Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


In a move already generating backlash and poised to exacerbate communal tensions, the Rakhine State government has announced plans to demolish 3000 allegedly illegal buildings, including dozens of mosques and madrasas in two Muslim-majority townships.

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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) has urged the government to be transparent and to ensure accountability and responsibility regarding large hydropower dam projects proposed on the Salween River in eastern Burma.

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The Myanmar Anti-Human Trafficking Unit and Yangon Region Social Welfare Department have filed lawsuits against the owners of Ava Tailoring, accusing them of abusing their two maids, state media reported on 22 September 2016.

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In response to displacements following recent armed clashes in Kayin State, around 4000 people who took refuge in Myaing Gyi Ngu have received urgent assistance from the Myanmar Red Cross Society (MRCS) together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), supplementing the timely and generous support already provided by the monastries, authorities and civil society.

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A Lower House parliamentarian submitted an emergency proposal to the legislature calling for action to be taken against members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for their insufficient handling of a high-profile abuse case against two underage domestic workers.

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The writing of draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for three different national-level political dialogues has begun as Myanmar’s peace process gets down to nuts and bolts after the largely symbolic 21st-century Panglong Conference concluded earlier this month.

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Pyithu Hluttaw Speaker U Win Myint has called on the minister for labour, immigration and population to ensure that ongoing verification of National Registration Cards (NRCs) is being conducted in accordance with the law.

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In addition to establishing ceasefires between armed groups, Myanmar’s peace process should build harmonious relations between other groups in society, said U Tin Myo Win, the government’s lead peace negotiator and a veteran National League for Democracy member.

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The Burma Army has increased its military activity in areas controlled by the Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta’ang National Liberation Army (PSLF/TNLA), according to the PSLF/TNLA.

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The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Myanmar is currently surveying business practices in order to give annual awards recognizing corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities by US companies in Burma.

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Taking a brazen step in a he-said-she-said argument in Mandalay’s parliament, a region minister denied photographic and first-hand evidence of illegal logging.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday pledged to promote human rights in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state as the Nobel laureate made her UN debut as her country’s de facto leader.

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US Ambassador to Myanmar Scot Marciel yesterday defended the decision to purge the sanctions list, referring to the embargoes as no longer politically expedient and a constraint on trade between the two countries.

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Burma and the southern African nation of Swaziland on Wednesday became the latest countries to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appointment of the Kofi Annan-led commission on Rakhine State clearly evidences the government’s recognition that these issues have risen to an international scale. Such a commission, and the inclusion of foreign experts, could not have been conceived of even a year ago.

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