April 2014


Around 250 local staff from the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Ltd staged a rally demanding pay raises on Wednesday in front of the company’s office in Sagaing Division’s Monywa district.
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Up to a hundred thousand people gathered at Yayway Cemetery in Yangon on Wednesday for the funeral of Hanthwady Win Tin, veteran journalist and co-founder of the National League for Democracy (NLD).
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Two Islamic teachers charged over a deadly fire in a madrasa in downtown Yangon have been sentenced to eight years in prison for negligence.
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The chief of the United Nations has officially called on the Burmese government to conduct full investigations into allegations of rape and sexual assault made against its soldiers, according to a document made public this week.
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Burma’s main opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the leaders of the former students’ group 88 Generation Peace and Open Society met earlier this week to discuss how to garner greater public involvement in their joint campaign to amend the 2008 Constitution.
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Myanmar government will carry out maintenance work on two major rivers — Ayeyawaddy and Chindwin in the country, aiming at improving navigation on the two rivers, official media reported Thursday.
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People should prepare immediately for a heat-wave as potentially record-breaking temperatures look set to envelop many parts of Burma, according to Tun Lwin, the former head of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology.
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The destruction of Myanmar’s forests must be curbed to prevent climate change, environmentalist U Tin Than told Mizzima on April 23.
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The two Phuketwan journalists facing a Royal Thai Navy defamation lawsuit over mistreatment of Rohingya suggested the suit be dropped to celebrate World Press Freedom Day on May 3, but the navy rejected that and said it was preparing a second lawsuit against the Reuters news agency.
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I knew that it would come one day, but it happened so fast. I fully understand that death doesn’t send you a notice in advance—it just walks in and takes you away. But with this giant man I could see that death found a challenge. Death wanted to take him away, but Win Tin, a man with a mission, refused.
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Violence in Sittwe in late March directed at humanitarian organizations, including the ICRC and the Myanmar Red Cross, has disrupted the ICRC’s efforts to strengthen the health-care system in Rakhine state and assist the Muslim and Ethnic Rakhine communities in need.
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This year, Burma’s government is chairman of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) for the first time, having previously been ruled out of the position because of the country’s military regime. As chair it will have to address 21st-century Asia’s most complicated and potentially destabilizing issue: the dispute between China and its Asean neighbors, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei, about overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea.
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Tens of thousands of Burmese supporters gathered at a cemetery in Rangoon on Wednesday to pay tribute to one of the country’s most respected democracy activists, Win Tin, who passed away on Monday at the age of 84.
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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) says it launched two attacks on Burmese government forces on Wednesday in northern Shan State, killing at least 10 government soldiers.
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Burmese journalists said they will gather in Rangoon on Saturday to plan a large campaign advocating for greater media freedom and protection of journalists, after Burma’s government imprisoned a number of reporters in recent months.
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Residents of Mi Kayin village, Hpa-an, Karen State, are once again united to oppose a proposed cement factory planned to be built near their village by the Myanmar Ji Dong Cement Company Limited.
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Farmers in Bago Region have burnt three coffins in a symbolic protest against the alleged seizure of their land by the Tatmadaw, farmers’ welfare activist Ko Thant Zin told Mizzima on April 22.
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A total of 3,200 civil servants have faced legal action during the past 10 years for involvement in illegal logging, the director-general of the Forest Department in Nay Pyi Taw, U Zaw Win, said on April 22.
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Census data will be collected in Rakhine and Kachin states until June 10, a senior Ministry of Immigration and Population official told Mizzima on April 22.
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Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has warned that the country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, “is not yet a democracy”.
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