A lack of clarity in Burma’s recently amended Law on Peaceful Assembly is sowing confusion among activists and advocates, as the country’s courts continue to charge people for demonstrating without permission.
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Twenty-eight farmers near Pyin Oo Lwin, Mandalay Division, are facing eviction after years of property battles, villagers say.
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A coalition of Shan community based organizations has said a moratorium on resource extraction is urgently needed until there is nationwide peace and a discussion on the control and management of the country’s natural resources, much of which are in ethnic areas.
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More than 30 ethnic Karen community based organizations, including environmental watchdogs and civil society organizations, have criticized a blueprint for economic development in Southeast Burma published by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), an aid agency that operates under the Japanese government.
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Karenni National Peace and Development Party (KNPDP), also known as Kayawni group, returned its grabbing-land to local inhabitants on12 August, 2014, Pado-Ngan village-head Par Tri-romin told Kantarawaddy Times.
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Myanmar parliamentary speaker Shwe Mann on Thursday stressed the urgency of considering constitutional amendments as the country’s legislature began a new session, calling on lawmakers to work together to further democratic reform in the nation.
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A two-day forum to improve communication between the government and journalists is expected to take place in the first week of October, say Ministry of Information officials.
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A top official in Burma’s President’s Office has urged the United States Congress not to block military cooperation between the two countries, warning that a bill under consideration would only increase the isolation of the Burmese army at a crucial time.
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As the illegal trade in jade, timber and drugs along the Sino-Burmese border appears unstoppable, black market banks have become a major channel for laundering criminal assets, according to insiders who are familiar with the business.
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A report by the Asian Development Bank has predicted the gross domestic product of Myanmar could reach as high as 9.5 percent by 2030, which would see the country’s GDP raised to nearly US$5000 (K487,500) per capita.
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The state owned Myanmar Timber Enterprise has harvested over 600,000 tonnes of teak and other hardwood’s for sale in the 2014-15 fiscal year, says the general manager of the organisation.
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Eighteen local and foreign companies have signed deals with the management committee for Thilawa Special Economic Zone to open plants in its first phase, which covers 400 hectares south of Yangon, a member of the committee said.
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The MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) is sending a delegation to Myanmar which will visit 400 Myanmar businessmen and two chief ministers during 15 to 19 September.
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Thailand’s coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official said Friday, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.
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The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.
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By marching through the traffic-choked streets of Myanmar’s busiest city, handing out leaflets that lambasted the new nominally civilian government, Htin Kyaw showed how much the country has changed since emerging from military rule. With charges filed in all townships he wound through as he made his way to city hall, he has become a symbol, too, of how has much stayed the same.
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Myanmar on Thursday lifted a curfew imposed in June 2012 when clashes between Buddhists and minority Muslims erupted throughout western Rakhine state, killing at least 192 people that year.
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Leaders of two Shan and Pa-O rebel groups that recently clashed because of a territorial dispute, held discussions on Thursday in an effort to resolve the argument, a rebel officer said.
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In August 2007, students and opposition activists took to the streets of Myanmar, also known as Burma, to protest rising fuel and food prices.
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The leaders of Burma’s ethnic armed groups want President Thein Sein to get involved in peace talks, as negotiations toward a nationwide ceasefire deal continue.
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