Monday, May 2nd, 2016


Most of the 21 people confirmed drowned when a boat carrying Muslim IDPs sank off Rakhine State last month were ethnic Kaman and not Rohingya as widely reported, according to relatives and survivors who say they are forgotten victims of religious persecution in Myanmar.
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Arakan National Party lower house MP Pe Than sat down to talk to DVB about what we can expect to be discussed in the next sitting of parliament. Pe Than has been in parliament for two consecutive terms.

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When I first lived in Thailand, almost two decades ago, the prevailing attitude toward Myanmar was predictably dismissive. Myanmar was considered backward, destitute and despotic.
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FOR the first time in its history, there will be a Nobel Peace laureate and the world’s most famous political icon in the family of the Asean Ministerial Meeting (AMM), which serves as the Asean annual meeting.
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A series of four dams, three of which will be in conflict zones, planned for the Namtu (Myitnge or Dokhtawaddy) River in northern Shan State are the subject of strong opposition from environmentalists and activists.
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The Karen National Union (KNU) has decided to suspend the feasibility study for a cement factory being carried out by the Phyu Min Tun Company near Min Lwin Mountain in Thaton Township, Mon State.
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Myanmar Thilawa SEZ Holdings, the developer of Thilawa Special Economic Zone, is preparing to list on the Myanmar Stock Exchange at the end of May, the second company to go public.
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The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued a statement yesterday, International Workers’ Day, stating its commitment to promoting and protecting labour rights, including ending forced labour and stronger enforcement of child labour laws, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 2 May.
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One of the loudest promises the National League for Democracy made during the election campaign last year was for a “federal Union”. It was a promise heard often on the campaign trail far from big cities. In two speeches during a campaign tour to the Pa-O autonomous zone in Shan State last September, NLD leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi referred to a “federal Union” no fewer than 31 times. She always emphasised the promise of a federal Union when wooing the ethnic vote, as well as the need for government to listen more to ethnic voices.
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Three members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) met leaders from the United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s largest ethnic armed group, at the latter’s Panghsang headquarters last week, according to a source along the Sino-Burmese border, as the new government begins delving into the country’s fractious peace process.
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Burma’s Union Parliament is looking to modify election laws to reduce the frequency with which by-elections are held by blocking off the first and fifth year of parliamentary terms as periods in which polls to fill empty seats cannot be called, according to a statement issued on Friday.
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The push to rescind a law that was used to oppress Aung San Suu Kyi and other pro-democracy advocates gained momentum on Monday, as a new bill overturning the 1975 legislation was formally submitted to Burma’s Parliament.
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Burma Campaign UK has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Win Bo, and urged the Myanmar government to reform the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee and to ensure their release and all remaining political prisoners.
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Bringing more women into Burma’s peace process and construction of a federal state is crucial, several of the country’s female leaders said during a training tour in Europe last month.
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The Karen National Union (KNU) and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) held private talks here over the weekend about a second “Panglong-style” peace conference, an idea proposed by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi last week.
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Thousands of people protested throughout northern Arakan State on Sunday demanding that the Burma Army halt operations against the Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic armed organization. Fighting has flared in the restive state since April 16, forcing thousands of villagers to flee their homes.
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