Monday, July 11th, 2016


Nationalist marched through the rain yesterday demanding the government reverse a decision to refer to self-identifying Rohingyas as “Muslims in Rakhine State”. The protesters said “Bengali” – officially used by the previous government – must remain the condoned terminology.

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Amid evidence that as many as one child in three suffers from stunted growth, an NGO has set out to combat malnutrition. The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) will commit US$14.5 million to improve nutrition for 3 million people.

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An alliance of ethnic armed groups has invited ethnic political parties to attend a summit in Kachin State in late July.

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As a United Nations committee reviewing Burma’s compliance with an international convention on women’s rights prepares to submit its conclusions this week, women’s groups from the country said they were encouraged by the new government’s receptivity to their input, but worried about its stance on some of the issues.

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Health workers in two refugee camps on the Thai-Burma border stopped work over non-payment of compensation and claims that they are treated unfairly by a non-government organization running hospitals in the camp.

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Public opinion on how to unite the many divided Karen armed groups was sought during a recent event held by the Karen Youth Organization (KYO) in Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State. Saw Kaw Thu Lay, KYO central permanent member, told KIC News that it’s crucial for the Karen to become united once again.

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Following decades of military rule, Burma elected its first civilian government, led by President Htin Kyaw and State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, in a landslide election in November. But everyone knows who is actually calling the shots in the country’s awkward political strucutre. It is Suu Kyi who is above the president.

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Burma’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will meet with senior representatives of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Rangoon on 17 July, her government has announced.

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Workers from the La Won Htet Tha garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar’s Shwe Linn Ban industrial zone demonstrated on July 8, demanding compensation because the factory suddenly shut down.

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