UN: Rohingya atrocities ‘bear hallmarks of genocide’
A top UN rights expert claimed Monday that the crackdown on Myanmar’s Rohingya minority bears “the hallmarks of genocide” and insisted the government should be held accountable.
— Bangkok Post
US Democrats considering revoking State Counsellor’s honour
Some Democrats in the United States are wondering whether Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar human rights advocate and Nobel laureate, should be stripped of her Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honour, according to the website The Hill.
UN investigators on Myanmar put Facebook in crosshairs
United Nations human rights experts who are investigating potential Rohingya genocide in Myanmar say that Facebook had a role in spreading hate speech in the country.
— The Hill
Myanmar Steps Up Campaign Against Rohingya By Bulldozing Villages: Report
Myanmar’s government appears to be intensifying its campaign to oust the Rohingya Muslim minority by permanently destroying the area they’ve inhabited for generations and building new infrastructure in its place, according to an Amnesty International report released Monday.
— Huffington Post
U.N. expert says Mynamar government employs starvation policy in Rakhine
The Myanmarese government appears to be pursuing a policy of starvation in Rakhine state to force out the remaining Muslim Rohingya population, a U.N. investigator said on Monday.
Myanmar: Accountability for Ethnic Cleansing Urgently Required
For more than six months, the world has watched in horror as Myanmar’s military has carried out a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Rakhine State, forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.
— Human Right Watch
Myanmar consumers shift habits: study
Myanmar consumers in major cities evolved from a generation of necessity to a generation of need for social appearance and lifestyles, according to a Thai-based behavioural consulting research firm, which attributed the shift to the increase of disposable income of workers amid economic growth during the past few years.
— The Myanmar Times
International trade value exceeds target of $29 billion before end of current fiscal year
Myanmar’s international trade value has exceeded the target of US$29 billion before the current fiscal year ends, but the export volume target has not been reached as expected, according to trade figures from the Ministry of Commerce.
— Eleven Myanmar
Rights Group Says Myanmar is ‘Militarizing’ Razed Rohingya Villages in Rakhine State
An international rights group has charged that the Myanmar army is building bases on the site of torched villages once occupied by Rohingya Muslims who fled northern Rakhine state last year during a brutal crackdown by security forces, a claim rebutted by a Myanmar lawmaker.
— Radio Free Asia
These satellite images of Myanmar’s Rakhine State show an appalling reality for Rohingya
Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya Muslims were forced to flee a violent expulsion campaign last year, is being militarized by Burmese security forces at a rapid pace, according to a chilling new report from Amnesty International.
— Fast Company
Renaissance for Myanmar’s Rice Export
Traditionally, Myanmar people eat their meals with rice and curries which are served simultaneously at the table. Myanmar is one of the top rice-producing countries in the world and it is regarded as the country’s most important crop and is grown all over the country. Therefore rice remains the staple food in Myanmar. People in Myanmar are among the highest rice consumers in the world, consuming more than 300 grams per day per person.
— The Global Newslight of Myanmar
Yangon chief ministers lay outs plan to improve fish farming
The government will cooperate with Myanmar Fisheries Federation (MFF) in reforming the current fish farming system in fishery sector, said Yangon Region chief minister Phyo Min Thein.
— Eleven Myanmar
New mining rules ‘tinkering at the edges’, says MCRB
THE Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business has urged a total overhaul of the legal framework for mining just weeks after the government enacted rules to bring into force the amended Myanmar Mines Law.
— Frontier Myanmar
How the quest to protect standalone cinemas could make Myanmar cities more livable
Myanmar’s vintage, standalone cinemas are the subject of a documentary project by photographer Philb Jablon and a renovation campaign by Mingalar Cinemas. These efforts may hold the key to preserving the country’s walkable urban cores.
— Coconuts Yangon
Seven towns in Rakhine State get electricity in two years
According to the Rakhine State Chief Engineer’s (electrical) Office, seven towns in Rakhine Sate got electricity during the incumbent government’s two years of service.
— The Global Newslight of Myanmar
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