Thursday, October 6th, 2016


Thousands of people rallied in Myitkyina for the second time this week on Thursday to demand an end to Burmese army offensives against ethnic armed groups in Kachin State and around the country.

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Campaigners are calling for Burma to review the convictions of 20 Muslims jailed on terrorism charges after the Southeast Asian country repealed an authoritarian law under which they were convicted.

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Ongoing military operations by the Burma Army and government militia against DKBA forces are a threat to the peace process, Karen military leaders and community organisations warn.

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Fishermen saved from slave-like conditions in Indonesia’s fishing industry called on Burma’s government to assist them with claiming owed salaries on Wednesday.

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National League for Democracy (NLD) divisional lawmaker U Than Naing Oo called on the Rangoon Division government to investigate the legal status of foreign workers in the city, who he believed were flouting visa regulations and harming local interests.

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The government has approved a bill on the Myanmar Investment Law, which is aimed at promoting foreign investment, state media reported on 6 September.

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ONLY TWO political parties in Myanmar have had the support of an overwhelming majority of the people in fair elections: the Anti-Fascist People’s Freedom League led by the hero of independence, General Aung San, and the National League for Democracy, conceived during the struggle for democracy 28 years ago and headed by his daughter, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Four members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission have submitted their resignations today, according to an announcement from the President’s Office.

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Following its ratification of the International Labour Organization’s 2006 Maritime Labour Convention in May, the Myanmar government is working to bring the country’s seafaring laws up to international standard.

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The closure of the international gate by Myanmar from Monday has crippled border trade.

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Myanma Posts and Telecommunications plans to have 230 stores by spring 2018, an 80% increase, as Myanmar’s largest telecom operator faces tougher competition from the entry of new foreign companies.

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The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 42 companies have been included in the initial content provider list to work under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

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