Thursday, August 4th, 2016


One of Myanmar’s largest officially recognised labour unions has vowed to boycott the Arbitration Council and to stage strikes if they encounter problems with employers. The announcement is yet another protest of the newly appointed representatives to the dispute resolution body.

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The Burmese army and its allies arbitrarily arrest, torture and kill civilians as they bid to secure coal-mining concessions in the Nam Ma area of Hsipaw in northern Shan State, according to a leading Shan rights group.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) has vowed to investigate the alleged abuse of young men in Tenasserim Division caught on a video that is circulating online.

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A former student activist who was barred from entering Burma earlier this week has been given a green light to return to the country after senior members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government intervened on his behalf.

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The Myanmar government should immediately free political activist Khaing Myo Htun and investigate allegations that the army has committed abuses against civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, legal and advocacy organization Earth Rights International (ERI) said in a statement on 4 August.

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Morning arrives slowly at Pan Kha Kho refugee camp. It takes a moment for the lemon sun to creep over the horizon, pausing before rising to reveal rows of corrugated-iron roofs lining the valley ahead.

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Lawmakers in the Pyithu Hluttaw have endorsed a proposal urging the Union government to put forward measures to effectively combat corruption nationwide.

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Could the issue of citizenship documents to Kokang residents in Shan State open the back door to infiltration from China? That appeared to be the implication floated by Myanmar’s immigration minister yesterday when he spoke to MPs of the progress of regularising citizenship in the self-administered zone.

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The Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs has announced that the mosque burned down by a mob in rural Hpakant Township in Kachin State had been built “illegally” on state-owned land, and action would be taken against those who constructed it.

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President Office’s Spokesperson Zaw Htay said that State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s security would be increased, in response to reports that she was on an ISIS target list in Malaysia.

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Three ethnic armed groups excluded from Myanmar’s peace process will no longer be required to surrender, prior to joining the talks, a Myanmar military negotiator said on Thursday, a softening of the armed forces’ tone toward the insurgents.

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At least 30 children have died in northwestern Myanmar since mid-June from an unknown disease that causes breathing difficulty, officials said Thursday.

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America over the past few years has gradually relaxed economic sanctions on Myanmar and vigorously engaged with most sections of the country’s society — with the notable exception of the country’s once vilified military.

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As Burma once again experiences serious flooding, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement has invited civil society organizations (CSOs) to join the ministry’s relief and rescue efforts. The ministry is set to meet CSOs in Mandalay on August 6 and has invited organizations from Kachin, Chin and Shan states, as well as Sagaing, Magwe and Mandalay divisions. Floods have affected more than 50,000 people so far, most of them in Arakan State and Mandalay and Magwe divisions. Win Myat Aye, minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, spoke to The Irrawaddy’s Htet Naing Zaw about his ministry’s plans to address the rising water levels.

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