Despite a promise to the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) by the Burma Army’s Central Eastern Commander that government troops would be withdrawn from contested SSPP/SSA areas, troop reinforcements are still being sent into the area.
Burma’s 2015 general elections will be held in the last week of October or the first week of November, 2015, Union Election Commission (UEC) Chairman U Tin Aye announced at a meeting between political parties on Tuesday, 21st October, at the Panda Hotel in Rangoon.
The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) released a media statement on 22nd October alleging that the Burma Army had committed abuses against civilians while fighting the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA also known as the Shan State Army-North or SSA-N) over four days. The SHRF statement said that: “During 12th-18th October 2014, the Burmese government troops continued to commit abuses against civilians during their ongoing offensive against the SSPP/SSA in Ke See Township, central Shan State.”
Luxury European and South Korean car makers continue to struggle against Japanese dominance in the luxury used car niche, according to an online survey.
A Shan rights group alleges that government soldiers committed human rights abuses during a recent military offensive against the forces of the Shan State Progressive Party-Shan State Army (SSPP-SSA) in Ke See Township in Central Shan State.
Some European countries have challenged the Myanmar authorities to prove the claim that Rohingya do not exist in Myanmar by providing strong evidence, according to Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn.
The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has submitted a report to the Thai government which should help the two suspects facing trial in the Koh Tao murder case.
Union Election Commission Chairman U Tin Aye said the canvassing period will be extended from 30 to 60 days for the 2015 general elections at the request of political parties.
Myanmar’s Minister of Information U Ye Htut told media at the Myanmar Journalist Network office on 21st October that he will call on President U Thein Sein to consider the case of the jailed media personnel from the now-defunct Bi Moon Te Nay journal.
A provision allowing a change to the land use policy every five years has been put in the draft of the National Land Bill, according to U Shwe Thein, a consultant with the Land Use Management Committee.
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