Pressure mounts for Rakhine solution
FACEBOOK has announced its third and biggest purge of military-linked accounts in Myanmar, after critics charged that the social network did too little to block inflammatory material that fuels communal hatred and violence, particularly against the country’s Muslim minority in Rakhine State.
The social media giant said in a statement Wednesday that it had removed 425 Facebook pages, 17 groups and 135 accounts in Myanmar for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour,” meaning they misrepresented who was running the provocative accounts. It also removed 15 Instagram accounts.
Facebook’s move arrived a day after Myanmar and ASEAN discussed the Terms of Reference (TOR) that will formalise their cooperation in the repatriation of refugees from northern Rakhine living in cramped camps in Bangladesh.
Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye, said that the 10-member regional group, which includes Myanmar, was represented at the discussion by Secretary General Lim Jock Hoi.“we will take action for cooperation after we discuss the TOR,” he said.
U Aung Kyaw Zan, deputy permanent secretary of Foreign Affairs, said international pressure on the government could be greatly reduced as a result of ASEAN being not only a witness to, but also an active participant in, the process of repatriation that the Myanmar government has been carrying out.
“ASEAN can put in place the necessary mechanisms for repatriation and we could implement them effectively if there is someone fully supporting us,” U Aung Kyaw Zan said.
On Monday, businesses and trade unions appealed against the withdrawal of the European Union’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) currently enjoyed by Myanmar, pledging that they will continue to support ongoing reforms and programmes to respect human and labour rights that underpin the granting of the trade preferences.
The EU reinstated GSP for Myanmar in 2013 as a means to provide political, economic and social support to help the country move toward democracy.
The removal of GSP serves only to exacerbate the existing socio-economic hardships faced by a labour market that is still fragile and undeveloped, and the main impact would be felt by the poor through loss of livelihoods, which could derail reforms and programmes meant to achieve decent jobs and industrial peace, the statement said.
in the industry are more adventurous while the veterans have good ideas and experience in acting. The combination makes good results and many good movies have come out this year,” Arkar said.
Currently, Arkar just finished filming Kabar Na Htat and Kyo Phone and preparations are also being made for a TV series and a movie that will be a collaboration between Myanmar and Thailand, called Sleeping White.
“Sleeping White movie will be directed by both countries. All the locations are in Thailand. The language will be Thai for screenings there, while in Myanmar, Burmese and English languages will be used. It is a bit mysterious and has many action scenes. Ye Naung and Angel La Mone will be starring in the movie alongside a Thai actress. I hope to make it a different experience for Myanmar’s movie fans.” he said.
Arkar encourages young people who want to join the industry to just take the plunge and give it a try.
“If you have the will, just throw yourselves into the industry,” he said.
Arkar said that he never stops learning new techniques about his craft, but he also does not hesitate to share his experience and his knowledge about movie-making.
“On directing and editing, I normally participate in the workshops arranged by the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation,” he said. “If there’s any organisation that wants me to share my movie-related experience, they can just let me know. They are welcome anytime.”
The young director said improving the movie industry can be compared to developing a product that will be sold to the market.
“It should be a quality product; good agencies are needed to get it to good channels; product markets should be big and also it should be something many can consume.” Arkar said.
Despite the success he has achieved in such a short time, Arkar remains as committed and as determined to pursue his dream of seeing quality Myanmar movies – his movies included – screened in as many countries as possible.