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Former political prisoners call for better health support

An organisation representing former political prisoners says they are not receiving the health care support they deserve from the government and is lobbying MPs to change the situation. By HTUN KHAING | FRONTIER FORMER POLITICAL prisoners have launched a campaign calling on the National League for Democracy government to provide care for thousands of former prisoners of conscience who suffered physically and mentally in jail when the country was under

UPR (Universal Periodic Review) Midterm Planning Meeting

“UPR (Universal Periodic Review) Midterm Planning Meeting” was held with members from Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum and some representatives from CSOs in Myanmar for three days, on 13 to15 February at Central Hotel in Myanmar. 30 representatives participated in the meeting and discussed about UPR midterm report to be submitted. Executive Director of Equality Myanmar, U Aung Myo Min, facilitated the meeting and Ma Cheery Zahua presented and explained about examples

Massacre in Myanmar (A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT)

How Myanmar forces burned, looted and killed in a remote village On Sept. 2, Buddhist villagers and Myanmar troops killed 10 Rohingya men in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state. Reuters uncovered the massacre and has pieced together how it unfolded. During the reporting of this article, two Reuters journalists were arrested by Myanmar police. By WA LONE, KYAW SOE OO, SIMON LEWIS and ANTONI SLODKOWSKI Filed Feb. 8, 2018, 10 p.m. GMT INN DIN, Myanmar

MCCAIN, CARDIN BILL ON BURMA ACCOUNTABILITY PASSES SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Feb 07 2018 Washington, D.C. ­– The Senate Foreign Relations Committee today passed legislation authored by U.S. Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Ben Cardin (D-MD), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to impose targeted sanctions and travel restrictions on senior Burmese military officials responsible for human rights atrocities against the Rohingya people. The Burma Human Rights and Freedom Act would prohibit certain military cooperation with

Over 150 villagers forced to flee after fighting in Kutkai

By Mizzima On Wednesday, 7 February 2018 Clashes between the Myanmar army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in eastern Myanmar’s Shan state have forced more than 150 residents of the town of Kutkai to flee to safety to Theinni town, RFA has reported. Hostilities between the TNLA and government military and occasional clashes between the TNLA and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-S) — have forced thousands of residents in

U.N. concerned about heavy fighting in Myanmar's Kachin state

(This version of the Feb 2 story removes incorrect reference in paragraph 5 that the KIA is part of the ethnic Chinese Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army) By Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) – Conflict between Myanmar’s army and guerrillas of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Myanmar has escalated since Jan. 19, including in Sumprabum, Waingmaw and Tanai townships, a U.N. humanitarian report said on Friday. “The United Nations

End of Mission Statement by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar

End of Mission Statement by Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar  Seoul, 1 February 2018 Thank you for the opportunity to address you this afternoon. It is quite unusual for me to hold this press conference here, in a country not related to my mandate as Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. However, these are unusual circumstances in the discharge of my mandate.

Myanmar Soldiers Sentenced for Killing 3 Civilians in Kachin

A Myanmar military tribunal has sentenced six soldiers to 10 years in prison for killing three civilians in the war-torn state of Kachin, officials said Saturday, in a move welcomed by rights groups. The Kachin state police office said the tribunal handed down the sentence after finding the soldiers guilty of killing three ethnic Kachin civilians in September. Kachin state is home to an ethnic rebel army that has been

9 People Reported Dead After Police Crackdown on Protest in Mrauk-U

By MOE MYINT 17 January 2018 YANGON — A police crackdown on a protest in northern Rakhine State’s ancient city of Mrauk-U on Tuesday night left at least nine people dead and 12 severely wounded by gunfire, according to a local lawmaker. U Tun Thar Sein, who represents Mrauk-U (1) in the state Parliament, spoke with The Irrawaddy over the phone at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday after returning home from Mrauk-U’s general

Incitement trial against former child soldier will continue, judge rules

Hopes that the judge presiding over a controversial court case involving a former child soldier would drop the incitement charge brought against him were dashed on Wednesday as the magistrate in Yangon’s Dagon Seikkan Township decided to allow the prosecution to proceed. The former child soldier Aung Ko Htwe, his lawyer and family members had thought the judge might rule against continuing the trial, in which the defendant has been