Friday, May 27th, 2016


Despite pledges from the Arakan State government to allocate more money toward helping the state’s internally displaced persons (IDPs), some see it as coming up short.

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The three Chin parties – Chin Progressive Party (CPP), Chin National Democratic Party (CNDP) and Chin League of Democracy (CLD) had made agreement to form one party on 21 May, 2016 at Happy Noodle Café Hall in Myitkyina state.

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The Burma Campaign UK has called for the NLD-led government to abide by the United Nations ruling that Lahpai Gam is detained illegally and release him immediately, according to a statement on 26 May.

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Women across Burma are choosing to cut off their hair and donate it to a monastery that is building new bridges across the country.

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The Union Peace Dialogue Joint Committee (UPDJC) in Myanmar will be reformed with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi heading a 18-member body, according to official sources on Friday.

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A bill to amend and repeal sections of Burma’s colonial-era law requiring citizens to report overnight guests continues to face hurdles in Parliament.

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A Ta’ang National Party lawmaker sought to submit a proposal to the Union Parliament to stop fighting in Shan State so that children in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps could attend school this year, but her efforts were denied.

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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it will relax visa rules for former citizens who left the country for political reasons, in a move that could affect thousands of exiles who settled in foreign countries during the decades of military rule.

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Student Unions and the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) have formed the Nationwide Federation of Student Unions which will meet Education Minister Dr Myo Thein Gyi at the Higher Education Department on May 29.

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Rangoon’s divisional government will confiscate unused land in the city’s industrial zones and revoke permits from private electricity providers in breach of their contracts, said regional Electricity, Industry and Transportation Minister Nilar Kyaw, of upcoming reforms during a parliamentary session this week.

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KFW development bank in Germany will support the reconstruction of roads and bridges, which were destroyed by flood in last year, in Kalaymyo, Sagaing Region during 2017-2018 financial years.

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June Cement Industry started building a cement factory in the Pyar Taung area of Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State without informing the Mon State Government according to their Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation Minister.

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Myanmar and Vietnam have pledged to boost bilateral relations and cooperation in trade, investment, hotels and tourism, an official media reported Friday.

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Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in her role as state counsellor, is taking concrete steps to kick-start the country’s beleaguered peace process and will address a newly appointed peace committee later today. Everything has been in abeyance, since eight ethnic groups signed a national ceasefire agreement (NCA) with the Thein Sein government last October, but some eight others refused to participate.

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Last week a colleague and I were in northern Shan State covering the conflict there between the Myanmar Tatmadaw and various ethnic armed groups.

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Myanmar’s new National League for Democracy (NLD) government has a huge set of reform challenges waiting for it, but few could be more important and intractable than corruption.

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Burma’s parliament should amend a proposed law on public protest to better protect rights to peaceful assembly and free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. The Peaceful Processions and Peaceful Assembly Act improves upon existing Burmese law, but retains criminal penalties and contains overly broad and vague restrictions on speech contrary to international standards.

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