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Humanitarian Disaster Looms in Arakan State, As Storm Evacuation Plans Stall

A potential humanitarian disaster is looming in Arakan State after thousands of Rohingyas turned down a government evacuation plan ahead of an approaching tropical storm. Read More


Rohingya IDPs Urged to Evacuate Ahead of Cyclone

One day before the expected landfall of a cyclone, Burma’s government threatens to take serious action against anyone who refuses to move to higher ground. Read More


Burma’s Former Spy Opens Art Gallery in Rangoon

Khin Nyunt, accused of some of the worst rights violations carried out by the former military junta, is tapping into his creative side. Read More


In Burma, Apartheid Tactics against Minority Muslims

Nearly a year after communal violence in Arakan State left thousands homeless, whole neighborhoods remain purged of Muslims, who now languish in camps. Read More


Walmart Checks Bangladesh Factories; Retailer Accord Elusive

The world’s largest retailer steps up its factory inspections in Bangladesh, but an industry-wide agreement on improving safety has yet to be reached. Read More


Taiwan Rejects Manila Apology for Fisherman’s Death

Taiwan says it is recalling its representative to the Philippines over Manila’s “informal and insincere” apology for the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman. Read More


UN: Cyclone Mahasen Downgraded, but 8 Million Still at Risk

The cyclone threatening to lash Bangladesh and southwestern Burma seems to have weakened, although it still poses a risk to about 8 million people in Bangladesh and Burma, the UN said in an emergency update on Tuesday. The storm, currently making its way north in the Bay of Bengal, is expected to make landfall on [...] Read More


Democracy Activists Continue Asia Diplomatic Tour

Leading democracy activists from Burma were due to continue their Asian tour on Saturday, Eleven Media reported on Tuesday, making a pit stop in South Korea to receive an award. Min Ko Naing, a leading 88 Generation activist, was due to receive the 2009 “Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.” Min Ko Naing was accompanied by [...] Read More


Shan Rebels Ask China to Provide Shelter for Refugees

Shan State Army rebels have requested Chinese authorities provide temporary shelters for thousands of refugees who fled recent fighting in Shan State, the Shan Herald Agency for News reported on Tuesday. “On humanitarian grounds, we would like to request the Chinese government to accommodate the refugees,” SHAN quoted Lt Col Zawm Mong, an SSA commander, [...] Read More


China-Burma Bilateral Talks Conclude in Yunnan

A bilateral meeting between Chinese and Burmese quasi-governmental and non-governmental organizations on Tuesday in southwestern China intended to lay the groundwork for strengthening country-to-country ties, Chinese state media reported on Wednesday. The conference, called “Pool wisdom for win-win development,” intended to grow civil society ties between the two countries, even as political relations seem to [...] Read More


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