Police in Myanmar's western Bago Region trying to prevent attacks on Muslim neighborhoods from spreading to other towns have started 24-hour patrols. They are also receiving regular updates to try to stop attacks before they occur.
As peace talks continue in the Kachin State, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has recommended immediate de-mining; no forced recruitment of soldiers; and easy access for humanitarian aid to the conflict-stricken region.
Government authorities have applied pressure to 30 villagers in Cha Khan village who have refused to relocate, to make way for the construction of the Dawei deep-sea port. The villagers are refusing to move until they are given what they think is fair compensation.
The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) wrote a letter to U Aung Min, Vice Chairman of Union Peacemaking Working Committee (UPWC) to clarify the terms of agreement in militarily active zones which is ambiguous for both sides and creates misunderstanding as clashes between the Burma army and RCSS/SSA are erupting now and then.
Hoteliers and travel agents in Rakhine State say that tourism is booming in the western Rakhine beach resort of Ngapali while further north the historical site of Mrauk-U has been all but deserted this year.
The Department of Border Trade has announced that a meeting to discuss trade between the Bangladesh and Myanmar and the high security fence that stretches along border between the two countries has been postponed until May due to ongoing conflict in Rakhine State.
Although there are reasons to be hopeful about Myanmar now, events of the past ten days have cast a dark shadow over the country. The violence against Muslims in Meiktila, which then spread to Naypyitaw, Bago and threatened Yangon, is so serious it has drawn the attention of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. If it spreads and is not stopped, it could result in the Good Friday and Easter Sunday story in reverse – flickers of hope and light snuffed out by brutal violence and terror.
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