April 2016


Nay Phone Latt is a well-known freedom of speech advocate, blogger and former political prisoner, who joined the National League for Democracy (NLD) ahead of last year’s election.
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Isabella Lövin, an author, journalist and Green Party politician who has been serving as Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation since 2014, is now visiting Burma. During her trip, she will meet with senior government officials and visit IDP camps in Arakan State to assess the situation there. Below is her message to the people of Burma:
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Hundreds of Buddhist nationalists staged a protest in front of the United States Embassy in Yangon on Thursday afternoon, to oppose the embassy’s use of the word “Rohingya” to refer to the stateless Muslims in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and de facto leader of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government, met with eight non-state armed groups and the Burma Army on Wednesday, calling for the convening of a “Panglong-style” peace conference within two months and encouraging all stakeholders to help make that happen.
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Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s state counselor and de facto leader of the new National League for Democracy (NLD) government, has proposed renaming the Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) as the National Reconciliation and Peace Center (NRPC).
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A new bill that would rescind Burma’s 1975 State Protection Law is likely to be submitted to Parliament after it reconvenes next week, the Lower House’s Bill Committee chairman said on Thursday.
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Wedged between a military unwilling to relinquish power and high expectations from its supporters, it has not been an easy first month for the NLD-led government as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi slowly embarks on her promised path to change.
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Some 6,000 outstanding complaints of farmland seizure from the previous parliamentary body are slated to be investigated by the current legislative body, the Upper House’s farmer affairs committee said on Wednesday.

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The Yangon Region chief minister has outlined plans to strengthen the city’s taxation system by examining weaknesses in local business audits.
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A Chinese company is upgrading Myanmar’s only coal-fired power plant, with a view to resuming operations in late May according to officials from the Ministry of Electricity and Energy.
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Myanmar’s government has published its first ever Public Expenditure Review, which details recent ramp-ups in health and education spending and outlines a range of challenges to improving public spending.
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Authorities in Arakan State have imposed new restrictions on the Rohingya minority’s access to medical treatment in Rangoon, after local sources reported that many patients did not return to the region after traveling to hospitals in the commercial capital.
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Seven coal mining firms in Kalaywa, Sagaing Division, are operating without any regard for the environmental impact of their projects, according to a report released Wednesday by a joint task force made up of environmental NGOs, civil society organizations and the Ministry of Mines.
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In what some are seeing as the first step toward a stronger assertion of its interests in Myanmar, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will arrive in Nay Pyi Taw on May 1 in the country’s first high-level engagement with Myanmar since the National League for Democracy government took office. The minister will meet President U Htin Kyaw and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who also holds the post of foreign minister.
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For the first time in over half a century, Myanmar has a government with a popular mandate, led by the National League for Democracy. Although the armed forces still have extensive political powers under the 2008 constitution, and may seriously curtail the independent action of the new government, the inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw represents a radical increase in the internal and international legitimacy of the Myanmar state.

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Nay Phone Latt is a well-known freedom of speech advocate, blogger and former political prisoner, who joined the National League for Democracy (NLD) ahead of last year’s election.

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The Honorable Mr Scot A Marciel
Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States
Embassy of the United States
Yangon
28th April 2016

Dear Mr Ambassador:

First of all, we wish happiness, good health and peace to HE Mr Scot Marciel and all our beloved American citizens. Please could you please kindly let us mention some unhappiness of Myanmar people concerning the case of American Pressure to accep illegal immigrants?

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Yangon’s new chief minister U Phyo Min Thein has vowed to scrub the city of corruption and install a graft-free administration. The appointment of the former Pyithu Hluttaw MP from the National League for Democracy was protested by rivals who accused him of election fraud.
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In one of the many rooms of Myanmar’s massive parliament building in Naypyitaw, the country’s sprawling military-designed capital, Bo Bo Oo is busy reviewing a stack of letters on his desk.
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Ashin Nyar Na has spent nearly 16 years in jail for unorthodox beliefs that have angered the powerful supreme body representing Buddhist monks in Myanmar.  (more…)

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