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Burma: Rights Priorities for New Government

Human Rights Watch - ‎4 hours ago‎
(New York) - Burma's new government led by the National League for Democracy (NLD) should signal human rights are a top priority by presenting a plan of action to begin long-needed reforms, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to new president ...
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Burma in the Twilight between Democracy and Dictatorship

Cato Institute (blog) - ‎May 3, 2016‎
A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

Burma's Media Landscape Through the Years

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎19 hours ago‎
2014 - The year begins inauspiciously for Burma's media with the detention of four journalists and the CEO if the Unity journal in connection with a January report alleging the existence of a government chemical weapons factory.
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Christians in Burma Patiently Endure Building of Pagodas on Church Lands

Christian News Network - ‎19 hours ago‎
Pagoda-compressed YANGON, Burma (Morning Star News) - Striving for a peaceful legacy, Christians in Burma (also called Myanmar) are choosing to patiently endure an influential Buddhist monk's campaign to build pagodas on church properties.

A Tale of Two Mega-Dams: Burma and Borneo

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Most of this scenario describes the Myitsone dam project in Burma's Kachin State, and it also describes the Baram dam in Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.

Burma Government Urged to Release Religious Tolerance Advocates

Karen News - ‎May 2, 2016‎
The activists, Zaw Zaw Latt, Pwint Phyu Latt and Zaw Win Bo, are Muslim and Hindu members of Thint Myat Lo Thu Myar - Peace Seekers and Multiculturalist Movement - a foundation created to promote tolerance between Burma's different religious groups.
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'Saffron Revolution' Former Monk Sentenced to Hard Labor in Newly Democratic Burma

TIME - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
Since the country's first properly civilian government in decades was sworn in late last month, the gates of Burma's once notorious network of prisons have witnessed scenes of jubilation. The new government is full of former political prisoners - in ...

German Tourists and Local Guide Injured in Burma Landmine Blast

Karen News - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
Three people were wounded when a landmine exploded as they were sightseeing in Northern Burma on Tuesday 26 April. The three people were two German tourists and their local guide.
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Odisha CM's silence indicates he is guilty,protecting Das Burma: Opposition

Times of India - ‎May 2, 2016‎
Earlier, moments after the house reconvened at 10.30 am, members of both BJP and Congress jumped into the well of the house seeking ouster of Das Burma and Das. The BJP members wore jackets with writing on the back and front, "Remove Das Burma ...
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New Burma Army Offensives across Kachin and Shan States, Civilian Casualties

Karen News - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Reports are emerging of a series of small scale attacks by Burma Army forces against Kachin Independence Army positions throughout Kachin State, and on the Shan-Kachin State border.

Genocide and Democracy in Burma

The National Interest Online - ‎Apr 27, 2016‎
There has been one particularly glaring exception to this pattern of growing prosperity: Burma (also known as Myanmar). For most of the past half-century, the country of fifty million people has been sinking steadily deeper into poverty and stagnation.

Mary Sung, Burmese Holy Heart student, dead at 21 - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Mary Sung, the Holy Heart student who immigrated to St. John's in 2015 only to be diagnosed with cancer months later, died on Monday at the age of 21.

Burma Thirsts for Bottled Water, But Quality Leaves Bad Taste

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎Apr 29, 2016‎
Many residents in Burma's towns and cities consume bottled water that they presume is properly purified. But a rapid growth in demand for such water and a lack of government oversight means many small, unlicensed operators produce questionable quality ...

Dispatches: Burma's Rohingya Muslims in Desperate Straits

Human Rights Watch - ‎Apr 26, 2016‎
Last week's tragic boat accident off the coast of Burma's Arakan State killed an estimated 20 Rohingya Muslims, including nine children, and left another 20 missing.

Neville Duffield's photos from Burma - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
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Senior Thai Official Puts Burma's Refugee Repatriation Back on the Agenda – Refugees Concerned About Cuts To ...

Burma News International - ‎May 3, 2016‎
Refugees responded to a senior Tak Province official speaking about the repatriation of the more than 100,000 refugees from Burma living in camps along the Thai-Burmese border by claiming that withdrawal of support by international donors is their ...

UK campaign group calls for release of U Gambira

Burma News International - ‎Apr 25, 2016‎
“The charges against U Gambira are politically motivated because of his political activities in the past,” said Wai Hnin, Campaigns Officer at Burma Campaign UK. “He was a leader of the Saffron Revolution and he has been through several arrests and ...

Villagers Pinned Down by Landslides, Floods in Northern Kachin State

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎16 hours ago‎
“Even a motorbike cannot travel on the road right now, but the Burma Army used two helicopters to transport the injured and bring aid to survivors on April 30.

Burma Army and KIA Clash near Mohnyin Jade Mine

Kachin News Group - ‎May 2, 2016‎
According to reports from the KIA the clashes which broke out near the Aung Thein Linn jade mine in the west of Mohnyin and involved dozens of troops from the Burma Army's Infantry Battalion 54 and the KIA's Battalion 35. The area where the clashes ...
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Burma Bans Lucrative Logging in Bid to Preserve Forests

The Irrawaddy News Magazine - ‎Apr 28, 2016‎
RANGOON - Burma has banned lucrative logging operations as the newly elected government of democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi steps up a battle on deforestation, an environment official said on Thursday.