Friday, September 16th, 2016


Initial analysis of the gender balance at the recent 21st-century Panglong Conference offers some fascinating insights into attitudes toward women among different sectors of those involved in the country’s peace process.

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A military court has handed down sentences of five years with hard labour to seven Burmese army servicemen found guilty of murdering local villagers in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township earlier this year.

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Former UN general secretary and chair of the Arakan State Advisory Commission Kofi Annan conducted a closed-door meeting in Rangoon earlier this month with members of the Arakanese Buddhist and Muslim communities, The Irrawaddy has learned.

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U Phyo Min Thein has used a function marking the International Day of Democracy to make a renewed call for charter reform, telling an audience Thursday that constitutional change was needed in order for Myanmar to be a “genuine” democracy.

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Thousands of villagers relocated ahead of renewed clashes in Kayin State are in need of food supplies, local sources say, after renewed skirmishes this week forced hundreds more from their homes.

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More than 50 Kachin civil society organisations will submit a letter tomorrow demanding that a commission evaluating hydropower projects on the Ayeyarwady River recommend cancelling the Myitsone dam in Kachin State.

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The Central Arbitration Council altered a ruling from the Yangon Regional Arbitration Council on September 14, upholding a requirement that the Sakura garment factory in Hlaing Tharyar township’s No 3 industrial zone rehire all 316 striking workers but reversing the stipulation that the owner pay them for the month-and-a-half they spent protesting.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Myanmar held awareness-training to help prevent the recruitment of child soldiers on 13 and 14 September.

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President U Htin Kyaw highlighted the importance of recognising the voices and rights of minorities in a formal address read out on his behalf yesterday at a ceremony in Nay Pyi Taw to mark International Democracy Day.

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The Burma Army and the allied Border Guard Force (BGF) took at least three bases from a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA), as fighting escalated in Karen State’s Mae Tha Waw area on Thursday, amid claims that the Burma Army and the BGF have been forcibly conscripting locals as porters.

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Representatives of the Myanmar Military proposed to set Karen State as a pilot area for removing landmines at the Union Joint Ceasefire Monitoring Committee (JMC-U) at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon yesterday, state media reported.

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Burmese government forces on Thursday carried out artillery and ground attacks against outposts near the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) headquarters in Laiza.

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The lifting of US sanctions against Burma, long the Holy Grail of the local business community, will only be a boon to Burmese companies if they learn to embrace a new ethos of transparency, according to a Rangoon-based business watchdog group.

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Forestry police numbering 215 have been deployed since Sept. 1 across multiple states and divisions, to protect forestry department personnel in a continued crackdown on illegal logging, which has previously drawn violent reprisals from criminal gangs.

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A mix of jubilation and dismay followed the announcement by U.S. President Barack Obama that the U.S. would dismantle nearly all remaining sanctions on Myanmar and restore special trade privileges for the country’s exports to America. After meeting Aung San Suu Kyi in Washington on her first official visit as Myanmar’s de facto leader, Obama said on Wednesday that the U.S. would lift its nearly two decades-old sanctions in recognition of the country’s progress from dictatorship toward democracy.

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As the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly gets underway this week in New York, the European Union delegation to Myanmar told The Myanmar Times today that it will abandon a time-honoured tradition there: the submission of a UN resolution criticising Myanmar’s human rights record.

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Shin Thant is an activist working with Colors Rainbow, an NGO advocating for the rights of Myanmar’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.

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