Monday, May 30th, 2016


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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As conservationists welcome reports that the government is considering a one-year national logging ban, sections of the timber industry have been preparing for such a move for months.

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