Imprisoned together for fighting for democracy, the leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society and the National League for Democracy have announced that they will hold a joint press conference on May 30 to set out their approach to the November elections.

APRIL 22, 2015: ASEAN members of parliament to present report on the Rohingya crisis and the risk of atrocities in Myanmar to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has heightened the risk of atrocities and produced a regional human trafficking epidemic that threatens Myanmar’s political transition, puts strains on regional economies, and supports the rise of extremist ideologies that pose security threats throughout Southeast Asia. On the eve of the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), an organization of members of parliament from several ASEAN countries, is releasing a report, based on a recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which documents the high risk of atrocities there and the failure of ASEAN nations to adequately respond. The report represents a call to action and urges the inclusion of the Rohingya crisis on the ASEAN Summit agenda, the deployment of monitors, and the initiation of an independent investigation into the crisis.

The UK Government must investigate the British-Australian mining company Rio Tinto over a possible breach of EU economic sanctions on Burma, Amnesty International said ahead of the company’s annual shareholder meeting in London today (16 April). (more…)

The latest ceasefire reached between the Government of Myanmar and 16 ethnic armed groups operating in the Asian country is “a historic and significant achievement,” bringing to an end more than 60 years of conflict and hostilities, a United Nations envoy has declared.

Parliament has announced that the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution will take place in May. The bill proposing the referendum was submitted to parliament in November 2014 and was passed this February.

Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in the Kokang region in the east and imposed a three-month period of martial law there in an announcement on state television on Tuesday night.

The Deputy Minister for Home Affairs told media on February 17 that legal action will be taken against those who breach the agreement of the four-party talks with students over amending the National Education Law.

Local weekly newspaper The Myanmar Times has announced it will launch a daily print edition on March 9, a move that would make it the only private English-language daily in Burma.

The organization said in a press release that its daily would “feature 24 pages of local and international news, commentary and features and be available at newsstands Monday to Friday.”

U Sett Aung, the vice chairman of the Central Bank of Myanmar told a press conference held in Yangon on September 14 that foreign banks would be given permission to operate Myanmar at some point in late September or early October. (more…)

The Myanmar Karen Peace Organization hosted a press conference in Yangon on the 9th, warning Japan against casually developing economic projects in southeast Myanmar. (more…)

(Unofficial translation)

[Round Seal: Union Republic of Myanmar; President’s Office; Letter No.; Date]

Union Republic of Myanmar
President’s Office
No. 42/2013

8th Day of the Waning Moon of Dagoo in the year of 1375

(May 3, 2013)

Restructuring Myanmar Investment Commission

“The Myanmar Investment Commission”, formed under notifications (82/2011), 1 September 2011, (70/2012) 23 September 2012, and (24/2013) 18 February 2013, has been restructured as follows:

1. U Win Shein
Union Minister
Ministry of Finance and Revenue
2. U Win Tun
Union Minister
Ministry of Enviromental Preservation and Forestry
3. U Zeya Aung
Union Minister
Ministry of Railways
4. Dr. Tun Shin
Union Attorney General
Union Attorney General Office
5. Dr. Aung Tun Thet
6. U Nyunt Tin
Ambassador (Retired)


7. U Win Khine
Myanmar Association of Engineers
8. Daw Mya Thuza
9. Daw Khine Khine Nwe
Business Woman
10. Dr. Kan Zaw
Union Minister
Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development
11. Thura U Thaung Lwin
Deputy Minister
Ministry of Railways
Joint Secretary

(By) Thein Sein
Union Republic of Myanmar

Letter No.: 112 (1)/8/President’s Office
Date: 3 May 2013
President’s Office
Vice Presidents’ Offices
Union Government Office
Hluttaw Office
Union Chief Hluttaw
Constitutional Tribunal


President Thein Sein urged all citizens to participate in government to enhance peace and stability, the rule of law and democracy during a speech broadcast nationally yesterday. (more…)

President Thein Sein blamed the ongoing anti-Muslim riots that have rocked central Burma on “political opportunists and religious extremists” on Thursday, and warned that he “will not hesitate to use force” to quell the unrest. (more…)

The government will expose and punish those who inflamed the Meikhtila riot and caused it to spreads to other regions in the name of religion, President Thein Sein told a United Nations envoy this week.

Training Myanmar’s next generation leaders for long-term growth and success: (more…)

As from today, Mizzima will refer to the country as “Myanmar” on its English-language website. (more…)

After many years of civil war, Myanmar is struggling with a significant landmine problem. On September 26th Norwegian People’s Aid signed an agreement with Myanmar’s authorities for clearance of landmines. This is the first agreement of its kind, which eventually will make Norwegian People’s Aid able to implement mine action activities in the country. (more…)

YANGON, — Myanmar abolished direct censorship of the media Monday in the most dramatic move yet toward allowing freedom of expression in the long-repressed nation. But related laws and practices that may lead to self-censorship raise doubt about how much will change. (more…)

The Section (2), Chapter (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar states that “The state shall be known as The Republic of the Union of Myanmar.” (more…)

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