The Myanmar Times
Tuesday, 02 September 2014
The Myanmar Times
The Myanmar Times

Crime undermining development, UN says

The Ministry of Planning signed a four-year agreement with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on August 18 to "strengthen the rule law and address significant crime and drug issues," according to a statement from the organisation.

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Both sides hope to agree on ceasefire draft in September

The government and the ethnic armed groups told a news conference last week that the final draft of the national ceasefire agreement could be finalised in September.

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Leprosy sufferers struggle in Mon State

High in the hills of Myanmar’s war-torn borderlands, a clutch of new leprosy cases among communities virtually cut off from medical help is a sign that the country’s battle with the ancient disease is far from over.

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Humanitarian action - the compassion of peoples and states

This week we celebrated World Humanitarian Day on August 19. This is the day the United Nations, the Red Cross Movement and other humanitarian organisations celebrate the many humanitarian acts that take place in the disasters and armed conflicts that cause so much suffering in our world.

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Curfew lifted but security forces remain

A curfew imposed in Mandalay following an outbreak of violence in July was lifted last week, but police officials said additional security forces would remain in the city.

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Constitutional amendment process nears completion

The process of constitutional revision is almost complete, the speaker of the Union Parliament has said.


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Federal system agreed on in principle

The government and armed ethnic groups have agreed on the basic principles necessary to institute a federal system aimed at guaranteeing democracy, equality and self-determination for ethnic minorities, representatives from both sides said last week.

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Government denies political prisoners remain behind bars

The government denied reports from some rights organization’s last week that 29 political prisoners remain behind bars despite the government’s promise of an amnesty for all political prisoners by the end of 2013.

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Government targets political dialogue in early 2015

Chief government peace negotiator U Aung Min says he wants political dialogue to begin in early 2015, after a nationwide ceasefire agreement is signed later this year.

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Police hail traffic safety campaign

Traffic police praised road users last week after road deaths and injuries fell in Mandalay District in the first seven months of 2014.

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