Tuesday, June 21st, 2016


Troops from the Kachin Independence Army’s (KIA) Regiment 6 attacked a Burma Army camp in Bang Lum Bum Mountain, between Mongyar and Mongkoe in northern Shan State, at 7 pm on 19 June.

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A Burmese government peace delegation led by Dr. Tin Myo Win has told three ethnic armed groups of the Arakan, Palaung and Kokang ethnicities not to attack the Burma Army and to disarm so that they will be invited to join the upcoming peace conference, sources say.

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The Pathein District Court in Irrawaddy Division denied a bail request on Monday from Nay Myo Wai, an ultra-nationalist politician charged with defamation under Burma’s Telecommunications Law.

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Members of both Arakanese Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim communities have objected to referring to Rohingya as “the Muslim community in Arakan State,” as used by Burma’s representative at the 32nd regular session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Pa-O National Liberation Organisation (PNLO), an ethnic armed group that has signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), issued a statement on Saturday saying it would continue to work together with all national brethren, including Pa-O people, for the preparation of the 21st Century Panglong Conference and for the success of Myanmar’s peace process.

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A serviceman from the Burmese armed forces shot and killed an 18-year-old university student in Myitkyina on Monday evening following an argument at a checkpoint.

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It was a tough hot season for Yangon power. As El Niño baked the city, technicians doled out power cuts like blackjack dealers just to keep the aged transformers from catching fire under the load from air-conditioners and refrigerators.

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The UN and the international community should support ongoing reforms inside Burma instead of focusing on human rights abuses perpetrated by the former government, said President’s Office Spokesman Zaw Htay, in response to a fresh criticism from the UN over Burma’s treatment of religious and ethnic minorities—in particular the Muslim Rohingya.

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Myanmar has banned its officials from referring to the oppressed Muslim minority as Rohingya, instead insisting they are called “people who believe in Islam”.

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Myanmar military authorities has recently punished 382 military personnel including 73 officers for recruiting child soldiers, according to the Committee for Prevention of Minors from Military Service Tuesday.

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The health ministry is planning to launch a national-level campaign against liver diseases this year, partly in response to the prevalence of Hepatitis B in Myanmar, with which 6.5 per cent of the population is infected, announced the Liver Foundation.

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Burma’s Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi and the Labour Ministry plan to solve the issue of illegal Burmese migrant workers by slashing their mandatory “work break” period from three years to 30 days.

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Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha will not raise the Rohingya issue during Aung San Suu Kyi’s three-days official visit here beginning Thursday saying that it was Myanmar’s internal affairs.

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Most Rohingyas living in Bangladesh say they want to return to their homeland but fear for their lives if they return. Myanmar stripped them of citizenship 1982 and, calling them Bangalis.

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Foreign observers of Myanmar’s changing social and cultural landscape have watched with great concern the flood tide of religious nationalism as conservative and radical Buddhist groups have expressed fears of a Muslim spiritual and social invasion that they have perceived to threaten their religious views. Coming from religious organizations such as Ma Ba Tha and the Myanmar Patriotic Monks Union, they seem to have had wide popular support, or at least popular acquiescence, for who can publicly disagree with the pronouncements of eminent members of the sangha? The legislature has passed laws intended to prevent this perceived disease from spreading. To those addicted to democratic traditions and open societies, this is illustrative of very disquieting development, even as right-wing nationalistic groups gain prominence in many Western societies.

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