November 2013


May Sabe Phyu from the Kachin Peace Network told Mizzima that she and her colleague Maran Jaw Gun will appeal their convictions by a Sanchaung Township court after they stagedan unauthorized protest on 21 September, the International Day of Peace.
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Yeshua Moser, a representative from the Italian Campaign to Ban Landmines(ICBL) who is conducting research on landmine use in Myanmar, announced at a press conference on 26 November that Myanmar is the third most frequent employer of active landmines of all the countries in the world. (more…)

Twenty-three farmers who staged a “ploughing protest” in Rangoon’s Dagon-Seikkan township are being sued for trespassing by the Green Asia Company, an arm of Asia World, Burma’s largest and most diverse conglomerate which has stakes in everything from industrial construction to supermarket chains and bus companies.
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A national ceasefire agreement is still far from being concluded due to the government’s draft accord containing unacceptable provisions for ethnic armed groups.
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The month’s first two clashes were fought between the Shan State Army (SSA) South and the Burma Army columns that have, since last month, increased their “territorial clearance and “territorial control” operations, according to the SSA commander Col Kherh Ngeun.
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Myanmar President U Thein Sein Wednesday called on the country people to speed up education promotion efforts for the development of the nation.
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Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi defended herself on Wednesday against criticism that she should be doing more on behalf of a Muslim minority group that has been targeted by sectarian violence in parts of the predominantly Buddhist nation.
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The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party and opposition National League for Democracy will submit their respective proposals for amending the Constitution to a parliamentary committee in the coming weeks, officials from each party have told Mizzima.
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Aung San Suu Kyi pointed a finger at the former ruling junta in Burma on Wednesday, claiming that the 2008 constitution was specifically worded to prevent her from becoming president of the country.
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Myanmar plans to more than double rice shipments as the country that used to be the largest exporter embraces trade and opens its economy, challenging Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia for sales amid a global glut.
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Saw Khar Hsu Nyar-The Karen National Union has opened, in response to village concerns, a clinic to give remote and isolated rural communities access to healthcare.
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Burma’s need for “rule of law” is a long-standing mantra of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi—a slogan the former political prisoner has held up as a contrast to the opaque and arbitrary nature of military rule.
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Mandalay City Development Committee jointsecretary Thet Naing told Mizzima on 27 November that Japan haspledged technical assistance to the city of Mandalay to aid in the treatment of its wastewater and to improve its sanitation and sewage systems.
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After decades of political and economic isolation, Myanmar is making economic strides to address “underdevelopment,” and companies, consultants, and cronies are rushing to help realize the dream.
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Surrounded by Burma’s highest, snow-capped mountains, the remote and rugged Putao Valley in northern Kachin State is a place of stunning beauty and pristine mountain landscapes.
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There are no bullet-proof limousines, sophisticated communications systems, or media gaggles when you travel with Burma’s president. Instead of the lavishly equipped jets used by western leaders, a humble European-made ATR-42 propeller plane and some aging Russian helicopters recently carried President Thein Sein and his team of about 40 top ministers, officials, and military brass around the country’s troubled western region.
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General Gun Maw, Vice-Commander-in-Chief of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), told Mizzima on 21 November that the KIO is aiming to focus on finalizing the nationwide ceasefire draft at the conference between ethnic armed groups and eleven of Myanmar’s political parties currently taking place in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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The murder rate in Rakhine State has hit a three-month high, Rakhine State Attorney General Hla Thein told Mizzima on 20 November. According to the latest statistics, there are now approximately fifteen murders per month, up from only ten per month back in July.
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Saw Khar Hsu Nyar-The ethnic alliance, the United Nationalities Federal Council, blamed the government for the fighting in Kachin State. The UNFC said the ongoing fighting in kachin State is a result of the government’s territorial containment policy in ethnic states.
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The Latpadaung implementation committee revealed on Wednesday that a US$1.68 million budget has been allocated for regional development, including programmes of job creation for locals; education; healthcare; electricity supply; supplying potable water; and transportation.
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