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The hands are back. That is the message from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners and Former Political Prisoners Society who are joining hands to use photos of people with prisoner names on outstretched palms as a reminder that well over 150 prisoners of conscience remain in jail in Myanmar. (more…)

A UK court’s inquest into the death of British tourist Ms Hannah Witheridge on Thailand’s Koh Tao in September 2014 has been adjourned awaiting Thai police papers, according to local UK media reports. (more…)

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee will undertake her second official visit to Myanmar fromJanuary 7 to 16, 2015. (more…)

Europe based Rohingyas held their very first conference in Esbjerg, Denmark, from 27 to 28 December 2014. The attendees discussed the intercommunal tensions in Rakhine State and the legal and human rights implications of the ongoing conflict. (more…)

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority and grant them equal access to services. (more…)

Myanmar’s reform process is backsliding and the continued incarceration of political activist U Aung Soe and other political prisoners is proof of that, according to Burma Campaign UK. (more…)

The Elders have urged Myanmar’s armed groups bogged down in decades-long conflicts to grasp the opportunity to have a ceasefire and build an all-inclusive new federal nation. (more…)

Karen groups have joined together to call for an investigation into alleged war crimes by the army in eastern Myanmar following the release of four-year probe carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in the United States. (more…)

As winter approaches in northern Burma’s Kachin State, some 27,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) are without necessary assistance such as blankets and clothes, according to the United Nations. (more…)

Burmese women’s rights activists have raised concerns over human rights abuses and the slowdown of Burma’s peace program to The Elders, a group of internationally renowned former world leaders and rights advocates. (more…)

Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Burma’s widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren’t going to happen soon. (more…)

The Elders, a worldwide group of elderly statesmen and influential people, are making a visit to Thailand and Myanmar intent on promoting democracy and peace. (more…)

Myanmar government needs to work harder on preparation to join the Open Government Partnership, an international organisation seeking to increase civic participation, fight corruption and improve transparency in governance worldwide, political analysts told Mizzima on December 10. (more…)

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in search of asylum or a better life, the United Nations’ refugee agency said on Wednesday. (more…)

When foreign dignitaries visit Myanmar, still known as Burma in much of the West, they don’t walk the rural hills over which the central government and assorted ethnic groups, such as the Karen, fought for decades. Like Wallay village, which required an extended boat ride through territory that could aptly be described as “rustic” to reach.

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The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the Myanmar authorities objecting to the destruction of squatter huts on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River ahead of King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s visit to Mandalay.

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France is committed to providing 100 million euro (US$123.8million) in aid for Myanmar’s rural development, environmental conservation, health, culture and education, according to Mrs Annick Girardin, France’s Minister of State for Development and Francophony. (more…)

Burma was singled out this week as one of four countries that may still be manufacturing landmines. (more…)

UK MPs have called on the British government to reassess their relations with Myanmar, concerned about continued fighting in the ethnic states, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and the effective block on constitutional change. (more…)

Norway’s image in the eyes of many Burmese has long been that of a partner of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the world most prominent political prisoner under military rule. Norway was associated with promoting peace in Burma and other troubled countries for the past 20 years. (more…)

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