More land has been
confiscated by Arakan state authorities for recently resettled Rakhine
villagers in southern Maungdaw, according to a Rohingya farmer who spoke to
Kaladanpress on condition of anonymity.
President Thein Sein’s
decision to repeal a ban on public gatherings is being welcomed in Burma as
another step towards establishing freedom of expression. But a parliamentarian
said revoking many other repressive laws in Burma should now be fast-tracked.
The Karen National
Union (KNU), one of Southeast Asia’s oldest insurgent groups, marked the 64th
anniversary of its struggle for greater autonomy on Thursday with vows to
continue fighting until its ultimate goal has been reached.