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27 Jul 2016 description

By Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia

26 Jul 2016 description

Highlights

  • From July onwards, WFP will start ration reduction for relatively better-off IDPs in northern Shan, who have access to additional income sources.

  • WFP will discontinue relief assistance for 2,800 better-off Kokang returnees.

Operational Updates

26 Jul 2016 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Early outlook favourable for 2016 main paddy crop
  • Rice exports in 2016 expected close to last year’s level
  • Prices of rice decreased in early July, but remain high
  • Floods for second consecutive year severely affected large number of people, especially in Chin and Rakhine states

Early outlook favourable for 2016 main paddy crop

26 Jul 2016 description

1. Flood condition above danger levels

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Chindwin River at Hkamti has exceeded by about (5½) feet above its danger level, it may remain above its danger level during the next (3) days.

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Ngawun River at Ngathaing Chaung has exceeded by about (1½) feet above its danger level, it may remain above its danger level during the next (5) days.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

Myanmar’s upper house of parliament on Monday unanimously approved a motion submitted by an ethnic Shan lawmaker to combat rampant illegal drug sales and use in impoverished northern Myanmar's Shan state.

Sai One Hlaing Kham, a deputy from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD) party, submitted the proposal to take more effective action against drug gangs who sell heroin and methamphetamine, an extremely addictive stimulant in the form of a white, bitter-tasting crystalline powder, commonly sold as “yaba” tablets.

26 Jul 2016 description
report Irrawaddy

By Moe Myint

RANGOON – The Arakan National Party (ANP) and several Arakanese legal experts held a press conference on Sunday alleging that Burma’s previous government had wrongly issued citizenship documents to over 1,000 Muslims in Arakan State’s Myebon Township.

The Arakanese political and legal representatives say that the 97 individuals issued Citizenship Scrutiny Cards—or “pink cards,” which denote full citizenship—and 917 people granted naturalized citizenship, received these statuses in violation of Burma’s controversial 1982 Citizenship Law.

25 Jul 2016 description

Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 25, 2016

On July 25, 2016, Secretary of State John Kerry led the United States’ delegation to the Ninth Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Established at the July 2009 ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) annual meetings, LMI seeks to narrow the development gap between the five Lower Mekong countries: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, and the rest of ASEAN.

25 Jul 2016 description
report World Vision

En 2014, plus de 527 400 personnes ont pu être aidées dans nos 14 programmes de développement.

Autant de vies changées, comme celle d’Aye qui a pu retrouver le chemin de l’école au Myanmar. Elle bénéficie des cours du soir mis en place par Vision du Monde, pour les enfants qui travaillent la journée afin d’aider leurs parents. Ce programme est une véritable opportunité pour Aye. Elle apprend à écrire, lire, compter, et peut maintenant espérer un avenir meilleur.

22 Jul 2016 description

(1) Flood condition above danger level

According to the (12:30) hr M.S.T observation today, the water level of Ngawun River at Ngathaing Chaung has exceeded by about (1½) feet above its danger level, it may remain above its danger level during the next (5) days.

It is especially advised to the people who settle near the river bank and low lying areas along the Ngawun River, to take precaution measure.

(2) Rising condition above danger levels

22 Jul 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

By Roseanne Gerin

An international rights group called on the Myanmar government on Wednesday to try national army soldiers who killed five unarmed civilians in volatile northern Shan state last month in a civilian court to ensure justice for victims of human rights abuses by the armed forces.

A battalion of soldiers, who arrived in Yong Maw subtownship on June 25 looking for Shan rebel troops, shot dead five villagers during an interrogation near a cornfield where some of them were working and dumped their bodies in shallow graves.

21 Jul 2016 description
report Oxfam

In February 2016, Oxfam hosted its first learning event on working in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in order to bring together a range of Oxfam and partner staff to exchange programmatic and operational learning. This report documents the outcomes and discussions.

20 Jul 2016 description

Yangon, Myanmar | AFP | Wednesday 7/20/2016 - 13:29 GMT

Myanmar's military said Wednesday it was investigating the death of five villagers during an interrogation by soldiers and would punish wrongdoers, a rare admission from an army long accused of rights abuses.

The military, which ruled over the impoverished country for nearly half a century until 2011, seldom admits wrongdoings despite a stewardship marked by brutal repression.

20 Jul 2016 description
report Radio Free Asia

A coalition of Myanmar’s armed ethnic groups that have met with State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to discuss preparations for peace negotiations in late August say a political framework is crucial for the government’s peace conference to be a success.

Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s de facto national leader, has made peace and national reconciliation a key goal of her civilian-led administration, which came to power in April.

19 Jul 2016 description

Thousands in Myanmar lack basic identification. NRC’s One Stop Service provides them with the assistance they need.

In Myanmar, the lack of proper identification documents is a problem that affects more than 10 million people. According to the 2014 Union of Myanmar official census, more than 19,000 people in the Kayah state, with the majority coming from rural areas, lacked such documents. The accurate number is probably higher, as those living in areas dominated by Non State Actors did not participate in the census.