Myanmar Morning News For February 16

Myanmar Morning News For February 16
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Myanmar morning newsMyanmar government under Suu Kyi silences journalists
When five Myanmar journalists were sentenced to decade-long prison terms for reporting the alleged existence of a military-run chemical weapons factory in Myanmar a few years ago, Aung San Suu Kyi — then an opposition lawmaker — condemned the harsh punishments as “very excessive”.
Bangkok Post 

Myanmar’s military just wants to be normal
Beset by allegations of systematic massacre, rape and pillage against ethnic Rohingya civilians in Rakhine state, Myanmar’s military, or Tatmadaw, is pushing back.
Asia Times

Vietnamese mobile carrier enters Myanmar in foreign drive
Viettel Group, the largest mobile network operator in Vietnam, said it will launch its services in Myanmar next month. Myanmar will be Viettel’s 10th foreign market, following the launch of operations in countries including Cambodia, Laos and Mozambique.
Nikkei Asian Review 

International Community Fails to See Myanmar for What It Is
The intercommunal conflict in Rakhine in 2012 saw the issue of the Rohingya resurface. Following the exodus of some 690,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh since last August, it has intensified again.
The Irrawaddy 

Myanmar Officials Show Refugee Processing Centers to Ambassadors, UN Agencies
Ambassadors from more than 10 countries and United National officials visited troubled Maungdaw township in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Thursday to observe the Myanmar government’s repatriation process for returning Rohingya refugees.
Radio Free Asia 

Myanmar Officials Show Refugee Processing Centers to Ambassadors, UN Agencies
Ambassadors from more than 10 countries and United National officials visited troubled Maungdaw township in Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Thursday to observe the Myanmar government’s repatriation process for returning Rohingya refugees.
Radio Free Asia 

US project helps Myanmar dry zone development
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) US$70-million Shae Thot – or The Way Forward – project is ending in March having reduced maternal and child mortality, improved food security, increased access to safe water and advanced hygiene, and strengthened community institutions in Myanmar’s central Dry Zone and Kayah State.
Mizzima

Will the Rohingya Ever Return Home?
A senior cabinet minister and army general from Myanmar arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Thursday to discuss a trouble-plagued scheme to repatriate Rohingya Muslims who fled military assaults and now are in camps in Bangladesh.
The New York Times 

US project helps Myanmar dry zone development
The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) US$70-million Shae Thot – or The Way Forward – project is ending in March having reduced maternal and child mortality, improved food security, increased access to safe water and advanced hygiene, and strengthened community institutions in Myanmar’s central Dry Zone and Kayah State.
Mizzima

Should an Army Accused of Ethnic Cleansing Be Allowed to Join U.S. Military Exercises?
The U.S. regularly conducts military rehearsals with the armed forces of other countries around the world, annual exercises and emergency rescue drills that are often subject to political headwinds.
Time 

Japan, Myanmar chambers ink pact to boost economic ties
Myanmar business figures have hailed an agreement with Japan that paves the way for a big increase in trade and investment flows between the two countries.
The Nation 

UNSC must visit Myanmar, too
Earlier this month Myanmar had asked the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to not visit the Rakhine State. On the other hand, Bangladesh on Tuesday called on UNSC to undertake visits to Bangladesh and Myanmar to witness the humanitarian situation that erupted from the latest crisis. We fully endorse it.
The Daily Star 

Former political prisoners call for better health support
An organisation representing former political prisoners says they are not receiving the health care support they deserve from the government and is lobbying MPs to change the situation.
Frontier Myanmar 

Myanmar Policeman Who Detained Reuters Pair “Did Not Know Arrest Procedures”
A police officer who said he was part of the team that detained two Reuters reporters in Myanmar in December told a court on Wednesday that he was not familiar with police procedures for recording arrests.
The Irrawaddy

Lion, dragon dance kicks off Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Myanmar’s Yangon
A grand lion and dragon dance performed by more than two dozen groups of Myanmar-Chinese opened up the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration here on Thursday, the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Xinhu Net 

 

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