Mrauk-U’s UNESCO World Heritage Bid Has a Drug Problem

Myo Thiri Kyaw 03 Mar 2022

A final proposal seeking to designate Mrauk-U as a UNESCO World Heritage Site was submitted to the World Heritage Committee in Paris on December 30, according to the Department of Archeology and National Museum. The building of squatter homes and other alterations to the landscape, however, are among the activities that may be jeopardising the UNESCO heritage bid, conservationists say. 

Growing Influence and Unease in Arakan State

Nay Myo Linn 14 Feb 2022

The Arakan Army’s stay-at-home announcements were posted in public places and shops in towns and villages across the state, and the ethnic armed organisation’s outreach even included the release of videos by AA chief Maj-Gen Twan Mrat Naing, warning people about the dangers of Covid-19. 

‘NCA Path’ Appears Increasingly Irrelevant in Post-Coup Myanmar

DMG 12 Feb 2022

Meanwhile, the regime council on December 30, 2021, announced that it would carry out required security affairs if NCA signatories breach provisions in the agreement. EAOs that signed the NCA responded to the announcement critically, raising questions about just who was guilty of breaching the NCA.

Environmental Degradation and Arakanese Fishermen

06 Jan 2022

Myanmar is the second largest country in Southeast Asia, with a land area of 261,228 square miles (676,578 sq km). Myanmar’s coast spans about 1,385 miles, from the mouth of the Naf River in western Arakan State to Kawthaung, Tanintharyi Region, in the country’s southeast. 

Visiting a Treasured Waterfall in Buthidaung Township

Maung Mayu (Buthidaung) 05 Dec 2021

Over the course of Sai Din’s history, it has been known as Sit Tan Tin, Sein Tin and See Tin. It was renamed Sai Din in its later years. “Sai Din” is believed to have evolved from “Sit Tan Tin”, meaning the water of Sit Creek above the Sai Din Mountains — in other words, a waterfall formed by Sit Creek.

Protecting mangrove ecosystems in Arakan State, before it’s too late

Thiha 02 Oct 2021

Unfortunately, we humans are turning some of these precious mangroves into charcoal, while some mangrove forests are converted into salt fields. Some mangrove forests are being converted into housing projects. As a result of these changes, mangroves are slowly disappearing in Myanmar. 

Arakan State’s Catastrophic Trinity

Thurein 19 Aug 2021

The first and second waves of Covid-19 in Arakan State were not prolonged, but the third wave was not far behind, characterised by the more contagious Delta variant. 

DMG journalists’ case gets new, more punitive dimension

DMG 17 May 2021

The two reporters have been granted bail in the case brought under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunications Law, but with the more recently added second charge under Penal Code Section 505(a), the defendants are not able to apply for bail.

Absence of Arakan Fighting Does Not Mean Peace for Many Wary IDPs

Khin Tharaphy Oo 29 Apr 2021

Among the tens of thousands of civilians displaced by conflict between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army, some have been away from their homes for more than two years. So when a tentative ceasefire was reached circa October 2020, significant numbers of internally displaced people (IDPs) packed their bags and headed home.  

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