Myanmar morning news for October 18

Myanmar morning news for October 18

Myanmar morning newsU.N. says Rohingya refugee girls sold into forced labor in Bangladesh
Rohingya refugee girls are being sold into forced labor to raise money for desperate families in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations’ migration agency.
— Reuters

3 Myanmar journalists in court over story gov’t calls false
Three detained journalists appeared in a Myanmar court on Wednesday to face charges filed against them by the Yangon regional government, which alleges a story they published was false.
— The Washington Post

Irrawaddy Govt Tells Ex-Chief Minister to Return Over $3 M in Development Funds
The Irrawaddy Region government has warned its former chief minister to return within two months the 5.2 billion kyats ($3.28 million) he collected in regional development funds or face a lawsuit.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar journalists charged with causing public alarm | Video
In Myanmar, three senior journalists who were arrested after raising questions about the government’s public spending will remain in jail until their next hearing. The three are from Eleven Media, the country’s largest private newspaper. Leong Wai Kit reports.
— ChannelNewsAsia

Putting a lid on religious intolerance
When speaking of religious intolerance in ASEAN member states, it’s likely that images of marginalised Rohingya in Myanmar, the increasingly conservative stance of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo seems to have recently taken, and clampdowns on the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual (LGBT) community in Muslim majority countries like Malaysia and Brunei are among the first pictures that come to mind.
— The Asean Post

UN Security Council set to be briefed on Myanmar inquiry report
The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said on Tuesday.
— The Straits Times

US Senate leader – Congress should not join ‘pile-on’ on Myanmar’s Suu Kyi
The Republican leader of the U.S. Senate said on Wednesday that civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi remains the best hope for Myanmar and that it would not be helpful for Congress to join an international “pile-on” against her over a military crackdown on the country’s Rohingya Muslims.
— ChannelNewsAsia

US, eight others, request briefing on Myanmar Rohingya crackdown
The United States and eight other countries requested that a UN fact-finding mission that accused Myanmar’s military of atrocities against the Rohingya minority brief the UN Security Council on its findings.
— Aljazeera

Rohingya refugee girls sold into forced labour in Bangladesh: UN
Rohingya refugee girls are being sold into forced labour to raise money for desperate families in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, according to the United Nations’ migration agency.
— Aljazeera

Myanmar Garment Workers Remain on Strike Over Abuses in Chinese-Owned Factory
More than 100 Myanmar garment workers are continuing a strike on Wednesday in front of Maha Bandula Park in downtown Yangon, demanding that a Chinese-owned textile factory rehire 30 workers responsible for starting the labor action and punish those responsible for a violent attack on striking workers on Monday that injured 25 people.
— Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s special peace talks focus on non-secession
Myanmar’s ongoing special peace talks focused on the issue of non-secession from the union, Vice Chairman of the ethnic Kayin National Union (KNU) Pado Saw Kwe Htoo Win said.
— Khmer Times

Dozens injured in crackdown on Myanmar garment worker protest
Dozens of Myanmar garment workers were injured on Monday after a clash with assailants wielding iron bars outside a Chinese-owned factory in Yangon, witnesses and hospital staff said.
— Yahoo News

Army Expels Eight Priests, Nuns, Teachers From Myanmar
MANDALAY, Myanmar (CNS) – Catholic clergy and laypeople have been expelled from Myanmar’s northern Shan state by a China-backed ethnic minority army.
— The Tablet

Minister on a mission
Soe Win has been in his post for less than two months, but already there are significant signs that Myanmar’s new finance minister is ready to deliver on the government’s commitment to boost economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

Protesting workers attacked by ‘hired thugs’ in Myanmar
Riot police rushed to the scene of clashes at a strike-hit Myanmar garment factory after protesting workers say dozens were injured when they were attacked by a mob of “hired thugs”.
— The Star Online

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to Open Drug Rehab Center in Myitkyina
Myanmar State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi will make a one-day visit to Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, on Friday to open a drug rehabilitation center, according to the vice speaker of the Kachin State parliament.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar appoints new deputy ministers, Nay Pyi Taw council member
The Myanmar government has appointed three new deputy ministers and one Nay Pyi Taw Council member to reinforce its cabinet, according to an order of the President’s Office late Monday.
— Mizzima

Food Fiesta: Celebrating Spanish Simplicity at Olea
Indulging in a special menu of Spain’s favorite tapas and paella dishes being served for the month of October at Melia Yangon’s Mediterranean restaurant Olea.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar to establish high security laboratory, animal research centre next year
Myanmar will establish a high security laboratory- BSL 3 and a building where animals will be kept for research in 2019, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
— Eleven Myanmar

UN Security Council asked to hear from UN mission on Myanmar
The United States and eight other countries on Tuesday requested a UN Security Council meeting on Myanmar to hear from a UN fact-finding mission that has accused the country’s military of atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.
— Mizzima

Statement categorically opposes dam construction in Thanlwin River
A statement has been issued over the press conference on a documentary video titled “Let’s save the Thanlwin River for future greening held at Orchid Hotel in Yangon on Tuesday.
— Eleven Myanmar

Some EAOs frustrated after C-in-C attends tripartite summit only half day
The tripartite summit between government, military and signatories of Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA)S EAOs began yesterday in Naypyitaw was attended by C-in-C and Vice C-in-C left the summit after the morning session.

Nine UN Security Council Members Ask to Discuss Myanmar Inquiry
The chair of a United Nations inquiry that accused Myanmar’s military of genocide is likely to brief the Security Council this month after Britain, France, the United States and six other members requested the meeting, diplomats said on Tuesday.
— The Irrawaddy

Chinese Border Dispute Creates Challenges for Shan State Farmers
Villagers say they are facing difficulties in tending to their fields following the abandonment of a border fence project by Chinese authorities in northern Shan State’s Pangsai sub-township.

The human trafficking scourge
Despite rising criminal prosecutions, human trafficking remains rife in Myanmar and is fuelled by widespread poverty.
— Frontier Myanmar

Drugs Discovered In Car Driven By Gunman Who Targeted Mawlamyine Police
The alleged shooter remains on the run after a shootout in the Mon State capital that left one officer and a civilian injured.


Feature photo Paul Arps


This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo acknowledges International Day of Rural Woman, October 15.


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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