Nearly two dozen Rakhine State farmers are threatening to sue a Chinese state-owned oil refinery unless they can reach a compromise over compensation for crops allegedly destroyed by the pipeline project.
The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has announced that her fifth visit to the country will start today and extend until January 20. A statement announcing Yanghee Lee’s visit said she plans to make stops in Myitkyina, Hpakant and Laiza in Kachin State, as well as Sittwe, Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw in Rakhine State, in addition to taking meetings in Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon.
The CEO and chief editor at Eleven Media were granted bail on their fourth appeal last week, following an apology and retraction of the editorial which sparked the legal feud with the Yangon Region government.
The Ta’ang National Liberation Army - one of the armed groups engaged in ongoing fighting with the Tatmadaw - has slammed the new government’s guidance of the peace process as “ineffectual”. The group, which has not signed a ceasefire, demanded a widening of the peace process and called on the NLD to do more leg work to involve all ethnic groups.
The new Mandalay City Development Committee is up and running. More than four months after elections for the municipal body, and one embittered election dispute later, the new members were sworn in on January 6 without a hitch.