Thursday, August 11th, 2016


Three of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups have refused to agree to lay down their arms in order to participate in the government’s Panglong Peace Conference at the end of the month, a leader from one of the armies said.

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Aung San Suu Kyi’s office has announced that some 700 participants will attend the upcoming peace talks on 31 August, monikered the 21st Century Panglong Conference, or 21CPC.

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Pegu Division has become the latest region hit by flooding in Burma, with more than 50,000 people affected, according to the office of the divisional government.

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Ethnic armed groups are calling for more time before holding decisive peace negotiations in Panglong, referring to the preparations geared to meet the August deadline as rushed.

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Like their better-known fellow followers of Islam who self-identify as Rohingya, minority Kaman Muslims are hopeful that their lives will improve under the National League for Democracy government.

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Sixteen people, including a number of Muslims studying the Koran, were detained in Thingangyun township, Yangon Region, after complaints to the police by local nationalists. The police were acting under a “midnight inspections” law now under review in parliament because of its use by the former military regime to suppress dissent.

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After a two-day debate in the Lower House of Parliament on an anti-corruption proposal, the house speaker ordered the Bill Committee on Wednesday to review Burma’s anti-graft law.

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Rights groups are making a last-minute appeal to parliament to amend the controversial 2012 Ward and Village-Tract Administration Law.

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Where and how to begin? They’re the questions those managing a review of Myanmar’s existing and prospective laws are asking, as the scale of the challenge becomes dauntingly clear.

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Burma’s total trade volume has dipped in the first four months of this fiscal year since April compared to the same period last year, alongside a reduction in its trade deficit, while government plans to boost exports face strong economic headwinds.

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India and Myanmar reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral issues during the 15th round of Foreign Office Consultations here, the External Affairs Ministry said on Wednesday.
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The Burmese embassy in Bangkok has acknowledged that cards it had issued to two Burmese migrants rights groups working in Thailand had been “confiscated”, but denied that the move would affect the groups’ ability to operate in the country.

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Earlier this year the United Nations published a report ‘Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar’, which concluded that human rights violations against us could amount to crimes against humanity.

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Events of recent weeks have provided a few more reasons to be frustrated with the National League for Democracy – both its government and parliamentary cohort.

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It’s no secret that the National League for Democracy (NLD) faces myriad challenges in improving Myanmar’s socioeconomic situation. In fact, its biggest challenge might be deciding which issues to address first. Led by Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the NLD has made the peace process, which is aimed at ending decades of strife between the military and Ethnic Armed Groups (EAGs), a priority for the government. Other challenges include how to resolve the religious strife in Rakhine State, finding a way forward with the Myitsone Dam project, and possibly most importantly, how to light a spark under the economy. Jobs and the economy affect all citizens of Myanmar, from the dense forests of northern Kachin State all the way down to the tropical beaches of southern Thaninthayi Region. Foreign investment in the economy is crucial to capitalizing on Myanmar’s immense promise. It has cheap labor, abundant natural resources, and a vast potential for energy generation. One major factor that it currently lacks, which is crucial for foreign investment and economic development, is a comprehensive and reliable national electrical grid.

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