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Buckle up- it's time for another weekly news round-up.

Government land seizures, Belt and Road projects to watch out for, UN envoy denied access to Rakhine, landmines in Myanmar, and more.
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Without further ado, let's get to it.
The Human Rights Watch Executive Director spoke discussed Myanmar with the Reuters Editor in Chief, and this video clip takes on the lack of protection for Rohingya returning to Myanmar and the jailed Reuters journalists.
 
The UN envoy continues to be denied access to Rakhine because of what government officials cite as safety concerns.
 
Than Toe Aung gives readers a heartfelt piece about what it was like for him to grow up as a dark-skinned Muslim in Myanmar and calls for social and educational reform. PRi recently ran a piece about him as well.
 
I love a good map infographic, and here is one about landmines in Myanmar with data from Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor:
The government authorized the seizure of nearly a million acres of land. Land rights and security continue to be major issues in Myanmar, and something I am certain will be a part of the 2020 elections.
 
The Kachin Baptist Convention says it will never give up trying to uncover the truth behind the killings of two women teachers four years ago.
 
A handy guide to Six Belt and Road projects in Myanmar to watch in 2019.
 
This week Frontier Myanmar’s Doh Athan podcast talks to those who are fighting back against stereotypes towards LGBT people (link takes you to the English version). Just in time for Yangon’s own Pride events, &Proud.
 
And that’s it for this week! Here’s a photo from earlier this week, showing some rural Irrawaddy kids their first ever “big camera” photo:
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