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The estranged wife of Burma’s best-known ‘crony’ Tay Za has been removed from The United States Treasury’s list of Special Designated Nationals, known commonly as the “US Blacklist”.
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The fighting in Karen State between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and Burma Army continued as negotiations to stop the fighting failed.
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A second raft of proposed constitutional amendments largely met the same fate as a first set of changes put to Parliament last month, with unelected military lawmakers again exercising their effective veto power on Wednesday to block efforts to reform the controversial charter.
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Myanmar has ratified the chemical weapons convention, bringing the treaty a step closer to its goal of acceptance by every country in the world.
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The Swiss government is among a number of European donors supporting development and human rights in Burma, particularly in the conflict-affected southeastern region. Since opening an Embassy in the former capital Rangoon in 2012, Switzerland has primarily focused its assistance on support for Burma’s peace process and upcoming general election. Switzerland is also the current chair of the Peace Donor Support Group, an aid coordination network formed by foreign governments and NGOs.
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The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the killing of Mr. Johnny.

URGENT APPEAL – THE OBSERVATORY

MMR 003 / 0715 / OBS 057
Assassination
Burma / Myanmar
July 9, 2015

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Burma / Myanmar.
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Local prison authorities in Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township say more than 100 “Bengalis” were released this week after serving the duration of their sentences in connection with violence between Buddhists and Muslims that wracked the state in 2012.
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As fighting continues between the Burma Army and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA), the government has come under fire from a senior Karen general for trying to “shut down the DKBA.”
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A 70-year-old woman died while collecting firewood near a Burma Army compound in Northern Shan State.
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Debate on key amendments to the constitution continued yesterday with the military warning that decentralisation would lead to a worsening of armed conflict.
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More than half a century after it was dynamited by the Ne Win military government, Yangon’s iconic student union building could rise again – if the students have their way. To mark the 53rd anniversary of the building’s destruction, which followed a series of student protests against the regime, contemporary members of the union have asked the government to rebuild it.
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In the fertile river valleys near Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh, stateless Rohingya Muslims say there is no let-up in soldiers forcing them into hard labour, despite the government launching a campaign three years ago to end the practice.
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An ethnic Kayin party has set its sights on winning control of Kayin State at November’s elections. The Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) said it had drawn up lists of candidates for nearly every constituency in the state, and hopes to secure a majority in the state hluttaw.
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The T-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) has vowed to avoid armed clashes and reduce tensions with Burmese government forces, as it bids to join other ethnic armed groups in signing a nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA).
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One of the victims was Sai Maung, 40, of the nearby village of Pang Long, who suffered a serious injury to his hip after being shot by soldiers active in the area. At the time of publication, information was not available about the identity or condition of the second victim.
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A Myanmar delegation led by Maj Gen Min Naung, North Western Command, reached Imphal on Monday to attend the seventh Indo-Myanmar Regional Border Committee meeting which aims to develop stronger bonds of friendship between the two countries E-Pao reported on 7 July.
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Fighting between the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) and the Burma Army is continuing along the newly opened Asia Highway 1.
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Burma’s chief peace negotiator Aung Min said the door to inking a nationwide peace accord remained open after a two-day informal meeting between government representatives and a new negotiating bloc representing ethnic armed groups concluded on Saturday.
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Clashes continued in southeastern Burma on Monday between government troops and ethnic Karen rebels in the lead-up to a major conference between the area’s non-state actors and government representatives.
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A Burmese army outpost in Namtu, northern Shan State, came under a surprise assault by an unknown armed group in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to local sources and police.
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