The 2019 Landmine Monitor Myanmar/Burma country profile was presented to the press at the Taw-Win Rose Garden, in Bahan Township, Yangon Thursday morning 19 December 2019. Hard copies of the report in Burmese language were available, and the press conference was in English, Burmese in closed captions.
Almost 1600 people have been killed or injured by landmines since the authorities in Myanmar launched peace talks with ethnic armed groups in 2011. However a national humanitarian mine clearance programme is yet to be developed.
Landmine contamination has increased, especially in Rakhine State, during the past year. Known landmine casualties increased in the past year, however official data is still lacking. When compared to other countries in Asia, Myanmar produced the second highest number of known casualties due to landmines.
The Press Conference was followed by a question and answer session and one on one media interviews. Attended by MNTV, The Irrawaddy, Myanmar Times, 7 Day News, 7 Day TV, One News TV, Myanmar Now, The Voice Daily, Daily Eleven, RFA Radio, The Karen News, Standard Time Daily, Akon Thi Media, Eleven Media, Mawkun Magazine, People Media and others.
Audio file for the press conference here.
See links to side for full copy of the 2019 report in either Burmese or English.
Transcript of press conference
Broadcast report on Landmine Monitor press conference on Myanmar National Television
Broadcast report on Landmine Monitor press conference on 7Day Television
Broadcast report on Landmine Monitor press conference on Eleven Television