Weekly News Round-Up (23/10/15)

23 October 2015

News From HART


  • Amnesty International calls for the immediate release of two peace activists who were arrested last week.
  • Amnesty International calls for the immediate release of an election candidate who was charged for the participation in a peaceful protest that took place 10 months ago.
  • Aung San Suu Kyi visited Rakhine state, but avoided the Rohingya internment camps. The opposition leader did however venture a cautiously inclusive statement, saying that “It is very important that all people regardless of religion living in our country must be safe”.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reaffirmed their commitment to reducing hunger in Burma, through cooperation with the Burmese government.
  • Amnesty International released a report, based on over 100 interviews with Rohingya refugees. The report uncovers the extent of persecution and abuse the Rohingya community continues to face.
  • A significant part of the Burmese population may be unable to vote in the election coming up in two weeks. Problems include the inability of persons working overseas to register, the errors and omissions on voter lists, the cancellation of polling in areas affected by ethnic violence, and the withdrawal of voting rights from certain ethnic groups.
  • Ethnic Shan human rights organisations are calling for the Burma Army to halt attacks, not to undermine prospects of a lasting peace agreement.
  • Candidates in the Tanintharyi Region expressed concerns that the ballot boxes to be used for the election are not safe enough.
  • The leaders of four main religious groups released a joint statement calling for tolerance and respect of religious freedom as essential conditions for every child to grow and develop to their full potential.


  • Former member of State Minorities Commission has stated that caste based oppression of Christian dalits has continued in South India and has accused the government of doing ‘nothing about it’.
  • As incidents of intolerance and discrimination against Dalits continue this week, government leaders have made controversial statements seeming to condone the oppression. The opposition have reacted by demanding certain leader’s resignations for the comments.


  • A suicide bombing in a mosque in Maiduguri claimed the lives of at least 28 people.
  • A Nigerian general is jailed 6 months for failing his duties in one of the army’s worst defeats by Boko Haram back in January in the north-eastern town of Baga.
  • Boko Haram storms village in Adamawa State on a Saturday night, killing 12 people. Reports were of gunmen invading the village followed by two female suicide bombers disguised in the bush as fleeing villages who set off explosives.
  • Self-defence fighters along with Nigerian soldiers say they have killed 150 Boko Haram militants as well as seizing guns and explosives used for suicide bombings and rescuing 36 women and children.
  • Gunmen open fire on four cars outside Jingalta village, 45 miles away from Borno State’s capital Maiduguri. 20 people were shot dead.
  • Buhari has finally selected all 36 members of his Cabinet, five months after election, though the Senate still needs to approve the nominees. Selections reflect the government’s high priorities, including counter-terrorism, anti-corruption reforms and stability in the oil-producing Niger Delta.


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