June 2016


Over 900 migrant households have applied to register for residency identification in Thanbyuzayat Township, Mon State, as the government plans to issue them permanent residency papers as part of the 100-day project.

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When the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism trumpeted 3 million foreign visitors in 2014, there was one statistic it was less keen to publicise.

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Burmese government forces on Monday attacked the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), according to an official from the RCSS/SSA.

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At least one villager was killed, while three were injured and another five arrested by the Burma Army on Saturday 25 June in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township, according to a local source.

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The new Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) has granted four foreign investment proposals and four locals’ since its reformation, according to Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA) Wednesday.

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The US government has revised its mandatory reporting requirements for investing in Burma, significantly reducing the number of firms that will have to comply with regulations aimed at promoting transparency and strengthening human rights in Burma.

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With a crackdown announced on the illegal timber trade—and a proposed nationwide logging ban by the end of the fiscal year in March 2017—seizures of illegally cut logs have exceeded 10,000 tons in the first quarter from April to June.

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On 23 June, Aung San Suu Kyi visited Thailand for the first time after her party won a landslide victory in the late November election. During her three-day visit, Aung San Suu Kyi met with the Burmese migrant workers across Thailand in Mahachai, the Thai military Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, and the Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai.

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A delegation of National League for Democracy (NLD) lawmakers on Tuesday departed Burma for a 10-day study tour in China.

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Thailand and Burma have agreed to renew negotiations over disputed border demarcations, which had stalled under Burma’s previous government.

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Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque is flying to Yangon today as a special envoy of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

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Myanmar will send seven athletes to compete in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games, U Kyi Soe Lin, assistant director of Ministry of Health and Sport, told Xinhua on Wednesday.

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Myanmar’s government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), should amend and abolish laws that threaten freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.

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The European Union has requested an investment protection agreement with Myanmar which is being criticized by local NGOs in the country, according to a report on the ScandAsia website on 28 June. The report said that the agreement was intended to secure investors from the EU in case of dispute so the dispute could be raised in an international court of law.

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In the November 2015 election, Burma’s long-standing opposition, the National League for Democracy (NLD), swept into office, promising change and new freedoms for the masses after a half-century of military rule. That the party is led by Aung San Suu Kyi, a widely revered Nobel Prize winner and long-time dissident, only added to expectations of dramatic change.

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“We need to stay patient and tolerant, and let her get on with it, since she is new and inexperienced.” Such are the words uttered by many in Burma who were happy to see the veteran pro-democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi assume de facto leadership of the new government at the end of March.

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State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and representatives of eight ethnic armed groups that signed last year’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) decided at a meeting today to start new, more comprehensive peace talks — dubbed the “21st Century Panglong Conference” — no later than the last week of August.

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A decision by the Rangoon Division government to ban the release of a report on torture in ethnic conflict areas shows the limits of what rights advocates can expect under Burma’s new civilian government, civil society organisations (CSOs) said on Tuesday.

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Union level Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JCMC) members have discussed forming state-level committees in Kayin and Mon States, state media reported on 28 June.

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A Karen National Union controlled checkpoint is fuelling tension between the Burma Army in southern Burma.

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