May 2016


On his just completed trip to Asia, President Barack Obama announced in Hanoi that he was ending the decades-old embargo on U.S. arms sales to Vietnam, one of the last regional policy relics of the Cold War.

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Government peace negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win will meet with leaders of the ethnic armed organizations that did not sign 2015’s so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) later this week in an effort to include them in the peace dialogue process.

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As the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) has moved forward with its plan to relocate squatters in the city, complaints are being raised that many squatters were not properly accorded housing while some impostors were given more than one residence.

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Rangoon Chief Minister Phyo Min Thein said on Tuesday that Burma’s commercial capital will continue to face blackouts in the coming months as attempts are made to address the city’s weak power cables and growing electricity demands.

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Over 100 refugees displaced by ongoing fighting gathered in Thibaw/Hsipaw township yesterday to protest the clashes that have kept them from returning to their homes. The protesters held up white placards reading “Stop the war”, “Solve conflict peacefully” and “Let children go to school”.

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Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi will lead a new effort to bring peace and development to Rakhine State where violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims in recent years has cast a cloud over progress on democratic reforms.

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Ousted senior officials from the Union Solidarity and Development Party are threatening to take their feud to the election commission if their request for a party conference is not heeded.

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Myanmar’s growth rate, once one of the world’s most impressive, has dipped following heavy floods and an investment slowdown sparked by uncertainty over its political transition, the World Bank said Tuesday.

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The rights of Myanmar’s sizeable merchant seaman population will be better protected after the country last week ratified the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006, the International Labour Organisation said.

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Thai military officials have asked their Burma Army counterparts to help in convincing a powerful ethnic Wa armed group, the United Wa State Army (UWSA), to withdraw its bases on the Thai-Burma border, where some are on Thai territory.

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The Swedish government says women in Burma can count on its support in furthering gender equality and protecting them from violence over the next four years.

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The Yangon Region government has warned that it intends to confiscate inactive plots at industrial zones around the city, state-controlled media reported last week.

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In what it has called an assault on press freedom, Burmese news agency Myanmar Cable News has publicly condemned the Myanmar Patriotic Monks Union, one of several hardline Buddhist nationalist groups in Burma, for allegedly obstructing and intimidating one of its junior reporters.

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The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) said it is investigating the 8 March murder of two villagers allegedly shot by a Myanmar Army officer in Ma Gyi Chaung Wa Village, southern Ye Township, Mon State.

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Two ethnic Ta’ang civil society organisations have voiced concern over ethnic tensions with Shan communities following a protest in northern Shan State on the weekend.

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Karen National Union leaders has called for respective state and regional governments to recognized land rights and policies that are already in place for decades in ethnic areas and agreed to by both ethnic communities and armed groups.

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The Norwegian state owned company, Statkraft Norfund Power Invest or SN Power, concluded an MOU for a project known as the Middle Yeywa dam with the previous government in July 2014. This dam is set to be built in a location that has been identified as “seismically hazardous” because it is close to the Kyaukyan fault line.

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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) is planning to register voters door-to-door to ensure the accuracy of voter lists, a senior official told parliament on Monday.

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After visiting families in a Lashio internally displaced people (IDP) camp last week Sai Wan Leng Kham, a Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) Upper House member called on Burma’s military to stop reinforcing troops in ethnic regions.

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Indian troops are reported to have killed at least eight militants when they crossed into Myanmar’s Sagaing Region last week in the second such operation in a year, media reports said.

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