Inside Burma


Last week there was debate in the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, or Union Parliament, over the future of the Constitutional Tribunal, one of the new institutions established under the 2008 constitution. In discussions over proposed constitutional amendments, it was suggested that the Constitutional Tribunal should be abolished.
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DVB spoke this week with Cheery Zahau, a renowned Chin activist and women’s rights campaigner who has switched hats to focus on winning a seat in the upcoming general election.
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A plan by officials in Myanmar to issue new identity cards in Rakhine state has fallen short, with only 1,600 Rohingya applying for the green cards according to a report by VOA on 13 July. (more…)

The Burmese navy has recovered 102 men, thought to be asylum seekers from Bangladesh, who were abandoned on the island of Saunggauk, state media reported on Tuesday.
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Five ruling party ministers in eastern Burma’s Karenni State have resigned, including the state’s chief executive, amid speculation that they do not fit into the party’s election agenda.
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Half a dozen of the world’s top de-mining organisations have been working in Myanmar for the past three years. Their presence is sorely needed – the country ranks as one of the three most dangerous in terms of casualties from landmines, and more are still being laid by government forces and armed ethnic groups who have been at war for decades.
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According to a statement by the Mon Population Data [Collecting] Project Committee there are over 60,000 Mon people in Tanintharyi Region, but the region does not yet have a minister for Mon ethnic affairs.
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The ringleader of a robbery and kidnapping gang, Chan Dein, was seized and shot dead by the Tavoy District No. 2 Battalion of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), the armed wing of New Mon State Party (NMSP).
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One day after announcing its bid for the general elections, the opposition National League for Democracy issued the qualifications for candidate hopefuls looking to secure the party’s nomination.
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Most of the leading figures in the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) group do not intend running for parliament in the upcoming general election, but will instead be assisting Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) with its campaign.
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Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) may withdraw from contesting parliamentary seats that overlap with those of its allies in the general election, an ethnic lawmaker said Monday, days after the party announced its intention to take part in the November polls reported RFA on 13 July.
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The Arakan National Party (ANP) plans to contest 63 constituencies in Burma’s Nov. 8 general election, party patron Aye Thar Aung told The Irrawaddy on Tuesday.
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Myanmar has delayed the launching of the country’s first ever stock exchange to mid-November or early December this year reported Xinhua on 13 July.
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SLCM Ltd. the wholly owned subsidiary of SLCM (Sohan Lal Commodity Management) Group has signed a MoU with Myanmar’s United Amara Bank for collateral financing in Myanmar according a media report from the company on 14 July.
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As Burma moves towards nationwide elections on November 8, the quasi-civilian government is intensifying its crackdown on student activists, who have long served as critical voices and barometers of the public mood.
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In a nation where religion and ethnicity are incendiary issues, a selfie campaign by Myanmar students promoting cross-cultural friendships has become a rare counterpoint to bilious anti-Muslim rhetoric from hardline Buddhist monks.
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Fighting last week between the Burma Army and ethnic Karen rebels has brought casualties for both sides as a dispute over illegal taxation along the Asia Highway in Karen State remains unresolved.
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A Burmese serviceman accused of the attempted rape of a 73-year-old woman in Kachin State has been sentenced to seven years in prison by a military court.
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Government troops have taken control of two roads linking Myawaddy and Kawkareik in Kayin State following several clashes with a local Kayin armed group the Global New Light of Myanmar reported on 12 July.
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The Burmese opposition party led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi announced Saturday it will contest the general election on Nov. 8, an effort that is expected to strongly challenge the ruling military-backed party.
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