Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Amnesty International and FIDH have call on all UN member states to recognize the continued need for a resolution on the situation of human rights in Myanmar at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), in light of the ongoing human rights violations taking place in the country, the two organisations said in a joint statement on 16 November. (more…)

Amidst an ongoing clash between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, DVB spoke to KIA representative La Nan. (more…)

DVB speaks to Min Ko Naing, the 88 Generation leader and former political prisoner who campaigned tirelessly for the National League for Democracy (NLD) during this recent election campaign period. (more…)

“Change” is a word that crops up in many conversations in Burma these days. Three years ago, when I last visited, the country’s biggest city, Rangoon, had no modern shopping centers, no ATMs, no night clubs. Now it has all of them, in startling profusion. Cars were relatively few; today there’s a traffic jam at every corner. In 2012, cell phone networks were so rudimentary as to be irrelevant, and finding a decent Internet connection was a struggle; Facebook, which welcomed its first users just a few months before I arrived, boasted a few thousand customers in the entire country. Today half of Burma’s population of fifty million has smartphones, and virtually all of those phones are connected to the Internet. Experts put the number of Facebook users at six and a half million. (more…)

In assessing the outcome of the Burma Socialist Programme Party’s stewardship of the nation and the economic consequences of the Burmese Way to Socialism, Dr Maung Maung – the last president of the country under the regime – made the following observations. (more…)

With tens of millions of ballots cast and countless futures pondered, it has all come to this. Myanmar is forced to watch and wait as the National League for Democracy manoeuvres itself closer to power. (more…)

A week has now passed since Myanmar’s historic November 8 polls. Shortly after noon on November 13, the opposition National League for Democracy hit the required threshold of seats to pass legislation in the next parliament and ensure one of its two presidential candidates will take the top job come March 2016. (more…)

The landslide victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in last Sunday’s elections is a turning point in Myanmar’ s history. The NLD will have an opportunity to rule alone, given its super majority in the national parliament. (more…)

When Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party forms government in Myanmar, it will face enormous limits that the military-drafted 2008 constitution places on the scope of a civilian government. Yet Suu Kyi still ought to be able to find enough room to make a difference. (more…)

Burma’s recent election will usher a sea of new faces into the national Parliament, installing a fresh batch of lawmakers who will select the next president—an as-yet-unknown figure that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has vowed to act “above.” (more…)

Welcoming the recent elections in Myanmar as ‘a new chapter in the country’s history,’ United Nations Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee today reaffirmed her commitment to work with all parties in the country to improve the human rights situation there, saying “the people have expressed the will for change. There is no turning back now.” the UN News Centre reported on 16 November. (more…)

Nearly one month after four Burmese migrant workers were arrested in connection with the murder of a Thai teenager, a migrants’ rights group is saying the suspects have been wrongfully accused. (more…)

When Aye Than Dar and her little sister Hla Thidar Myint paid a broker in Mon State to smuggle them to Thailand for domestic work, it was the start of a decade-long ordeal that would see the pair separated and Hla held as a slave. (more…)

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi has pledged to pay “special attention” to ties with China when her party takes office after its election triumph, and said foreign investments would need public support to help improve relations. (more…)

Eleven foreign and international companies have applied for a tender to form a joint venture with state-owned Myanma Petrochemical Enterprise for the wholesale distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) – a staple fuel used in Myanmar’s kitchens. (more…)

Once a country famed for its forbidden wilderness, Burma was mostly covered by forest until only a few decades ago. That is now changing with the nation one of the least environmentally-protected in the region. Driven by demand from neighbouring countries, Burma’s forests are under threat. As more trees are felled, a new government sworn in next year will quickly face the task of addressing the regulation of land and natural resources. (more…)

APR Energy plc, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announced today that its 102MW project in Myanmar has been extended through 2016, with financial terms similar to those in the initial agreement, according to statement from the company on 17 November. (more…)

A National League for Democracy spokesperson says the party is committed to financial sector reform, while industry sources say their hopes are pinned on lower inflation, a stronger local currency, Central Bank autonomy and greater transparency. (more…)

The National League for Democracy’s landslide win in the November 8 election is credit positive for the sovereign, according to Moody’s rating agency. (more…)

Union ministers and private sector bankers met with the Central Bank of Myanmar earlier this week to discuss rules and regulations for the entire banking industry, as well as the development of mobile banking in the country. (more…)

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