December 2015


More than a dozen lawmakers used Monday’s proceedings at the Union Parliament to discuss whether to sign off on the government’s “nationwide” ceasefire agreement (NCA), with many speakers saying they were reluctant to proceed with the accord until more ethnic armed groups participated.
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Pyin Oo Lwin Myoma police station has arrested campaigner and Myanmar Peasants Union Chairperson Suu Suu Nway under section 18 of Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law on December 6 at about 4:30 pm, her husband Merkee told Mizzima.
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Ministries have been directed to prepare for the transfer of power to a new government at the end of March, officials have told The Irrawaddy.
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Aung San Suu Kyi met with ethnic lawmakers in Naypyidaw on Monday, urging all members to work together for the sake of the country under a National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government.
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National League for Democracy (NLD) party MP Dr May Win Myint gave three reasons for not signing the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) by her party at the parliamentary debate on this NCA proposal sent by the President to parliament for its ratification in the December 7 parliament session.
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The United States’ Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), set up in 1974, strikes duties off imports that come from 122 countries and territories. Right now, Myanmar is not included, but this could change, said a US embassy spokesperson.
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Myanmar has much to do before it will be ready to join the ASEAN Economic Community, including improvements to transportation, infrastructure, electricity supply and economic policies, according to local think tank Parami Roundtable Group.
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The U.S. Army’s commander in Asia said on Tuesday he was eager for closer ties to the military in Myanmar after elections that the pro-democracy opposition won by a landslide, but this would have to wait for a policy decision by the U.S. government.
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Diplomats, friends and analysts at home and abroad thought that it was never going to happen. They were sceptical. They told us that we often falsely predicted the end of Myanmar’s ceasefire negotiations. Rightly so – we did on many occasions.
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In one sense this should be straightforward. The dominant NLD performance means that they represent interests from across the social and political spectrum. It is a broad church.
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The Tatmadaw (Burma Army) wants peace but does not want to change the 2008 constitution according to Nai Hongsar, the vice-chairman of the United Nationalities Federation Council (UNFC) coalition of ethnic armed oraganisations (EIOs).
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A new report published by the London-based NGO Global Witness alleges that a group of individuals long associated with Burma’s largest and richest armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), are heavily involved in the jade trade. The report, titled “Lords of Jade” and released on Thursday, alleges that Wei Hsueh Kang, often described as the UWSA’s chief “bankroller,” continues to operate an extensive network of jade mining firms, despite being subject to US sanctions and extradition attempts.
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A joint delegation representing the Burma Army, ethnic Karen rebels and the government-affiliated Myanmar Peace Center arrived in Colombia this week to study the country’s peace process.
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Amid warnings of fresh disaster beneath the lowering waste tips, Kachin State government officials and civil society are mobilising to protect local residents and demand accountability from the companies they blame for the death of more than 100 people.
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In 2012, when Myanmar, also known as Burma, abolished pre-publication censorship laws that had long forced journalists to essentially clear every article they wrote with the state, the Ministry of Information touted the move as a major step toward a free and fair democracy.
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Myanmar is demarcating an area of 1,737 hectares in Kyaukphyu, western Rakhine state to establish a special economic zone (SEZ) in the region, an official report said Friday.
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President Thein Sein has scheduled a law limiting business monopolisation to take effect in February 2017, guaranteeing his government will not have to pursue its mandate.
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Burma’s total trade volume has declined in value for the first time since the switch to quasi-civilian rule, largely a result of the long and seemingly inexorable slide of the local currency.
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Though it emits very little greenhouse gas – and what is emitted is offset by its forests – Myanmar is affected more than almost any other country in the world by climate change, the country’s delegates will tell the Paris climate conference.
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It is harvest time in the shadow of mist-covered mountains in southern Shan State – not for the rice or pulses growing elsewhere, but in the fields that will supply heroin to voracious markets, in Myanmar and across international borders.
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