Children / Youth


Myanmar military authorities has recently punished 382 military personnel including 73 officers for recruiting child soldiers, according to the Committee for Prevention of Minors from Military Service Tuesday.

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Over the past six months, several alleged child rapists have avoided jail time by compensating victims in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei Township, according to women’s rights advocates.

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A child soldier has been returned to his family after a media report drew attention to his story in May this year.

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With the aim to address the challenges and opportunities faced by adolescent groups and encourage their engagement in the current development process of Myanmar, ActionAid Myanmar – in cooperation with UNICEF and various civil society organizations under the lead of Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, are holding a National Adolescents’ Conference in Nay Pyi Taw from 18 -19 May.

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The Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population issued a statement yesterday, International Workers’ Day, stating its commitment to promoting and protecting labour rights, including ending forced labour and stronger enforcement of child labour laws, the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 2 May.
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When a boat stacked with gravel moors at a jetty in Rangoon, 14-year-old Aung Htet Myat fills a basket he then carries on his back to trucks that whisk the load to construction sites springing up across Burma‘s booming biggest city.
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After each typhoon, earthquake or flood in disaster-prone Southeast Asia, well-meaning individuals and groups donate infant formula, not realising the dangers it can pose to children in a crisis, aid workers say.
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Ministry of Health officials will be called to parliament today to reveal details of an investigation into the cause of death and severe illness of dozens of newborns in Bago Region.
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Lei Lei Maw, a sitting lawmaker in the regional legislature for Tenasserim Division, was appointed chief minister of the division on Monday, becoming one of Burma’s first females to hold the position.
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One in five children aged 10 to 17 in Myanmar go to work instead of school, according to figures from a census report on employment published on Monday.
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A group of children suspected of theft was arrested in Kale, Sagaing Division, on Wednesday after police found them in possession of stolen goods.
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South Korean-owned garment manufacturers in Myanmar are widely flouting labor law, with almost 30 percent of factories failing to observe overtime rules, a new report says.
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On March 10, 2015 hundreds of student protestors were at a standstill near the city of Letpadan in Myanmar.

They had reached the eighth day of a standoff between largely peaceful activists marching for academic freedom, and the police forces who were blocking their path when, suddenly, things came to a head. Police began beating students violently, including those who had fallen to the ground. Some tried to flee, and hundreds were arrested.
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In an age in which data is more plentiful and accessible than ever before, we are accustomed to basing our decisions on as much evidence as we can gather. The more important the decision, the keener we are to ensure that our research is thorough and our information is accurate.
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Two Burma Army Deserters were found guilty of raping two girls aged eight and five and sentenced to prison in two separate cases at Sittwe District Court, Arakan State on 5 March
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More than 20 newborns remain hospitalised in intensive care units but appear to be improving nearly two weeks after showing signs of blood poisoning following a hepatitis B vaccine.
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An investigation by Burma’s Ministry of Health is ongoing into the cause of three newborns’ deaths after they received hepatitis B vaccines last week at Bago General Hospital.
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Health authorities are on high alert following a recent meningococcal meningitis outbreak that has claimed the lives of four children in Mandalay Region.
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Buried among the 169 targets contained in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – adopted by the United Nations last September amid a blaze of glitzy events, celebrity endorsements, and back-slapping by world leaders, aid donors and non-governmental organisations – was the vital pledge to eliminate “preventable child deaths” by 2030. It is a cause for our generation, but one that will take a lot more than UN communiqués to advance.
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Myanmar’s military released 46 children and young people from service, the United Nations said in a statement on Monday, in its first discharge of underage recruits this year.
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