Friday, May 13th, 2016


Some 400 nationalists gathered in Mandalay on Friday to demand that the government officially denounce, within three days, the US Embassy’s use of the term “Rohingya.”
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The commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s military said on Friday the army was carrying out its duty under the leadership of the newly elected civilian government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, aiming to assuage worry over tension between them.
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Burma’s commander-in-chief said he did not plan to leave office, despite having reached the official retirement age of 60 years old, at a press conference in Naypyidaw on Friday evening, vowing to maintain his position for four more years.
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Late-night venue owners have been left baffled over plans to once again enforce a citywide curfew on drinking establishments in Yangon, after it was revealed on Thursday that Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein had not approved the scheme.
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It was not a fight, per se, but at the same time, it was not a peaceful week in Parliament. It’s not what was said, but rather what wasn’t.
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A successful peace process will depend on the efforts of the new National League for Democracy-run government, said the ethnic Shan Sai Mauk Kham, former vice president of Burma and former chair of the Union Peace-making Working Committee, on a visit to Shan communities in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Thursday.
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The government plans to install 150 new power transformers in Yangon in an effort to provide a more steady supply of electricity, officials said yesterday.
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Myanmar’s Central Bank is hoping to enact regulation in June that will pave the way for a credit bureau to help the country’s banks better assess risk when making loans and loosen strict collateral requirements.
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Chinese border authorities have ordered Kokang refugees back to Burma, threatening to deport those who resist the directive, according to sources on both sides of the border.
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Myanmar navy commander-in-chief Tin Aung San has paid a courtesy call on Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported on 12 May.
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A New York Times editorial this week slammed what it called “Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya,” in reaction to a request earlier this month from Suu Kyi’s Foreign Ministry to the US Embassy to avoid using the term “Rohingya.” The appeal came after an embassy statement last month offering condolences over the drowning of more than 20 displaced Muslims in Arakan State provoked a demonstration outside the embassy building for using the contentious term.
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The Kokang minority of northern Shan State are ethnically Chinese but citizens of Burma who, like many other minorities, have long suffered from instability, conflict and illicit drug trade in the region.
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Burma Campaign UK has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Maung Saungkha and urged the Myanmar government to reform the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee and to ensure the release of Maung Saungkha and all remaining political prisoners in Myanmar.
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Amnesty International has urged the National League for Democracy to go much further on planned changes to the Peaceful Assembly Law, warning proposed amendments could result in more activists being imprisoned.
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