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Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian face charges brought by the Royal Thai Navy for their coverage of abuses allegedly committed against Rohingya Muslims in Thai territory. (PHOTO: Phuketwan)Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian face charges brought by the Royal Thai Navy for their coverage of abuses allegedly committed against Rohingya Muslims in Thai territory. (more…)

The U.S.-backed International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted Myanmar’s first national public poll and released the results on April 3.
According to the recently published IRI survey, many respondents have a positive view on the country’s reform process and the overall performance of Thein Sein’s government. Most believe that Myanmar is heading in the right direction. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is discussing Myanmar’s future with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a city Suu Kyi describes as a symbol of success in achieving unity.
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Myanmar President U Thein Sein met with visiting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Daniel R. Russel in Nay Pyi Taw Thursday, according to the President’s Office.
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The top United Nations official in Myanmar welcomed the Government’s condemnation of the recent attacks against UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) premises in Sittwe, and its commitment to see perpetrators brought to justice through a newly established investigation commission.
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A commission established by the Burmese government to investigate mob attacks on the premises of international nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations in Sittwe last month has criticized the Arakan State authorities for their weak handling of the incident.
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Myanmar vowed Wednesday to protect U.N. and humanitarian aid workers seeking to return to the strife-torn state of Rakhine after rampaging Buddhist mobs attacked the workers’ homes and offices.
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United States President Barack Obama will return to Myanmar later this year, a senior State Department official says.
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Presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut has accused Britain of interfering in Myanmar’s internal affairs after it summoned the Myanmar ambassador in an effort to convince the government to allow humanitarian aid activities to resume in Rakhine State.
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The United Nations Population Fund has come under criticism from human rights groups over its role in the national census in Myanmar from March 30 to April 10.
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The U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Burma is urging the government to allow foreign aid workers to return to Rakhine state. The workers were evacuated last month because of ethnic unrest, but the U.N. warns their departure has led to severe consequences for at least 140,000 displaced people living in temporary camps.
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Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Myanmar, optimism in Washington over the nation’s embrace of democracy is waning and concern over the plight of minority Muslims is growing.
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Government authorities and police officials say they are taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety of foreigners and Burmese nationals working for the UN and other INGOs in the Arakan State capital, Sittwe, following a bout of violence last week when homes and offices of aid workers were targeted by local mobs.
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Presidential spokesman Ye Htut has said that international aid workers supporting communities in strife-torn Arakan State should be more sensitive to local customs, after a rumor that an aid worker improperly handled a Buddhist flag sparked attacks on the Sittwe offices of foreign aid organizations last week.
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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Government of Myanmar to ensure the safety and security of all staff members and their property in the wake of recent attacks against the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Rakhine state.
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Dozens of aid workers were under police protection in western Myanmar Thursday sparking UN and US alarm after mobs attacked the offices of international relief agencies in a new surge of violence.
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Accurate demographic information about Burma does not and has never existed. This year’s census aims to correct that and to provide the data required for successful development projects as the country lurches out of military dictatorship.
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France will contribute US$14 million towards cooperation with Myanmar on health issues this year, the French embassy has announced.
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The Harvard Law School has published a research paper on Monday calling on the Myanmar army to renounce longstanding policies that result in gross violations of human rights.
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Myanmar should scrap proposed restrictions on interfaith marriages, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, warning that the “blatant discrimination” threatens religious freedom and women’s rights.
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