Monday, September 26th, 2016


It looks, smells, and feels like a war zone. The highway is lined with military vehicles and 120mm artillery guns point up into the mountains where rebel troops from a Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) splinter group hide. Locals have fled their homes, which are now occupied by soldiers of the Border Guard Force (BGF), the Burma Army-backed militia.

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Six new committee members were elected to the Mandalay City Development Committee (MCDC) on Sunday amid calls that the election was not run fairly.

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On a recent cloudy Yangon afternoon, a group of workers was taking a lunch break at a small roadside restaurant.

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Myanmar’s ancient city of Bagan is “very likely” to be listed as a World Heritage site, a UNESCO official said Monday, promising a boon to a tourist attraction battered by a recent earthquake.

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The strike at Sakura garment factory is finally over, two months after it began. The truce required the intervention of lawmakers to negotiate a reduction of daily production targets.

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A proposal calling for punitive action against the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) for its poor handling of an abuse case that made headlines last week was passed by parliament’s lower house on Monday.

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Following a display of military might in an armed forces drill over the weekend, the Tatmadaw chief warned defence personnel that they must strictly follow the Geneva Convention and military code of conduct.

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The Burma Army raided an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp located inside a Kachin Baptist church compound in Sar Maw Village on the Myitkyina to Mandalay Railway line on 18 September.

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A new research center for Tai studies will launch on Monday in Shan State capital Taunggyi, according to an executive member.

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The European Union praised Myanmar’s progress from the release of political prisoners to the efforts of the government to address the challenges of Rakhine State and to holding the inclusive Union Peace Conference. As a result, the EU said that it would not table a human rights resolution on Myanmar at the United Nations for the first time in 25 years, state media reported on 25 September.

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Two weeks ago the Obama administration declared that it will drop all remaining economic sanctions imposed on Myanmar. Since 1997, when the sanctions were established as a response to the gross human rights abuses being committed by the country’s ruling junta, they have prevented any tangible trade between the two countries.

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The Australia-Myanmar Chamber of Commerce Responsible Investment Working Group has launched a Position Paper: Incentivising Shared Value at the Asian Forum on Corporate Social Responsibility in Naypyidaw on 19 September.

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