Rohingya and Rakhine
A UN human rights chief called Myanmar’s denial of violence against the Rohingya as an “investigative whitewash.” The government can’t find anyone for the three-member independent commission to investigate accusations of human rights abuses in northern Rakhine State. The World Bank has denied blocking Myanmar projects in an effort to pressure the government about the Rohingya, a bank officials will be making a stop in Myanmar next week.
A decision on the Reuters case is expected to happen this coming week. The duo have been in jail for over 200 days, facing charges under the Official Secrets Act.
Panglong is scheduled for next week- no sign of the date being moved (again) quite yet. Non-signatories to the ceasefire have been invited, but let’s see who decides to show up.
Frontier did a piece looking at life inside the notorious Insein prison: “There’s only one word for what life was like inside Insein prison – hell.”
On the borders
It’s being reporters that three civilians were killed by landmines in Shan State in June. Landmines are banned under the Ottawa Treaty… but Myanmar isn’t a signatory.
Two peaceful protestors were sentenced to three months imprisonment for their May protest.
Remember those golden Bogyoke Aung San statues being placed throughout the country? Turns out they’re still really making people feel some kinda way (hint: it’s not good) as protests broke out in the Karreni capital of Loikaw this week.
A fun one this week: “Chasing dinosaurs in Myanmar’s conflict-ridden north”
That’s it for this week! Here's farmer holding an invasive snail egg nest that is proving to be fatal to the rice crops of Myanmar: