Monday, June 27th, 2016


Ethnic armed organizations plan to hold a summit in mid-July in the conflict-torn region of Mai Ja Yang in Kachin State, near the border with China, in order to discuss the upcoming 21st Century Panglong conference, according to sources close to the groups.

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Around 300 Arakanese nationalists, monks and civil society organizations in Sittwe, Arakan State, convened a meeting on Sunday in a monastery leading to a decision to launch a “poster campaign for every Arakanese House” throughout the state.

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Rangoon authorities moved Nyi Nyi Lwin, a former monk better known as U Gambira, from Mandalay’s Obo prison to Rangoon’s Insein prison on Sunday to face additional criminal charges.

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More than 6,400 acres of confiscated land in Ayeyawady Region has been returned to its rightful owners with Vice President U Henry Van Thio calling on authorities in regions and states to speed up work in order to release remaining lands, state media reported yesterday.

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Daw Nyou Nyou San knows how to be self-reliant. When her husband died, she took over the management of their farm in northern Shan State, tending plots of corn, sugar and rice on her own. It was tough, but so is Nyou Nyou San.

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An armed group led by two brothers, Nai Lwin and Nai Saung, will soon surrender their weaponry to the Tatmadaw, according to locals in Ye Township, Mon State.

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The Burma Army has filed a lawsuit against local media outlet 7 Day Daily for publishing a story in April which included former general Shwe Mann’s message to graduates of the Defense Services Academy, claiming the story could lead to the disintegration of the military.

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The Rangoon division government has forced the cancellation of a press conference organized for Monday by the Ta’ang Women’s Organization (TWO) for the launch of a report on human rights abuses by the Burma Army in northern Shan State, according to the TWO.

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In an effort to raise awareness and strengthen Myanmar’s response to the production, trafficking and use of illicit drugs, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Government of Myanmar held a number of high-level policy discussions today.

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Myanmar police on Sunday torched drugs with a reported street value of nearly US$60 million as authorities struggle to tackle the scourge of poppy cultivation and shut down pill laboratories in lawless border zones.

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The Wa National Organization (WNO), the political wing of an ethnic Wa armed group, has announced that it had no involvement in the actions of one of its former leaders, Ta Ma Ha (also known as Ma Ma) who was arrested in Chiang Mai for drug trafficking last week.

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“As regards to our future, our mutual interests and our past experience require that we should stand together. There must be no occasion for any misunderstanding between us, and no effort should be spared to foster still better and closer relations between our two countries. We believe that such close friendship can be maintained only by constant and intimate contact.”

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Eventually, the shockwaves from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will ripple into Myanmar affairs. One way or another, we all need to digest the lessons of last week’s historic referendum.

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