Monday, June 20th, 2016


The United Wa State Army (UWSA) and the National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA) have accepted an invitation to join the so-called 21st Century Panglong Conference” envisioned by the Aung San Suu Kyi-led government.

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Ko Ko Gyi, one of the leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society has said that the public and youths can play an important role in solving political issues.

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The Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) says a group of villagers arrested last month by the Burma Army in eastern Shan State were not troops forcibly recruited by the group.

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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) strongly opposes plans by Burma’s new government to expand household list registration to migrant workers and their families who have come from other parts of the country.

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The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) will discuss with Burma’s government how all ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) can be included in the nationwide ceasefire and peace process, a senior KNPP official told Shan Herald.

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Since its suspension five years ago, the $3.6 billion Myitsone hydropower project has come to symbolize the bad old days in Myanmar.

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Local bankers are concerned as traditional financial services face competition from mobile financial service providers, following the approval of industry regulations by the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM).

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At the end of a day learning about sex, Dr Ne Win’s students show how they feel by placing stickers on a daily “mood meter”.

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From earthquakes in Nepal to flooding in Burma, disasters damage or destroy thousands of schools, leaving hundreds of thousands of children unable to go to class, yet education is often overlooked in humanitarian responses, according to Save the Children.

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For hundreds of years, monks have provided a valuable service to Myanmar’s poor, with the country’s monastic education schools granting those from underprivileged families of all religions an education they would normally be unable to afford.

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Rights groups are calling on the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to make greater progress in settling about 7,000 Muslim Myanmar refugees a year after they were rescued after being abandoned at sea by traffickers.

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The legendary Ledo Road that linked India, Myanmar and China during World War II should be restored to boost trade among the three countries, a commentary in a China newspaper urged last week.

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Issuing a new report on the situation of minorities in Myanmar, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has urged the Government to take concrete steps to end the “systemic discrimination” and ongoing human rights violations against minority communities, particularly the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

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Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has told the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights that the government will avoid using the term “Rohingya” to describe a persecuted Muslim minority in the country’s northwest, an official told Reuters on Monday.

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The new Government of Myanmar, led by the National League for Democracy, must establish a clear plan for strengthening the rule of law and protection of human rights, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today, 20 June, as it released its 14 General Recommendations to the new Government and Parliament.

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Nai Thet Lwin, 75, is Myanmar’s new minister for ethnic affairs. He heads a ministry recently created by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to take in hand the local insurgencies that have bedeviled the country since independence from Britain in early 1948.

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