Wednesday, August 01, 2012

USDP-backed women’s peace rally in Kachin state halted

A women’s peace rally in Kachin state, which was being organized by Union 
Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) member and Sumprabum constituency 
Senator Hka Mai Tang’s wife, has been scrapped following a public outcry.

Petition drive calls for sacking Lower House MP Aung Thein Lin

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:08 Theingi Tun

Rangoon (Mizzima) – An interview in a Chinese newspaper has led to a petition 

drive in South Okkalapa Township to remove Lower House MP Aung Thein Lin 

from Parliament. Organizers said the petition will be submited 

to the Union Election Commission (UEC).


Burmese Traders Urge China to Cut Border Tariffs

Burmese businessmen are complaining of increased import tariffs imposed 
by the Chinese authorities at the Sino-Burmese border that have slashed their profits.

Proportional representation for Burma?

Tuesday, 31 July 2012 12:33 Mizzima News
Burma’s Election Commission chairman and a small group of political party leaders 
met last week to discuss a proportional electoral system, a representative from 
the group told Radio Free Asia last week.

On the same day, the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think tank, 

said in a new report that proportional representation could help the country 

avoid conflict with ethnic minorities.


US Expresses Concern for Minorities in Burma

WASHINGTON DC—On the day when the United States and Naypyidaw restored 
full diplomatic ties, an official report said that respect for religious freedom 
remains problematic in Burma despite recent reforms undertaken 
by the new quasi-civilian government.