July 2012


About 300 farmers from Rangoon’s Dagon Seikkan township demonstrated last Friday in front of a private company that allegedly confiscated their land. (more…)

DEVELOPMENT projects in Kachin State have continued despite ongoing armed conflict in the region, international and local non-government organisations say. (more…)

Teknaf – Zohara Khatun is still reeling from the trauma of seeing her father killed in western Burma in June.

“My father was shot dead by the Burmese military in front me. Our entire village was destroyed. We ran for our lives. I still don’t know what happened to my mother,” she said, sitting in a thatched hut in a fishing village near the town of Teknaf in south-eastern Bangladesh. (more…)

MORE than one year after fighting broke out in Kachin State, displacing more than 50,000 people and resulting in the deaths of an unknown number of Tatmadaw and Kachin Independence Army soldiers, KIA deputy commander-in-chief General Gun Maw talked exclusively with The Myanmar Times at the group’s temporary headquarters in Laiza on July 7.

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Bangkok – Thai and Myanmar leaders on Monday offered a much-needed lift to the multi-billion dollar Dawei port and industrial zone in southern Myanmar that has been struggling to find private investors. (more…)

TOKYO – Daiwa Securities Group (8601.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) aims to spearhead a $380 million investment in Myanmar to build an information technology backbone for the government in partnership with major Japanese tech companies. (more…)

The World Bank will open its new office in Burma on July 30, officiated by Pamela Cox, the East Asia and Pacific Region vice president. (more…)

The 92 Thais who were arrested in Kawthaung province of Myanmar opposite Ranong province for encroachment on July 4 will appear before a Myanmar court on July 27, Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said on Monday. (more…)

Bogor. A 16-year-old Rohingya refugee who was arrested in Bogor last week said it was no longer safe for members of his ethnic group to live in Myanmar, his home country. (more…)

SINGAPORE – Girls from Myanmar, some as young as 16 years old, are being sent to Singapore to work as maids, say agents and recruiters.

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THE Obama administration is “looking very closely” at issuing a presidential waiver to overturn a US Congress-imposed ban on imports from Myanmar, new United States ambassador to Myanmar Derek Mitchell said last week. (more…)

Amnesty International says that although Burma is making great progress in many areas, the situation for ethnic minorities remains grave. (more…)

Even as the world smiled benignly at the democratic opening up of Myanmar and the extended foreign tour of its opposition leader, Aung San SuuKyi, the country’s complex domestic dynamic, hidden for years, has surfaced. (more…)

When Aung San Suu Kyi comes to New York in September, returning to the city where she lived for several years in her 20s, there will be smiles all around—but behind closed doors she is likely to question the U.S. government’s decision to remove all restrictions on doing business with her country. (more…)

Yangon, Myanmar — Myanmar state television broadcast a memorial ceremony for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s revered independence hero father for the first time in decades Thursday, the latest sign of change in the former pariah nation. (more…)

Hundreds of people have lost their lives, thousands have been maimed or injured, and some 70,000 have been displaced from their homes. But after 1,640 battles, the conflict between Kachin rebels and the Burmese army—now into its 13th month—shows no sign of abating. (more…)

National League for Democracy member in Shan state’s Lashio request to publicy commemorate Martyrs’ Day tomorrow has been officially rejected by the authorities. (more…)

Twelve leaders of ten Democratic and Ethnic Alliance parties met Burmese President Thein Sein for the first time in the capital Naypyidaw on Wednesday. (more…)

Vital health services for migrants and refugees by the Thai-Burmese border are being cut as a flood of international humanitarian organizations move inside Burma in the wake of recent reforms. (more…)

The easing of sanctions in Myanmar is encouraging western portfolio investors to start looking at the previously-restricted economy, with one London-based private equity firm planning to invest in pleasure cruisers there. (more…)

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