Tuesday, March 15th, 2016


An Arakan State-based journalist claims to have been targeted for his media outlet’s coverage of controversial issues, holding a press conference in Rangoon on Monday to discuss an explosion last week at his home in Sittwe that he characterized as an attack.
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Bo Kyi, the joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) said on March 13 that the organisation will keep an eye on the country’s citizen and human rights affairs to assess to what extent Myanmar’s next government protects human rights.
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Farmers have responded furiously after Nay Pyi Taw’s municipal authorities began to parcel off plots of unused but disputed land and hand it over to doctors.
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The spread of smartphones has fostered illegal gambling by enabling tech-savvy bookies to place their customers’ bets via social media websites.
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Myanmar’s parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted for a National League for Democracy president who is a civilian and has no military background.
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Myanmar’s parliament elected Htin Kyaw as the country’s new president Tuesday in a watershed moment that ushers the longtime opposition party of Aung San Suu Kyi into government after 54 years of direct or indirect military rule.
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Since Htin Kyaw’s confirmation as Burma’s next president Tuesday morning, observers have been speculating about what this might mean for the national economy.
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The Union Daily, published by Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), has raised questions regarding the nondisclosure of the profile of presidential candidate Htin Kyaw who was nominated by the National League for Democracy (NLD) saying it was a violation of fundamental rights of voters.
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The relationship between the election winning National League for Democracy (NLD) and the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) is not strained, said the party’s associate secretary Sai Lake on March 14.
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Huge hydropower projects along the Thanlwin River must be halted, civil society organisations said yesterday, in an appeal to the incoming National League for Democracy government launched from the banks of Southeast Asia’s longest free-flowing river.
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A reliance on chair Serge Pun’s business relationships and the potential illegality of its existing share trading centre are among the risk factors First Myanmar Investment laid out in a disclosure document yesterday, ahead of the firm’s listing scheduled for later this month.
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Bagan residents want more. Outraged at the disclosure that only 2 percent of the takings from the entrance fees paid by tourists goes toward the upkeep of the ancient religious buildings that constitute one of the country’s premier tourist sites, they are taking up the matter with the incoming government.
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Four gas wells are being drilled as part of the Yadana Gas Project to extract more gas in 2017, according to the Ministry of Energy.
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Health authorities are on high alert following a recent meningococcal meningitis outbreak that has claimed the lives of four children in Mandalay Region.
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Ethnic civil society organizations and environmental activists together with local communities marked International Day of Action for Rivers along the Salween River in eastern Burma on Monday, expressing concern over the Burmese government’s six planned dams on the waterway.
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Leaders of the Christian Kachin-based anti-narcotic group Pat Ja San (PJS) said on 6 March that they were unaware that the group is being sued by U Zakhung Tin Ying’s family.
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The trial of 92 suspected human traffickers, arrested after the discovery of shallow graves of migrants in Thai jungle, began in Bangkok on Tuesday and the attorney-general’s office said it would be over within a year amid fears about the safety of witnesses.
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The Thai labour department has approved a scheme allowing migrant workers from Burma and other neighbouring countries to extend their labour cards at 7-Eleven stores across the Kingdom.
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As the world anxiously awaits the announcement of a new president for Burma on March 15, the United Nations is discussing the human rights situation in the country. Yesterday, Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on Burma, presented her report in Geneva to the UN Human Rights Council. At the end of this month, a resolution by the Council will decide how to move forward with the scrutiny of the human rights situation in the country.
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As the various parties begin to engage in the Union Level Political Dialogue and Peace Conference, the need to consider security sector reform (SSR) is more urgent than ever. Without genuine reform of the security sector (especially the Tatmadaw, Burma’s armed forces) within an implemented Union Peace Accord, there will be no sustainable peace in Burma.
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