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Saturday, 21 February 2015

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.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

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.

Cracking down on the illegal drug trade in the Golden Triangle is a tough call. Alleged American drug trafficker Joseph Manuel Hunter (C) is escorted by Thai commandos as he arrives to board a chartered jet for extradition to the USA at Don Mueang airport in Bangkok, Thailand, September 27, 2013. Photo: Narong Sangnak/EPA
Friday, 20 February 2015

Thailand, Myanmar, China and Laos are working together to tackle the Mekong triangle illegal drug trade, according to The Nation on February 20.

A Myanmar Border Guard Forces guard near a bunker at the 'Friendship Bridge' Thailand-Myanmar border bridge gate in Myawaddy, Kayin State, Myanmar, October 3, 2014. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Friday, 20 February 2015

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.

Workers load bags of rubber sheets and cotton onto a Chinese ship in the Thai port of Chiang Saen on the Mekong river, March 29, 2008, in the Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand, where the Mekong river meets at the borders of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA
Friday, 20 February 2015

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.

Wyndham Grand Yangon Royal Lake Hotel will be built next to Kandawgi Lake in Yangon. Photo: Thawn/Mizzima
US group unveils plans for $157m Yangon hotel project
Friday, 20 February 2015

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.

Mr David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Photo: United Nations
Friday, 20 February 2015

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?

Amnesty International has just issued a written statement on human rights concerns in Myanmar to be presented at the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council to be held from March 2 to 27 in New York. Image: Amnesty International
Thursday, 19 February 2015

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.

Myanmar people gather as they await the arrival of rescue trucks to flee fighting in and around the Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA
Thursday, 19 February 2015

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.

Myanmar migrant workers employed on fishing boats unload fish in Phuket, southern Thailand, June 13, 2009. Photo: Barbara Walton/EPA
Thursday, 19 February 2015

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.

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