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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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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…)

While Myanmar holds the chair of ASEAN, it should focus on ensuring agreements are reached with the remaining five Southeast Asian neighbours yet to sign reciprocal visa exemption arrangements, says U Naung Naung Han, secretary of Myanmar Tourism Federation. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha arrived in Myanmar on October 9 in his first overseas foray since grabbing power in a coup, as he seeks to redouble economic ties with the kingdom’s emerging neighbour. (more…)

The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw has approved the president’s request that Myanmar become a member country of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. (more…)

When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Myanmar on Thursday, his first overseas trip as Thailand’s new prime minister, he can expect a little love and a lot of understanding. (more…)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will make his first foreign trip next week with a two-day visit to neighbouring Myanmar, and in mid-October will attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (Asem) in Italy, the government spokesman said Tuesday. (more…)

Labour rights groups have expressed concern that a regional treaty on migrant workers may not be completed by the end of the year as the issue has divided ASEAN between countries that send and receive migrant workers. (more…)

U Khin Aung Myint said he would send the letter after receiving a report from the Amyotha Hluttaw. The Human Rights Committee will compile a report on those who have been killed, as well as the apparent attempt to assassinate two prominent Rakhine MPs in February. (more…)

Two more Burmese migrant workers in Malaysia’s Penang State were murdered on Sunday, bringing the number killed this year in the fellow Southeast Asian nation to about 20, according to a Kuala Lumpur-based migrant advocacy group. (more…)

The decision by Thailand’s junta leader and Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha to visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip is significant for many reasons, says an analysis in a leading Bangkok English-language newspaper, The Nation. (more…)

Laid off workers of the South Korean Master Sports footwear factory allege that they were beaten by police and that 20 workers were injured when they went to the closed down factory on Tuesday to pick up their unpaid salaries and severance pay. (more…)

Thailand’s coup leader and premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha will visit Myanmar on his first official overseas trip, an official said Friday, as the junta seeks to strengthen ties with its former military-ruled neighbour.
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The tragic story of Burma’s boatpeople is now known the world over; countless Rohingya Muslims pay brokers to transport them by boat to neighbouring countries, in a desperate attempt to escape poverty and violence. Many die on harsh seas, others fall into the hands of human traffickers. The United Nations estimates that tens of thousands of people in the region — many of them stateless Rohingya Muslims — risked their lives to flee by boat since just the start of this year.

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Proposals by Thailand-based companies to build large coal-burning power plants in Burma might prove hard to implement because of logistical difficulties in delivering adequate fuel supplies, an industry newspaper said.
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Thailand will help Burma improve the landscapes of the Pyu ancient cities, the first sites in the country to receive Unesco World Heritage status earlier this year.
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Burmese migrant workers are on strike in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. They say they are being held in bonded labour, and that their employer is holding their passports, forcing them to work for as little as 270 Thai baht (US$5) per day. That is half of Thailand’s legal minimum wage.
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A Thai-based corporation is asking Burma’s president for support after facing public opposition to its plans to build a coal-fired power plant in Mon State.
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Thailand is expected to post a border-trade surplus with Myanmar within two years as that country welcomes flows of trade and investment, and its growing economy leads to greater purchasing power.
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