“Hundreds of thousands of people” have been severely affected by the paring back of UN and NGO operations, after mob attacks in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe forced aid agencies to pull staff from the region.
A two-year project to develop English language teaching will see 50 language teachers from the UK spreading out to work in schools across Myanmar as part of an agreement between the British Council and Ministry of Education.
Witnesses in the Unity journal trial have testified that they did not see any signs warning that a military factory was designated a restricted area.
Rakhine organisers of the first census to be held in Myanmar for 30 years had decided they might as well ignore international standards and get the most controversial question over and done with first.
United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon has called President U Thein Sein, urging him to ensure that the nationwide census currently underway is conducted in a peaceful and credible manner.
The United Nations has extended the mandate of the special rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar and renewed its call for the government to allow the opening of a country office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The United Nations Population Fund said on Monday that recent statements from the government on self-identification in Myanmar’s census raise “serious concerns” about its commitment to upholding international standards.