Tuesday, July 19th, 2016


Burma Army Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing’s attendance at the annual commemoration of Martyrs’ Day in Rangoon on Tuesday generated hope for restoring relationships in the war-torn country, said representatives from the country’s ruling party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

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The Karen State Government has denied the Karen National Union (KNU) permission to hold a workshop outlining their land policy to residents of the state capital of Hpa-an, according to local sources.

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The Shan State parliament has approved an urgent proposal imploring government intervention to bring an end to simmering conflict between the national army and ethnic armed groups in the state’s north, which has displaced thousands of civilians.

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Fruit farmers whose land was seized more than 35 years ago to build a prison say it’s time they got their property back.

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After drawn out negotiations, 85 workers from a recently shuttered garment factory in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township received part of their severance compensation yesterday, following their second protest staged over the weekend.

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Amnesty has called for urgent action to be taken to secure the release of 15 factory workers and student union members who are still detained in Myanmar and face a range of criminal charges for their peaceful protest to demand better working conditions. They are prisoners of conscience and must be immediately and unconditionally released, according to a recent statement.

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Delegates from ethnic political parties and women groups are to be invited to the plenary ethnic armed groups’ summit scheduled to be held from July 26 to 29 at Mai Ja Yang, Kachin State.

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Young and ambitious activists were out in full force this month as the third biennial Myanmar Youth Forum was held in Monywa, Sagaing Region. Building on its achievements over the past four years, participants from all over the country convened to tackle a targeted agenda of issues that affect the nation’s young people: drug use; human rights; environmental change; youth and education policy; and Myanmar’s ongoing peace process.

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There has been plenty of criticism, both at home and abroad. While observers seem willing to give the still-new administration time to overcome the decades-long legacy of corruption, repression and mismanagement by the former military regime, there is also a feeling that the National League for Democracy had plenty of time to plan for office, and its overwhelming majority in both houses of parliament, coupled with its great popularity in the country and the support it receives from overseas should have translated into more effective, immediate action, even at this early stage.

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The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has blamed the government for the continued arrest and detention of activists under undemocratic legislation that threatens freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

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In what seems likely to be a concerted and protracted charm offensive, China has been inviting hundreds of Myanmar opinion-formers to “improve understanding” on their part of China’s intentions. China is telling Myanmar that it knows Myanmar has changed, and that China’s attitude has changed too.

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They make unreasonable demands. They think change happens overnight. They refuse to negotiate with the government. They hijacked the student protests (or was it vice versa?).

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Aye Aye Mu, 46, is an ethnic Chin and a lower house lawmaker for the National League for Democracy (NLD) who represents Kale Township, in western Burma’s Sagaing Division.

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Premier Coffee has chosen to compensate 321 workers from its factory in Rangoon’s Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone after being sued by the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population for breaking labor laws.

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