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After wrapping up its inquiry into the National Education Law in Naypyidaw, the Upper House Draft Law Committee will publish its findings on Friday, members of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) have told The Irrawaddy.
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Leading members of the National Network for Education Reform (NNER) have voiced criticisms of the government’s approach to the current education reform movement in Burma.
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Buddhist monks have prepared a lawsuit against Myanmar’s interior minister, accusing police of using poisonous chemicals to break up a protest in 2012, the monks and a human rights organisation said on Monday.
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Parliamentarians and some student leaders will resume talks today on proposed amendments to the National Education Law, amid suggestions of a split in student ranks.
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Supreme Court justices should be experienced, professional civilians, a well-known Mandalay lawyer is urging. Former judge U Hla Ko last week called for the replacement of former military officers sitting as judges in the court.
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Burma’s Union Parliament on Wednesday approved a government proposal to accept a US$39 million Chinese loan that will be used to acquire vehicles and boats for the country’s police force.
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Political leaders should prepare for a six-party meeting on Wednesday before the parliamentary session starts, Speaker Thura Shwe Mann told those involved.
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A bill to promote happy and monogamous marriages has been submitted to parliament. The bill was put forward by Supreme Court Judge U Soe Nyunt yesterday for debate in the Pyithu Hluttaw.
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The speaker of the parliament and the National League for Democracy (NLD) leader met at the parliament on March 10. (more…)

Derek Mitchell, US ambassador to Myanmar, told the Myanmar Eleven at a press conference at the US Embassy in Yangon that America was keeping a close watch on efforts to change the 2008 Constitution. (more…)

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Parliament has announced that the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution will take place in May. The bill proposing the referendum was submitted to parliament in November 2014 and was passed this February.
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If the government and ethnic armed groups fail to find common ground based on equality, they will find it more difficult later to sign a nationwide ceasefire, said Naing Han Tha, a leader of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT).
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A comprehensive social protections policy that spans the lifecycle from pregnant women to the elderly is set to kick off this year – if advocates can secure a budget for the plan. (more…)

The four bills forming the “Race Protection” package are a distraction from Burma’s real political and economic challenges, and should never have reached parliament, says Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
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Burma’s Upper House on Thursday passed the Population Control Bill, a piece of controversial legislation that aims to establish government control over women’s reproductive rights and grants authorities the power to identify regions where women will be encouraged to have only one baby every three years.
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Myanmar’s Constitutional Tribunal has ruled that parliament’s decision to allow temporary identity card holders to vote in an upcoming referendum on amending the constitution is unconstitutional.
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Lower House Speaker Thura Shwe Mann warned MPs yesterday against paying more attention to personal matters than Parliament’s business.
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Burma’s Union Parliament has slammed backers of ethnic Kokang insurgents engaged in recent hostilities with the government, while praising the Burma Army soldiers who have been on the frontline in the campaign against the rebel group.
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In a message to the nation to mark the 68th anniversary of Union Day, Burma’s President Thein Sein urged his people to work together to establish a union based on a federal system.
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A parliamentary proposal urging a set of policies “to make life more pleasant” for people in Arakan State was approved by Burma’s upper house on Monday. (more…)

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