Thursday, October 20th, 2016


More than a week after attacks on police officers began a wave of bloodshed in western Myanmar, a lockdown by security forces has prevented aid workers from operating in the area, and new videos of what appear to be local Muslims calling for resistance have raised fears of more violence.

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An international rights group has urged the government of Myanmar to lift restrictions on the flow of humanitarian aid to western Rakhine and northern Kachin states.

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Casualties were reported in fighting between a splinter group of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and a joint force of the Burma Army and the allied Border Guard Force (BGF) on Wednesday in Kawkareik Township of Karen State.

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Survivors of a ferry disaster in Sagaing Region that killed at least 50 passengers have alleged that the supervisory body tasked with monitoring private vessels knew the boat was overloaded beyond capacity, but chose not to act. A complaint has been lodged with the region government.

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Environmentalists and Shan, Kayin and other activists are mobilising amid moves by Myanmar, China and Thailand to accelerate controversial plans to build a series of dams on the Thanlwin (also known as the Salween), the longest remaining free-flowing river in Southeast Asia.

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The long-awaited Myanmar Investment Law was signed into being by President U Htin Kyaw on Tuesday after both houses approved the bill earlier this month.

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All political hopefuls seeking to participant in next year’s by-election must register their candidacy during a 10-day window from November 28 to December 7, the Union Election Commission announced this week.

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Bangkok-based fintech company TrueMoney has launched a funds transfer service that aims to capitalise on the millions of Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand who need to send money home.

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A new investment law has been rushed through Burma’s Parliament, with the Upper House giving its approval on Oct. 6. According to the Myanmar Investment Commission, the law is expected to take effect soon.

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The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has long had an office in Myanmar that focused on ending forced labour, a practice used by the former military regime, but the ILO’s work also includes supporting freedom of association, safe labour migration and ending child labour.

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