Reuters in Yangon

Human rights groups on Friday condemned a Myanmar government plan that could force thousands of minority Rohingya Muslims into detention camps indefinitely if they do not qualify for citizenship.

The KIA said in a statement the Chinese government “will take a role as a witness and mediate during the meeting” adding that it urged “the Kachin community, our friends and supporters around the world to pray for our leaders.”


Riot police fired water and tear gas on Thursday to break up a protest against a vast copper mining project run by the powerful Myanmar military and a Chinese arms manufacturer.

Myanmar pardoned more than 500 prisoners on Monday in an amnesty that included political detainees,  a step that could strengthen the state’s growing bonds with Washington.

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