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28 Nov 2014 description

Rakhine state in Myanmar/Burma has long suffered from ethnic tensions between different ethnic groups in the region, resulting in approximately 140 000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). Lutheran World Federation implements Finn Church Aid’s Education in Emergencies, a programme funded by the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO). In the first of this two-part series, Finn Church Aid's Eeva Suhonen gives us a taste of life for 17-year-old Hla Tin, who just recently enrolled in formal education for the first time.

28 Nov 2014 description

The interagency camp profiling process is an on-going activity promoted, coordinated and delivered by the Shelter/NFI/CCCM Cluster. The information is collected from a number of sources and compiled into a series of a single camp profiles. This document represents single camp profile. The source of information are cluster focal points.

Note: The document contains 23 pages

28 Nov 2014 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – An $80 million Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan will upgrade a road providing a key link in and out of Myanmar’s agriculturally rich but underdeveloped Ayeyarwaddy Delta.

28 Nov 2014 description
report UN Children's Fund

Transit Centre No. 1, Yangon, 24 November: Wearing traditional Myanmar checkered lungyis and starched white shirts with rounded collars, the young people sit down in rows of chairs and wait for further instruction. Most of them sit quietly but some fidget nervously and shift in their seats, craning their necks forward to see how the ceremony is progressing.

28 Nov 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING / THE IRRAWADDY

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — The recent deadly attack on a Kachin rebel training school has been a significant setback for the nationwide ceasefire process and it seems unlikely that a breakthrough can be achieved before the end of the year, negotiators on both sides said on Thursday.

27 Nov 2014 description

The Pa-Oh National Liberation Organization (PNLO) and its armed wing, the Pa-Oh National Liberation Army (PNLA), pledged to protect children from the effects of armed conflict by signing a “Deed of Commitment” (DOC) in Geneva on 17 November, according to a statement issued by NGO Geneva Call.

The PNLA/PNLO signed the DOC at a conference called the “Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment”, where 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) from 14 countries gathered in Geneva from 17-20 November.

27 Nov 2014 description

The Bangladeshi government’s announcement that it will move two camps housing some 30,000 officially documented Rohingya refugees has heightened concerns among the Muslim minority, which fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar. Observers welcome the possibility of improving camp conditions, but are concerned the move could also increase insecurity.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Amnesty

Two years after police used incendiary weapons against monks and villagers protesting a mining project in central Myanmar, no one has been held accountable, Amnesty International said ahead of the anniversary of the attack.

27 Nov 2014 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Need to scale-up shelter repairs and maintenance in Rakhine and Kachin;

  • Pilot citizenship verification exercise for IDPs in Myebon, Rakhine;

  • Most vulnerable displaced people in Meiktila need blankets, mats and other assistance for the winter;

  • Some 174,000 school children and their families are at risk of food ration cuts before the end of the school year.

Key FIGURES

People targeted for humanitarian assistance in Rakhine State

IDPs* 139,000

27 Nov 2014 description

Kevin Woods Daniel Aguirre

Myanmar is in the process of formulating an investment law and a land use policy that when combined will lay the foundations of development for the country. As it stands, these proposed instruments could have an adverse impact on human rights, and in particular land rights.

With these texts being shaped by international financial institutions and foreign governments, the concern is that these instruments will undemocratically privilege the “rights” of the powerful over the rights of those affected by their investments.

27 Nov 2014 description

Yangon,26 Nov

President U Thein Sein met leaders of political parties at the hall of the Yangon Region government here on Wednesday and said: Since taking office, the union government has been making efforts for a successful democratic transition covering political, economic and social reforms.

During the first wave, a number of measures for political reform were carried out for a smooth transition.

27 Nov 2014 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Myanmar’s rice price fluctuations are much more pronounced than those in neighboring rice exporting countries, such as Vietnam, Thailand, or Cambodia.

  • Most of the rice is harvested within two months of a year, which causes sharp price drops after cropping and spike ups during the dry season.

  • Lowering price volatility is possible through investments in agriculture, infrastructure and improved business environment.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Mizzima News

Written by Yu Wai

A report from the Women’s League of Burma alleges the Myanmar armed forces have committed 118 incidences of gang rape, rape or attempted sexual assault in the States of Myanmar, during the tenure of President U Thein Sein.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Irrawaddy

By SAW YAN NAING

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Representatives of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) have told officials from the government-affiliated Myanmar Peace Center (MPC) that they want the peace process to move forward despite last week’s deadly attack by the Burma Army on a Kachin rebel base.

27 Nov 2014 description
report Reuters - AlertNet

Source: Reuters - Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:59 GMT

By Andrew R.C. Marshall

MAUNGDAW, Myanmar, Nov 27 (Reuters) - For years, tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslim boat people have fled this remote corner of western Myanmar for nearby countries. But another huge exodus has grabbed far fewer headlines.

Read the full article on Reuters - AlertNet.

26 Nov 2014 description

Contents (Ctrl+Click to follow the link)
 What is the 3W
 Availability of 3W products
 Village + Camp level Results
 Who, What, Where
 Summary by Sector
 Limitations and Challenges
 How can my agency participate

26 Nov 2014 description
report Geneva Call

From 17th to 20th November, Geneva Call held in Geneva its Third Meeting of Signatories to the Deeds of Commitment and gathered 70 high-level representatives – political leaders, commanders and officers and legal advisers – of 35 armed non-State actors (ANSAs) coming from 14 different countries including Syria, Burma/Myanmar, Sudan, Philippines and Somalia. Most are signatories to at least one of Geneva Call’s Deeds of Commitment, but some non-signatory ANSAs also attended.