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Top-ranking Karen rebels are gearing up for an assembly in southeastern Burma this week, where a fractured leadership will discuss their future role in the nation’s main ethnic coalition and the possibility of uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.
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UNICEF has launched “Birth Registration Week” in Myanmar from October 20-24 to highlight the need for families to make sure they obtain birth certificates for their newborns.
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The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC)—the body in charge of negotiating with Burma’s armed ethnic groups—has suggested setting up a joint liaison body with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to prevent further hostilities in Shan State in the wake of renewed clashes between the Shan armed group and government forces.
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An official from Burma’s Motion Picture and Video Censor Board, a body under the Ministry of Information, defended the government’s decision to reintroduce censorship for direct-to-video films, claiming the old rules are necessary because many recent movies have portrayed behaviour that runs counter to Burmese culture.
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The main opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it welcomes the announcement of general elections for late next year.
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The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.
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The government plans to repeal a 1947 law that allows the government to requisition property at any time.
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Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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Members of the Dawei Development Association (DDA), a rights watchdog monitoring the lurching progression of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) in Burma’s southern Tennasserim Division, tabled fresh findings to the Thai Human Rights Commission in Bangkok on Tuesday.
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When Afsar Miae left his home near Teknaf in southern Bangladesh to look for work last month, he told his mother, “I’ll see you soon.” He said he expected to return that evening.
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Karen News spoke exclusively with General General Baw Kyaw Heh, the Karen National Liberation Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff, explains about what the alliance between four Karen armed groups and what lies behind the recent outbreak of fighting.
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Reporters Without Borders on October 21 issued a statement condemning the two-year jail term that Pabetan Township Court in Yangon imposed on five members of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay Journal on 16 October for misreporting. (more…)

President Thein Sein last week urged the European Union to stop submitting annual reports on human rights in Burma, even as a UN report was released noting with concern “possible signs of backsliding” on reforms implemented by his government. (more…)

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on October 20 that Myanmar and Brunei Darussalam have brought in mutual visa exemption for short stays, according to the Global New light of Myanmar October 21. (more…)

Green Earth Power (Thailand) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Myanmar Ministry of Electric Power (MOEP) to formalise the development of a 220-megawatt solar power plant in Minbu, in that country’s Magway Region. (more…)

Jade sales at a major gems emporium for local traders in Burma hit a record high this week, a spokesperson for the Myanma Gems Enterprise sales committee told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday. (more…)

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in the last week of October or in the first week of November, the Union Election Commission has announced. (more…)

Paintings of various styles, themes and colours form a patchwork-like carpet on the floor of Melissa Carlson’s flat in Mid-Levels. For all their differences, the works have one thing in common – all had been censored or banned from public display in Myanmar. (more…)

The parents of the two suspects in the Koh Tao murder case will get their Thai visas today and will fly to Thailand tomorrow, U Tin Htoo Aung, chairman of the Rakhine National Network told Mizzima on October 21. (more…)

Input from Chin nationals from across Myanmar will be canvassed to update the Chin Special Division Act of 1948, according to Salai Cei Beik Thong, programme director of the Orchid Foundation. (more…)

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