Monday, October 5th, 2015


Bishop Alexander Pyone Cho of Pyay appealed for calm following the murder of a 4-year-old girl whose body was discovered on church grounds ucanews.com reported on 29 September.
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A spokesperson for Buddhist nationalist group Ma Ba Tha said on Friday that foreign media did not understand Burmese culture and refuted suggestions of a tacit alliance with the country’s ruling party.
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Two years of peace negotiations to end the world’s longest running civil war have ended with just one third of the ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) involved in the peace process ultimately willing to ink a ceasefire accord with Naypyidaw.
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Presidential intervention was needed to save the Committee for the Protection of Nationality and Religion’s final celebration of the controversial “race and religion” laws, slated for October 4.
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The Burma Army has promoted the ranks of thousands of serving officers, rewarding them for their long service to the country’s armed forces and their “hard work on the path to democracy for the country.”
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In the past two weeks, I spoke to about two dozen female candidates who are contesting Myanmar’s upcoming Nov. 8 elections, both over the phone and face-to-face. I was intrigued to find out about the challenges they face.
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With a final display of voter lists now concluded in most areas of the country, an election monitoring group has found that voter turnout was low and education and mobilization campaigns limited, although there was no official obstruction reported.
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A senior member of Burma’s union level election body said the organization has no authority to prevent religious figures or organizations from speaking out on politics.
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The seemingly unremarkable township of Myaungmya in Irrawaddy Division has played host to some of the earliest indications of election-related violence to date, with two attacks in as many days on supporters of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) last month.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has moved to combat what it believes to be a smear campaign being waged against the party.
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Burma’s historic elections next month are likely to worsen the plight of the country’s oppressed Rohingya Muslim community, with a new, hardline Buddhist party on the brink of becoming a formidable force.
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Migrant rights activists are blaming the election commission for not doing enough to ensure that Myanmar citizens living and working abroad were able to vote. An estimated 5 million Myanmar workers in Thailand and Malaysia will likely miss out on the election due to unrealistic requirements such as official document restrictions and necessary travel, the activists said.
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An overwhelming National League for Democracy win in the election that enables it to form government will kill off dictatorship, the party’s patron told supporters in Mandalay.
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Outlawed for 24 years, exiles of the Democratic Party for a New Society have been allowed to return to Myanmar where the party has re-registered with the Union Election Commission and is set to take part in next month’s elections.
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Factories have been given until October 5 to divvy out the first month’s salary since the new minimum wage went into effect before the government intervenes. Workers have been filing complaints after recalcitrant employers withheld paycheques, according to Yangon Region labour officials.
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The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has published guidelines for financial institutions on managing the risks of money laundering and terrorist financing.
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Phoenix, a local non-government organisation that focuses on HIV issues and community development, will celebrate its 10th anniversary today.
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A special investigation team representing two Myanmar migrant workers on trial for murder in Thailand have called on the Myanmar government to exert diplomatic pressure on Thailand to prevent a miscarriage of justice, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 2 October.
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Muslim rights activists have filed a lawsuit in the United States against Myanmar President Thein Sein, accusing him and several ministers of human rights abuses against minority Rohingyas, just a few weeks before an historic general election.
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“See that place? That used to be a nice spot to go for a walk in the woods, but since the Tatmadaw took it over, we can’t go anymore. Because if they see the girls they will rape them.”
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