Thursday, October 13th, 2016


Burma’s security forces have now killed at least 26 people in response to attacks on police that have sparked a dramatic escalation in violence in a Muslim-majority region along its border with Bangladesh, according to reports in state media.

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The Burmese army on Thursday began airlifting civil servants from northern Arakan State’s Taungpyo Township following this week’s violence between armed mobs and security forces which has taken at least two dozen lives.

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Dispossessed farmers are taking to the courts to retrieve land they say is theirs, mounting a prosecution against construction companies building low-cost housing there.

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Australia’s pre-eminent agricultural research institute, the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), is cooperating with Myanmar on research and education projects aimed at improving the country’s agricultural sector.

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Police in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina have filed charges against a local man who organized a protest calling for an end to Burma Army offensives in the region, according to local sources.

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Women’s rights activists have called on the government to consider the needs of women in its delivery of public services while also increasing its budget for women, and enacting and enforcing laws and policies to protect and promote their rights.

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In late August, just days before the 21st Century Panglong Union Peace Conference began in Nay Pyi Taw, the Ministry of Home Affairs sent an unusual letter. Signed by minister Lieutenant-General Kyaw Swe, the letter ordered the ubiquitous General Administration Department and four other departments to “serve under the supervision” of state and region chief ministers.

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The ethnic armed alliance the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) will meet with government peace negotiators in Naypyidaw on Saturday, where demands for a cessation of Burma Army hostilities will be discussed.

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Security has been scaled up in Nga Yoke Kaung, a coastal sub-township in Irrawaddy Division that borders the southern tip of Arakan State, after attacks by assailants of unverified origin on border police posts in northern Arakan State on Sunday, followed by a ongoing manhunt.

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Policymakers will craft a national health plan for the next five years with the ultimate goal of achieving universal healthcare coverage by 2030, Health Minister Dr Myint Htwe said yesterday.

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Officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) say they are using surveillance to monitor when formalin is being using in food products at markets.

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A University dedicated to arts and sciences degrees will be built in Nay Pyi Taw, according to U Tun Tin, a member of Nay Pyi Taw Council.

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Mongla lies on the border of the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China and Shan State in northeastern Burma. Situated in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the city is known among other sad epithets as the wildlife trafficking capital of the world and for drugs, gambling, and prostitution.

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As we move towards the end of the year, civil war continues to rage across the country especially in Kachin State. Numerous negotiations have taken places but to date, no quantifiable results can be seen.

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Last week Myanmar media and Facebook were ablaze with reports of clashes between the United Wa State Army (UWSA) and National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), aka the Mong La group.

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Aung Myo Min is the executive director of Equality Myanmar, an NGO that promotes human rights, gender equality, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

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