Monday, January 4th, 2016


Activists commemorating International Human Rights Day on Thursday say that authorities have blocked plans to stage events in Rangoon and Naypyidaw.
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The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), an organization of ethnic leaders, said that the National Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) signed by eight ethnic armed organizations this week is incomplete and has failed to be an inclusive agreement.
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Eleven Rohingya groups have protested the shooting death of a 25-year-old Rohingya man on Monday near Buthidaung in Rakhine State.
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Twelve Muslim men were sentenced on Monday in Mandalay to five years imprisonment for alleged links to an armed organisation called ‘Myanmar Muslim Army’ — the existence of which has been called into doubt by several observers.
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Following fighting between the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA) and the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army-South (RCSS/SSA-S) in northern Shan State 23 villagers are missing.
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A new idea has been presented that would allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to get around a constitutional provision that bars her from the presidency.
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Bangladeshi naval forces detained 92 fishermen in 12 trawlers from Myanmar for illegal angling within Bangladeshi waters in the Bay of Bengal, a regional police official said on Wednesday.
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Refugee camp officials on the Thai Burma are hugely concerned that suicides among camp residents are climbing.
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Myanmar Vice President Nyan Tun marked the opening ceremony of the Yangon Stock Exchange (YSX) by ringing a bell on Wednesday with six local campanies listed. Yet officials say it is unlikely that any trading will take place until March 2016.
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The Rakhine Social Association has called for the suspension of two deep sea port projects to be built in the Kyaukphyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on Myanmar’s western coastline.
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The number of jade lots on display at this year’s gems emporium for local traders dipped slightly compared with 2014’s showcase, with supply showing some decline but overall resilience in a year that saw the industry subjected to a spate of criticism over the ethnics and safety of the trade.
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With construction of a new business district in Rangoon’s north slated to begin next year, an unsuccessful bidder has slammed the tender process for the project that has been in the works since 2013.
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For all the storm and fury directed at it, MPs yesterday passed unopposed a supplementary budget request that amounted to 11.95 percent of the existing budget for the current financial year. Not a single program or a single kyat was cut.
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Rice-growing in one of the country’s major farming areas is facing the dual threat of seawater contamination and overuse of fertiliser, experts and local farmers say.
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On Thursday, Chinese researcher Tu Youyou will grace the world stage to collect a Nobel Prize for medicine. Tu, now 84, spent decades devising a malaria treatment based on Chinese traditional medicine that went on to save millions of lives in Asia and across Africa. Not that many people have heard her name.
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Many migrants working as waiters, gardeners and cleaners in Thailand’s tourism sector face below minimum wage pay, discrimination and no paid leave, according to an investigation of labour abuses in the country.
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UNFPA, Finland and Sweden are launching a 3-year US$11.8 million joint initiative to protect the rights of women and girls in Myanmar, according to a press release on December 10.
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The German government has awarded 1.38 million Euros through the WHH and Metta Development Foundation for humanitarian aid to people in Kachin and Shan states.
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Dynastic politics is often scorned as a glorified form of nepotism that favours the rich and powerful.

What is rarely noted is how often it has ensured domestic stability and economic growth, particularly in Southeast Asia. (more…)

Civilians continue to die in military assaults even as attention turns to talks next month aimed at a broader ceasefire

Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday approved the Nationwide Ceasefire Accord that had been signed by the government and eight armed ethnic groups in October. On the surface it was cause for celebration, but any optimism has to be tempered by the refusal of other groups to agree to peace terms. In fact the military continues its bloody campaign of suppression against the Shan and Kachin in the northeast.
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