October 2015


An opposition lawmaker and two other people were attacked with machetes and injured on Thursday, in the first serious violent incident in campaigning for Myanmar’s historic Nov.8 election, his campaign manager said.
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Myanmar police arrested on Thursday the leader of a student movement crushed in March after he spent more than six months in hiding, a human rights monitoring group said, amid increasing signs of a crackdown on dissent ahead of a Nov. 8 election.
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A legal analysis has found “strong evidence” that genocide is being committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in western Burma’s Arakan State, prompting a call for the United Nations to intervene.
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Four years since the beginning of political reforms, a nascent move towards internet freedom in Burma has stalled in the wake of military and political pressure on users, according to a new report from Freedom House.
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A young woman brought to trial in Irrawaddy Division after sharing a satirical post online deemed insulting to the military faces an additional defamation charge, the woman’s mother told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
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Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has called on President Thein Sein to free all political prisoners and students jailed earlier this year for a peaceful demonstration ahead of general elections, according to a RFA report on 28 October.
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Burmese government forces have shelled the Wanhai headquarters of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N).
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The Myanmar government has rejected the findings of an investigation that claims there is “strong evidence” of a genocide coordinated by the Myanmar government against the Muslim Rohingya in Rakhine State.
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Representatives from the government and eight signatories of the country’s ceasefire accord are set to hold a Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) meeting in Yangon today, according to report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 29 October quoting U Hla Maung Shwe, a senior adviser at the Myanmar peace Centre (MPC).
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The National League for Democracy has been forced to relocate a rally this upcoming weekend headlined by popular party chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi, after its plan to hold the event in the shadow of Rangoon’s iconic Shwedagon Pagoda was rejected by the divisional government.
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With Burma’s general election just over a week away, a senior member of the country’s main opposition party said Thursday that the union election body hadn’t adequately responded to the party’s repeated requests to tackle voter list errors.
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Advance voting began on Thursday for individuals who will be tied up with duties at polling stations on election day, with a smattering of complaints aired about a process that is being watched closely after Burma’s 2010 general election, in which manipulation of advance voting is said to have helped swing races in favor of the ruling party.
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Anyone reading Burma’s independent media ahead of next month’s historic election might be unaware that more than 90 political parties are competing, as online platforms and newspapers are plastered with the image of one candidate – Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
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The National League for Democracy (NLD) led by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said that it is confident that it will win the majority of the seats in the November 8 elections, Channel New Asia reported on 28 October.
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With just weeks before Myanmar’s landmark elections, a fleet of cars covered with stickers of the National Development Party carrying flag-waving party supporters and Buddhist monks crawled through the streets of Mawlamyine, Mon state’s capital.
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Ethnic parties are stepping up the heat in Shan State, where they say their candidacy should not be discounted by the country’s two largest political parties.
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Thousands attended public gatherings for peace across Shan State on the weekend of 24 to 25 October, both voluntarily and allegedly due to pressure from local authorities.
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Myanmar government troops fighting ethnic armies in the northern Shan State region near the Chinese border have once more been accused of firing chemical weapons during a recent resurgence of fighting in the latter half of this month, a local resident told RFA.
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After Myanmar’s military yielded to a civilian government in 2010, foreign investors rushed to set up factories and raze old neighborhoods to build luxury housing estates. Five years on, the country has only a precarious foothold in the global economy.
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Myanmar has leapt up the World Bank’s ranking for ease of starting a business – moving from 189th out of 189 countries (or last place) last year, to 160th in new numbers released yesterday.
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