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The European Union has welcomed the release of student protesters in Myanmar, according to a statement issued April 9.
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US ambassador Scot Marciel said Washington would help end Myanmar’s many civil wars, according to representatives of ethnic armed groups who met him on April 7 in Yangon.
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Following the release of dozens of student protestors in Myanmar earlier today, the Tharawaddy Court in Myanmar released several more protestors including Phyoe Phyoe Aung, a student leader, and her husband, Lin Htet Naing. The move came after the new government announced on April 7 that it would work to release all prisoners of conscience as soon as possible.
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Members of the European Burma Network (EBN) have called upon the new NLD government to act swiftly to start to address the Rohingya crisis in the country in a statement released on 6 April.
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Myanmar’s high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, met her Canadian counterpart on Thursday, as dignitaries visit the country to meet the Nobel laureate.
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A representative of Unicef in Burma urged the National League for Democracy (NLD) government to sign off on the international Mine Ban Treaty and halt landmine use in conflict zones on Monday, the fourth in-country commemoration of International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.
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Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Burma in the fiscal year ending in March grew to nearly $9 billion, a government official said on Monday, after a rush of last-minute approvals before the handover of power to Aung San Suu Kyi’s administration.
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A controversial Myanmar police training program funded by the EU and the UK has been abruptly halted following failure to reach an agreement with the military that included issues of parliamentary oversight.
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The State Department’s minimization of the plight of the Rohingya is sending dangerous, mixed messages to Myanmar and its neighbors.
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The Burmese government’s lifting of the state of emergency in Arakan State should promptly be followed by the end of abusive restrictions on ethnic Rohingya and other Muslims.
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Under former President Thein Sein’s government, over US$100 million poured into Burma’s peace programs by foreign governments and institutions.
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The Myanmar Times asked several ambassadors for their views on the challenges and priorities that lie ahead for the new government, and what investment opportunities they see.
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The European Union’s Election observation mission unveiled its final report on last November’s national election today in Rangoon. While describing the vote as “by and large a success”, the observation body, which arrived in September of 2015, highlighted several structural problems that damaged the credibility of the vote.
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The Myanmar government’s lifting of the state of emergency in Arakan State should promptly be followed by the end of abusive restrictions on ethnic Rohingya and other Muslims, Human Rights Watch said today in a statement.
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Ethnic Shan communities in northern Shan State have called for an end to four planned hydropower dams on the Namtu River, an Irrawaddy tributary, citing irreparable damage to the environment.
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The issue of the Myitsone dam has been a thorny one. The Chinese project not only bears upon Myanmar’s foreign relations, economic development, and peace process with ethnic armed groups; it also has garnered widespread attention domestically and internationally as a bellwether issue by which the new government’s policy orientation and resolve might be judged, rightfully or wrongfully. It is thus crucial that the issue be approached and resolved quickly and decisively.
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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Border Affairs to reduce food insecurity in 11 regions and states of Myanmar, official media reported Tuesday.
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Four years after the U.S. started lifting its sanctions on Myanmar, those that remain are crimping the scope of American companies to do business here, even as the first democratically elected president in over half a century prepares to take office.
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South Korean-owned garment manufacturers in Myanmar are widely flouting labor law, with almost 30 percent of factories failing to observe overtime rules, a new report says.
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To ensure the success of Myanmar’s historic democratic transition, the United States should revise its outdated and counterproductive sanctions policy, writes Priscilla A. Clapp in a new report from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action.
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