The International Finance Cooperation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is lending US$80 million to subsidiaries of Shangri-La Asia Limited to expand its hospitality business in Myanmar, the IFC announced on March 26.
Officials from the Inland Water Transportation (IWT) say that development of the country’s water infrastructure is essential to improve the transportation of goods across the country’s domestic waterways.
The Ministry of Health has launched an expanded three-year program aimed at using anti-retroviral treatments to simultaneously target HIV and tuberculosis patients across Myanmar, Health Minister U Pe Thet Khin said on March 24.
Human Rights Watch and the watchdog group ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights both released statements last week warning that Myanmar should scrap its proposed restrictions on interfaith marriages, saying the “blatant discrimination” threatens religious freedom and women’s rights.
The International Human Rights Clinic used a close study of conflict in Kayin State to highlight the ways in which policies at all levels of military command continue to lead soldiers to target civilian populations.
Writers have expressed concerns with the country’s new Media Law, saying that including poets and novelists under the same law as journalists will hamper freedom of expression and allow the government too much control over what writers can produce.
The United Nations Population Fund has issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to push ahead with facilitating the upcoming census, despite mounting tensions in Rakhine State.
Members of international community have condemned attacks on INGOs and UN operations in the Rakhine capital of Sittwe and are calling on the Myanmar government to ensure the protection of aid workers in the region.