Government officials say 187 of more than 700 people aboard a vessel rescued in late May are from Myanmar.
Defence lawyers for the 32 people arrested in Rakhine State under the colonial-era Unlawful Association Act for alleged contacts with the Arakan Army claim their clients were beaten by the police while in custody.
Across the country, families are grappling with joblessness, drought, flooding, land-grabs and the effects of migration. For many, securing a place to sleep for the night is their highest aspiration.
Anger is growing over the rape of a Myanmar migrant worker, allegedly by Thai men, as monks and other activists demand action on the part of both the Thai and Myanmar governments.
A Bangladeshi border guard was wounded and another is being held by Myanmar after troops from the two countries exchanged fire yesterday, witnesses said.
The National League for Democracy has called for an “urgent” scale-up of voter education programs to ensure electoral rolls are accurate at this year’s election.
As attention focuses on the military veto and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s eligibility for the presidency, observers have warned that proposed constitutional changes tabled in parliament could potentially weaken judicial independence.