Myanmar Morning News For December 18

Myanmar Morning News For December 18

Myanmar morning newsCould Aung San Suu Kyi face Rohingya genocide charges?
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, is determined that the perpetrators of the horrors committed against the Rohingya face justice.

Rohingya refugees say no return to Myanmar without equal rights
Rohingya refugees interviewed by Oxfam in Bangladesh say they will not go back to Myanmar until their safety can be guaranteed and they have equal rights, including being able to work and travel freely. Many – especially women – were deeply traumatized by their experiences, including rape and seeing loved ones killed, and said they would commit suicide if forcibly repatriated before these conditions have been met.
— Relief Web

United Nations says genocide charges could be brought against Myanmar after campaign against Rohingya people
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein tells tomorrow night’s BBC Panorama: “You cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed.”
— Mirror

Explainer: Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists
Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country’s Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists “at any time”.
— Reuters

European companies were more reluctant to invest in Myanmar, according to EuroCham
EuroCham Business Confidence Survey and Business Guides were launched at Melia Hotel in Yangon on Thursday. According to Filip Lauwerysen, executive director of EuroCham Myanmar, there was a significant drop in market entry from European companies, partly because of the Rakhine crisis.
— Mizzima

New companies law aimed at improving Myanmar’s economy
THOUGH recent surveys have stressed a drastic decline of investor confidence in Myanmar, the government still believes it is on the right track given the recent enactment of long-awaited new companies law.
— The Nation

Myanmar govt ready to receive returnees from Bangladesh
The Myanmar government says it is ready to receive refugees who fled the unrest in Rakhine state to take shelter in Bangladesh.
— Mizzima

Tourists advised to ‘go local’ to spread economic benefits
As the number of tourists arriving in Myanmar grows, the government and non-profit organisations are hoping to promote further engagement with the local community to spread its economic benefits, this was explained during today’s launch of a new booklet for foreigners visiting the country.
— Mizzima

Military chief commissions 10 airplanes while calling for more
Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services Senior General Min Aung Hlaing commissioned 10 military aircraft at a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of Myanmar’s Air Force on December 15.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar introduces 1st cable car service in pilgrimage site
Myanmar has introduced the country’s first cable car services at a well-known pilgrimage and tourist site of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, also known as Golden Rock, in southeastern Mon state, the official Global New Light of Myanmar reported Sunday.
— Xinhua Net

Yangon govt minister defends paying K10-bn for 200 school buses
More than 10 billion kyat had to be spent to purchase 200 school buses for Yangon city, said Nilar Kyaw, Yangon region minister for electricity, industry and transport.
— Eleven Myanmar

Over 886,000 cars worth $10bn imported in seven years
Within seven months of transitioning from the previous government to the incumbent one, Myanmar granted permission to import 886,234 cars worth US$10 billion, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar

China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicks off in Myanmar
The 2017 China Tibetan Culture Picture Exhibition kicked off in Myanmar’s Shwedagon Pagoda on Sunday afternoon.
— Xinhua Net

Maungdaw rice will be sent to Yangon, Ayeyawady
Paddy grown in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, will be dispatched to Yangon and Ayeyawady Regions, the government has decided.
— Eleven Myanmar

New Condominium Rules allow more flexibility for foreigners
Foreigners will be given more flexibility to invest in the local property sector, according to new rules under the Condominium Law announced Thursday. The Condominium Rules are the final steps of the implementation of the Condominium Law, which was approved last year.
— Myanmar Times

Myanmar Tourism announces new tourism destinations in the country
In a bid to increase the number of travellers visiting the destination, Myanmar Tourism Marketing has announced new tourist attractions in the country. Among the newly launched tourism sites, one of the biggest highlights is the Secretariat building, which is considered to be one of the biggest colonial buildings in Southeast Asia. The building has now been opened to the public, and guided tours are being offered in it four times a day.
— Happy Trip


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