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October 2019 - Myanmar News
- Three Villagers Escape From Myanmar Army Days After Rakhine Fighters Hijack Ferry Radio Free Asia 31 Oct 2019 -- Three villagers detained by Myanmar forces immediately following a weekend raid to free captives taken from a passenger ferry hijacked by the rebel Arakan Army in strife-torn Rakhine state escaped Wednesday while being held for interrogation in Rathedaung township, relatives of two of the men said Thursday.
- Fallow Fields, Empty Tourist Attractions as Conflict Takes Toll on Economy of Myanmar's Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 31 Oct 2019 -- The Myanmar military's heavy-handed war on Arakan Army (AA) rebels across northern Rakhine state and in neighboring Chin state's remote Paletwa region has lasted for 10 months without either side defeating the other, but has resulted in significant economic damage to local residents.
- Aung San Suu Kyi Remarks on Myanmar Constitutional Reform Rankle Some Supporters Radio Free Asia 29 Oct 2019 -- Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi met U.S. Assistant Secretary of State David Stilwell on Tuesday in Naypyidaw to discuss continued American support for the country's democratic transition, a visit that came as supporters in Myanmar questioned her commitment to pledged reforms that helped her win power in 2015.
- Myanmar Army Says it Rescued 15 Abductees From Arakan Army Custody Radio Free Asia 28 Oct 2019 -- Myanmar's military staged a dramatic helicopter attack and rescue on Arakan Army (AA) motorboats that were carrying 58 passengers abducted from a large passenger boat in strife-torn Rakhine state over the weekend, freeing 14 passengers, government and army spokesmen said.
- Under Pressure at Home, Arakan Army Says it Will Take Fight to Myanmar Heartland Radio Free Asia 27 Oct 2019 -- The Arakan Army (AA) has announced it would expand operations from Rakhine state, where it is under heavy government army pressure in its nearly year-old fight for greater autonomy, to the heartland of Myanmar with the help of allied ethnic armies.
- Rights body throws doubt on Dhaka's plan to relocate Rohingya to remote island Press TV 25 Oct 2019 -- An international rights group has disputed Bangladesh's claims that thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees have agreed to a plan by the government to relocate them to a remote island that is prone to devastating natural disasters.
- Amnesty International Report Says Civilians in Myanmar's War-Torn Shan State Face Human Rights Violations From Both Sides Radio Free Asia 24 Oct 2019 -- Myanmar's army and its ethnic army foes in the decades-long conflict in Myanmar's Shan state have both committed human rights abuses against civilians, Amnesty International said in a report on Thursday.
- Weekend Fighting in Rakhine Results in Casualties for Both Military and Arakan Army Radio Free Asia 22 Oct 2019 -- Fighting in Myanmar's war-ravaged Rakhine state over the weekend resulted in casualties for both Myanmar's military and the Arakan Army (AA) rebels, their spokesmen told RFA's Myanmar Service on Tuesday.
- Bangladesh Official: Rohingya Families Will Move to Bhashan Char Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2019 -- A group of Muslim-minority Rohingya refugees have agreed to leave their camps in the Cox's Bazar region and move to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal as part of a government relocation program to address overcrowding, an official said.
- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Urges Swift Repatriation of Rohingya Radio Free Asia 21 Oct 2019 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on Myanmar's State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday to quickly facilitate the repatriation of over 700,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to their former homes in Rakhine state, also urging the de facto national leader to guarantee safe conditions for their return.
- Bangladesh to move Rohingya refugees to remote, flood-prone island Press TV 20 Oct 2019 -- Thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar who have taken refuge in Bangladesh are now planned to be relocated from camps to a flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal.
- Myanmar Angers Coal Region Residents by Extending Life of Polluting Chinese-run Mine Radio Free Asia 17 Oct 2019 -- Residents of Tigyit village tract in Myanmar's northern Shan state are up in arms over the central government's decision in August to extend the operation period of a Chinese-owned coal-fired power plant that they say has exceeded land use specifications, severely polluted the local environment, and jeopardized their health and their livelihoods.
- Myanmar's Arakan Army is Recruiting and Training to Fight Government VOA 16 Oct 2019 -- On the edge of a mountainside in Northern Myanmar's Kachin state, several hundred young army recruits kick up the dust as they jog down a trail during early morning military drills.
- Myanmar's Rakhine Conflict Takes Toll on Firefighters, Police Radio Free Asia 15 Oct 2019 -- An official from Rakhine state's fire department in western Myanmar on Tuesday appealed to the Arakan Army to release firefighters detained as they traveled on a bus, days after suspected rebels took them and other passengers hostage near the town of Mrauk-U.
- Arakan Army Shows Off Video of Rakhine Defector From Myanmar Military Radio Free Asia 14 Oct 2019 -- The Arakan Army has released a video of an ethnic Rakhine soldier who joined the rebel military after he defected from the Myanmar military, in which he alleges that government forces routinely discriminate against minority soldiers among its ranks and abuse Rakhine civilians.
- Rohingya Refugees Who Returned to Myanmar on Their Own Say They Still Face Hardship Radio Free Asia 11 Oct 2019 -- Some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal military-led crackdown in Myanmar's Rakhine state in 2017 and sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh say they have not been able to go back to their original villages after returning to Rakhine of their own volition.
- Planned China Railway Raises Fears of Land Grabs in Myanmar Radio Free Asia 10 Oct 2019 -- Residents of central Myanmar's Mandalay region said Thursday that they are increasingly fearful of forced property confiscation lost farmland in areas slated for the construction of a high-speed railway running from Kunming in southwestern China to their city under the massive Belt and Road Initiative.
- Three Myanmar Soldiers Die in Shan State Ethnic Army Ambush Radio Free Asia 09 Oct 2019 -- Three Myanmar government soldiers were killed and at least seven civilians and three other troops were injured Wednesday morning during a rebel army ambush on a military convoy in war-torn northern Shan state, local and military officials and area residents said.
- Myanmar Rejects Rohingya Refugee Visit to Rakhine State to Inspect Conditions For Repatriation Radio Free Asia 03 Oct 2019 -- Myanmar has rejected an offer by China to facilitate a visit by a group of Rohingya refugees to its Rakhine state to investigate the situation there ahead of a possible repatriation from temporary camps across the border in Bangladesh, a senior Myanmar foreign ministry official confirmed Thursday.
- Myanmar Army Shoots Rakhine Man Dead And Is Accused of Rights Abuses in Shan State Radio Free Asia 02 Oct 2019 -- Myanmar soldiers shot dead a villager in northern Rakhine state's Kyauktaw township after he failed to stop his motorbike as ordered for a security check in the war-ravaged area, residents and an army spokesman said.
- UN: Refugees Sailing from Bangladesh, Myanmar Face Greater Perils at Sea Radio Free Asia 01 Oct 2019 -- Nearly 1,600 refugees and asylum seekers sailed the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea between January 2018 and June 2019, UNHCR said in a report Tuesday, noting that the journeys resumed after a two-year lapse but have become more deadly than in previous years.
- Mortar Explosions Injure Five Civilians in Myanmar's War-torn Rakhine State Radio Free Asia 01 Oct 2019 -- Five civilians were injured early Tuesday by mortar shelling in western Myanmar's war-ravaged Rakhine state, with some local residents accusing the government military of intentionally launching the assault on their community.
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