Tuesday, January 12th, 2016


Police are awaiting approval from the Burma Army to bring a militarily appointed lawmaker to trial in connection with the alleged beating of a child at his Rangoon home.
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Buddhist nationalist organization Ma Ba Tha has publicly solicited an apology from the National League for Democracy (NLD) over claims that two candidates defamed the group after a November election.
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Political prisoner Naw Ohn Hla began a prison hunger strike on Tuesday to protest proposed legislation that would grant wide-ranging legal immunity for ex-presidents’ conduct in office.
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The Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO) and Ta’ang Students and Youth Organization (TSYU) have claimed that the Burma Army arrested dozens of civilians in northern Shan State over the course of a single day last month, with 11 people “brutally tortured” in a military sweep of four Namkham Township villages. (more…)

Civil society groups have come out swinging against next week’s political dialogue meeting, warning of “bad consequences” if negotiations begin without all armed ethnic groups and calling for talks to be halted.
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Rakhine State villagers hit by Cyclone Komen are suffering from a loss of land, livelihood and government debt they have little hope of repaying.
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Displaced residents of the landslide-rocked Chin State capital of Hakha took to the streets in protest on Tuesday, enraged over what that say is inadequate replacement housing.
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Members of Aung San Suu Kyi’s victorious pro-democracy party will take their seats in parliament on February 1, Myanmar’s speaker said Wednesday, beginning a new era for a nation under army rule for decades.
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The Thein Sein government will hold political dialogue with the eight ethnic armed organizations that signed nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) over five days, Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) Secretary Sai Kyaw Nyunt told Mizzima.
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The Ministry of Industry will transfer its factories to the Defence Ministry with the permission of the President’s Office.
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Burma’s incoming leadership has already made strides in alienating the fourth estate, drawing sharp criticism from journalists who claim Aung San Suu Kyi’s winning party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) is too opaque with the country’s ardent media.
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Plans to relaunch the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) this month following its crushing election defeat appear to have been put on hold because of unresolved leadership issues, according to former senior members.
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The Ministry of Commerce has yet to institute an anti-illegal trade program for the remainder of this fiscal year, after the government last week abolished a mobile taskforce charged with preventing illegal goods entering the country, ministry sources said.
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Plots of industrial land are being left idle as speculators bet on rising property prices rather than building factories, according to the vice chair of the Myanmar Construction Entrepreneurs Association, who hopes a National League for Democracy government will enforce regulation.
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The government intends to issue new permits for gem mining, including areas near conflict zones, despite complaints from the public about the industry. (more…)

A group representing Rohingya Muslims in Europe has blasted plans for the long-delayed Kyaukphyu special economic zone (SEZ)in Rakhine State, saying Tuesday that it may cause lasting damage to Rohingya property and lives, Anadolu Agency reported on 5 January.
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Woodside Petroleum Ltd. has discovered natural gas off the coast of Myanmar, Bloomberg reported on 4 January.
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Burnet Institute research has revealed that if preventive HIV medication were available in Myanmar, a large proportion of at-risk HIV-negative men would be willing to take it, according to the Institute website on 4 January.
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A masked vigilante yesterday stood up in a swell of protesters and said he has evidence that can prove the innocence of two Myanmar men sentenced to death in Thailand.
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China said on Tuesday it had lodged a protest with Burma after a land mine injured a Chinese person on their common border, the latest incident of cross-border conflict to strain ties between the two neighbors.
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