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From One Hell to Another: Chin Refugees Fleeing Persecution in Burma – Victims of Sex Attacks In India

Chin refugees in India fleeing persecution in Burma are left to fend for themselves as the UNHCR and local organisations tasked with protecting them fall prey to a “culture of denial and victim-blaming,” says the Chin Human Rights Organisation.


Internationally Funded Burma Census Cops Criticism

A human rights advocacy group calls for investigation into Britain’s decision to give millions in aid money to assist the Burma government’s census as international criticism mounts over the census process.


Fighting starts on last census day

On the last day, of the first census in Burma in decades, heavy fighting broke out between the government and Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) in southern Kachin state near China border.


Shan village signpost demolished by unknown assailants

A Shan village signpost in Nawng Khio, northern Shan State, was demolished by unknown assailants on April 9, to the anger of some Shan cyber-users.


National park designated in NDAK territory

Fauna & Flora International (FFI), a British environmental organization, has announced it will move forward with plans to establish a nature reserve in northern Kachin state to protect the Myanmar snub-nosed monkey discovered by FFI researchers in 2010.


Some Mon households not counted for census

Aye Mi Aung – As Burma’s first census in decades ends tomorrow, some households in Mon and Karen states are feeling left out. There are complaints of poor information as to when collections were to take place, said Nai Layie Tamarh, member of the census collection observing group. Homes that were reached didn’t always get a sticker to show collections had taken place. Others, with family working abroad, were reportedly ignored.


Workshop aimed at developing ethics

Burmese journalists recently met for an ethic workshop in Mon State capital Moulmein. Main organizers, the Myanmar Journalist Council (MJC) and international media partners,  presented attendees with the standards of journalistic ethics.


More armed Rakhines arrested in Buthidaung

Dozens of Rakhine, allegedly from Bangladesh, were arrested by the army after being spotted carrying weapons in the mountain pass of Sein Nyin Pya north, said a village admin officer from Buthidaung, agreeing to be interviewed on condition of anonymity. The 41 arrestees, who were brandishing 16 swords, 8 firearms, 4 bows and even catapults and slingshots, were spotted by wood collectors and ranchers, claimed the officer.


Conflicts of interests hampering work of ‘land grab’ committee, say MPs

Members of the Union parliament have alleged that the work of a committee appointed to investigate land ownership disputes is being hampered by conflicts of interest.


Activists use street theatre to condemn hate speech

Myanmar activists opposed to hate speech took their campaign to upper Myanmar on April 8, with small groups gathering in several cities to warn against the use of language that can inflame religious and ethnic tensions.


UNFPA under fire over census role

The United Nations Population Fund has come under criticism from human rights groups over its role in the national census in Myanmar from March 30 to April 10.

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