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Wrong ID card data meant Mon denied electoral representation

Mon politicians and civil society groups claim information on national identity cards has denied them a getting a representative into Parliament. The Mon Literature and Culture Committee (Yangon) wants corrected what they claim is the wrong ethnicity information on national identity cards and the household registration papers of Mon people in the Yangon Region. Nai Min Thaung Shin, Chairman of…

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KNPP meet CBOs to form ‘peace-talks’ monitoring team

The Karenni National Progressive Party met and discussed with Community-Based-Organizations (CBO) from Loikaw Town in mid June to set up a ‘peace-talk’ monitoring group to keep tabs on the on-going talks between the government and the KNPP. in the Kayah State. The CBO initiative followed on from agreement reached between the KNPP and government representatives on June 9th.The KNPP put…

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Kachin groups demand an immediate stop to the fighting and ongoing crimes against civilians

The Kachin Women Association Thailand released a report – Ongoing Impunity – that documents the continued abuse of civilians by the Burma Army. The report, released yesterday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand, details the killings, rape, forced labor and displacement that has occurred in the last twelve months of fighting between the Kachin Independent Army and government troops.…

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Aung San Suu Kyi calls for more aid to ethnic areas

Naw Zipporah Sein, the Karen National Union’s general secretary welcomed a statement from Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calling for more development in ethnic areas. Noble peace prize Laurent, Aung San Suu Kyi, asked for foreign investors and international development aid providers to consider working not only in central Burma, but also in ethnic rural areas. Aung San Suu Kyi…

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Mon political prisoners released

Nai Yekkha and Nai Myo Twe from New Mon State Party who were serving life sentences in Burma’s notorious jails were released on April 30. Burma government representatives, Union Minister for Electric Power, U Zaw Min, and the Mon State Prime Minister handed the two prominent political prisoners to Nai Htaw Mon, the chairman of the NMSP in Moulmein Town.…

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Burma Community Based Organizations question aid cuts

Burma Community Based Organizations from inside Burma and along the border urged the international community to continue cross border aid even if there are ‘peace talks’ between the government and ethnic armed groups. The CBO’s said it is not the time to cut aid to Burma’s most vulnerable people and where the most need is. As many as 36 CBOs…

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Mon conference urged further ‘peace talks’ with Burma’s government

A large turnout of Mon political leaders, civil society groups, representative from overseas and delegates from the Thai-Burma border attended the 6th Mon Affairs Union (MAU) Conference in Three Pagoda Township last week. Conference attendees urged the New Mon State Party to hold ‘peace talks’ with the Burma government. An MAU conference attendee told Karen News. “The NMSP should continue…

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Ethnic groups test Burma’s new media freedoms

A group of ethnic journalists inside Burma is to launch a weekly journal called “The Union” in the last week of November which will mainly focus on cultural, literacy and issues that affect the daily lives of ethnic nationalities. Following the government’s claims that it is serious about creating media freedom environment, ethnic based media outlets are starting to emerge…

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