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Parliament Blocks Request for Review of 3,000 Kaman ID Cards

The upper house legislator of Ramree constituency had her call to discuss the controversial ID cards in parliament rejected. The post Parliament Blocks Request for Review of 3,000 Kaman ID Cards appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds

The Yangon Region Auditor General's Office found that the mismanagement of land leases cost the government billions of kyats during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to lawmakers. The post Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds app
The Irrawaddy

Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds

The Yangon Region Auditor General's Office found that the mismanagement of land leases cost the government billions of kyats during the 2016-17 fiscal year, according to lawmakers. The post Mismanagement of Land Deals Has Cost Yangon Billions, Audit Finds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu

Skin ailment afflicts nearly 170 villagers who gathered shellfish in Thanzit River in southern Rakhine The post Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu

Skin ailment afflicts nearly 170 villagers who gathered shellfish in Thanzit River in southern Rakhine The post Villagers Fall Ill after Thousands of Dead Mussels Wash Ashore in Kyaukphyu appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

Chinese factory owners looking to relocate amid trade spat with U.S., Serge Pun says The post New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment

Chinese factory owners looking to relocate amid trade spat with U.S., Serge Pun says The post New Yangon City CEO Urges Gov’t to Act Quickly to Secure Chinese Investment appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

The government has blamed ‘hollow transactions’, re-exports and a lack of control over the informal market for the depreciation of the kyat—but the business community disagrees. The post Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation
The Irrawaddy

Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation

The government has blamed ‘hollow transactions’, re-exports and a lack of control over the informal market for the depreciation of the kyat—but the business community disagrees. The post Business Community Counters Gov’t Reasons for Kyat Depreciation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers

‘One-stop’ service in Ranong to process visas, monitor working conditions on vessels and accept complaints The post Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers

‘One-stop’ service in Ranong to process visas, monitor working conditions on vessels and accept complaints The post Gov’t Opens Office in Thailand to Assist Myanmar Fishing Boat Workers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief

The army officer has asked police in Mandalay to sue the monk over Facebook posts that liken Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to a cow and claim he may have orchestrated a prison break. The post Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in
The Irrawaddy

Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief

The army officer has asked police in Mandalay to sue the monk over Facebook posts that liken Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to a cow and claim he may have orchestrated a prison break. The post Colonel Seeks Defamation Suit Against Monk For Posts About Commander-in-Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November

Bangladesh has asked the UN to help fund the plan and wants to convince it that the flood-prone island has been made safe for settlement. The UN has yet to comment. The post Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November appeared first on Th
The Irrawaddy

Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November

Bangladesh has asked the UN to help fund the plan and wants to convince it that the flood-prone island has been made safe for settlement. The UN has yet to comment. The post Bangladesh Hopes to Start Moving Rohingya to Island in November appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders

Myanmar’s leaders should take examples from the Korean leaders’ willingness for peace, their sending of special delegations and face-to-face meetings. The post Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders

Myanmar’s leaders should take examples from the Korean leaders’ willingness for peace, their sending of special delegations and face-to-face meetings. The post Korean Reconciliation: Three Lessons for Myanmar’s Leaders appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows

Resettlement in southern Maungdaw won’t happen unless locals’ safety can be guaranteed, he tells worried Arakanese lawmakers. The post Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows

Resettlement in southern Maungdaw won’t happen unless locals’ safety can be guaranteed, he tells worried Arakanese lawmakers. The post Rohingya’s Return Won’t Affect Security, Union Minister Vows appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial

After the unprecedented intervention of President U Win Myint and arrests of six top officials for corruption, the murder case will resume at Yangon Eastern District Court. The post Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial
The Irrawaddy

Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial

After the unprecedented intervention of President U Win Myint and arrests of six top officials for corruption, the murder case will resume at Yangon Eastern District Court. The post Key Witnesses, CCTV Footage to be Presented in Resumed Comedian Murder Trial appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours

As the rains ease off, it’s time to leave the city commotion behind and embrace the great outdoors for an experiential cycle adventure in the glorious green countryside. The post The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours

As the rains ease off, it’s time to leave the city commotion behind and embrace the great outdoors for an experiential cycle adventure in the glorious green countryside. The post The Antidote to Urban Fatigue? Cycle Tours appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics. The post Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now?

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses how and when the military might be persuaded to relinquish its role in politics. The post Will the Tatmadaw Still Be in Control 30 Years from Now? appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims

Police say head of party’s Shwebo district chapter used hate speech in attack on government The post USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims

Police say head of party’s Shwebo district chapter used hate speech in attack on government The post USDP Official in Sagaing Faces Defamation Suit over Rohingya Aid Claims appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman

Spokesperson U Zaw Htay says the report further damages the country’s image and has potential to cause divisions between communities. The post ‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman appeared first on The Irraw
The Irrawaddy

‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman

Spokesperson U Zaw Htay says the report further damages the country’s image and has potential to cause divisions between communities. The post ‘The issue has prompted serious challenges for us’: President’s Office Spokesman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has received a number of foreign diplomats and UN officials over the crisis in Rakhine State. Secretary Hunt has just become the exception. The post UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief appeared f
The Irrawaddy

UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief

Snr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing has received a number of foreign diplomats and UN officials over the crisis in Rakhine State. Secretary Hunt has just become the exception. The post UK Foreign Secretary Hunt Gets Rare Cold Shoulder From Commander-in-Chief appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes

Vibrant footwear, handbags made by Myanmar’s Heart catching on among both locals and foreigners The post Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes

Vibrant footwear, handbags made by Myanmar’s Heart catching on among both locals and foreigners The post Local Brand Uses Traditional Fabrics to Produce Handmade Shoes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers

Hpai Kawng villagers objected after Chinese began putting up fence on Myanmar territory The post Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers

Hpai Kawng villagers objected after Chinese began putting up fence on Myanmar territory The post Local Committee Defuses Border Row Between Muse Residents, Chinese Villagers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine

Buthidaung Township Lawmaker U Aung Thaung Shwe’s proposal in parliament to form a militia with local villagers to improve security in the area has been rejected. The post Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine

Buthidaung Township Lawmaker U Aung Thaung Shwe’s proposal in parliament to form a militia with local villagers to improve security in the area has been rejected. The post Ethnic Mro Murdered in Maungdaw, N. Rakhine appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says

U Thein Swe said the Immigration Ministry would investigate allegations by the KNPP that more than 3,000 of the cards were issued to Rohingya wrongly identifying them as Kaman. The post Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minist
The Irrawaddy

Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says

U Thein Swe said the Immigration Ministry would investigate allegations by the KNPP that more than 3,000 of the cards were issued to Rohingya wrongly identifying them as Kaman. The post Govt to Probe Claims Citizenship Cards Wrongly Issued to Rohingya, Minister Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya

«If there isn't accountability and justice, this will be as big a stain on Burma's history as the Khmer Rouge are for Cambodia,» said Jeremy Hunt. The post UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohing
The Irrawaddy

UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya

«If there isn't accountability and justice, this will be as big a stain on Burma's history as the Khmer Rouge are for Cambodia,» said Jeremy Hunt. The post UK’s Hunt Says Pressed Suu Kyi on ‘Justice and Accountability’ for Rohingya appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles

While the US hopes the sanctions will deter other nations from making arms deals with Russia, observers say they push Moscow and Bejing closer together. The post US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles

While the US hopes the sanctions will deter other nations from making arms deals with Russia, observers say they push Moscow and Bejing closer together. The post US Sanctions China for Buying Russian Fighter Jets, Missiles appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

China Tightens Embrace of Hong Kong With Bullet Train, Other Mega Projects

Critics say the railway is a symbol of continuing Chinese assimilation of Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with guarantees of freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland. The post China Tightens Embrace of Hong Kong With Bullet Train, Other Mega Pr
The Irrawaddy

China Tightens Embrace of Hong Kong With Bullet Train, Other Mega Projects

Critics say the railway is a symbol of continuing Chinese assimilation of Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with guarantees of freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland. The post China Tightens Embrace of Hong Kong With Bullet Train, Other Mega Projects appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Former Malaysian PM Charged with Money Laundering, Abuse of Power

In a case that prosecutors say is a “national disgrace”, Najib Rasak has been charged with a total 32 counts of money laundering in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. The post Former Malaysian PM Charged with Money Laundering, Abuse of Power appe
The Irrawaddy

Former Malaysian PM Charged with Money Laundering, Abuse of Power

In a case that prosecutors say is a “national disgrace”, Najib Rasak has been charged with a total 32 counts of money laundering in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal. The post Former Malaysian PM Charged with Money Laundering, Abuse of Power appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Singapore Panel Recommends Regulation of Tech Firms Over Fake News

Activists worry that laws aimed at stopping fake news could be used by governments to stifle free speech and target legitimate news outlets that are critical of them. The post Singapore Panel Recommends Regulation of Tech Firms Over Fake News appeared first o
The Irrawaddy

Singapore Panel Recommends Regulation of Tech Firms Over Fake News

Activists worry that laws aimed at stopping fake news could be used by governments to stifle free speech and target legitimate news outlets that are critical of them. The post Singapore Panel Recommends Regulation of Tech Firms Over Fake News appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Lawmakers Call for End to Disciplinary Transfers of Corrupt, Incompetent Officials

Ethnic regions should not be a dumping ground for civil servants who abuse their positions, they say. The post Lawmakers Call for End to Disciplinary Transfers of Corrupt, Incompetent Officials appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Lawmakers Call for End to Disciplinary Transfers of Corrupt, Incompetent Officials

Ethnic regions should not be a dumping ground for civil servants who abuse their positions, they say. The post Lawmakers Call for End to Disciplinary Transfers of Corrupt, Incompetent Officials appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

President Tells State, Regional Officials to Wrap Up Land-Grab Probes

Committees given until Dec. 31 to complete investigations, according to Irrawaddy Region chief minister. The post President Tells State, Regional Officials to Wrap Up Land-Grab Probes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

President Tells State, Regional Officials to Wrap Up Land-Grab Probes

Committees given until Dec. 31 to complete investigations, according to Irrawaddy Region chief minister. The post President Tells State, Regional Officials to Wrap Up Land-Grab Probes appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Urges China to Respect Local Laws, Concerns on Beijing Trip

The NLD says it asked China, Myanmar's largest investor, to take local concerns into account and create local jobs when planning and carrying out projects in the country. The post NLD Urges China to Respect Local Laws, Concerns on Beijing Trip appeared first
The Irrawaddy

NLD Urges China to Respect Local Laws, Concerns on Beijing Trip

The NLD says it asked China, Myanmar's largest investor, to take local concerns into account and create local jobs when planning and carrying out projects in the country. The post NLD Urges China to Respect Local Laws, Concerns on Beijing Trip appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Analysis: Why the Rohingya Teaching Assistants Project is Facing Opposition

Development organizations say that the project would improve the students’ educational experience, but that a change of mindset is necessary for Arakanese to accept it. The post Analysis: Why the Rohingya Teaching Assistants Project is Facing Opposition app
The Irrawaddy

Analysis: Why the Rohingya Teaching Assistants Project is Facing Opposition

Development organizations say that the project would improve the students’ educational experience, but that a change of mindset is necessary for Arakanese to accept it. The post Analysis: Why the Rohingya Teaching Assistants Project is Facing Opposition appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UWSA Cracks Down on Church Construction, Recruitment by ‘Extremist’ Christians

Religious leaders detained as group orders all churches built after 1992 to be destroyed. The post UWSA Cracks Down on Church Construction, Recruitment by ‘Extremist’ Christians appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

UWSA Cracks Down on Church Construction, Recruitment by ‘Extremist’ Christians

Religious leaders detained as group orders all churches built after 1992 to be destroyed. The post UWSA Cracks Down on Church Construction, Recruitment by ‘Extremist’ Christians appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

U.K. Says Myanmar May Need to Be Referred to ICC over Rohingya

Visiting Foreign Minister Hunt says action should be considered if Myanmar courts fail to act The post U.K. Says Myanmar May Need to Be Referred to ICC over Rohingya appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

U.K. Says Myanmar May Need to Be Referred to ICC over Rohingya

Visiting Foreign Minister Hunt says action should be considered if Myanmar courts fail to act The post U.K. Says Myanmar May Need to Be Referred to ICC over Rohingya appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Fact-Finding Mission Report Calls for Removal of Military from Gov’t

The report says the military should come under civilian control and that controversial laws should be repealed or amended for the sake of Myanmar’s democratic transition. The post Fact-Finding Mission Report Calls for Removal of Military from Gov’t appear
The Irrawaddy

Fact-Finding Mission Report Calls for Removal of Military from Gov’t

The report says the military should come under civilian control and that controversial laws should be repealed or amended for the sake of Myanmar’s democratic transition. The post Fact-Finding Mission Report Calls for Removal of Military from Gov’t appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Government’s Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say

Minister failed to spell out how administration plans to tackle the country’s political and economic problems, they claim. The post Government’s Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
The Irrawaddy

Government’s Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say

Minister failed to spell out how administration plans to tackle the country’s political and economic problems, they claim. The post Government’s Report to Parliament Lacked Substance, Lawmakers Say appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military’s Broadcast of Graphic Film Depicting 1988 ‘Anarchy’ Draws Fire

Critics see decision to air film on anniversary of coup as an attempt to legitimize its takeover—and as a warning that it could happen again. The post Military’s Broadcast of Graphic Film Depicting 1988 ‘Anarchy’ Draws Fire appeared first on The Ir
The Irrawaddy

Military’s Broadcast of Graphic Film Depicting 1988 ‘Anarchy’ Draws Fire

Critics see decision to air film on anniversary of coup as an attempt to legitimize its takeover—and as a warning that it could happen again. The post Military’s Broadcast of Graphic Film Depicting 1988 ‘Anarchy’ Draws Fire appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Democratic Transition in Myanmar ‘at Standstill’: UN Rights Panel

Myanmar's democratic transition has ground to a standstill as authorities seek to silence critics while allowing hate speech, the head of the UN human rights mission said. The post Democratic Transition in Myanmar ‘at Standstill’: UN Rights Panel
The Irrawaddy

Democratic Transition in Myanmar ‘at Standstill’: UN Rights Panel

Myanmar's democratic transition has ground to a standstill as authorities seek to silence critics while allowing hate speech, the head of the UN human rights mission said. The post Democratic Transition in Myanmar ‘at Standstill’: UN Rights Panel appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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