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September 14, 2016 • Author: The White House

Presidential Proclamation to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

TO MODIFY DUTY-FREE TREATMENT UNDER THE GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION 1. Section 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2462), authorizes the President to designate ... Read more ►

September 14, 2016 • Author: The White House

Joint Statement between the Republic of the Union of Myanmar and the United States of America

At the invitation of President Barack Obama, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, is on an official visit to Washington, D.C. in September 2016. During the visit, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Obama held a meet... Read more ►

September 13, 2016 • Author: Karen National Union

Karen National Union Statement on Military Activities by Government Tatmadaw (Army) and BGF Forces in Mae Thawaw Region in Contact with Pa-an and Papun Districts

The Karen National Union (KNU) has signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement with the Union of Myanmar Government and has given priority to the peace processes and has been undertaking the realization of them with the Union Government, including the Tatmadaw. While undert... Read more ►

September 13, 2016 • Author: 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

PM meeting with Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

A Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister welcomed Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to Downing Street today for bilateral discussions, in Aung San Suu Kyi’s first visit outside of Asia since her National League for Democracy party’s historic electio... Read more ►

September 13, 2016 • Author: United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Cardin, McCain Introduce Legislation to Support Burma During Historic Political, Economic Transition, Remain Focused on Human Rights Issues

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Committee on Foreign Relations, and John McCain (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, introduced legislation today to lend additional U.S. support to Burma’s ongoing political transiti... Read more ►

September 12, 2016 • Author: Foreign and Commonwealth Office and The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Foreign Secretary meets Aung San Suu Kyi in London

Boris Johnson has welcomed Burmese leader and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi on her first visit outside of Asia since her party’s historic election success in November 2015. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Burmese leader and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Mee... Read more ►

September 7, 2016 • Author: Mon Youth Progressive Organization

Devastating downstream impacts of planned Salween Dams detailed in new report

The Mon Youth Progressive Organization (MYPO) today launched a report analyzing the potential downstream impacts of the Salween Dams on local communities and ecosystems in Mon and Karen States, finding that the dams would cause irreparable damage to local livelihoods and the... Read more ►

September 7, 2016 • Author: Burma Human Rights Network

Burma Human Right Network alarmed by reductions in food rations to IDP camps in Rakhine State, Myanmar

“The Burma Human Rights Network has documented a reduction in food rations that can only lead to starvation and death. We are appalled by the current state of affairs and call upon the international community and UN agencies to review cuts to food” stated Kyaw Win of BHR... Read more ►

September 2, 2016 • Author: The Elders

The Elders welcome Myanmar peace conference

The Elders warmly welcome the Union Peace Conference convened by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. They believe the conference represents Myanmar’s best chance to date to bring a definitive end to the many violent conflicts that have plagued its ethnic minority regio... Read more ►

September 2, 2016 • Author: Human Rights Watch

Burma: US Should Retain Key Sanctions

Democratic Reforms at Risk Without Continued Pressure on Military (Washington, DC, September 2, 2016) – The United States government should keep in place sanctions on Burma to deter the Burmese military from derailing democratic reforms, Human Rights Watch said today. Huma... Read more ►

August 31, 2016 • Author: Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Strike Down Mandatory Houseguest-Registration

More than 50 organizations in Myanmar call for repeal of controversial law (Yangon, August 31, 2016)—Myanmar’s Parliamentary Bill Committee should remove provisions in a colonial-era law that require citizens to register overnight houseguests with the authorities, 52 My... Read more ►

August 26, 2016 • Author: Karen Environmental and Social Action Network, Karen Human Rights Group and THWEE Community Development Network

Asian Highway developments linked to conflict and displacement in Karen State

A new report by THWEE Community Development Network, the Karen Environmental and Social Action Network (KESAN), and the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG) reveals how the brand new Asian Highway in Karen State has been built at the expense of communities who had the misfortune ... Read more ►

August 24, 2016 • Author: Fortify Rights

Myanmar: Kofi Annan-led Commission on Rakhine State a Welcomed Move

The “Annan Commission” should seek to end and remedy ongoing rights violations (Yangon, August 24, 2016)—The Government of Myanmar announced yesterday the establishment of a nine-member advisory commission chaired by former U.N. Secretary Genera... Read more ►

August 24, 2016 • Author: Network for Human Rights Documentation-Burma

New report by Network for Human Rights Documentation-­Burma (ND-­Burma) documents an escalation in Human Rights Violations in the first six months 2016

ND-­-Burma has documented 98 human rights violations in Burma in the first six months of 2016, showing a stark increase from the 84 human rights violations documented throughout the entire year of 2015. The report highlights the escalation of killings and torture in the fir... Read more ►

August 23, 2016 • Author: Shan Community Groups

Shan groups to Burma’s government: The Salween River is not for sale

Shan community groups are holding a press conference in Bangkok today to raise concerns about secretive preparation to dam the Salween river in war-torn northern Shan State to export hydropower to China. Over the past few months China’s state-owned Hydrochina has been movi... Read more ►