The woes of war in western Myanmar have been exacerbated by Cyclone Mocha, with already-struggling residents saying they have still received no assistance, and even accusing the military of launching fresh attacks during the storm.
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A vindictive junta is further undermining rule of law by cracking down on lawyers who represent victims of political persecution. Some of them now face the prospect of lengthy prison terms just for doing their jobs.
Charles Santiago, Malaysian MP and chairman of the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, spoke to Frontier last month in Kuala Lumpur. He called for ASEAN to rethink its approach to the crisis in Myanmar, including by making changes to the special envoy position and openly engaging with the National Unity Government.
The declining kyat and the junta’s import restrictions have made vital medicines more expensive and in some cases hard to buy – with potentially deadly consequences for those suffering from serious health conditions.
Bangladesh has finally allowed more schooling for Rohingya refugee children, but still insists on using the Myanmar curriculum in the hope that they will one day return – a hope many Rohingya share, but which looks increasingly out of reach.
OmegaPro, an investment scheme parading as an online membership club, is offering the promise of incredible profits, drawing people in at a time of great uncertainty. National regulators and analysts examining the company believe it to be a pyramid scheme.
Residents of an Ayeyarwady Region township are being forced to choose between joining the military or paying an onerous fine, with the large cash payments seemingly being used to lure more young people into joining up.
Civilians and community workers in Rakhine State are living in dread as the Arakan Army and military junta trade arrests, and the threat of war looms large.
Riders for online food delivery service Foodpanda have gone on strike, accusing the German-owned company of slashing rates while putting workers in danger as they navigate Myanmar’s increasingly dangerous cities.
Today marks one year since the Myanmar military regime detained Frontier columnist Sithu Aung Myint. There is absolutely no basis to the charges against him. He and dozens of other journalists are being persecuted simply for doing their job, and should be freed immediately.