Friday, August 5th, 2016


Over 200 local residents have been forced to flee from their homes after new offensives by the Burma Army against the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) broke out in Kachin State’s Tanai Township.

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Lt Gen (Rtd.) Khing Zaw Oo, Secretary of Peace Commission, disclosed it on Monday while talking to the local media personnel after a discussion with National Democratic Alliance Army (Mongla), which is based in Shan State.

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A new youth alliance that was formed during the recent National Ethnic Youth Conference have called on the government to allow young people to participate in the upcoming Union Peace Conference (also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference).

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A clash broke out between renegade forces of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and a Border Guard Force (BGF) in Karen State’s Kawkareik Township on Wednesday.

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Myanmar’s central government is demolishing Buddhist and Islamic religious structures across the country that were built on state-owned land without permission from state or regional officials, director of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs Myint Win Zaw said Thursday.

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The Rakhine State Ministry for Border Affairs and Security is continuing to pressure an ethnic armed group to retract a statement it made alleging forced portering by the Tatmadaw. The ministry, which is headed by a military appointee, refuses to release a detained communications officer of the group until its demand is met, according to members of the armed organisation.

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Last month, Phyu Phyu made a life-changing decision that few women in Myanmar dare to take in her situation: the 38-year-old mother of two left the family home in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township to escape her abusive husband.

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State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi’s words to leaders of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) ethnic armed alliance during their first closed-door meeting were leaked to the Thailand-based Shan Herald Agency for News on Thursday.

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The government’s economic policy, released last week, could dovetail with its peace policy to help ensure resources are shared for the country as a whole, an economic analyst has said. A statement released on July 29 said greater fairness in the allocation of resources among regions and states could help the country pursue national reconciliation.

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Over 4300 people, mostly foreigners, were enumerated on the blacklist maintained by the previous government, the Minister for Labour, Immigration and Population revealed yesterday.

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A heavy military offensive launched in Shan State’s Hsipaw Township in May was a direct result of the army’s aim to control territory near the Nam Ma coal mine, claims a report released this week by the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF).

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Service centers for Burmese refugees who wish to return home will soon be opened in the camps along the Thai-Burma border—a sudden development that has alarmed refugees and camp leaders.

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An estimated 38 people—mostly children—have died from an as-yet unidentified and contagious illness in two townships within the Naga Self-Administered Zone in Burma’s far north.

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Upper House lawmakers have blamed Burma’s endemic drug problem on a nexus of corrupt government officials and warlords commanding ethnic militias, and demanded that the government take a tough line against both.

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Undoubtedly, the new government is a “civilian government”, and the second parliament was elected through a fair election. Many have celebrated that, finally, the wishes of the people of Myanmar have been heard. However, the reality is that in both houses of parliament, as well as in the state and regional parliaments, 25 percent of seats are reserved for MPs appointed by the Tatmadaw. Furthermore, the military still controls three key government ministries, a backdrop which may continue to impose obstacles and challenges.

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