Children / Youth


The government has announced a crackdown on gangs that profit from children and the elderly begging on the streets of Rangoon and Mandalay.

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In Monday’s Rangoon Division parliamentary session, it was announced that the police and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Rehabilitation would collaborate to accelerate child rights awareness in all regional townships to prevent human trafficking.

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Despite a decline over the past three decades, Myanmar still has the second-highest rate of child and infant mortality in the ASEAN, according to a report based on figures from the 2014 census.

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When photos of the brutal scars and bent bones of two teenage maids went viral on social media earlier this month, they launched on outpouring of public criticism directed at the rights body responsible for investigating the case. Instead of immediately imprisoning the culprits behind the shocking abuse, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission brokered a financial settlement and allegedly then washed its hands of the case, considering the complaint resolved.

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New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that a decision by the United States to give military assistance to countries that recruit and use child soldiers, including Burma, fails child soldiers but is not unexpected.

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Representatives from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) have defended their response to what has become a high-profile case of abuse against two under-aged domestic workers in Rangoon.

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The Karen National Union (KNU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Myanmar held awareness-training to help prevent the recruitment of child soldiers on 13 and 14 September.

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Another 55 child soldiers have been formally discharged from the Tatmadaw this week, according to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

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According to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population, there are nearly 1.3 million child labourers in Myanmar.

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A new youth alliance that was formed during the recent National Ethnic Youth Conference have called on the government to allow young people to participate in the upcoming Union Peace Conference (also called the 21st Century Panglong Conference).

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A major new national ethnic youth alliance has been formed this week with its first vow being to ensure the inclusion of young people in the forthcoming 21st-century Panglong Conference – despite government chiefs’ attempts to dismiss them.

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Last week around 800 youth representatives gathered at the site of the historic Panglong Agreement in Shan State to debate peace, federalism and equality for Myanmar’s ethnic peoples.

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On the second day of the National Ethnic Youth Conference in the Shan State town of Panglong on Thursday, several participants, including a number of representatives from smaller ethnic groups, questioned whether equal rights would prevail for those ethnic minorities that do not have their own state or administrative region.

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Despite somewhat confusing attempts to suspend it, Burma’s Ethnic Youth Conference in Shan State went ahead on Tuesday in Panlong, the historic site of the 1947 peace deal between independence leader Aung San and ethnic rebel groups.

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The Shan State government has made a last-minute move to cancel a five-day ethnic youth conference, citing the possibility of a negative impact on the upcoming 21st Century Panglong Convention (21CPC).

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A national youth conference will be held in southern Shan State’s Panglong in late July, aiming to build unity among young people representing ethnic groups from across Burma.

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Telenor Myanmar Limited hosted a roundtable discussion on tackling child labour in tea shops and urban areas in Myanmar yesterday, according to a statement from the company.

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An 11-memeber new central executive committee was voted in at the 5th Karen Youth Organization congress held on June 29 at Lay Wah (Law Khee Lar), Pa-an district in Karen State.

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Good news this week that the government is promising to clamp down on the use of child labour in the workplace.

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The majority of supply chain auditors across Asia have encountered child labour in the last two years, and in only a third of cases could they confirm the children were removed from the factories, a survey has found.

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