June 2016


Amid growing demands that the government take action against perpetrators of a mob attack that destroyed a mosque, officials announced yesterday that no legal recourse will be pursued.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi promised ethnic armed groups yesterday that her government has no hidden agenda for the peace process.

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A delegation from the ethnic armed alliance United Nationalities Federal Council will meet the government’s chief peace negotiator Dr. Tin Myo Win in Rangoon on Friday.

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A conference on women’s peace process priorities was held in Naypyidaw this week to generate recommendations for a civil society forum to be held in tandem with Burma’s upcoming Union Peace Conference.

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Myanmar Press Council (MPC) held a daylong discussion with various ethnic media editors on the issue of ethnic media developments in the country.

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The government has paid 352.583 million kyat compensation to farmland owners whose 172 acres of land were seized by the Ministry of Construction in 2003 to build the outer city road in Pyinmana, Nay Pyi Taw.

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Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Burma’s armed forces, said the door is still open for ethnic armed groups that didn’t sign last year’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA).

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Myanmar’s government will send a delegation to Thailand to carry out a citizenship verification process so that 196 people living in the refugee camps along the border can be retaken as they have expressed their willingness to return home, according to a news statement released by the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The National League for Democracy government is under fire from the business community over the delay in releasing a detailed policy for managing the economy.

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The Burmese and Thai governments have agreed to boost bilateral trade volume to reach US$20 billion in 2017, Burma’s President’s Office announced on Wednesday.

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Through cooking and farming demonstrations, a project starting this month aims to improve nutrition in the rural areas of Chin State, where stunted growth continues to affect a large segment of the population.

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Myanmar women would like to have more access to reproductive health resources, according to surveys conducted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Public Health Department under the Ministry of Health and Sports.

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Even though there are schools, teachers and students in Maungdaw, no educational arrangement or coaching teachers in support of Rohingya children in rural schools since 2012 – after conflict between Rohingyas and Rakhine communities, said Hamidul Rahaman, father of four students from Maungdaw.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to set up a committee to examine related documents in preparation for the repatriation of war refugees residing on the Thai side of their common border.

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Last week officials prevented the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, from visiting areas of Shan State where alleged human rights abuses have taken place, citing “security reasons”.

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It was an unusual suggestion from an unexpected source and it signalled the extraordinary desperation that pervades the thinking of some of the region’s most senior leaders.

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Any company wanting to benefit from exploiting Myanmar’s rich natural resources should have to give something back to the communities in which it operates.

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As the chief-of-staff of a breakaway faction of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), one of the signatories to last year’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), Gen Saw Kyaw Thet says that he is open to the new National League for Democracy government’s efforts to engage non-ceasefire groups in peace talks. Meanwhile, the group — which calls itself the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army, reviving the name of the armed group that became a Border Guard Force (BGF) in 2010 — continues to clash with the Burmese armed forces and the BGF. In this interview, Saw Kyaw Thet speaks to DVB about the group’s stand on the prospects for peace with the government.

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The Burma Army commander-in-chief, has reportedly told a delegation of ethnic armed organizations that he hopes the country’s Union Peace Conference, also known as the “21st Century Panglong Conference,” will be successful.

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British NGO ARTICLE 19, which campaigns for freedom of expression, has called on Myanmar prosecutors to drop a criminal case brought against Mizzima Media by Eleven Media Group Chief Reporter Marn Thu Shein who filed a criminal complaint under the Electronic Transactions Law over a column by Sithu Aung Myint published in Mizzima’s online edition.

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