Monday, September 19th, 2016


Deadly clashes are continuing to flare in Hpapun township, Kayin State, three weeks after fighting first broke out. Negotiations between armed factions last week appear to have failed to staunch the fighting.

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Further buttressing complaints about the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, 11 political parties put out a joint statement calling for the disbanding of the “illegitimate” new body.

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The Framework for Political Dialogue (FPD) was reviewed at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon Saturday as part of ongoing efforts to organise national-level political dialogues this year, state media reported on 18 September.

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Thousands of ethnic Tai Leng, also known as Red Shan, marched the streets of Homalin in Sagaing Division on Saturday demanding a self-administered Tai Leng state.

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Buddhist monks and activists on Sunday commemorated the ninth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution.

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With the upper and lower houses unable to reconcile differences over draft amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Procession Law, the Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker announced last week that lawmakers would hash out their disagreements in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.

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In a rare admission of military misconduct, a Tatmadaw court martial has found seven soldiers guilty of murdering Shan villagers during a botched interrogation. After two months of investigation, on September 15 the soldiers from the Northeast Regional Command in Lashio were sentenced to five years in prison with hard labour.

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Nearly 1,000 Karen refugees crowded Wat Miang Yee Kung in Myanmar’s Pha Ang province, opposite Tak’s Phob Phra district, following the Myanmar government’s crackdown on the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) faction led by Colonel San Aung, a source in Karen State revealed yesterday.

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A marathon election for executive positions on the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry has seen the old guard retain its grip on power amid a fierce factional struggle and controversy over a voting procedure that required pre-registration.

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The Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business (MCRB) launched its third Transparency in Myanmar Enterprises (TiME)/Pwint Thit Sa report on 16 September.

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Daw San San has been tormented by “what if” questions since her brother died last year at one of Yangon’s biggest public hospitals. Ko Than Zaw Moe, 41, waited at the hospital in great pain for one-and-a-half days before he was correctly diagnosed. “But it was too late and he died two days later, after prolonged suffering,” San San said.

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Burma’s long oppressed ethnic groups and critics of the country’s military generals are beginning to understand that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s US visit will bring business opportunities, wealth and blanket amnesty to many rich and powerful people who remain out of favor.

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