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Rohingya Arrests in India Raise Fears Among Diaspora

The recent arrests of eight Rohingya near the Myanmar border suspected of human trafficking are a reminder that those who have fled Rakhine State remain far from safe. The post Rohingya Arrests in India Raise Fears Among Diaspora appeared first on The Irrawad
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Rohingya Arrests in India Raise Fears Among Diaspora

The recent arrests of eight Rohingya near the Myanmar border suspected of human trafficking are a reminder that those who have fled Rakhine State remain far from safe. The post Rohingya Arrests in India Raise Fears Among Diaspora appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Four Myanmar Workers Found Guilty In 2015 Killing Of Thai Woman

Defence lawyer to appeal; Suspects claim confessions were forced, key evidence overlooked The post Four Myanmar Workers Found Guilty In 2015 Killing Of Thai Woman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Four Myanmar Workers Found Guilty In 2015 Killing Of Thai Woman

Defence lawyer to appeal; Suspects claim confessions were forced, key evidence overlooked The post Four Myanmar Workers Found Guilty In 2015 Killing Of Thai Woman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

After Bumpy 2017, Tourism Sector Looks for Clear Skies

The Irrawaddy spoke with two sector operators about the troubles the Rakhine crisis has caused the country's tourism sector, and how to get out of the rough patch. The post After Bumpy 2017, Tourism Sector Looks for Clear Skies appeared first on The Irrawaddy
The Irrawaddy

After Bumpy 2017, Tourism Sector Looks for Clear Skies

The Irrawaddy spoke with two sector operators about the troubles the Rakhine crisis has caused the country's tourism sector, and how to get out of the rough patch. The post After Bumpy 2017, Tourism Sector Looks for Clear Skies appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Citing Rohingya Massacre, Myanmar Army Chief Urges Soldiers to Obey Law

Army chief cites the sentencing of seven soldiers for a massacre of Rohingya Muslim men that was the subject of a Reuters investigation as an example. The post Citing Rohingya Massacre, Myanmar Army Chief Urges Soldiers to Obey Law appeared first on The Irraw
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Citing Rohingya Massacre, Myanmar Army Chief Urges Soldiers to Obey Law

Army chief cites the sentencing of seven soldiers for a massacre of Rohingya Muslim men that was the subject of a Reuters investigation as an example. The post Citing Rohingya Massacre, Myanmar Army Chief Urges Soldiers to Obey Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘No Job, No Money’: Life in Vietnam for Immigrants Deported by US

A renewed Trump administration push to deport immigrants convicted of crimes in the US has returned many to countries they left decades earlier. The post ‘No Job, No Money’: Life in Vietnam for Immigrants Deported by US appeared first on The Irrawaddy
The Irrawaddy

‘No Job, No Money’: Life in Vietnam for Immigrants Deported by US

A renewed Trump administration push to deport immigrants convicted of crimes in the US has returned many to countries they left decades earlier. The post ‘No Job, No Money’: Life in Vietnam for Immigrants Deported by US appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Of Health Care and Management Malpractice

The backlash to the health minister's recent remarks are a wakeup call to talk openly and honestly about the health care system's challenges and root problems. The post Of Health Care and Management Malpractice appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Of Health Care and Management Malpractice

The backlash to the health minister's recent remarks are a wakeup call to talk openly and honestly about the health care system's challenges and root problems. The post Of Health Care and Management Malpractice appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

 Crime Down but Fatalities Up During Thingyan Water Festival, Police Say

Official death toll put at 26 nationwide, but media, hospitals report higher numbers. The post  Crime Down but Fatalities Up During Thingyan Water Festival, Police Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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 Crime Down but Fatalities Up During Thingyan Water Festival, Police Say

Official death toll put at 26 nationwide, but media, hospitals report higher numbers. The post  Crime Down but Fatalities Up During Thingyan Water Festival, Police Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

8,500 Released in Presidential Pardon, Including 36 Political Prisoners

President U Win Myint also issued a decree that nullified the “conditional release” stipulated in Article 401 (1) for those convicted on political charges. The post 8,500 Released in Presidential Pardon, Including 36 Political Prisoners appeared first on
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8,500 Released in Presidential Pardon, Including 36 Political Prisoners

President U Win Myint also issued a decree that nullified the “conditional release” stipulated in Article 401 (1) for those convicted on political charges. The post 8,500 Released in Presidential Pardon, Including 36 Political Prisoners appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Peace, Charter Reform Take Back Seat as Myanmar President Stresses Social Issues 

U Win Myint’s New Year’s address focuses on housing, corruption, land, drugs, funding for small business and other issues The post Peace, Charter Reform Take Back Seat as Myanmar President Stresses Social Issues  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Peace, Charter Reform Take Back Seat as Myanmar President Stresses Social Issues 

U Win Myint’s New Year’s address focuses on housing, corruption, land, drugs, funding for small business and other issues The post Peace, Charter Reform Take Back Seat as Myanmar President Stresses Social Issues  appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Police Officer Shot Dead in Hunt for Suspected Drug Dealer in Northern Rakhine

Lieutenant Thein Shwe, the acting police chief of Rathedaung Township, was shot dead on Tuesday when ambushed while searching for a suspected drug dealer in the area. The post Police Officer Shot Dead in Hunt for Suspected Drug Dealer in Northern Rakhine appe
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Police Officer Shot Dead in Hunt for Suspected Drug Dealer in Northern Rakhine

Lieutenant Thein Shwe, the acting police chief of Rathedaung Township, was shot dead on Tuesday when ambushed while searching for a suspected drug dealer in the area. The post Police Officer Shot Dead in Hunt for Suspected Drug Dealer in Northern Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Preserving a Musical Water Festival Tradition

The Irrawaddy speaks with two generations of Thingyan Than Gyat lovers about the history and significance of the antiphonal chants and their efforts to keep the tradition alive. The post Preserving a Musical Water Festival Tradition appeared first on The Irra
The Irrawaddy

Preserving a Musical Water Festival Tradition

The Irrawaddy speaks with two generations of Thingyan Than Gyat lovers about the history and significance of the antiphonal chants and their efforts to keep the tradition alive. The post Preserving a Musical Water Festival Tradition appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Orders Anti-Corruption Panel Not to Be Influenced by Powerful Figures

Following up on vow to tackle graft, U Win Myint also urges Supreme Court judges to be impartial The post President Orders Anti-Corruption Panel Not to Be Influenced by Powerful Figures appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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President Orders Anti-Corruption Panel Not to Be Influenced by Powerful Figures

Following up on vow to tackle graft, U Win Myint also urges Supreme Court judges to be impartial The post President Orders Anti-Corruption Panel Not to Be Influenced by Powerful Figures appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Wa Restaurant Brings Food From the Mountains to the Big City

Never tried the spicy, herb-infused offerings from northern Shan state? Now’s your chance The post Wa Restaurant Brings Food From the Mountains to the Big City appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Wa Restaurant Brings Food From the Mountains to the Big City

Never tried the spicy, herb-infused offerings from northern Shan state? Now’s your chance The post Wa Restaurant Brings Food From the Mountains to the Big City appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Concerns Raised Over Public Display of Sacred Buddhist Relic

Casket containing strand of Buddha’s hair removed to allow for repair of chamber at Botahtaung Pagoda The post Concerns Raised Over Public Display of Sacred Buddhist Relic appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Concerns Raised Over Public Display of Sacred Buddhist Relic

Casket containing strand of Buddha’s hair removed to allow for repair of chamber at Botahtaung Pagoda The post Concerns Raised Over Public Display of Sacred Buddhist Relic appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

SSPP, Peace Commission to Hold Two-Party Talks

Meeting planned for late April or early May, commission secretary says The post SSPP, Peace Commission to Hold Two-Party Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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SSPP, Peace Commission to Hold Two-Party Talks

Meeting planned for late April or early May, commission secretary says The post SSPP, Peace Commission to Hold Two-Party Talks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Zuckerberg Urged to Take Genuine Steps to Stop Use of FB to Spread Hate in Myanmar

Local groups say Facebook CEO’s assurances are not sufficient, given country’s complex and unique characteristics The post Zuckerberg Urged to Take Genuine Steps to Stop Use of FB to Spread Hate in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Zuckerberg Urged to Take Genuine Steps to Stop Use of FB to Spread Hate in Myanmar

Local groups say Facebook CEO’s assurances are not sufficient, given country’s complex and unique characteristics The post Zuckerberg Urged to Take Genuine Steps to Stop Use of FB to Spread Hate in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Court Rejects Request to Dismiss Charges Against Reuters Reporters

Yangon's northern district court on Wednesday rejected a request to dismiss the charges against two Reuters reporters accused of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The post Court Rejects Request to Dismiss Charges Against Reuters Reporters appea
The Irrawaddy

Court Rejects Request to Dismiss Charges Against Reuters Reporters

Yangon's northern district court on Wednesday rejected a request to dismiss the charges against two Reuters reporters accused of violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. The post Court Rejects Request to Dismiss Charges Against Reuters Reporters appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Wa State and Rakhine Aside, Survey Finds Living Conditions Improving Across the Country

Lifestyles are changing as more people have phones and motorbikes, says draft study The post Wa State and Rakhine Aside, Survey Finds Living Conditions Improving Across the Country appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Wa State and Rakhine Aside, Survey Finds Living Conditions Improving Across the Country

Lifestyles are changing as more people have phones and motorbikes, says draft study The post Wa State and Rakhine Aside, Survey Finds Living Conditions Improving Across the Country appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Tatmadaw Claims Killed Karen Community Leader Was a Plainclothes Fighter

Rights groups say he was merely giving KNLA soldier a lift; note that KNU has signed the peace agreement The post Tatmadaw Claims Killed Karen Community Leader Was a Plainclothes Fighter appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw Claims Killed Karen Community Leader Was a Plainclothes Fighter

Rights groups say he was merely giving KNLA soldier a lift; note that KNU has signed the peace agreement The post Tatmadaw Claims Killed Karen Community Leader Was a Plainclothes Fighter appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

ADB Sees More Growth for Myanmar Economy, Pushes for Reforms

The ADB says it expects the country's GDP growth rate to hit 7.2 percent by 2019, so long as the government follows through on much-needed reforms. The post ADB Sees More Growth for Myanmar Economy, Pushes for Reforms appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

ADB Sees More Growth for Myanmar Economy, Pushes for Reforms

The ADB says it expects the country's GDP growth rate to hit 7.2 percent by 2019, so long as the government follows through on much-needed reforms. The post ADB Sees More Growth for Myanmar Economy, Pushes for Reforms appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

AA Leader Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Claim that His Group Has Ties to ARSA

Major-General Tun Myat Naing says FPNCC would be open to NCA with some changes; AA ‘welcomes’ China’s Silk Road project The post AA Leader Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Claim that His Group Has Ties to ARSA appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

AA Leader Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Claim that His Group Has Ties to ARSA

Major-General Tun Myat Naing says FPNCC would be open to NCA with some changes; AA ‘welcomes’ China’s Silk Road project The post AA Leader Dismisses ‘Ridiculous’ Claim that His Group Has Ties to ARSA appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

State Counselor Orders that Myaungmya Bridge Be Rebuilt Within a Year

Collapse posing major transportation headaches for Irrawaddy Region residents The post State Counselor Orders that Myaungmya Bridge Be Rebuilt Within a Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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State Counselor Orders that Myaungmya Bridge Be Rebuilt Within a Year

Collapse posing major transportation headaches for Irrawaddy Region residents The post State Counselor Orders that Myaungmya Bridge Be Rebuilt Within a Year appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Six Myanmar Factory Workers Killed in Bus Crash in Thailand

Bus careered off highway in Tak province just 5km from scene of last month’s accident that killed 20 Myanmar workers The post Six Myanmar Factory Workers Killed in Bus Crash in Thailand appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Six Myanmar Factory Workers Killed in Bus Crash in Thailand

Bus careered off highway in Tak province just 5km from scene of last month’s accident that killed 20 Myanmar workers The post Six Myanmar Factory Workers Killed in Bus Crash in Thailand appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vows to Work Harder to Block Hate Speech in Myanmar

«What's happening in Myanmar is a terrible tragedy, and we need to do more,» Mark Zuckerberg said. The post Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vows to Work Harder to Block Hate Speech in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vows to Work Harder to Block Hate Speech in Myanmar

«What's happening in Myanmar is a terrible tragedy, and we need to do more,» Mark Zuckerberg said. The post Facebook’s Zuckerberg Vows to Work Harder to Block Hate Speech in Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Seven Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years for Rohingya Massacre

The army said seven soldiers have been sentenced to «10 years in prison with hard labor in a remote area» for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in September. The post Seven Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years for Rohingya Ma
The Irrawaddy

Seven Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years for Rohingya Massacre

The army said seven soldiers have been sentenced to «10 years in prison with hard labor in a remote area» for participating in a massacre of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in September. The post Seven Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced to 10 Years for Rohingya Massacre appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent

Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent The post Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent

Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent The post Vietnam Activists Question Facebook on Suppressing Dissent appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Venerating the Past, Traditional Costume Fever Grips Thailand

History fever is gripping Thailand and a growing number of Thais are wearing traditional dress, a phenomenon encouraged by the junta and fuelled by a popular soap opera. The post Venerating the Past, Traditional Costume Fever Grips Thailand appeared first on
The Irrawaddy

Venerating the Past, Traditional Costume Fever Grips Thailand

History fever is gripping Thailand and a growing number of Thais are wearing traditional dress, a phenomenon encouraged by the junta and fuelled by a popular soap opera. The post Venerating the Past, Traditional Costume Fever Grips Thailand appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rakhine Parliament Says No to Rohingya Resettlement in Southern Maungdaw

The Rakhine State Parliament on Friday approved a proposal to urge the union government not to resettle non-citizen Muslim refugees in southern Maungdaw Township. The post Rakhine Parliament Says No to Rohingya Resettlement in Southern Maungdaw appeared firs
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Rakhine Parliament Says No to Rohingya Resettlement in Southern Maungdaw

The Rakhine State Parliament on Friday approved a proposal to urge the union government not to resettle non-citizen Muslim refugees in southern Maungdaw Township. The post Rakhine Parliament Says No to Rohingya Resettlement in Southern Maungdaw appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Peace Process Steering Team Form Panels to Hold Informal Talks With Gov’t

NCA signatories seek way to jump-start stalled negotiations The post Peace Process Steering Team Form Panels to Hold Informal Talks With Gov’t appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Peace Process Steering Team Form Panels to Hold Informal Talks With Gov’t

NCA signatories seek way to jump-start stalled negotiations The post Peace Process Steering Team Form Panels to Hold Informal Talks With Gov’t appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Tatmadaw Kills Indigenous Karen Community Leader, Local Groups Say

Emergency assistance team says Saw O Moo was supporting villagers displaced by fighting in Papun district, calls on gov’t to protect aid workers The post Tatmadaw Kills Indigenous Karen Community Leader, Local Groups Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Tatmadaw Kills Indigenous Karen Community Leader, Local Groups Say

Emergency assistance team says Saw O Moo was supporting villagers displaced by fighting in Papun district, calls on gov’t to protect aid workers The post Tatmadaw Kills Indigenous Karen Community Leader, Local Groups Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

YCDC Approves Reservoir Safety Plan for Controversial Mega Project

Measures intended to prevent damage to adjacent reservoir that is key source of water to much of city The post YCDC Approves Reservoir Safety Plan for Controversial Mega Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

YCDC Approves Reservoir Safety Plan for Controversial Mega Project

Measures intended to prevent damage to adjacent reservoir that is key source of water to much of city The post YCDC Approves Reservoir Safety Plan for Controversial Mega Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

A Calculated Political Shake-Up

The Irrawaddy discusses speeches given last week by the state counselor, army chief and new president—in light of his recent appointment. The post A Calculated Political Shake-Up appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

A Calculated Political Shake-Up

The Irrawaddy discusses speeches given last week by the state counselor, army chief and new president—in light of his recent appointment. The post A Calculated Political Shake-Up appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UN Humanitarian Affairs Team Visits Strife-Torn Maungdaw in Rakhine State

OCHA Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller led a UN visit to northern Rakhine State to meet with Buddhist and Muslim communities. The post UN Humanitarian Affairs Team Visits Strife-Torn Maungdaw in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

UN Humanitarian Affairs Team Visits Strife-Torn Maungdaw in Rakhine State

OCHA Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator Ursula Mueller led a UN visit to northern Rakhine State to meet with Buddhist and Muslim communities. The post UN Humanitarian Affairs Team Visits Strife-Torn Maungdaw in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Placing Spotlights Casts Shadows

Alice Dawkins argues that foreign lawyers should not overshadow the work of Myanmar's activist lawyers. The post Placing Spotlights Casts Shadows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Placing Spotlights Casts Shadows

Alice Dawkins argues that foreign lawyers should not overshadow the work of Myanmar's activist lawyers. The post Placing Spotlights Casts Shadows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Agrees to UN Security Council Visit; Where, When to be Decided

The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirms that the government will let the UN Security Council visit Rakhine State, but the particulars are yet to be worked out. The post Myanmar Agrees to UN Security Council Visit; Where, When to be Decided appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Agrees to UN Security Council Visit; Where, When to be Decided

The Foreign Affairs Ministry confirms that the government will let the UN Security Council visit Rakhine State, but the particulars are yet to be worked out. The post Myanmar Agrees to UN Security Council Visit; Where, When to be Decided appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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