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Karen Women’s Organization Receives Women of Change Awards from U.S. Embassy
Karen News, 24/03/2018
The Karen Women’s Organization (KWO) has received this year’s ‘Women of Change Award’ from the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on March 22 evening. On behalf of their organization, Naw Wah Khu Shee and Naw Say Say from the KWO’s central standing committee attended the reward ceremony at the U.S. Ambassador’s home on Pyay Road in Yangon. Over 50 guests including the award winners and last year’s award winners attended the award ceremony. “This award gives the Karen Women Organization strength to continue our stand on human rights. Equality, uprightness, and human rights are important for not only Karen women but also everyone. That’s why I’m very happy that we have been given this award as recognition for our right stand on human rights,” Naw Wah Khu Shee told Karen News. Dr Thet Thet Mu, deputy director general of Health Information at the Ministry of Health and...
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“We Want Peace, Not Dams…” – 1000’s of Villagers Protest Proposed Salween Dams in Karen State
Karen News, 18/03/2018
Villagers in the Northern District of Karen State on the Thai-Burma border gathered along the Salween River for the International Day of Action for Rivers and Against Dams. On March 14, the Karen River Network organized event to call for “No Dams” near the Ei Tu Hta internally displaced peoples’ camp on the banks of the Salween River in Mutraw (Papun) district that is controlled by the Karen National Union. Saw Lar Nay Wah, secretary of the Karen Student Network Group, a member of the Karen River Network who took part in the protest, told Karen News that the environment should be protected for future generations. The protest organizers said that building a dam not only destroyed the natural beauty of the river but also destroyed the livelihood and of lives of local people. Villagers and environmental activists don’t want the negative consequences of the dam, and have hel...
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Tatmadaw, KNU pledge to address current tensions
Democratic Voice of Burma, 23/03/2018
Military tensions between Burmese government forces and the Karen National Union (KNU) will be addressed at talks next week, both sides agreed at a preliminary meeting hosted yesterday by the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) in Hpapun, northern Karen State. KNU representative Maj-Gen Saw Isaac Poe said, “In an attempt to diffuse tensions, our negotiation team will be prepared for talks with Tatmadaw counterparts in Bago on 29-30 March.” Isaac Poe said that that a crucial issue to be discussed would be a road construction project the Burmese military is operating between the villages of Lel Mu Plaw and Kay Bu. “There is a dispute over whether this road construction project should proceed,” he said. “Many local villagers have been compelled to abandon their homes due to the influx of Burmese soldiers in the area.” Hundreds of villagers staged a protest on 19 March, ...
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Mon Party Still Struggling to Hold Public Meetings Even After Ceasefire Deal
The Irrawaddy, 20/03/2018
The New Mon State Party (NMSP) says it is still finding it hard to hold public consultations with ethnic Mon people as part of its national-level political dialogue more than a month after it signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the government. The national-level political dialogue is a mandatory step of the NCA, in which regional stakeholders gather at large, public consultations to give suggestions and recommendations that are then shared at the Union Peace Conference, also called the 21st Century Panglong. The NMSP said it had to cancel five preliminary public meetings across Mon State on March 10 after the Myanmar Army, or Tatmadaw, refused to allow more than 30 people join each event. On March 12, MNTV reported that Peace Commission Secretary U Khin Zaw Oo said the commission and Tatmadaw had reached an agreement to let the NMSP hold its public meetings. ...
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Phalon-Sawaw Party decides not to run within Karen State in 2020 Election
Burma News International, 15/03/2018
The Phalon-Sawaw Democratic Party (PSDP) will not compete in the Karen State in the 2020 General Election. Although the PSDP will not contest in the Karen State, it will only have the Karen National Democratic Party (KNDP), a newly merged party of three Karen parties, run in the state, Saw Kyi Linn continued. According to the announcements of the Union Election Commission, a political party may be automatically abolished if it does not run in at least three constituencies so the PSDP will run in the areas outside the Karen State such as the Mon State, according to the officials from the party. Although the PSDP has not joined the Karen poitical parties in the establishment of the KNDP, some hard-core members of the party have resigned and joined the KNDP. Former members of the PSDP took the majority of the seats including the chairman position during the election of the KNDP...
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KNU and NMSP agree to temporary ceasefire
Myanmar Times, 14/03/2018
The Karen National Union (KNU) and the New Mon State Party agreed to a temporary truce during a meeting on Tuesday in Phaya Thone Hsu Township in Kayin State. Naing Win Hla, a central committee member of NMSP, said the two sides agreed to stop hostilities while looking for a solution to resolve the problem. “There is a complex misunderstanding between the KNU and NMSP that triggered the clashes, but the conflict was not part of a plan,” he said. Mon State Security and Border Affairs Minister Col Win Naing Oo, added that the truce was temporary and more talks are required to put an end to the fighting between the two armed ethnic groups. Clashes between the NMSP and KNU, which are both signatories to the government-initiated Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, have been ongoing for several months, and the latest hostilities erupted on March 4 in Yebyu Township, Tanintharyi Reg...
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Over 400 farmers get land compensation in Shwegyin Tsp
The Global New Light of Myanmar, 28/03/2018
A ceremony to present compensation to the farmers was held at the meeting room of the General Administration Department in Shwegyin Township, Bago Region yesterday morning. At the ceremony, Bago Region Minister for Electricity and Road Transport U Than Win made an opening speech. Afterwards, Bago Region Minister for Kayin Ethnic Affairs Daw Naw Pwal Sae explained matters relating to land compensation before a local farmer spoke words of thanks. The Department of Hydropower Implementation under the Ministry of Electricity and Energy asked for compensation from the Union Government in the fiscal year 2017-2018 for local people whose farmlands were confiscated when construction of Shwegyin Dam began in 2002. During the ceremony, Ks. 1211.053 million of compensation for more than 2,681 acres of farmland were given to 439 people from 115 households from two villages. The ceremony was...
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Confiscated land returned to farmers
Mizzima, 16/03/2018
The Myanmar government has returned some 385 acres (156 hectares) of land out of 1,081 acres, confiscated by the Ministry of Defence, to 82 farmers in Tachileik, the country's eastern Shan state, Xinhua reported. Other 696 acres of such land have also been given back to the Shan state government. Second Vice President U Henry Van Thio, who is also Chairman of the Central Committee for Scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands, stressed the importance of improving the living standard of farmers and finding markets for agricultural products after the return of the confiscated land to farmers who make up 70 percent of the country's rural population. ...
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Tatmadaw releases over 200 acres of grabbed land
Burma New International, 12/03/2018
The Ministry of Defence has released 209 acres of land, which were seized by Loikaw-based 250th Infantry Battalion and No. 7 Military Hospital over five years ago. The 250th Infantry Battalion seized 194 acres while No. 7 Military Hospital seized 15 acres. The seized lands were returned to the State with the letter dated August 16, 2017 from the Central Committee for Re-scrutinizing Confiscated Farmlands and Other Lands. The Ministry of Home Affairs designated these lands as government-managed lands and returned them back to the original farmers. The released lands have been officially transferred to the farmers by issuing temporary form (3) for the right to use farmland and giving compensations for the farmlands that have been seized for the railway station. The Kayah State Chief Minister U L. Phaung Sho said the released lands have been returned to the farmers after they we...
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Parliament proclaims U Win Myint as new Myanmar president
Myanmar Times, 28/03/2018
The Pyidaungsu Hluttaw announced U Win Myint as the new president of Myanmar after securing more than two thirds of the votes cast in the parliament during Wednesday’s elections. U Win Myint garnered 403 votes out of the total of 636 votes cast in the polls. His closest rival U Myint Swe followed with a little over 200 votes and U Henry Van Thio, the third candidate, securing less than 20 votes. The overwhelming vote for U Win Myint showed a lot of members of the parliament both from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and from the other parties have strong confidence in his leadership. U Myint Swe, who garnered a total of 221 votes, will remain as the country’s First Vice President and U Henry Van Thio, who secured 18 votes, will retain his previous position as Vice President (2). State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with some union ministers, attended...
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