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Transparency Concerns Raised About 7 Dam Projects in Southern Myanmar

Villagers have already been displaced without compensation, Karen Human Rights Group says The post Transparency Concerns Raised About 7 Dam Projects in Southern Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on T
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Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first o
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A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on Th
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Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on Th
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NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared fi
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Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Lan
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Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea

Oleo restaurant at Melia Hotel Yangon offers sweet treats, savory fare and unlimited tea or coffee in a relaxed vibe The post Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea

Oleo restaurant at Melia Hotel Yangon offers sweet treats, savory fare and unlimited tea or coffee in a relaxed vibe The post Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two

The two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday along a road linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army have been fighting. The post Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two appeared first on The I
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Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two

The two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday along a road linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army have been fighting. The post Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units

President approves creation of special units to oversee anti-graft effort at the department level The post Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units

President approves creation of special units to oversee anti-graft effort at the department level The post Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters

The sentencing has been condemned a blow to democracy, freedom of expression and human rights by local and international groups. The post Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters

The sentencing has been condemned a blow to democracy, freedom of expression and human rights by local and international groups. The post Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman

A wanted man since refusing to return a gold-mining license earlier this year, police are now investigating complaints against U Soe Tun Shein for failing to repay a $644,000 loan. The post New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman appeared first on
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New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman

A wanted man since refusing to return a gold-mining license earlier this year, police are now investigating complaints against U Soe Tun Shein for failing to repay a $644,000 loan. The post New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers

Police in Singapore say the arrest of a Singaporean couple in Yangon last week for using fake kyats led to raids on 18 moneychangers that came up with more counterfeit cash. The post Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers appeare
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Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers

Police in Singapore say the arrest of a Singaporean couple in Yangon last week for using fake kyats led to raids on 18 moneychangers that came up with more counterfeit cash. The post Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season

«Normally our hotel would be full. We are offering discounts because of the fear that allocations will not be utilized,» said Chandra Mohotti. The post Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season appeared first on Th
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Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season

«Normally our hotel would be full. We are offering discounts because of the fear that allocations will not be utilized,» said Chandra Mohotti. The post Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources

The government does not plan to name Huawei and ZTE in revised procurement rules but will put in place measures to strengthen security that apply to the companies, sources said. The post Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources appeared first on
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Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources

The government does not plan to name Huawei and ZTE in revised procurement rules but will put in place measures to strengthen security that apply to the companies, sources said. The post Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military

Losses on both sides mount during ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in troubled northern Rakhine State. The post High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military

Losses on both sides mount during ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in troubled northern Rakhine State. The post High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories

Top Glove, like other large companies employing migrant workers in Malaysia, have to take responsibility for their recruitment practices. The post World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories appeared first on The
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World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories

Top Glove, like other large companies employing migrant workers in Malaysia, have to take responsibility for their recruitment practices. The post World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move

U.S. President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said. The post White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move

U.S. President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said. The post White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights

Outgoing UNFPA representative looks back on her work promoting empowerment of women and youth, and helping to organize the first census in decades The post ‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights

Outgoing UNFPA representative looks back on her work promoting empowerment of women and youth, and helping to organize the first census in decades The post ‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

#WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Women and girls need the support of the entire community in pushing against the societal norms that continue to silence the sufferers of harassment and sexual abuse today. The post #WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct appeared first on T
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#WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Women and girls need the support of the entire community in pushing against the societal norms that continue to silence the sufferers of harassment and sexual abuse today. The post #WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Anti-Graft Commission Chairman Vows to ‘Fight Corruption Completely’

U Aung Kyi said no one could afford to stand on the sidelines in the fight against Myanmar's deep-rooted corruption and that government institutions needed to be more accountable. The post Anti-Graft Commission Chairman Vows to ‘Fight Corruption Complet
The Irrawaddy

Anti-Graft Commission Chairman Vows to ‘Fight Corruption Completely’

U Aung Kyi said no one could afford to stand on the sidelines in the fight against Myanmar's deep-rooted corruption and that government institutions needed to be more accountable. The post Anti-Graft Commission Chairman Vows to ‘Fight Corruption Completely’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Information Minister Embraces the Propaganda Machine He Inherited

History suggests U Pe Myint’s assurances that state media will transparently report on the government’s activities are not to be believed. The post Information Minister Embraces the Propaganda Machine He Inherited appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Information Minister Embraces the Propaganda Machine He Inherited

History suggests U Pe Myint’s assurances that state media will transparently report on the government’s activities are not to be believed. The post Information Minister Embraces the Propaganda Machine He Inherited appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Superstars of Modern Burmese Dining

Thick skin and determination are the essential ingredients to RTH Group managing director Htet Myet Oo’s recipe for success in the modern Myanmar food industry. The post Superstars of Modern Burmese Dining appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Superstars of Modern Burmese Dining

Thick skin and determination are the essential ingredients to RTH Group managing director Htet Myet Oo’s recipe for success in the modern Myanmar food industry. The post Superstars of Modern Burmese Dining appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Listen Up—Voice of the Youth to Take Center Stage

Turning Tables, a nation-wide music and social unity project, will hold a festival featuring the winning act of their 2018 song competition alongside Yangon’s favorite musicians. The post Listen Up—Voice of the Youth to Take Center Stage appeared first o
The Irrawaddy

Listen Up—Voice of the Youth to Take Center Stage

Turning Tables, a nation-wide music and social unity project, will hold a festival featuring the winning act of their 2018 song competition alongside Yangon’s favorite musicians. The post Listen Up—Voice of the Youth to Take Center Stage appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Tatmadaw, Arakan Army Clash in Buthidaung Township

AA claims to have killed gov’t soldiers, seized weapons during nearly a week of border firefights The post Tatmadaw, Arakan Army Clash in Buthidaung Township appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Tatmadaw, Arakan Army Clash in Buthidaung Township

AA claims to have killed gov’t soldiers, seized weapons during nearly a week of border firefights The post Tatmadaw, Arakan Army Clash in Buthidaung Township appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Arakan Party Urges Govt to Investigate Suspect Citizenship Cards in Rakhine State

The ANP has urged the Union government to probe claims that more than 3,000 ID cards identifying the holders as ethnic Kaman were actually issued to Rohingya in southern Rakhine. The post Arakan Party Urges Govt to Investigate Suspect Citizenship Cards in Rak
The Irrawaddy

Arakan Party Urges Govt to Investigate Suspect Citizenship Cards in Rakhine State

The ANP has urged the Union government to probe claims that more than 3,000 ID cards identifying the holders as ethnic Kaman were actually issued to Rohingya in southern Rakhine. The post Arakan Party Urges Govt to Investigate Suspect Citizenship Cards in Rakhine State appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Indian President to Sign Aid Deals With Myanmar on Visit

India said Ram Nath Kovind will arrive Monday and sign several agreements with Myanmar, including support for its plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. The post Indian President to Sign Aid Deals With Myanmar on Visit appeared first on The Ir
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Indian President to Sign Aid Deals With Myanmar on Visit

India said Ram Nath Kovind will arrive Monday and sign several agreements with Myanmar, including support for its plans to repatriate Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh. The post Indian President to Sign Aid Deals With Myanmar on Visit appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘We Can’t Go Anywhere’: Myanmar Closes Rohingya Camps but ‘Entrenches Segregation’

The building of new, more permanent homes next to the camps—rather than allowing them to return to the areas from which they fled—leaves their situation little changed. The post ‘We Can’t Go Anywhere’: Myanmar Closes Rohingya Camps but ‘Entr
The Irrawaddy

‘We Can’t Go Anywhere’: Myanmar Closes Rohingya Camps but ‘Entrenches Segregation’

The building of new, more permanent homes next to the camps—rather than allowing them to return to the areas from which they fled—leaves their situation little changed. The post ‘We Can’t Go Anywhere’: Myanmar Closes Rohingya Camps but ‘Entrenches Segregation’ appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Telecoms Giant Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse praised the action and said that it was «for breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran.» Huawei says it is not aware of any wrongdoing. The post China Telecoms Giant Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

China Telecoms Giant Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse praised the action and said that it was «for breaking U.S. sanctions against Iran.» Huawei says it is not aware of any wrongdoing. The post China Telecoms Giant Huawei CFO Arrested in Canada appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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