“It is necessary to amend the 2008 Constitution as it protects those who violate women’s rights. We also urge the various parties in the peace process to help adopt policies that will ensure justice and security for women.” –WLB
The Burmese President’s Office has nominated Border Affairs Deputy Minister Maj-Gen Maung Maung Ohn as the new chief minister of Arakan State, a position vacated by Minister Hla Maung Tin who resigned last week.
Trishaw drivers pedalled the streets of Prome, central Burma, on Thursday to protest a recent municipal council regulation requiring them to install side-rails on the passenger seats of their vehicles.
A recent change in policy by the Chinese government, to stop giving loans to jade merchants, has affected trade at the world-famous jade market in Mandalay frequented by Chinese jewellers and tourists.
Three days of talks at the Myanmar Peace Centre between an alliance of 17 ethnic armed groups and a government delegation saw further discussion on the specific points of a single-text agreement which has now been solidified into a second draft.
Members of the All-Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) gathered in Prome, Pegu Division, on 22 May to demand amnesty for a member who was beaten and charged for participating in an unauthorised protest.
Representatives of the ethnic bloc NCCT sit down with government peace negotiators to discuss the next steps in drafting what will ultimately be a single-text nationwide ceasefire agreement covering all the ethnic armed groups in Burma.
Myanmar Jidong Cement Company has countered claims that local communities in Karen State capital Hpa-an are opposed to their building a factory in the area, saying it has the support of the people and that the project will go ahead, pending approval.
The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) said it has agreed to four of the Burmese military’s six requests, but that it cannot fully adhere to the existing laws of the country nor the current Constitution.
Burma’s reporters took to the streets of two cities on Friday to rally support for greater press freedom. About 100 demonstrators amassed in Prome, Pegu Division, while dozens gathered in Mon State capital Moulmein.