Thursday, September 15th, 2016


A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.

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Myat Thiri Nwe left her poor village in Ayeyarwady Region three years ago to find work in Myanmar’s commercial capital Yangon and soon after arriving found a job in one of the many garment and shoe factories on the city’s outskirts.

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Burmese Government have been criticised by a frontline human rights organisation after a village in Chin State was bulldozed.

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An agreement has been reached to open up to six offices in ceasefire areas, state media reported on 15 September quoting an official from the Union Joint Monitoring Committee – Union level (JMC-U).

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Discussion on abolishing the Emergency Provisions Act began in the upper house yesterday, as MPs mull a bill that would do away with national security legislation that was widely used in the past to stifle political dissent.

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The Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce is evaluating its past decade of work and preparing for its third five-year project, which will start in 2017.

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Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Man Win IDP Camp face food shortages because the Burma Army prevented trucks containing a month’s supply of rice from the World Food Programme (WFP) from reaching the camp.

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A vaccine shortage is leaving hundreds of thousands of children at risk of a deadly viral outbreak in Rakhine State, health officials have said.

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A government school in Daungohgyi, a village in Magwe Division’s Myaing Township, is experiencing a shortage of teachers, forcing parents to raise money to hire substitute teachers.

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US President Barack Obama will work to reinstate preferential trade concessions for Myanmar and dismantle a large portion of the country’s sanctions regime, it was announced in Washington on Wednesday.

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“My Conscience: An Exile’s Memoir of Burma” by U Kyaw Win. Resource Publications, Eugene, Oregon. 254 pages. US$24.

In times like these, when Burma is undergoing major changes, there is no shortage of essay collections in which Western academics and other observers try to make sense of a seemingly bewildering situation. But the quality of those writings varies and few, if any, reflect the views and sentiments of the Burmese themselves.

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Earlier this month, the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) was roiled in controversy when it dismissed five executive members in Shan State, including the party’s state chairperson, Khin Moe Moe, in what some observers regarded as a heavy-handed manner. The move was carried out under orders from Win Htein, a senior NLD member close to party leader Aung San Suu Kyi who has often been faulted for his handling of sensitive matters. DVB spoke with him recently about this latest incident.

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At the invitation of President Barack Obama, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is on an official visit to Washington, D.C. in September 2016. During the visit, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Obama held a meeting on September 14 in the White House and adopted this joint statement.

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