Myanmar morning news for January 24

Myanmar morning news for January 24

Myanmar morning news

Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya Rights, End Genocide
In a blow to State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the International Court of Justice has approved provisional measures to protect the Rohingya.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar could be added to travel ban – WSJ
US President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration was preparing to add a “couple of countries” to the controversial list of states whose citizens are subject to travel bans or severe restrictions on entry to the United States.
— Mizzima

Ethnic political parties harbour concerns over China’s role
Some of Myanmar’s ethnic political parties on Wednesday expressed concern over potential negative impacts of China’s planned multibillion-dollar mega-projects in their regions, days after the two countries’ leaders signed more than 30 memorandums of understanding regarding the deals, RFA reported.
— Mizzima

Minister calls for public participation in achieving all-inclusive development of Rakhine State
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye has stressed the importance of Rakhine people’s participation in the effort to achieve all-inclusive development in Rakhine State.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar Extends Visa Regulations to Five New Countries
As of January 1, 2020, the Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population have extended the visa-on-arrival (VoA) access to five new countries.
— Asean Briefing

Myanmar, Japan sign $1.1bn loan agreement for four projects
Myanmar and Japanese governments have signed a memorandum of understanding and loan agreements to get an ODA loan of about US$1,100 million for implementing for development projects including Yangon urban development project.
— Eleven Myanmar

Myanmar: Government Rohingya Report Falls Short, Says HRW
Myanmar’s investigation of its 2017 “clearance operations” contains selective admissions of military wrongdoing but does not begin to address the massive violations by government security forces against Rohingya Muslims, Human Rights Watch said today.
— Eurasia Review

Government plans to merge state-run banks to facilitate more lending
A senior official has announced that four government-owned banks that have similar business scopes will be merged in order to help provide more loans for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME), and farmers.
— Myanmar Times 

How Myanmar’s government passed up two chances to address human rights while on trial for genocide
This week, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hauge will rule in the case against Myanmar for the genocide against the Rohingya.
— Asean Today

UN Special Rapporteur for Myanmar Urges China, Russia to Join Calls for Accountability on Rohingya
Making her final trip to the region as the UN rapporteur on rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee has called on China and Russia to seek accountability for the Rohingya crisis.
— Irrawaddy

FDI to drive Myanmar’s growth, but political risks remain
Myanmar’s economy could grow at 6.6 per cent annually until 2030, thanks to solid investment gains, improved productivity and favourable demographics, even as weak business conditions and political risks threaten to dampen investment inflows, Oxford Economics said in a report.
— Business times

Myanmar Military Says It Needs to Study ICOE Report Before Investigating Rakhine Crimes
The military says it cannot provide details of when it will begin investigating crimes against Rohingya in Rakhine until it has finished studying the ICOE’s full report.
— Irrawaddy

Union PFI Minister discusses economic prospects with Young President Organization
Union Minister for Planning, Finance and Industry U Soe Win met members of the Young President Organization (YPO) Yangon Chapter at the National Records and Archives Department in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar State Counselor Says Int’l Condemnation of Country Over Rohingya Crisis Is Unfounded
Writing in the Financial Times, Myanmar’s State Counselor has cast doubt on the international justice system’s ability to get to the truth of the Rohingya crisis.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar Capital to Spend US$2.7 Million on CCTV Boost
Four hundred more cameras will be installed in already heavily monitored Naypyitaw.
— Irrawaddy

Myanmar foreign business groups vow no single-use plastic
More than ten foreign business groups in Myanmar will organise and sponsor events only in hotels and venues that minimise single-use plastics, according to a joint statement.
— Myanmar Times

Lindex launches clean water project in Myanmar
Swedish fashion chain Lindex has teamed up with WaterAid to launch a joint project to increase the access to clean drinking water and sanitation for women and girls in the textile industry in Myanmar.
— Ecotextile

Irresponsible tourists turn Myanmar into a rubbish tip
Tourism stakeholders in Myanmar worry about the increasing amount of solid waste piling up in the country’s top destinations.
— Myanmar Times

Pwint Thit Sa 2020 to assess donations, reflect strengthened regulation
Myanmar’s leading corporate transparency report this year will assess company donations and reflect the country’s strengthened regulations, said the report’s authors.
— Myanmar Times

Press Statement on the decision by the ICJ on ‘provisional measures’ in the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar
Myanmar Takes Note of ICJ Decision There was No Genocide in Rakhine The Government of Myanmar takes note of today’s decision by the International Court of Justice on ‘provisional measures’ in the case brought by The Gambia against Myanmar.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

DaNa launches fintech challenge
UK-funded DaNa Facility is launching a fintech challenge in Myanmar to promote further financial inclusion.
— Myanmar Times

Rohingya refugees pray for justice as court to rule in genocide case
Rohingya refugees who fled persecution and violence in Myanmar are praying for justice as the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague prepares to deliver an initial verdict on Thursday in a genocide case filed against Myanmar.
— Yahoo news

Union SWRR Minister receives Ooredoo Myanmar delegation
Union Minister for Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Dr Win Myat Aye received a delegation led by B2B Director Mr Tiberius of Ooredoo Myanmar at his ministry in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

iQiyi launches Qisubo streaming service in Myanmar
Chinese online video platform iQiyi has launched its ‘Qisubo’ streaming service in Myanmar, in partnership with local operator Myanmar Broadband Telecom (MBT) and optimization services provider Panabit. Via the Qisubo platform, MBT customers can now watch content in 1080P and 4K quality when using the iQiyi App.
— Telecompaper

Places of traditional significance attracting tourists
Places of traditional significance are proving a draw for tourists this year, with visitors showing interest in observing the traditions and cultures of the ethnic people and traveling to areas where the ancient cultural mores and traditions of the ethnic people still remain intact.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar’s LGBTIQ Festival is Back With a New Campaign: ‘Love Is Not a Crime’
Yangon’s LGBTIQ pride festival will span three weekends, uniting supporters under the slogan ‘Love Is Not a Crime’ with performances, dancing, film screenings and a gala.
— Irrawaddy

VP U Henry Van Thio addresses ethnic empowerment for national development
Vice President U Henry Van Thio, in his capacity as Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs, Public Affairs Management and Service Committee, delivered a speech at the coordination meeting concerning the Myanmar Ethnic Culture Festival 2020 and the Ethnic Sustainable Development Forum yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

State Counsellor holds talks on development programmes with locals in Tamu Township
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Chairperson of the Committee for Development of Rural Areas and National Races, held a meeting with local people in Tamu Township in Sagaing Region yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

India provides Relief Assistance to Myanmar for displaced persons in the Rakhine State
The Ambassador of India to Myanmar handed over to Rakhine State Government, Government of India’s relief assistance for the civilians of Rakhine State displaced as a consequence of ongoing conflict, according to a press release.
— BNI Online

Facebook refuses to reveal number of users in Myanmar
Facebook would not say how many people in Myanmar use its service due to privacy concerns but did say that 2.7 billion people worldwide use the social media platform and its apps Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp every month.
— Myanmar Times

UEC holds coord meeting on 2020 General Election
The Union Election Commission held a coordination meeting with its region and state sub-commissions yesterday at its office in Nay Pyi Taw in preparation for the 2020 General Election.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Japanese NTT sets up US$5M local subsidiary
Japanese tech major NTT is diving into Myanmar’s nascent but fast-growing digital economy with its newly-established subsidiary.
— Myanmar Times

Coord meeting held to close down Kyauktalon IDP Camp in Kyaukpyu
A coordination meeting on closing a camp of the internally displaced persons-IDPs in Kyaukpyu was held at the Rakhine State Government Office in Sittway on 21st January.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Govt Administrator Shot in Myanmar’s Northern Shan State
Adding to the police’s previous failures to prosecute gunmen for similar crimes, an administrator in Kyaukme has been wounded while traveling home from work.
— Irrawaddy

Military vows to take action on abuses in Rakhine state
The Tatmadaw (military) vowed to act on alleged abuses committed by government troops during the security operations in Rakhine State in 2017, as reported by an international panel that conducted a probe on the accusations.
— Myanmar Times 

Myanmar Lifts Tourism Restrictions in Kayah
Myanmar’s tourism authority has announced that foreign travelers no longer need to apply for special permits to visit two remote areas in Kayah State.
— Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw holds press conference at Defence Services Museum
The Tatmadaw True News Team organized a press conference at the Defence Services Museum in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Myanmar Court Seeks Arrest of Lawyer and Poet in Military’s Lawsuit
A Tanintharyi court issued arrest warrants for their failure to appear in court as they face a lawsuit from the military for comments on amending the Constitution.
— Irrawaddy

IPRD celebrates 29th anniversary in Nay Pyi Taw
Union Minister Dr Pe Myint addresses the ceremony to mark 29th anniversary of Information and Public Relations Department in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar


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This week’s Myanmar morning news feature photo focus on International Day of Education, January 24.


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