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U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. (more…)

As Burma prepares to welcome US President Barack Obama to Naypyidaw in November, human rights groups and activists have been urging Obama to press Burma’s government to improve the country’s socio-political environment. (more…)

The embassies of the United States and Britain have called on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a local journalist by the Burma Army. (more…)

Amnesty International is calling on the United Nations General Assembly to adopt a resolution on the country which addresses the government’s “backtracking on human rights” in light of a report by UN Special Rapporteur Ms Yanghee Lee. (more…)

The change to an e-visa system and the accompanying drop of Myanmar’s pre-arranged visa-on-arrival service has created difficulties for at least 3,000 visitors with plans to visit the Golden Land, U Hnaung Hnaung Han, the secretary of Myanmar Tourism Entrepreneurs Association told Mizzima. (more…)

Representatives of the European Union are consulting with members of Myanmar NGOs to see how the EU might best help support civil society. (more…)

Reporters Without Borders on October 21 issued a statement condemning the two-year jail term that Pabetan Township Court in Yangon imposed on five members of the weekly Bi Mon Te Nay Journal on 16 October for misreporting. (more…)

President Thein Sein last week urged the European Union to stop submitting annual reports on human rights in Burma, even as a UN report was released noting with concern “possible signs of backsliding” on reforms implemented by his government. (more…)

As the UN Special Rapporteur prepares her report on Myanmar for the UN General Assembly at the end of October, a clear message is conveyed that the country may be “backtracking” including a “shrinking of democratic space, ” worries over press freedom, ongoing concerns about prisoners of conscience, a paucity of women’s voices, and fears over communal tensions. (more…)

Thailand has agreed to allow British police to join an investigation into the murder of two backpackers on a Thai island, after local authorities came under criticism for their handling of the case. (more…)

Japanese energy company Marubeni Corp. said Friday it signed a deal with Myanmar’s government to advance what it says is a low-carbon coal-fired power plant. (more…)

For as much as Burma’s reformist government has trumpeted the virtue of democratic governance in recent years, its state mouthpieces have been mum—or decidedly disparaging—on student protestors’ efforts to bring democracy to Hong Kong over the last few weeks. (more…)

A spokesperson from the Rakhine State government has told Mizzima on October 7, that both the Union and State governments are committed to dealing with the issues in the state in a fair and balanced manner. (more…)

Myanmar remains on the Tier 2 Watch List over continued concerns regarding human trafficking, according to a report discussed at a US-ASEAN seminar held at the Parkroyal Hotel in Yangon on October 7. (more…)

Amnesty International says the release of some 3,000 prisoners by Myanmar is essentially an empty political gesture as scores of peaceful activists are believed to remain behind bars. (more…)

The United States on October 7 called on Myanmar to release all remaining political prisoners, while welcoming reports that a large-scale amnesty was underway in the Southeast Asian nation. (more…)

One of the biggest problems the Myanmar government faces dealing with human trafficking is that victims are often too scared to tell anybody about what happened to them, Luis CdeBaca, US Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons told Mizzima at a press conference held at the Embassy of the United States in Yangon on October 6. (more…)

U Than Tun, a member of Rakhine State’s Emergency Co-ordination Committee told Mizzima on October 6 that UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s does not understand the reality on the ground. (more…)

The ‘Rakhine State Action Plan’ has been criticised by Human Rights Watch as a course of action that will only further segregate the community in Rakhine and further entrench discrimination against the group that self-identifies as Rohingya. (more…)

Myanmar’s foreign minister promised Monday his country is working to end violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Rakhine state and urged the world against “jumping to conclusions” about a situation that has drawn global condemnation. (more…)

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