December 2013


Scores of demonstrators fighting a decades-old military land grab in the outskirts of Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon have defied government orders to disband, seeking written assurances from the authorities to resolve their dispute.
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Activists in Burma say that although the country’s human rights situation is better now than it was under decades of oppressive military rule, rights abuses persist in the Southeast Asian nation.
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The Karen National Union (KNU) has urged the various ethnic sub-groups within Karen state to register in next year’s nationwide census as “Karen” when identifying their ethnicity in the questionnaire.
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Political activist Naw Ohn Hla was on Tuesday charged under Article 296 of the Burmese penal code – for disturbing a religious assembly. The charge supposedly relates to her organising weekly prayer sessions at Shwedagon Pagoda back in 2007 when she led supporters in praying for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, then under house arrest, and other political prisoners in detention.
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Anybody who has had to deal extensively with bureaucrats knows the problem – red tape and paperwork.
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Myanmar officially welcomes thousands of athletes on Wednesday for the Southeast Asian Games, an event billed as a coming-out party for the former pariah nation emerging from decades of international isolation.
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Refugees face increased hardship as funds dry up ahead of their expected repatriation
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Myanmar has begun implementation of Myanmar’s first biggest Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) project recently in the outskirts of Yangon with the first phase of the project covering 400 hectares out of the overall 2,400 hectares.
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With a ban on log exports set for next year, foreign buyers of Burmese teak and other rare woods are looking to open timber processing facilities inside Burma.
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The Myanmarese Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged experts to support re-building her country’s healthcare system.
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Burma’s journalists have been operating free of the censor for more than a year now, and privately owned newspapers regularly publish critical stories once unthinkable under the country’s military regime. But, with many in the industry lacking training and concerns over reporting standards and lingering self-censorship, a project backed by European governments is hoping to establish a new institution to provide international-quality journalism education.
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Efforts to integrate the children of migrant worker from Burma into the country’s higher education system are bearing fruit, with a threefold increase in the number of Burmese students in Thailand slated to take a 2014 matriculation exam that was administered for the first time earlier this year.
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The deputy commander-in-chief, Myanmar defence service and commander-in-chief, Myanmar Army, vice senior general Soe Win visited the Eastern Command HQ in Fort William Kolkata on Tuesday.
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Leaders of China and Myanmar Tuesday vowed to strengthen comprehensive strategic cooperation and carry out close cultural exchange.
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Can wind, sun and hot springs solve Myanmar’s electricity crisis?
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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Myanmar Police Force will launch a four-day seminar today in Sittwe, Rakhine state, on international policing standards and the exercise of police powers. This is the first such seminar for police officers at Rakhine state level.
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Tensions were high in Thingangyun Township, eastern Rangoon, on Monday as dozens of land protestors defied a government warning to leave the area by sundown or face a crackdown by security forces.
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Leaders of 17 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar will gather again in Hlaingbwe, southeastern Kayin state, on Dec. 18 for a three-day conference ahead of their continued ceasefire deal with the government, the local Standard Times Daily reported Monday, quoting a senior leader of the Kayin National Union (KNU).
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Displaced communities in Kachin State are facing growing human rights abuses as skirmishes continue between the government and Kachin Independence Army (KIA).
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In one deadly day this week, landmines in Myanmar’s Shan state killed three people in two separate incidents. The deaths highlight the dangers that civilians still face living in the shadow of the longest running civil war in history. The accidents, which occurred within hours of each other on December sixth, killed one man and two women, both of them mothers to four children each, according to the Palaung Women’s Organization, a local non-governmental organization that reported the deaths.
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