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Report: Burmese Army Continues Rights Violations in Karen

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 6:40 am (UTC-5)
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As Burma’s government and ethnic Karen rebel groups continue peace talks to end one of the world’s longest running conflicts, there are renewed reports of human rights violations by the Burmese army in the volatile state. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) found that a third of the families in the region […]

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Report: Burmese Army Continues Rights Violations in Karen

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 5:20 am (UTC-5)
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As Burma’s government and ethnic Karen rebel groups continue peace talks to end one of the world’s longest running conflicts, there are renewed reports of human rights violations by the Burmese army in the volatile state. A new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) found that a third of the families in the region […]

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Burma Removes 2,000 from Government Blacklist

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Burma has removed over 2,000 citizens from a government blacklist long used to keep exiled critics of the country’s former military rulers from returning to their homeland. The New Light of Myanmar hailed the move as a continuation of Burma’s recent political and economic reforms. The state-controlled paper did not discuss the status of over […]

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Burma President Promotes Reformers In New Government

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 6:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Burma’s president has reshuffled his cabinet, promoting allies who back his reformist agenda. In the long-awaited shake-up, President Thein Sein Monday awarded several of his key ministers additional posts in the Office of the President. They include the ministers of Finance, Rail Transportation, and National Planning and Economic Development. The ministers are seen as allies […]

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Burma Sentences Three UN Staff to Prison Over Violence

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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A court in Burma has sentenced three U.N. staff workers to prison for their alleged involvement in recent communal violence in western Rakhine state. The government’s Rakhine Riot Information Committee chairman, Hla Thein, says Friday a district court found the three staffers, all Burmese Muslims, guilty of inciting violence, promoting hatred between Buddhists and Muslims […]

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Thousands Flee Burma Floods

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 3:20 am (UTC-5)
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The worst monsoon floods to hit southern Burma in years have forced nearly 70,000 people to flee their homes and have inundated wide areas of crop lands. Officials say hundreds of relief centers are housing the displaced after weeks of flooding rains. They say the deluge is the worst the annual monsoon rains have been […]

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Rights Group Urges Bangladesh to Protect Rohingya Refugees

Posted August 23rd, 2012 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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Human Rights Watch says Bangladesh’s restriction on international aid groups is contributing to a worsening humanitarian emergency for ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing sectarian violence in Burma. Bangladesh last month ordered three charity groups to stop providing assistance to Rohingya because it said they were encouraging more refugees to cross the border. Doctors Without Borders, Action […]

China Watches Burma’s Censorship Reforms

Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 4:40 am (UTC-5)
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Rapidly reforming Burma’s decision to ease media censorship is being met with caution in neighboring China, where government officials have been adamant in maintaining their tight control over the flow of information. Burma announced Monday that local media will no longer be required to submit stories for review to state censors before publication, ending a […]

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Burma Says it Ended Press Censorship

Posted August 20th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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The government of Burma says it will no longer censor local media outlets by requiring stories to be submitted for review before publication. The announced easing of censorship follows decades of repressing news coverage and other forms of free expression. Burma’s Information Ministry, which has long controlled what can be printed, said Monday that local […]

Burma Forms Commission to Probe Sectarian Violence

Posted August 18th, 2012 at 5:25 am (UTC-5)
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Burma has formed a commission to investigate deadly sectarian violence in western Rakhine state between Buddhists and the Muslim Rohingya minority in which dozens of people were killed and tens of thousands were displaced. The state New Light of Myanmar newspaper said Saturday that the 27-member commission is mandated to find the circumstances behind the […]

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