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The Global Rohingya Centre opened an office on Sunday in Istanbul to provide support to Rohingya Muslims the Daily Sabah reported on 17 August.
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Burmese authorities should immediately stop using abusive laws on association and expression to halt the activities of land rights activists, Human Rights Watch said today. The recent arbitrary arrest of a prominent land rights advocate in Karen State exemplifies the government’s persecution of vocal opponents of land grabs by officials and their business associates.
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The British Embassy has expressed concern regarding recent events which saw USDP Secretary-General Maung Maung Thein and USDP President Thura U Shwe Mann removed from their positions as party General Secretary and Party Chairman respectively. (more…)

Steven Law is a reclusive figure with 24 known aliases.

Described as the “top crony” of Myanmar’s former military regime in leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, he runs a conglomerate called Asia World Co. Ltd. that is still targeted by U.S. sanctions despite years of warming U.S.-Myanmar ties. His father, a suspected drug lord, was known to U.S. officials as the “Godfather of Heroin.”
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Agro-Laboratories that will help Myanmar become the “food bank of Japan” will be completed next month. Nine labs being built by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the campus of Nay Pyi Taw’s Yezin Agricultural University will be completed by the end of September, said university rector U Myo Kywel on August 10.
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Burma’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs lashed out on Thursday against “a wide range of allegations” made by UN rights rapporteur Yanghee Lee.
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A spokesperson for the US embassy in Yangon has expressed US government concern over the use of Myanmar state security forces to intervene in a dispute within the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party over the last couple of days.
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Myanmar has allowed five foreign and six local enterprises totalling 11 to make investment in the country so far this month, sources with the Myanmar Investment Commission said Tuesday according to report by Xinhua on 11 August.
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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will raise the issue of the Rohingya Muslim genocide in Myanmar at the United Nations during its upcoming General Assembly session according to a report on the aaj.tv website on 11 August.
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UN special rapporteur Yanghee Lee concluded her third official visit to Myanmar on a cautionary note, urging the government to “reconsider” intolerance of critical voices ahead of November’s general election.
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The Australian Government will provide extra humanitarian relief supplies to those displaced by flooding and landslides in Myanmar following Cyclone Komen, according to an Aug. 9 press release.
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Thailand’s leading construction firm Italian-Thai Development PCL said on Friday it was in talks with Myanmar authorities to build a $500 million liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal at Dawei industrial zone in southern Myanmar.
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The Burmese government has placed prohibitive limits on the mandate of UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee during her third official visit to the country, the special rapporteur told reporters on Friday at the tail end of a five-day fact finding mission.
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Amnesty International will hold a vote this week on a controversial draft policy that could see the organisation call for the decriminalisation of consensual sex work internationally.

The proposal has already proved hugely contentious, with a raft of celebrities publically speaking out against the move and provoking plenty of reactionary moral outrage among their fans.
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International aid efforts accelerated in flood-hit Myanmar on Wednesday as the death toll from the deluges rose to 69 and authorities evacuated people from new downstream areas threatened by run-off water.
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Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group’s core banking unit has become the first foreign lender in Myanmar to extend a local currency loan, a person with knowledge of the matter said, a sign that strong loan demand in the fast-growing economy is likely to be better met.
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Nineteen international firms have responded to the invitation of Myanmar Petroleum Enterprise (MPE) to bid for joint ventures at a new liquid petroleum gas (LPG) factory in Thanlyin, the Ministry of Energy has announced.
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The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is supporting the Myanmar government and its civil society partners to respond to the devastating impacts of flooding and landslides triggered by Cyclone Komen.
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UN rights envoy Yanghee Lee visited flood-stricken Pegu Division on Wednesday to meet with activists who have been jailed there since a police crackdown on student protests earlier this year.
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Aid pledges for victims of Burma’s flooding emergency continued to pour in from overseas on Thursday, as water levels receded in the north of the country and downstream communities in the Irrawaddy Delta prepared for the worst.
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