Monday, September 21st, 2015


A Muslim man has become the first person to be charged under Myanmar’s new and controversial monogamy law. The 37-year-old masonry worker from Ayeyarwady Region faces a possible seven-year prison sentence for living with a Buddhist woman while he was still married to someone else.
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The ceasefire signing clock is ticking down with expectations that the government will seal a long-awaited accord with various armed ethnic factions in early October. But two powerful groups with close ties to China have yet to show their hand.
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Burma’s government has invited representatives from 15 ethnic armed groups to meet in Rangoon on Sunday, with the intention of setting a date to sign an elusive nationwide ceasefire pact.
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Burma’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Network on Friday called on lawmakers to stop targeting and harassing the LGBT community, urging authorities to instead set their sights on strengthening the rule of law.
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Locals are concerned by the Burma Army’s use of helicopters to monitor movements of the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) after fighting broke out on Wednesday morning, 16 September,  in southern Shan State’s Kolam Township.
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For a leader non-committal about his future and sitting out Myanmar’s upcoming election, there is more than a whiff of a presidential campaign in Thein Sein’s uncharacteristic moves to flaunt his achievements.
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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday rejected a joint statement issued by nine embassies urging tolerance and equal application of law in the lead-up to a general election in November.
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In one of the clearest indications to date of how the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) will sell itself to voters ahead of Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, a senior leader on Thursday credited his party with setting the country on the path to democracy.
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Originally trained as a metallurgist, Saw Moe Myint spent his career as a mining engineer and manager of factories run by Burma’s Ministry of Mines.
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The Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) has warned political parties to suspend campaigning for national elections amid ongoing clashes with the country’s military in the region citing safety concerns, according to an RFA report on 17 September.
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Voter lists unveiled and listed publically for a second time this week caused a panic in Hlaing Taryar township where at least 250,000 names are missing, according to complaints sent to the election commission.
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Bus line owners claim that conductors and drivers in Rangoon are being forced out of work as a result of the Automobile Law enacted earlier in September.

The changes to the law have dramatically increased dangerous driving fines from 1500 kyats (US$1.15) to a minimum of 30,000 kyats ($23), with jail terms of up to seven years for the most serious offenses.
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As mobile telecoms operators extend their rollout into conflict and post-conflict areas, they will come up against a formidable challenge – navigating the risk of landmines.
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Almost two months since authorities in Rangoon seized a mammoth haul of narcotics worth over US$100 million on the outskirts of the commercial capital, police claim to have detained a key suspect on the Thai-Burma border.
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More than 2,000 fishermen have been rescued this year from brutal conditions at sea, liberated as a result of an Associated Press investigation into seafood brought to the US from a slave island in eastern Indonesia.
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The United States expressed concern Thursday that preparations for Myanmar’s landmark elections have been undermined by moves to exclude Muslim minority candidates from the ballot.
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While Myanmar is “failing demonstrably” to counter its booming drug production and trafficking networks, according to the US State Department, the US president has decided to waive sanctions that could accompany such a dire prognosis.
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Kyaw Zayar is among more than 2,000 fishermen rescued this year from forced labor under brutal conditions, mainly in remote Indonesian islands. The 30-year-old from Myawaddy, Myanmar, was forced to work on a fishing boat for nearly five years.
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The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries. The White House memo, issued on Monday, noted that Myanmar “failed demonstrably during the last twelve months to make sufficient or meaningful efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counternarcotics agreements.” The United States, however, did extend Myanmar a National Interest Waiver to promote democracy and avoid reduction of aid to Burma as a result of the designation.
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Since 1988, when Burma appeared to abandon its strictly neutral foreign policy and drew closer to China, contacts between the two countries have been watched closely. Bilateral ties have developed and matured, as has their analysis, which has begun to include consideration of the US’s interests and possible role.
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