Malaysian police said yesterday they had found 139 grave sites and 28 abandoned detention camps used by people-smugglers and capable of housing hundreds, laying bare the grim extent of the region’s migrant crisis.
Critics say the new flag introduced in 2010 by the previous military regime fails to inspire feelings of national pride.
The cheering crowds have dispersed and the votes are counted. You’ve won the election. What’s your next stop?
U Thein Sein has approved a controversial population control law sponsored by nationalist Buddhist organisations but denounced by local women’s rights groups and by wide sections of the international community as primarily aimed at ethnic minorities.
Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has called on the government to convene an urgent session of six-way talks to discuss amendments to Myanmar’s constitution, while questioning whether there is a commitment to hold parliamentary elections on time.
Rampant human smuggling from Rakhine State has taken an even grimmer turn with first-hand accounts of quota-driven traffickers resorting to abducting children and forcing them onto Malaysia-bound boats.
The search for five migrant-carrying boats marooned off the Rakhine State coast continues, while 200 Bangladeshis rescued by Myanmar’s navy will soon be repatriated, according to officials.