Vox Pop: Arakan State on Human Rights Day 2020

10 Dec 2020

Amid a two-year war that has resulted in hundreds of civilian casualties and hundreds more arrested unjustly on suspicion of illegal involvement in the conflict, International Human Rights Day on December 10 carried particular resonance in Arakan State this year. This year, at the end of which some townships in Arakan State will have endured almost 18 months with severely throttled internet access, or none at all.   

Vox Pop: ‘Terrorist’ designation of EAOs in the spotlight

13 Nov 2020

With the shifting peace process dynamics and a reconfigured government set to take office next year, DMG’s Aung Htein sought the opinions of a variety of stakeholders to find out whether they thought the government might withdraw its declaration of the Arakan Army as a terrorist group.

Vox Pop: Local parties size up Arakan State’s downsized election

02 Nov 2020

As Election Day draws near, ethnic political parties are taking stock of their prospects in southern Arakan State, where parties from the Bamar-dominated mainland have historically seen greater success at the polls. DMG’s Khin Tharaphy Oo — who has reported on public opinion, the challenges facing campaigns in the COVID-19 era, and political parties’ hopes for the upcoming vote — recently caught up with the leadership of three prominent Arakanese political parties and the state’s ethnic Kaman party, to get their thoughts on an election season like no other.

Vox Pop: Female candidates in Arakan State’s 2020 electoral fray

28 Sep 2020

DMG reporter Khin Tharaphy Oo recently interviewed several women contesting the 2020 election in Arakan State about why they decided to run, the challenges they are facing in this highly unconventional election year, and what they will prioritise if they win. 

Vox Pop: Who gets the 2020 youth vote?

27 Sep 2020

With a new generation set to exercise its franchise, DMG reporter Khin Tharaphy Oo recently interviewed several youths in Arakan State about what they are looking for in a candidate this election year. 

Vox Pop: ‘The government oppresses people using COVID-19 as a pretext’

15 Sep 2020

Three students from the Arakan Students’ Union who protested outside the compound of the Arakan State government offices were arrested on September 9 and remanded under Section 25 of the Natural Disaster Management Law, a provision that carries with it a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Vox Pop: A tale of two peace processes

10 Sep 2020

Given the mixed results to date, DMG reporter Khaing Roe La asked five stakeholders to compare and contrast Myanmar’s peace process under the previous government and the current administration.

I’ll face any challenges with a mind to work for the best interests of Arakanese people’

09 Sep 2020

Dr. Tin Mar Aung raised eyebrows last month when it was revealed that she would contest the 2020 general election as a member of the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD). The former personal assistant to State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will be contesting an Arakan State Hluttaw constituency in Taungup Township, considered a stronghold of the ruling National League for Democracy — the party of her old boss.

Interview with Dr. Aung Naing Lin on the coronavirus front line

30 Aug 2020

DMG reporter Khin Tharaphy Oo recently interviewed Dr. Aung Naing Lin, who travelled from Yangon to work temporarily at Sittwe General Hospital, about the health conditions of COVID-19 patients, infections among medical staff, and prevention and treatment measures.

IDP advocate: ‘When troops visit, all people in the camp are scared’

19 Aug 2020

As conflict continues to plague Arakan State, military inspections of camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) have reportedly increased in recent months, raising anxieties in the camps. DMG interviewed U Wai Hla Aung, manager of Tin Nyo IDP camp in Mrauk-U Township, where more than 3,000 people are sheltering.

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