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South Korea will train Myanmar’s newly appointed permanent secretaries to help the country’s bureaucratic reform, an official of the Korea Development Institute (KDI) has announced.
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A Burmese students union leader has vowed to reignite education law protests following a parliamentary decision to amend the law without incorporating changes promised during four-way talks in February.
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The Association for the Protection of Race and Religion claimed on the weekend that senior military figures have promised to halt or substantially alter five high-rise developments near Shwedagon Pagoda.
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A proposal to retrofit Burma’s antiquated Penal Code—drafted in 1860 and last amended in 1974—has been submitted to the Union Parliament and published for public review, calling for fine adjustments and a handful of other minor changes related to terminology, election campaigning and rape.
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The Rangoon Division Parliament has voted to approve the Greater Yangon Strategic Development Plan, which will establish seven new satellite towns over the next 25 years to accommodate the city’s booming population.
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Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) on Friday urged government departments, political parties, civil society groups and members of the public to assist in correcting irregularities in the voter lists for the upcoming general election.
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The second EU-Myanmar Human Rights Dialogue was held in Nay Pyi Taw on 18 June 2015 according to an official joint statement on 18 June. A Civil Society Forum preceded the Dialogue on 17 June in Yangon, where the human rights situation in both the EU and Myanmar was discussed with civil society and human rights defenders, as well as by bilateral meetings with various stakeholders.
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Nobel Peace Laureate and former President of Timor Leste Jose Ramos-Horta has urged Myanmar to do more to address the Rohingya issue reported Channel News Asia on 21 June.
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To this day, Burma’s military wields great power. The root of the dominance of the institution also known as the Tatmadaw, which considers itself to be the only stabilising force in the country, lies in the country’s 2008 Constitution.
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Burma’s Union Parliament passed a controversial bill amending the National Education Law on Thursday but failed to honor several commitments that lawmakers had made with student activists earlier this year.
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Thirty-seven migrants were deported from western Burma to Bangladesh on Friday, as nearly 600 others remain in shelters near the border, according to officials.
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More than a year after the passage of Burma’s Media Law, the Ministry of Information has finalized new regulations for news organizations that will on paper give journalists greater access to information, but which may leave authorities with significant leverage over the reporting of contentious issues.
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The Union Parliament chamber hosted an unusually lively legislative session on Thursday as Information Minister Ye Htut sparred with lawmakers and faced threats of impeachment over privatization of the Yegu transmitter at the corner of Gandamar and Wai Za Yan Tar roads in northwestern Rangoon.
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Myanmar’s Information Ministry has filed a contempt of court complaint against the publisher and 16 editorial employees of a newspaper it is already suing for defamation, an action critics charge is an attempt at intimidation ahead of elections set for later this year.
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But Myanmar during its brief era of civilian rule from the late 1940s through most of the years to Ne Win’s 1962 military coup had such positions in government, and they were critical elements of management. They were apolitical and signified the highest civil service position in a ministry. They also provided guidance, competence and institutional memory. Many such individuals in Burma’s civilian government under U Nu in the 1950s were exceptionally well qualified.
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In a rare interview with the Washington Post, published on Wednesday, Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi made long-awaited public comments about the country’s democratic transition, expressing concern that the reforms could turn out to be a “total illusion.”
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A bill presented last week containing amendments to Burma’s Constitution – even if approved by parliament – will only come into effect after the upcoming elections, the Joint Bill Committee said on Wednesday.
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In years gone by, decisions in Myanmar’s courts were largely dictated to the judge by the military, with instructions given in sealed envelopes or by telephone. In early June, however, a court in central Myanmar caved to a different kind of pressure.
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In the run-up to November’s crucial nationwide elections, Burma’s press freedom landscape leaves a lot to be desired, according to a new report by Amnesty International.
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Three years after the end of the country’s draconian pre-publication censorship regime, journalists working in Burma remain fearful of arrest, criminal prosecution and violence, despite legal safeguards ostensibly guaranteeing reporters broad freedoms to operate without interference from authorities.
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