September 2016


“I would rather stay here and die of starvation than go back to the camp,” said Ko Maung Maung.

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When photos of the brutal scars and bent bones of two teenage maids went viral on social media earlier this month, they launched on outpouring of public criticism directed at the rights body responsible for investigating the case. Instead of immediately imprisoning the culprits behind the shocking abuse, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission brokered a financial settlement and allegedly then washed its hands of the case, considering the complaint resolved.

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Recent fighting in the Maethawaw area of Karen State is directly related to plans to build a dam on the Salween River, according to a group opposed to the project.

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Residents who fled their homes earlier this month in Kayin State following recent clashes have told Frontier they are being blocked from returning by the military and remain concerned about dwindling food supplies.

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A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar’s president “crazy” in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a 2013 defamation law under the new civilian government.

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For the past three years, U Zawana has lived in simple quarters made from recycled building materials in the grounds of a shuttered monastery near Thanlyin Bridge in Yangon’s Thanlyin Township.

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Prominent Burmese writer Ma Thida was awarded the first annual “Disturbing the Peace” award by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York on September 28.

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Burma’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi urged members of the region’s legislatures to abide by laws during her opening address to the 37th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) held in Naypyidaw on Friday.

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The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has awarded service licenses to three more foreign banks this month as the second batch of its grant of such licenses, bringing the total to 13.

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A nationwide inventory is being conducted to determine the legality of religious buildings, according to the Ministry of Religion and Culture. Those found not to be in compliance with the laws could be denied funding from their local state and regional religious authorities.

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The China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved a US$20 million loan to develop a gas power plant project in central Myanmar.

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US health officials on Thursday recommended that pregnant women postpone nonessential travel to 11 Southeast Asian countries because of the risk of Zika virus infection, which has been shown to cause severe birth defects.

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Myanmar’s air is not only harmful to breathe, it’s also among the worst in the world, according to new information from the World Health Organization.

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New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that a decision by the United States to give military assistance to countries that recruit and use child soldiers, including Burma, fails child soldiers but is not unexpected.

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Since the 1980s, special economic zones (SEZs) have been considered an important part of a developing country’s policy apparatus. They generate jobs, attract foreign investment and improve local businesses. SEZs gained greater prominence when China began using them as part of its modernisation agenda. Shenzhen – the poster child of SEZs – previously a small fishing village, is now a thriving metropolis of 14 million people. Furthermore, the ideas and policies incubated in Shenzhen set the foundations for one of the most spectacular growth and poverty eradication stories in recent times.

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Earlier this month, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Burma’s leading industry body, elected a new leader. DVB recently spoke with Zaw Min Win, the new chairman, to learn more about the federation’s plans for the future.

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Six members of a family accused of severely abusing two young housemaids at their tailor shop in downtown Rangoon made their first court appearance today at the Western Yangon District Court in Lanmadaw Township.

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Under the glare of the midday sun, several dozen men wearing blue outfits, with shackles around their ankles, stood grouped together in a field of shrubs and tall grass.

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Military activity and tension at the site of the Hat Gyi dam in Karen State threatens a breakdown of Burma’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) as concerns grow over potential clashes between the Burma Army and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

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Authorities in Putao Township, Kachin State, issued an order to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp saying agencies and groups need permission to deliver aid.

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