Monday, November 2nd, 2015


A National League for Democracy candidate stabbed with a machete at a campaign event in Yangon last night is facing a four-month recovery period during which he will be unable to move his hands, his wife has told The Myanmar Times.
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The leaders of several ethnic armed groups will converge this weekend on Panghsang, where the United Wa State Army (UWSA) has invited 12 fellow ethnic armed groups for a meeting to discuss their shared absence from the signing of a so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement with the Burmese government earlier this month.
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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, according to a RFA report on 29 October quoting a local resident.
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The public will be encouraged to take part in ceasefire monitoring activities, according to a press conference after a Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) meeting at the Myanmar Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 30 October.
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While meeting with locals from Oakshitkwin village, Ngapudaw Township, Ayeyawady Region on October 29, President Thein Sein question what is ‘Time to Change’—election campaign slogan of the opposition National League for Democracy party—and said only changing to communism is left.
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President Thein Sein delivered an unusual and rousing speech in his hometown on Thursday, suggesting that those who want to see more change in Burma may as well choose communism.
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National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has used a video message cautioned voters on the need for stability on election day.
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Members of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Pegu Division’s Thayawady Township have been promising solar panels to those pledging to vote for the party on Nov. 8, according to officials of Burma’s main opposition party based in the township.
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Aung San Suu Kyi’s star power has fallen among fellow Myanmar politicians critical of her management style and decision-making, and among fans abroad disenchanted with the Nobel Peace laureate’s relative silence on human-rights abuses. But she’s as popular as ever amid the muddy roads and ramshackle huts of her constituency and across much of the country.
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Candidates from the National League for Democracy (NLD) have written to the Coco Island Township election sub-commission calling for a reassessment of the 200 naval service personnel who are on the voter lists at both the Panmawady regional headquarters on Haigyi Island and the No.20 naval base on Coco.
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In 2010, shortly before the November 7 election, U Tun Shwe, a local administrator and Union Solidarity and Development Party official from Chigwe village, Bawlakhe township, was given an unusual task: Place a tick on blank ballot forms next to the USDP logo.
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Karen villagers say the massive toll on their community from the nearby Ban Chaung coal mining project has been ignored by the government, the ethnic armed group in control of the area and the companies involved in the venture.
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Despite improving access for international capital and the streamlining of company registration regulations, significant barriers remain for prospective investors in Burma, with local experts warning the de facto reintroduction of foreign exchange controls will hamper future growth.
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In light of a report published last week on Myanmar’s jade trade, officials from Kanbawza (KBZ) Group say their reputation is unlikely to be tarnished.
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In a rare statement on the energy sector, the government has revealed figures on the production of petroleum and natural gas.
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Thailand’s probe into human trafficking was wound up too quickly, the officer who led the investigation said Wednesday, adding he now fears for his life after implicating senior military figures in the grim trade.
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There is “strong evidence” that Myanmar has committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, according to a Yale law school report that called for a United Nations commission of inquiry to focus world leaders’ attention on abuses in western Rakhine state.
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Amnesty International used full-page ads in Australian newspapers on Thursday to accuse border protection officials of illegally paying people smugglers and endangering lives in their efforts to prevent asylum seeker boats from reaching Australia.
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Life in Myanmar for Shajidah was more than a 16-year-old should live through. There, she faced a terrible dilemma: To stay and live in fear or to leave and risk her life.
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Does Myanmar’s systematic persecution of its ethnic Rohingya population legally constitute genocide? And, if so, who should be held accountable?

New legal analysis by Yale Law School’s Lowenstein Clinic in conjunction with rights group Fortify Rights presents strong evidence to suggest that genocide is being committed against the Muslim minority group by Myanmar state actors, including the army, police and a recently disbanded border security force known as Nasaka.
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