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The government of Myanmar says it is determined to stop the departures of migrants fleeing religious persecution in places like this bitterly divided port city, but it will not budge in its refusal to address the conditions driving the exodus across the sea.
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U Khin Aung Myint, Speaker of the upper house, yesterday told parliamentarians how he had rejected suggestions from an Australian politician that Myanmar should take in more than 20,000 boat migrants, saying the people of Myanmar would not accept them.
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Chinese leaders will woo Myanmar’s opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit to the country, a snub for the quasi-military government whose fighting with rebels along China’s border has angered Beijing.
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About 150 Bangladeshi migrants found adrift on a boat off Myanmar’s west coast have been sent home on Monday (Jun 8).
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New political parties are emerging in Myanmar ahead of the general election this year, determined to participate in developing a country which has been isolated for decades.
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A group of former political prisoners in Burma has demanded the release of all prisoners of conscience and detainees facing trial for similar charges, urging President Thein Sein to free them before a general election due late this year.
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President Barack Obama said on Monday that Myanmar needs to take seriously the issue of how it treats the Rohingya people if it wants to be successful in its transition to a democracy.
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A new documentary meant to educate the Burmese public about the ongoing conflict in Kokang Special Region premiered Wednesday night on a military-owned television station, offering a thorough, albeit lopsided, introduction to the war that has claimed hundreds of lives and displaced tens of thousands of civilians since early February.
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The International Crisis Group recently released a report on the 2015 Myanmar election landscape, listing its concerns with the process and assessing crucial issues such as constitutional reforms and the turbulent peace talks.
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Nearly five years after their forced relocation from the site of the suspended Myitsone dam project in northern Burma, residents of more than four villages are still legally prohibited from returning to their former homes.
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Burma’s military commander-in-chief said some “boat people” landing in Malaysia and Indonesia this month are likely pretending to be Rohingya Muslims to receive UN aid and that many had fled neighboring Bangladesh, state media reported on Friday. (more…)

Opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD) denied that their party didn’t ask the government to give citizenship rights to Bengalis refugees adrift on the sea as reported in UK-based The Independent, said NLD’s spokesperson Nyan Win to the Daily Eleven on May 21.
The Independent newspaper featured a story on May 19 titled “Burma’s opposition demands government gives citizenship to Rohingya refugees adrift on the Andaman Sea”.
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More than 150 members of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) from Nattalin Township in Pegu Division renounced their membership en masse on Thursday after accusing the party broke its promises to help them settle a land dispute.
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Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) forces, who were on a tour campaigning for support, withdrew their forces from Loikaw Township on 16 May because they had not received government approval to be there.
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After a flurry of diplomatic activity, the government of Myanmar said on Thursday that it would send representatives to a regional meeting in Bangkok next week aimed at resolving the continuing humanitarian crisis of migrants stranded at sea in Southeast Asia and addressing the larger issue of human trafficking. (more…)

A senior U.S. state department official will visit Myanmar on Thursday for talks with the government about a “boat people” crisis in the Andaman Sea.
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Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing has denied accusations that the artillery shells that landed on Chinese territory on 14 and 15 May were fired by Burmese government forces.
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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has urged voters to consider the “background” of political parties when deciding who to vote for in this year’s election, scheduled for November.
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The National Unity Party is trying hard to woo the factory workers’ vote.

The party yesterday held a labour rights forum in Yangon’s Shwe Pyi Thar Industrial Zone where members pledged their solidarity and support for the workers’ cause. Politicians yielded the floor and lent their ear to union leaders and worker representatives, who used their day off to press the party on the minimum wage, a labour protection law and healthcare. (more…)

Speculation over the future of Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Min Aung Hlaing continues to grow as media reports suggest the general could retire within the next two months in preparation to contest the general election.
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