Prisoners of conscience released but scores remain behind bars - Amnesty

The release of at least 11 prisoners of conscience in a mass prisoner amnesty in Myanmar on 30 July is a step in the right direction, but authorities must immediately clear the country’s jails of the scores of peaceful activists who still remain behind bars, Amnesty International said in a media release on 30 July.

Angelina’s Visit to Arakan Postponed

The United Nation’s special envoy Angelina Jolie’s visit to Arakan State (also known as Rakhine State) has been postponed due to heavy rain & storms in western Burma (Myanmar).

Kachin MMA Fighter's Burmese Debut Denied Due to Visa Trouble

Aung La N Sang, the US based Kachin mix martial arts (MMA) fighter says he was unable to take part in the “Kingdom of Warriors” MMA event held in Rangoon earlier this month because of visa issues. In an interview with an MMA focused website, MMA Latest, Aung La N Sang explained that Burmese embassy officials in Singapore denied his request to come home.

NCA Draft Still Unresolved following Latest Talks

No agreement was reached on the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) draft when the Union Peace-Making Working Committee (UPWC) and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team – Senior Delegation (SD) met for the eighth round of NCA talks last week.

Leader of Zo Reunification Organisation R.Thangmawia Dies

R.Thangmawia, head of the Zo Reunification Organisation (ZORO) which led a popular movement for political unity among the ethnically Chin-Lushai-Kuki of Indian, Bangladesh and Myanmar in the late 80s and early 90s, was found dead in a Geneva hotel on 20 July according to the organization he headed for almost three decades.

Community Radio Workshops Start in Rangoon

The first workshop on community radio in Burma was held on Friday 24 July, in Rangoon with support and cooperation from International Media Support (IMS), the Fojo Media Institute (Fojo), the Deutsche Welle Akademie (DWA) and UNDP-Myanmar.

Soldiers Extort Money from Bull Traders

Burma Army soldiers extorted money from a bull trader who was traveling to Mizoram State in India to sell his bulls, allege locals from Rihkhawdar a Burmese town on the border with India.

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