The chairman of the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Taungup Township wants an answer from the Arakan Army (AA) as to whether the ethnic armed group’s members were behind the recent abduction of three of the party’s candidates.

The UN-led Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on grave violations against children (CTFMR) has called for a prompt investigation into the deaths of two children amid hostilities between the military and Arakan Army (AA) on October 5 in Buthidaung Township. 

An internally displaced person sheltering at an IDP camp in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U Township has been arrested by police for allegedly violating local curfew orders, according to family members of the detainee. 

Three residents of Sanae village in Ann Township, Arakan State, who were recently arrested by the Tatmadaw were transferred to the Ann Myoma police station after five days in military custody, according to family members of the detainees.

One of four people injured in the recent shelling of a village in Arakan State’s Rathedaung Township died on Thursday evening while receiving treatment at Sittwe General Hospital. 

Sittwe General Hospital in the Arakan State capital is facing a shortage of oxygen for patients as it has been increasingly called upon as a coronavirus treatment.

The 10 ethnic armed group signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) have urged the warring parties in Arakan State to solve their problems through political means to reduce armed conflict in Myanmar’s west. 

More than 500 civil society groups across Myanmar have urged President U Win Myint to reconsider going forward as planned with elections scheduled for November 8 as the country continues to grapple with the twin crises of resurgent COVID-19 and ongoing conflict in Arakan State. 


Five out of 40 election signboards erected for the National League for Democracy (NLD) in Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township have been destroyed, according to local party members. 

Chin State civil society organisations have expressed concerns about uncertainty hanging over whether elections will be held in Paletwa Township, where conflict centred on neighbouring Arakan State has spilled over and continues to affect lives and livelihoods. 


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