Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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Stop Protests against Copper Mine, Suu Kyi Tells Communities

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told communities in northwestern Burma to stop opposing a Chinese-backed mine. Many villagers were disappointed and would continue protesting. Read More


Activists Call for Official Recognition of Human Rights Day

Activists call for March 13 to be recognized as Burma’s official Human Rights Day in honor of the first martyrs of the 1988 uprising. Read More


Wanbao Welcomes Inquiry Commission’s Verdict

The Chinese mining company behind the controversial Letpadaung copper mine welcomes a parliamentary commission report that advises going ahead with the project despite ongoing opposition. Read More


Journalists Call on Burma to Scrap Controversial Press Law

The media representatives said a law under consideration by the Burmese Parliament would create a new system of censorship and called for consultations. Read More


Ruling Party MP Warns of Renewed Arakan Violence

The USDP Lower House MP for Buthidaung Township in northern Arakan State warns that communal violence could break out again at any time. Read More


Drop in Funding Hurts Anti-Drug Campaign

An anti-addiction NGO in Rangoon says it has been forced to cut over half its rehabilitation and campaign activities as international funding has dried up. Read More


Foreigners to Get Daily Access to Accounts

Burma’s Central Bank loosens restrictions on how often foreigners can withdraw money from their foreign-currency accounts. Read More


China May End Long-Hated Labor Re-education Camps

Chinese police have used the camps to lock up tens of thousands of people for up to four years without a trial or a judge’s review. Read More


In Asia, Wealth Buys Access to Clean Water

Access to clean water has improved dramatically in Asia, but the region’s richest countries still have far better supplies of this essential resource. Read More


History Shows NKorean Pattern: Wait, Then Attack

Korean history reveals a sobering possibility: It may only be a matter of time before North Korea launches a sudden, deadly attack on the South. Read More


Naga Leaders Complain about Minister’s Remarks

Leaders of the ethnic Naga people have complained about remarks by Deputy Minister of Immigration and Manpower Win Myint, who allegedly told Parliament last week that the group is one of the dozens of ethnic Chin tribes. During a press conference in Rangoon on Monday, Naga Student and Youth Association Chairman Naw Aung San said [...] Read More


US Opposes Phosphorus Use by Burmese Police

The US government said it disapproves of Burmese police using smoke bombs containing phosphorus to control demonstrations. “We have opposed the use of phosphorus as a crowd control agent. And we have urged the government to ensure that its security forces exercise maximum restraint, respect due process under the law, and protect the right of [...] Read More


Govt, Kachin Rebels to Meet Again April 10

Burma government negotiators and Kachin rebels have agreed to hold further ceasefire talks on April 10. The agreement was reached at a meeting in Ruili, China on Tuesday, according to a joint statement, which said that the parties would seek to coordinate troop movements in Kachin State in order to prevent any skirmishes breaking out. [...] Read More


Army Uses Intl Aid to Strengthen Kachin Positions: Report

Burma’s military is using international aid deliveries to strengthen its defense positions in Kachin State, the Burma Times reports. It cites a memo in which the UN team coordinating relief missions in the area claims that “trucks with government soldiers are taking advantage of the passage of the aid convoy to take new positions.” Needless [...] Read More


Karen Farmers Demand Rebels Close Down Mine

Farmers in Burma’s Tenasserim Division are calling on the Karen National Union (KNU) to close down a coalmine, as it is polluting local water sources and plantations, the Karen Information Center reports. At a meeting with Mergui District KNU leaders more than 100 farmers from Ka Taw Ni and surrounding villages asked the rebels to [...] Read More


Thailand Urged to Probe Rohingya Shootings

A rights group is urging Thailand to investigate an alleged shooting by Thai sailors that killed at least two Rohingya last month. Human Rights Watch said Wednesday its investigation showed Thai sailors opened fire at a group of asylum seekers off the coast of Phang Nga province. It called for Thai authorities to prosecute officers, [...] Read More


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