NLD candidates kidnapped in Rakhine

An unidentified armed group has kidnapped three Three National League for Democracy candidates in western Rakhine State. The victims are State parliamentarian Min Aung, national lower house MP Ni Ni May Myint, and Chit Chit Chaw, a candidate for the

COVID-19 cases more than double in 2 weeks

The recent coronavirus outbreak in Rakhine State has pushed Myanmar’s total confirmed cases to more than 900 (at the time of writing), a more than two fold increase in just over two weeks. On August 31, the Ministry of Health and Sports reporte

COVID-19 cases surge with Rakhine outbreak

The recent outbreak of locally-transmitted COVID-19 cases in Rakhine State has proved to be the country’s worst since the early months of the pandemic. Authorities have reported more than 100 new cases since August 16th, increasing the total nu

Government fears new COVID-19 wave in Rakhine

On August 17th, the government reported the first locally-transmitted COVID-19 case in more than a month: “Case 375,” a bank worker in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Two days later, three more cases emerged in Sittwe, two of which had been in con

Indian gas firm ups investment

ONGC Videsh, India’s state-owned overseas-focused energy firm, will add USD 121 million to its already sizable investment in oil and gas blocks on the Rakhine State coast. The funding, which was recently approved by India’s Cabinet Commit

Officers convicted in Rakhine case

A Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) court-martial has convicted three officers of crimes committed during the height of the Rakhine crisis, which led to a mass exodus of Muslims from Rakhine State in 2017/2018. The charges relate to alleged mass executions in