News Round-Up 14/05/16

14 May 2016

News from HART

  • The HART Team have just returned from a visit to partners on the Thailand-Burma border. Stay tuned for the visit report!


  • Protests against a joint mining operation with China in Letpadaung. Villagers say their land has been unlawfully confiscated to expand the mine. After big protests in 2012 and 2013, when riot police raided a protest camp injuring more than 100 people, then opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi led an inquiry that recommended compensating the residents and minimizing environmental damage
  • A proposal submitted to the Lower House of Burma’s Parliament late last week by a lawmaker of the Arakan National Party (ANP) urged the government to “resolve citizenship issues” in Burma in accordance with the 1982 Citizenship Law. The proposal suggested that a nationwide citizenship verification drive be undertaken. The proposed restart of a previous scheme would allow Rohingya individuals to apply for citizenship—under the 1982 law—on the condition that they self-identify as “Bengali.”





  • A suicide bomber attacked on Thursday, killing seven people including two police officers who stopped him entering a bustling complex of government offices in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri. 18 were injured.
  • Thursday’s blast comes the day after worshipers prevented a suicide bomber from entering a mosque in Maiduguri. The military said the bomber blew himself up and wounded four people. The two bombings this week are the first attacks in two months.




  South Sudan



  • Ugandan police arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye, just hours before the man he accuses of winning a sham election, Yoweri Museveni, is sworn in for a fifth term as president on Thursday.


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