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A new health report focused on eastern Myanmar shows improvements in health care but puts such indicators as child mortality on a par with war-torn Somalia.
An international human rights watchdog has called for the immediate release of 14 people jailed over a long-running protest against an alleged land grab at Michaungkan in Yangon’s Thingangyun Township.
Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos are working together to tackle the Mekong triangle illegal drug trade, according to The Nation on February 20.
Human rights violations may have dropped over the last three years in Kayin State but Myanmar government soldiers have been quietly, or in some cases, noisily building an increased presence.
The leaders of Japan and five Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong River plan to craft a new strategy in July for Tokyo to contribute to sustainable development of the Mekong region beyond 2015, according to the Bangkok Post on February 19.
A hotel group based in the United States has unveiled plans for a US$157 million mixed-use development on Yangon’s Kandawgyi Lake, business news website Octa Finance reported on February 19.
How can ongoing legal changes in Myanmar – still emerging from nearly five decades of isolation – lead to an atmosphere that promotes press freedom, rather than limiting it?
Myanmar’s backsliding on human rights reforms – only a few months before the general elections – underscores the necessity of the UN Human Tights Council to adopt a strong resolution on the situation of human rights in the country and to extend their mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, according to Amnesty International on February 18.
The Myanmar government and Kokang rebels are trading accusations over the February 17 attack on a Red Cross convoy, one day after the government declared a state of emergency in the northern region, according to Voice of America on February 18.
In a new briefing, the Environmental Justice Foundation strongly recommends that Thailand remains on Tier 3 in the US government’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report to send a clear signal to Bangkok that further progress and substantive efforts are required to ensure removal from the Tier 3 ranking which places it alongside countries such as North Korea and Iran.