October 2013


Democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has received a mix of condemnation and support from Burmese rights activists and religious leaders after denying that Muslims were the targets of ethnic cleansing in her country and saying that fear among Buddhists has exacerbated religious tensions.
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Ten Arakanese activists who were sentenced to three months imprisonment in September for organizing an authorized protest against the Chinese-backed Shwe oil and gas pipeline, have had their sentences shortened by one month during an appeal hearing, a lawyer of the defendants said on Friday. (more…)

Armed conflicts between government troops and armed ethnic groups could rise by 65% if a nationwide ceasefire is not followed by “political dialogue”, a member of the technical support team of the Peace-Making Work Committee warned yesterday.
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A major Western fund for non governmental organizations in Myanmar will provide more than US$ 22 million to NGOs to improve living conditions in 220 communities in Rakhine State that were hit by a cyclone in 2010, it announced earlier this week.
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Over 150 locals in central Burma’s Monywa staged another round of protests against the controversial China-backed Latpadaung copper mine on Wednesday after police and security guards began bulldozing their farms on the project site.
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The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) is holding an ad hoc meeting at its main base in Loi Taileng, opposite Maehongson’s Pang Mapha district today, and one of the hot topics is to respond to the Kachin invitation to attend the meeting at Laiza on the Sino-Burmese border, 30 October-1 November, according to an RCSS/SSA source.
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Aung San Suu Kyi said Northern Ireland’s peace process could help reconciliation in Burma, as the Nobel peace laureate visited the British province on Thursday.
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Myanmar suffered a trade deficit of 443 million U.S. dollars in the first half of the fiscal year 2013- 14 which lasted from April to September, official media reported Friday.
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A year ago, Myanmar had no automated teller machines linked to international networks and not a single hotel or restaurant able to swipe credit cards. The throngs of foreigners arriving in the newly opened country had to bring crisp U.S. dollars to pay for everything. Today, Myanmar has 2,500 machines that process credit card payments, known as payment terminals, and 450 ATMs, including at least three at the gates of Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda, a popular tourist attraction, according to Kanbawza Bank, the largest privately owned bank in Myanmar. There’s a long way to go. While “the absolute need to carry bags of cash is declining, Myanmar remains a cash economy,” says Matt Davies, the International Monetary Fund’s mission chief to the country. “It takes time for practices to change.”
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A Burmese human rights organisation has filed what is claimed to be the first ever formal complaint against Thai police for their alleged role in extorting Burmese migrant workers in Thailand.
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In a surprising initiative, India and Myanmar (also known as Burma) have concluded a deal that will see the sale and transfer of Indian-developed sonar and radar technology to the previously reclusive pariah state. The Hindu reports that India’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) will be supplying the technology.
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Violence against a Muslim minority in Myanmar is feeding a wider anti-Muslim feeling that poses a serious threat to the country’s economic and political reforms as it emerges from half a century of military rule, according to a UN envoy.
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Shwe Mann was once one of Burma’s most powerful generals, ranking third in the hierarchy of the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), the military regime that ruled until 2011; today, he is the speaker of the Union Parliament, and a key player in the country’s ongoing political transition.
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Twenty more miners have been charged after staging a protest against the suspension of the Moehti Moemi gold mine in Mandalay and for resisting security guards who came to remove equipment from the dig sites.
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Representatives from both the government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee and the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) told Mizzima on 21 October that peace talks between the two parties will resume on 3 November.
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The democracy activist who was arrested for demonstrating against the section of the Assembly and Procession Law that prohibits peaceful demonstrations like his has been sentenced to prison under the law, his wife said.
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Police providing security at the controversial Latpadaung copper mine have stopped taking meals from the company that operates it to avoid fuelling the impression that they are employed by Wang Bao Company, a senior police officer said.
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The Mon Democracy Party (MDP) announced at the recent Mon National Conference they are prepared to represent their constituency during the 2015 national elections, said MDP General Secretary Dr. Min Soe Lin.
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Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Monday urged European Union and world leaders to pile pressure on her country’s government to complete its reform process.
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Burma’s Lower House of Parliament on Monday rejected a call to talk about amending the 1993 Child Law to provide better protections for children from sexual abuse.
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