307 STORIES TAGGED ‘BURMA’

HRW Praise Government’s Release of Political Prisoners, but Warns, Constitution Needs Amending to Remove Jail Threat to Peaceful Political Activists

April 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

Human Rights Watch praised Burma’s newly elected government for quickly putting into action the release of the country’s political prisoners. In a statement to the media Human Rights Watch said that “the new Burmese government, led by the National League for Democracy... Read more ►

International Group Calls on Burma’s Gov’t to Address Human Rights Abuses, Discrimination and Violence Against the Rohingya People

April 12, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

The European Burma Network has called on the newly elected NLD government of Burma to “act swiftly” in addressing the humanitarian crisis confronting the country’s Muslim Rohingya population. “The past five years have seen a dramatic escalation of human rights abuses... Read more ►

Burmese Courts Free Student Activists After Suu Kyi Makes Political Prisoners a NLD Priority

April 9, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A Burmese court on Friday released 69 political prisoners on Friday. The jailed student activists were freed following Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s promise on Thursday that a priority of her National League of Democracy government would be the release of activists and political ... Read more ►

*‘We attend this parliament term with high hopes’

April 9, 2016  •  Author: Thin Lei Win & Htet Khaung Linn

SNLD lawmaker Sai Thiha Kyaw shares his thoughts on what the NLD government could achieve for Shan State and what issues he will address. NAYPYITAW (Myanmar Now) – Sai Thiha Kyaw is a two-term lawmaker in the Lower House representing Mongyai Township in northern Shan ... Read more ►

FBR Report: Parts of Chin State Turn to Growing Opium to Beat Poverty

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A report by Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian organisation, has found evidence of opium growing in areas of Chin State, Burma’s Westernmost State. Chin State is one of Burma’s poorest states and is not known as an area for large opium production, which is more closely a... Read more ►

HRW: Lifting of State of Emergency in Arakan State “Should End Restrictions on Rohingya”

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A four-year-long state of emergency has been lifted in Arakan State the day before Burma’s new government took power, leading to calls for restrictions on ethnic Rohingya to also be lifted. On 29 March 2016, the last day of President U Thein Sein’s administration, emerge... Read more ►

*As Thein Sein exits, his reform legacy gains mixed reviews

April 1, 2016  •  Author: Swe Win (Myanmar Now)

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Shortly after newly elected President Htin Kyaw completed a swearing-in ceremony in Myanmar’s parliament on Wednesday morning, the country’s new leader, a ‘proxy’ of National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, headed to the Pre... Read more ►

*Ethnic Rebels Hail New President, Hope for Peace Process Success

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Myanmar Now

YANGON (Myanmar Now) – Ethnic leaders and armed group representatives have welcomed last week’s appointment of Htin Kyaw as president of the National League for Democracy government, with some voicing confidence in his government’s abilities to revive Myanmar’s s... Read more ►

Fortify Rights Calls on US Government to Downgrade Burma’s Trafficking Rating

March 24, 2016  •  Author: Karen News

A human rights organization, Fortify Rights, based in South East Asia has called upon the US Department of State to assign Burma a ‘Tier-3’ ranking on its upcoming Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report. Burma is currently ranked as a Tier-2 country on the US Depart... Read more ►

Kayin People’s Party Set to Reform Its Structure To Gain Grass Root Support After Dismal 2015 Election Result

March 20, 2016  •  Author: Saw Tun Lin

Regional level Karen People’s Party will reorganize its structure starting from the village tract and ward level. The party’s township officials discussed the issue at its meeting on March, 12 at Mahatheindawgyi Monastery in Pathein, Ayeyawaddy Division. Mahn Tun Tin, th... Read more ►

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