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I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

• The Rakhine State Government estimates that over 70,000 IDPs are accommodated in 50 camps and temporary locations in Sittwe, Kyauktaw and Maungdaw Townships as of 31 August. (more…)

Evidence suggests Myanmar’s military has participated in abuses against stateless Muslim Rohingyas following June’s communal violence in western Myanmar, a report from a rights group said this week. (more…)

The Burmese government has failed to take adequate steps to address human trafficking, especially in conflict-affected territories such as Kachin state, despite making progress in some areas, a US state department report has warned. (more…)

The convergence of military, business and government interests aimed at displacing farmers and residents from their homes poses grave dangers for Burma, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) said in a new report. (more…)

While Myanmar’s charm offensive is everywhere in the media through the opening of the country, and the first trip of its world famous opponent Aung Sang Suu Kyi, human rights activists say flagrant abuses of ethnic minorities by authorities is still commonplace. (more…)

Forced labour continues to be widely and systematically practiced in northern Arakan State in Burma and little has changed for the Rohingya population, said a report by the Arakan Project titled “Forced Labour Still Prevails: Overview of forced labour practices in North Arakan” released on Friday. (more…)

Amnesty International concluded its first official visit to Burma since 2003, it said in a recent statement. (more…)

The Burmese government continues to commit human rights abuses including torture and inhumane treatment with impunity, according to a new report by ND-Burma, a network for human rights documentation. (more…)

The 98 page Discrimination, Conflict and Corruption: The Ethnic States of Burma, which was launched by Ethnic Nationalities Council (ENC) yesterday in Chiangmai, has once again urged an end to continuation of “a military solution to what is primarily a political problem” with the non-Burman ethnic groups. (more…)

Bangkok – An alliance of humanitarian agencies working with displaced persons from Burma/Myanmar believes the current window of democratic reform is the best opportunity in decades to resolve ethnic conflict. The prospect of a genuine and inclusive process of national reconciliation bringing an end to decades of war and displacement needs to be promoted and realised. (more…)

A new briefing paper by the Palaung Women’s Organization (PWO) exposes a dramatic increase in opium cultivation in Burma’s northern Shan State in the constituency of a drug lord elected into the new military-backed parliament. (more…)

So begins Byin Pu, one of the women whose story is featured in the new book, Nowhere to be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime. It’s the seventh book from Voice of Witness, the nonprofit branch of McSweeney’s founded by Dave Eggers and Lola Vollen. (more…)

The latest report from International Crisis Group (ICG), Myanmar’s Post-Election Landscape, is one of the most extraordinary documents I have read in a long time. Rarely have I seen such naïve and ill-considered analysis from an otherwise highly-respected and intelligent organisation.

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This update covers the period from 1 January to 28 February 2011 and is issued on 4 March 2011.

I. Highlights

· Former Chairman of Chin State Peace and Development Council, U Hong Ngai, has been designated Chief Minister of Chin State by the Union Parliament.

· The most frequently reported disease in Chin in 2010 was Malaria with around 30,000 cases reported.

· Food insecurity remains a problem most serious in Kanpetlet Township, following high crop failures in 2010.

· Two proposals, respectively from WFP and UNDP, were submitted in mid-February to the CERF Secretariat for funding under food security and restoration of agriculture activities in Southern Chin.

· WFP has completed emergency food distribution for a total of 155 villages in Mindat and Kanpetlet Townships at the end of January, reaching approximately 20,000 beneficiaries. A total of 200 MT of rice were distributed.

For more visit, http://reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900SID/MUMA-8ER8PU?OpenDocument

Bangkok — Two decades of Western sanctions against Myanmar have failed to achieve their goal and need to be urgently overhauled, an influential international think tank has said. (more…)

Nearly 92 Percent of Chin Families Subjected to Forced Labor in One Year (more…)

Excerpt from, “This Year’s Top 10 International Drug Policy Stories” available at: http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle (more…)

Chiang Mai – The government of Malaysia remains delinquent in meeting the needs of refugees seeking greener pastures, including Burmese, finds the latest study on the status of refugee needs in the Southeast Asian state. (more…)

Burma is the world’s fourth-highest jailer of media workers, according to figures released by a New York-based press safety watchdog. (more…)

For several years, suspicions have swirled about the nuclear intentions of Burma’s secretive military dictatorship.  Burma is cooperating with North Korea on possible nuclear procurements and appears to be misleading overseas suppliers in obtaining top-of-the-line equipment.  Certain equipment, which could be used in a nuclear or missile program, went to isolated Burmese manufacturing compounds of unknown purpose.  Although evidence does not exist to make a compelling case that Burma is building secret nuclear reactors or fuel cycle facilities, as has been reported, the information does warrant governments and companies taking extreme caution in any dealings with Burma.  The military regime’s suspicious links to North Korea, and apparent willingness to illegally procure high technology goods, make a priority convincing the military government to accept greater transparency. (more…)

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