကၡိဳင့္တပ္ေတာ္ ပထမဆုံးအႀကိမ္ ေတြ႕ဆုံေဆြးေႏြး

လြတ္လပ္တဲ့အာရွအသံ ( RFA )
ျမန္မာဌာန | သတင္းမ်ား
2020-12-10

ႏွစ္ႏွစ္နီးပါးၾကာ အျပင္းအထန္တိုက္ခိုက္ခဲ့ၾကတဲ့ ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္နဲ႔ AA ရခိုင့္တပ္ေတာ္တို႔ရဲ့ ႏွစ္ဖက္ ကိုယ္ စားလွယ္ေတြဟာ ဒီဇင္ဘာလ ၉ ရက္ေန႔က UWSA ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္တဲ့ ပန္ဆန္းၿမိဳ႕မွာ တစ္နာရီနီးပါးၾကာ ေတြ႕ ဆုံ ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကပါတယ္။

ဒီေဆြးေႏြးပြဲနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္လို႔ AA ျပန္ၾကားေရးတာဝန္ခံ ဦးခိုင္သုခ RFA ကို အခုလို အတည္ျပဳေျပာဆိုပါတယ္။

“မေန႔က ပန္ဆန္းမွာ ျမန္မာစစ္တပ္ရဲ့ကိုယ္စားလွယ္အဖြဲ႕နဲ႔ က်ေနာ္တို႔ ရကၡိဳင့္တပ္ေတာ္ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ အ ဖြဲ ႕ေတြ တစ္နာရီနီးပါးၾကာ ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့တယ္။ အဓိကေဆြးေႏြးတဲ့ အေၾကာင္းအရာေတြကေတာ့ ၿငိမ္းခ်မ္း ေရးနဲ႔ ေရြးေကာက္ပြဲဆိုင္ရာေတြ ေဆာင္ရြက္နိုင္ဖို႔နဲ႔ ႏွစ္ဖက္အပစ္အခတ္ရပ္စဲေရးကိစၥကို ေသခ်ာေအာင္ လုပ္ေဆာင္ နိုင္ဖို႔ အဓိကထား ေဆြးေႏြးခဲ့ၾကတာ ျဖစ္တယ္။ ေနာက္ထပ္ေဆြးေႏြးပြဲေတြလဲ မၾကာခင္မွာ ဆက္ၿပီးေဆာင္ ရြက္သြားနိုင္ေျခရွိတယ္”လို႔လည္း သူက ဆိုပါတယ္။

တပ္မေတာ္နဲ႔ ေအေအ အဖြဲ႕တို႔ ဝ ေဒသမွာ ေတြ႕

B B C

ဘီဘီစီ ၿမန္မာပိုင္း
12 Dec 2020

 ၂၀၁၉ က်ိဳင္းတုံေဆြးေႏြးပြဲ တက္ေရာက္လာတဲ့ ေအေအအဖြဲ႕


၂ ႏွစ္ ေက်ာ္ၾကာ တိုက္ပြဲေတြျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ ျမန္မာ့တပ္မေတာ္နဲ႔ ရကၡိဳင့္တပ္ေတာ္တို႔ဟာ ႏွစ္ဖက္လူ ခ်င္း ေတြ႕ဆုံေဆြးေႏြးမႈေတြ ဝေဒသမွာ စတင္ ျပဳလုပ္ခဲ့ပါတယ္။

ျမန္မာတပ္မေတာ္နဲ႔ ရကၡိဳင့္တပ္ေတာ္ ေအေအတို႔ဟာ မေန႔က ဒီဇင္ဘာ ၉ ရက္ေန႔က UWSA ၀ ထိန္းခ်ဳပ္တဲ့ နယ္ေျမမွာ ေတြ႕ဆုံ ေဆြးေႏြးမႈေတြ လုပ္ခဲ့ၾကတယ္လို႔ သိရပါတယ္။

ဒီ ေတြ႕ဆုံခဲ့မႈနဲ႔ ပတ္သက္ၿပီး ၀ တပ္ဖြဲ႕ ျပင္ပဆက္ဆံေရး အႀကီးအကဲ တစ္ဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ဦးေက်ာက္ေကာ္အမ္း က ဘီဘီစီကို မွန္ကန္ေၾကာင္း အတည္ျပဳပါတယ္။

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Ceasefire Raises Hopes of Elections in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

THE I DIPLOMAT 

Sebastian Strangio
December 07, 2020


The most important obstacle – a ceasefire – is now in place, but many more challenges remain.

One least heralded developments to have taken place in Myanmar since the country’s election on November 8 is the lull in fighting in Rakhine State in the west of the country. Until last month, fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA), which is fighting for greater autonomy from the central government, had raged in Rakhine since 2018. During that time, it had killed or injured hundreds and forced some 226,000 people to flee their homes.


Sasakawa Yohei, Japan’s special peace envoy to Myanmar, helped broker the ceasefire between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army.Credit: Flickr/ Palácio do Planalto

The conflict followed the army’s brutal assault on Muslim Rohingya communities in northern Rakhine, which caused thousands of civilian deaths and drove more than 700,000 people over the border into Bangladesh.

The fighting also prompted the Union Election Commission (UEC) to cancel the elections in nine townships of northern Rakhine State, in addition to other conflict-torn parts of Myanmar, claiming that these regions were “not in a situation to hold free and fair elections.” But now, an informal ceasefire between the AA and the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, has opened the door to supplementary elections in Rakhine, and beyond that, to the glimmer of a lasting solution to the civil war.
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