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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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The House Foreign Affairs Committee is calling for an end to persecution of Myanmar’s minority Rohingya Muslims.
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A former U.S. congressman who visited camps housing tens of thousands of people displaced by communal violence in western Myanmar is warning that minority Rohingya Muslims face a life-threatening lack of medical care and live in fear of attack.
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The outgoing UN human rights rapporteur for Burma will urge the United Nations to get involved in an investigation into allegations that dozens of Rohingya Muslims were killed in Duu Chee Yar Tan village, Arakan State.
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Human Rights Watch is criticizing the United Nations for raising the possibility of Burma contributing U.N. peacekeepers.
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The European Burma Network (EBN) has called on the UN to remain vigilant as human rights violations continue in Burma.
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Negotiations have begun for an EU investor protection agreement with Myanmar that would imbed international arbitration as the preferential dispute mechanism, although observers said such a clause could ultimately be detrimental for the country.
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The Swiss Ambassador to Myanmar has criticised the lack of women involved in peace talks between ethnic armed groups and the government, saying that their exclusion could ultimately weaken the peace process.  (more…)

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called for dialogue with local residents in Sittwe protesting the aid group’s presence in Arakan State, a suggestion that was dismissed by one of the protest leaders on Wednesday as demonstrations against the international NGO entered their fourth day.
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The appointee to become the top US defense official for Asia said Tuesday engagement with the Burmese military is crucial for democratic reform in the Southeast Asian nation.
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The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) led a workshop hosting several local companies as a part of a new project aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an official said.
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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Burma, Tomás Ojea Quintana, says he remains convinced that serious violent incidents took place last month in the village of Duchira Dan, including lootings, rapes and the loss of Rohingya lives, as well as the disappearance of a local police officer.
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The human rights situation in Burma has improved, UN envoy Tomás Ojea Quintana said at Yangon Airport on Wednesday, speaking at a press conference that concluded a six-day visit to the country and also marked the end of his six-year mandate as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the country.
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The U.N. special investigator on human rights in Myanmar warned Wednesday that sectarian violence could jeopardize the country’s democratic reforms if it is not addressed urgently.
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The Japanese government has granted 899,665 U.S. dollars for four projects under its Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGP)scheme in three regions and states in Myanmar, official media reported Thursday.
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Although Myanmar’s economy is still closely tied to the military, the country’s cautious strides towards democracy have been paving the way for foreign investment. German companies, however, remain reluctant.
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United Nations (UN) human rights envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana said Myanmar still has to deal with “very challenging” human rights issues.
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Myanmar’s national carrier on Tuesday signed a contract with US firm GE Capital to lease 10 Boeing aircraft worth nearly a billion dollars in a major makeover for the largely domestic airline.
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Energy companies, the government and civil society are to work together to apply international standards to the exploitation of the country’s rich natural resources.
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