Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Burma lifts suspension on two newspapers after protests

7 August 2012
On Monday, the Burmese government lifted sanctions on two suspended 
publications only days after more than 100 journalists took to the streets 
in Rangoon and Mandalay wearing T-shirts with the message, “Stop Killing Press.”

Putao residents still difficult to buy rice

7 August 2012
Due to rice shortages in Putao (Putau), the Union Solidarity and Development Party 
(USDP) announced that it will sell rice for the local people; however, so far the local 
villagers have not been able to buy any.

Diarrhea outbreak at Kachin IDP Camps

7 August 2012
According to the Kachin Independence Organization’s Central Heath Department, 
a recent outbreak of diarrhea fueled by heavy rains and poor sanitation has severely 
affected many residents of internally displaced peoples (IDP) camps 
in KIO controlled territory.

Burmese gov’t to offer migrants chance to return home

7 August 2012
Around 150,000 Burmese refugees and migrants now living in Thailand 
will be given government aid to voluntarily return to their country, officials 
of the Ministry of Social Welfare and Resettlement said.

Indonesian president offers kind words

7 August 2012
The Indonesian president has offered some support to embattled Burmese 
President Thein Sein regarding the tensions between Rakhines and Rohingyas 
that has led to dozens of deaths and widespread destruction of property 
in western Burma.

Low cost Bangkok-to-Mandalay flights announced

7 August 2012
Thailand’s AirAsia will start direct Bangkok-to- Mandalay flights on Oct. 4, 
officials said. The service is intended to place the low-cost carrier in a leadership 
position before the launch of Asean Economic Community in 2015, 
said company officials.

Gov’t peacemaker revisits Mae Tao Clinic with wife

7 August 2012
Burmese peace negotiator Railroad Minister Aung Min and his wife, Dr. Wai Wai Tha, 
and other Burmese health workers made a follow-up visit to the Mae Tao Clinic 
in Mae Sot, Thailand, on Monday to meet with its founder Dr. Cynthia Maung.

Lawmakers take over drafting of ministry’s education bill

7 August 2012
Burmese lawmakers in the Lower House last week took over the drafting of 
a higher education bill while also chiding the Ministry of Education for not 
allowing universities freedom to govern their own affairs.

Suu Kyi to Head ‘Rule of Law’ Committee

7 August 2012
National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi was approved 
by Burma’s Parliament on Tuesday to chair the newly formed Committee 
for Rule of Law and Stability, according to sources in her party.

The Day a New Burma was Born

8 August 2012
RANGOON — When he woke up early on a drizzling Monday morning 
in August 24 years ago, Sanny, then 21 years old, probably had no idea 
that the day would end in tragedy. He was in high spirits when he left home 
at 7:30 to attend a downtown demonstration. He wasn’t worried 
about a thing—just very excited.

US Urges Bangladesh to Allow Rohingya Aid

8 August 2012
WASHINGTON DC—The United States on Tuesday urged the Bangladeshi government 
to permit non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to carry out humanitarian assistance 
to displaced Rohingyas and expressed deep concern that certain relief 
work had been shut down.

‘Rangoon bomber’ receives presidential pardon

3 August 2012
Death row prisoner Phyo Wai Aung, who was charged with plotting 
the New Year’s bombings in April 2010, has been freed by a presidential 
pardon this afternoon, according to his wife Htay Htay.

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Renewed violence breaks out in Arakan state

7 August 2012
Sectarian clashes between Arakanese and Rohingya residents have left 
three people dead in Burma, a government official said today, amid growing 
international concern about the sectarian unrest.

Karen National Union, peace committee hold preliminary talks

7 August 2012
The government’s Peace Making Work Committee and a Karen National Union 
delegation met in the Burmese border town of Myawaddy in eastern Karen state 
on Sunday to discuss an upcoming meeting later this month.

Human rights commission recognises Kachin abuses

7 August 2012
Burma’s national human rights commission (MNHRC) has accused the army of 
committing serious abuses against civilians in Kachin state, in the wake of 
a five-day mission of inquiry to the conflict-torn region.