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Burma’s President Office spokesperson has denied accusations of human rights violations being carried out by security forces in northern Arakan State, saying, “we haven’t done anything lawless.”

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The top United Nations aid official has called on all sides in conflicts in Myanmar to find peaceful ways to resolve their differences and urged strengthened humanitarian action to support the people affected by violence.

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The European Union praised Myanmar’s progress from the release of political prisoners to the efforts of the government to address the challenges of Rakhine State and to holding the inclusive Union Peace Conference. As a result, the EU said that it would not table a human rights resolution on Myanmar at the United Nations for the first time in 25 years, state media reported on 25 September.

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Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday pledged to promote human rights in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state as the Nobel laureate made her UN debut as her country’s de facto leader.

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State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s appointment of the Kofi Annan-led commission on Rakhine State clearly evidences the government’s recognition that these issues have risen to an international scale. Such a commission, and the inclusion of foreign experts, could not have been conceived of even a year ago.

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Following a rare verdict last week holding Tatmadaw soldiers accountable for civilian deaths, the Kachin Baptist Convention is preparing a letter to urge a similar mea culpa in a separate case.

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As the 71st Regular Session of the UN General Assembly gets underway this week in New York, the European Union delegation to Myanmar told The Myanmar Times today that it will abandon a time-honoured tradition there: the submission of a UN resolution criticising Myanmar’s human rights record.

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Myanmar’s commander-in-chief of the armed services said Thursday that the newly appointed advisory commission on Rakhine state must take into account the history and desire of the ethnic Buddhist Rakhine majority in the restive region while it carries out its work.

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Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Thursday his mission to Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state is not meant to investigate human rights, but to come up with recommendations to ease tensions between Buddhists and minority Muslims.

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Tha Hla Shwe, a member of the Kofi Annan-led Arakan State Advisory Commission, told The Irrawaddy that during their two-day trip to Sittwe, the commission heard perspectives on trust building from the Buddhist Arakanese and Muslim communities in the state capital.

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In an attempt to find a sustainable solution to the complicated issues between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine State, former UN secretary general Kofi Annan is visiting Myanmar this week.

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Burma’s State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said that she believes the Arakan State Advisory Commission—chaired by former UN general secretary Kofi Annan—will bring credible advice in confronting tension in Arakan State.

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United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon met with an interfaith panel and civil society representatives at two different events with two contrasting messages in Naypyidaw on Wednesday.

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Addressing a major peace conference in Myanmar, the United Nations chief today highlighted that the country’s path to reconciliation is a promising one, but that after decades of conflict it will not be easy and will require compromise for all involved.

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The 21st Century Panglong Conference kicked off today— a forum that aims to help bring peace and reconciliation to Burma, and end decades of armed conflict between ethnic armed groups and the Burmese military.

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A prominent anti-Muslim group of Buddhist nationalists in Myanmar is criticizing former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on social media, and accidentally taking actor Morgan Freeman down with him.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Myanmar to improve living conditions for its Rohingya Muslim minority on Tuesday, ahead of peace talks between leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many of the country’s ethnic armed rebel groups.

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I am pleased to be here with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in her capacity as State Counsellor and new Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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Speaking ahead of a major peace conference in Myanmar, a United Nations independent expert has urged its participants to prioritise human rights issues in their discussions over the coming days, and to do more to ensure the process is fully inclusive.

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The Arakan National Party (ANP) has demanded that the government cancel the new Arakan State Advisory Commission formed on Wednesday, of which former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan will serve as the chairman.

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