Friday, September 30, 2016
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

From a violent beginning to a tragic end: The story of a Rohingya woman called Raysuana

On August 30, Amnesty International called for an independent inquiry into the death and possible sexual assault of a young Rohingya woman who was found at a military compound in the Rakhine State capital Sittwe. In a two-part series that highlights the plight of Rohingya women and the lack of medical support and justice for gender-based violence available to them, The Myanmar Times asks: Who was Raysuana and why did she die?

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President’s Office to investigate rights body following botched child abuse case

Outrage against the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission continued to gain momentum yesterday with a pending lawsuit and the President’s Office announcing it would review the rights body’s involvement in a child torture case.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi asks international community for patience in Rakhine

State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi pledged to promote human rights in Rakhine State as she made her UN debut as her country’s de facto leader on September 21.

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Villagers released after detention by RCSS

Fifty-two villagers arrested by the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), an ethnic armed group, were set free on September 21, according to Shan State Police Brigadier General Aung Aung.

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Bill seeks to make gem extraction more equitable

The Amyotha Hluttaw’s Natural Resources and Environment Conservation Committee yesterday introduced a bill amending Myanmar’s Gemstone Law with the aim of preventing monopolisation of the industry.

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An oasis in Myanmar’s dry zone

A car stirs up a cloud of dust as it drives along a dirt road through a wilting, dried-out forest. The heat is so intense that the trees are nothing more than stems, their leaves lying in piles on the ground.

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Authorities decline to intervene in Bagan taxi racket

Tourist coming to visit ancient Bagan are being subjected to extortionate prices and predatory behaviour by taxi drivers at the Nyaung-U bus station, according to a bus company official.

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Lawmaker requests return of land occupied by USDP

An attempt to seize the Mandalay Region head office of the former ruling party and to restore it to public use has been rebuffed by the regional government. The value of the land, almost 1 acre in extent, in Chan Aye Tharzan township, is estimated at billions of kyat.

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Traditional medicine practitioners seek to upgrade regulatory council

Traditional medical practitioners are calling for an overhaul of the supervisory council responsible for regulating and representing the sector.

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Ministers get tough on ‘erring’ monks

A drive to “cleanse” Yangon Region’s Buddhist clergy will receive high-level official support, government officials have assured senior clerics.

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