Myanmar says it would like to see ‘clear evidence’ of genocide
Myanmar wants to see clear evidence to support accusations that ethnic cleansing or genocide has been perpetrated against its Muslim minority in Rakhine state, National Security Adviser Thaung Tun said on Thursday (March 8).
— The Straits Times (paywall)
Myanmar government is rogue and evil, says Bangladesh minister
A senior minister in Bangladesh has condemned the Myanmar government as “evil” and said he did not believe the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees could be repatriated.
— The Guardian
Myanmar’s Buddhist Rakhine Rebels
Last week three bomb blasts hit Sittwe, the regional capital of Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state, just as the international media began marking the fact it had been six months since the Tatmadaw (as Myanmar’s armed forces are called) had begun its ethnic cleansing operations in the north of the state against the Muslim Rohingya minority.
— The Diplomat
Myanmar has succeeded in its campaign of mass murder
We commend the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights for recognising that “[t]he ethnic cleansing of Rohingya from Myanmar continues”.
— The Nation
More than 50,000 students absent for matriculation exams in Myanmar
About 55,495 students failed to sit for nationwide matriculation examinations which began on Wednesday in Myanmar for 2017-2018 academic year, the local media Standard Time Daily reported Thursday.
— Xinhua Net
Rice exports forecast to hit 4 million tonnes in two years
Myanmar rice exports are forecast to hit 4 million tonnes by the 2020-21 fiscal year, according to estimates provided by the Myanmar Rice Federation (MRF) at the Myanmar Rice Federation Stakeholder Forum 2018 in Nay Pyi Taw Tuesday.
— The Myanmar Times
Supporting the transition: Understanding Aid to Myanmar Since 2011
Myanmar today is one of the world’s largest recipients of international development assistance, often referred to simply as “aid.” A history of underinvestment has left the country with the highest poverty rate in the region and critical deficits in infrastructure and social services, making it a priority for many development agencies.
More Than 43,000 Rohingya Parents May Be Missing. Experts Fear They Are Dead
More than 43,000 Rohingya parents have been reported lost, presumed dead in the six months since Myanmar’s military unleashed a crackdown last August, according to a new report. These figures provide the latest indication that even by conservative estimates the number of Muslim Rohingya killed in the crisis far exceeds the Myanmar government’s official count of 400.
Women’s economic empowerment a key goal for Myanmar
MYANMAR CONTINUES on its path to join the group of middle income countries. Economic growth rates have averaged some 7.3 percent annually from 2012 to 2016, outperforming the East Asia and Pacific region average of 6.9 per cent.
— Frontier Myanmar
Amendments to assembly bill approved by Amyotha Hluttaw
The Amyotha Hluttaw (Upper House) approved amendments to the Peaceful Assembly and Peaceful Procession Law on Wednesday, which activists and some legislators say will infringe on the people’s constitutional right to freedom of expression.
— The Myanmar Times
Press freedom is waning in Myanmar
IT SOUNDS almost too ridiculous to be true. Two Burmese journalists are invited to dinner by the police, who hand them documents. As soon as they leave the restaurant, the pair are arrested by different policemen, apparently lying in wait.
— The Economist
UN rights chief calls for Myanmar war crimes panel
The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict.
— Coconuts Yangon
National Mining Policy Needs Total ‘Rethink,’ Report Finds
Myanmar needs a new mineral resources policy and fresh laws developed through a transparent and consultative process if the mining sector is ever to be sustainable, the Myanmar Center for Responsible Business (MCRB) said at the launch of a sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) report on March 8.
— The Irrawaddy
Daw Aung San Suu Kyi Says Rule of Law Must Come First
The misconduct of civil servants can ultimately undermine public confidence in the government, State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said in a public address on Wednesday.
— The Irrawaddy
Human rights start with women’s rights: State Counsellor
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday stressed the need for giving priority to promoting the role of women in Myanmar’s rural areas.
— The Global Newlight of Myanmar
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