The recent report that said Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SAA) seized 4 Burmese people who were selling photos around along the Shweli River bank in Muse District; Northern Shan State is the government’s plan to incite racism, according to a Shan local militia commander.
Myanmar President Thein Sein said on Sunday that the democratization of the nation was only two years old, and that reform processes were undertaken in the country through methods of trial and error while the society was not familiar with democratic practices.
Representatives of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Saturday lauded the Myanmar government and encouraged it to continue its economic reforms, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
Local leaders of the Karen National Union (KNU) in Ler Mu Lah Township have warned that there is a risk of a division between the local people and the KNU if the construction of the Tenasserim Dam continues, according to a Karen News report on May 3.
We the undersigned organizations reject the 186-page official report dated 22 April 2013 of the Arakan Investigation Commission as follows:
1. The Rakhine Investigation Commission formed on 17 August 2012 by President Thein Sein included representatives from various religious and political parties and democracy groups except Rohingya representatives, who have been actual and potential victims of deadly violence and genocidal attacks. Haji U Nyunt Maung Shein and U Tin Maung Than, the two prominent Muslim leaders were purged from the Commission seeing that they were most insistent on the truth.
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