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Without using the word “Rohingya” directly, U.S. ambassador Scot Marciel underlined the right to self-identity for the Rohingya minority in Rakhine State at his speech at the American Center in Yangon yesterday. “They get to choose what they want to be called”, he said.
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US Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel took to a podium in Rangoon on Tuesday and sought to assure the public that the United States remains squarely in the corner of the country’s people, even as new challenges emerge throughout a rocky transition to civilian rule.
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U.S. President Barack Obama should renew sanctions authority on Myanmar for at least another year due to ongoing egregious human rights violations against ethnic minorities in the country, said Fortify Rights and United to End Genocide in a new report published on 9 May.
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The new Ambassador of the United States of America Scot Marciel has emphasized his will to support Myanmar in a huge buildup process in his welcome-speech at his residence in Yangon on 3 May. He took over the position from the former ambassador Derek Mitchell a few months ago. On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day he underlined the importance of a free and independent press for a democratic society.
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Around 100 ethnic people, including Arakan nationalists, staged a protest in front of the United Nations (UN) headquarters on 30 April calling for a halt to fighting in Arakan State.
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The United States’ leading development agency plans to expand its mission in Burma, USAID chief Gayle Smith told reporters in Rangoon on Tuesday, emphasizing the “enormous potential” of sustainable agriculture as a driver of economic growth.
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Dear President U Htin Kyaw,

We congratulate you on becoming Myanmar’s first civilian president appointed by a democratically elected parliament since 1962. We respect the sacrifices that you, National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and millions of people in Myanmar have made in ending repressive military rule in the country.
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Burma Campaign UK has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Win Bo, and urged the Myanmar government to reform the Prisoners of Conscience Affairs Committee and to ensure their release and all remaining political prisoners.
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With a new government in office and the start of a new financial year, international non-government organisations (INGOs) are holding intense discussions over whether their well-paid expat staff should pay income tax in Myanmar.
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Hundreds of people gathered outside the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma, on Thursday with a simple demand: The United States must stop using the word “Rohingya.”
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Many have recently debated whether U.S. president Barack Obama’s foreign policy can appropriately be deemed “realist.” Whether or not it fits the academic definition, the Obama administration’s worldview has evinced an audacious level of pragmatism—a pragmatism perhaps best illustrated by Myanmar. Obama and Myanmar’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, found usefully practical partners in one another and have achieved impressively idealistic ends. Continued reform there, however, will require even more hard-nosed approaches to difficult dilemmas by both the United States and Myanmar.
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Isabella Lövin, an author, journalist and Green Party politician who has been serving as Sweden’s Minister for International Development Cooperation since 2014, is now visiting Burma. During her trip, she will meet with senior government officials and visit IDP camps in Arakan State to assess the situation there. Below is her message to the people of Burma:
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Hundreds of Buddhist nationalists staged a protest in front of the United States Embassy in Yangon on Thursday afternoon, to oppose the embassy’s use of the word “Rohingya” to refer to the stateless Muslims in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
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The Honorable Mr Scot A Marciel
Ambassador of the Embassy of the United States
Embassy of the United States
Yangon
28th April 2016

Dear Mr Ambassador:

First of all, we wish happiness, good health and peace to HE Mr Scot Marciel and all our beloved American citizens. Please could you please kindly let us mention some unhappiness of Myanmar people concerning the case of American Pressure to accep illegal immigrants?

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Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will raise the Rohingya issue with his Myanmar counterpart in a bilateral meeting in Moscow this month.
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A bomb blast wounded two tourists and a Burmese guide near the northern town of Kyaukme in Shan State at around 2:00 pm today, according to a local police officer.
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Myanmar Industrial Port (MIP) is borrowing US$200 million from the International Finance Corporation to help it increase its handling capacity as rising trade puts pressure on the country’s ports.
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Myanmar traders are allowed to export catfish and other siluriformes to the United States for an 18-month period, as the Food and Drug Administration transfers regulatory control of the industry to the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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The United Nations rights chief today welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty.
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A journalist from Kachin State and three of her Associated Press colleagues have scooped the award of a lifetime, thanks to their work exposing the horrors of the Southeast Asian fishing industry.
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