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While some importers follow the rules and set up their own lots, others simply park their wares in empty spots on the street or other public areas until they are able to make a deal.
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Five members of the Tavoy University Students Union were sentenced on Wednesday to either one month in prison or a 30,000-kyat (US$30) fine for their involvement in an education law protests earlier this year.
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A controversial Myanmar marriage bill is discriminatory and risks undermining democratic progress, the EU said, after parliament passed the legislation this week in another sign of hardline Buddhist nationalist influence.
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Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Thursday morning to express frustration about the pace of change in Myanmar.
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Myanmar’s parliament is “playing with fire” by passing a bill regulating the right of women from the country’s Buddhist majority to marry men from outside their religion, an international human rights group said Wednesday according to a report by ABC on 8 July.
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Myanmar has ratified the chemical weapons convention, bringing the treaty a step closer to its goal of acceptance by every country in the world.
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Proposed amendments to the 2008 constitution are now up for debate in parliament. After voting on the first six proposed changes on June 25, parliament has continued to discuss a broader range of amendments contained in a second bill. The debate concluded yesterday, after 63 MPs discussed the bill.
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Conversely, a morning newspaper can have the reverse effect, as it did this week when I read an article in the July 7 Bangkok Post by Songkran Grachangnetara about the detention of 14 students in Thailand.
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The Swiss government is among a number of European donors supporting development and human rights in Burma, particularly in the conflict-affected southeastern region. Since opening an Embassy in the former capital Rangoon in 2012, Switzerland has primarily focused its assistance on support for Burma’s peace process and upcoming general election. Switzerland is also the current chair of the Peace Donor Support Group, an aid coordination network formed by foreign governments and NGOs.
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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the killing of Mr. Johnny.

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

MMR 003 / 0715 / OBS 057
Assassination
Burma / Myanmar
July 9, 2015

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Burma / Myanmar.
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Local prison authorities in Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township say more than 100 “Bengalis” were released this week after serving the duration of their sentences in connection with violence between Buddhists and Muslims that wracked the state in 2012.
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A land dispute at the site of a gold mine in Yay Htwat village in Mandalay Division’s Thabeikkyin Township turned violent on Monday, leaving small-scale miners and police injured, including a 50-year-old man who was allegedly shot in the knee, according to local eyewitnesses.
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Two Myanmar migrant workers accused of murdering British tourists in Thailand head to trial today in a case that has called into question the Thai justice system and the treatment of its migrant population.
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The Former Political Prisoners Society yesterday requested a presidential pardon for all political prisoners and jailed activists so they can be released ahead of the general election scheduled for November.
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As fighting continues between the Burma Army and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), the government has come under fire from a senior Karen general for trying to “shut down the DKBA.”
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A 70-year-old woman died while collecting firewood near a Burma Army compound in Northern Shan State.
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Political parties representing Myanmar’s ethnic minorities could pick up a sizeable number of seats at general elections later this year, Reuters reported on 7 July.
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Authorities in Myanmar have investigated human trafficking cases involving a record six child victims in June, police said Tuesday according to a report in the Global New Light of Myanmar on 8 July.
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Burma’s Union Parliament on Tuesday passed a controversial bill that critics say would create unnecessary restrictions for marrying outside of one’s faith.
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Following months of public outcry, the government announced on state television Tuesday night that five planned developments in Rangoon will be cancelled.
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