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Sustained EU engagement at UN critical to support human rights reforms

In this open letter to the EU ahead of the COHOM meeting 1-2 September 2014, Amnesty International, FIDH and its member organization, the Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma today call on the European Union and its member states to ensure continued international engagement on the human rights situation in Myanmar by again introducing a resolution on the country at the upcoming United Nations General Assembly in October 2014. A failure to retain a robust UNGA resolution on Myanmar would endanger progress on human rights, which has increasingly come under threat this year.

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Trapped Burmese migrant workers strike in Chiang Mai

Burmese migrant workers are on strike in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai. They say they are being held in bonded labour, and that their employer is holding their passports, forcing them to work for as little as 270 Thai baht (US$8) per day. That is half of Thailand’s legal minimum wage.

The striking workers say they are often not paid for months on end, despite them being due their wage on a fortnightly basis.

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Next Rangoon Election to Bar 98.5% of Voters

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Irrawaddy

By KYAW HSU MON / THE IRRAWADDY

RANGOON — Only 1.5 percent of Rangoon’s voting-age population will be allowed to vote in the city’s next elections, according to new rules and regulations approved by the divisional parliament on Friday.

Lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to approve the restrictions on voter participation in elections for the next deputy mayor and other senior officials in the municipal administration, the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

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Delivering Prosperity in Myanmar's Dryzone: Lessons from Mandalay and Magwe on realizing the economic potential of small-scale farmers

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Oxfam

Myanmar is undergoing intense and rapid changes. Policies formulated today will determine the future path of political and economic development. Modernization of the country’s agricultural sector is, rightly, a priority. However, mechanization and large-scale agricultural investment is not the only option. Small farm development provides a commercially viable option with better outcomes in terms of poverty reduction and positive spillovers to other sectors. Small farms absorb labour, allow communities to build assets and help local markets flourish.

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Myanmar releases population count from census

YANGON — Myanmar has a population of 51.4 million people, according to provisional census data released today by the Minister of Immigration and Population.

The country conducted its first census in 30 years between 29 March and 10 April of this year. Preliminary results show there are 51,419,420 people in Myanmar, 26,598,244 females and 24,821,176 males, and a male/female sex ratio of 93.3 per cent. This includes 50,213,067 persons counted during the census and an estimated 1,206,353 persons who were not counted in three areas.

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The Tide Is Turning for Burmese in Thailand, But Which Way?

Thailand’s migration and refugee policies have shifted since the military’s coup d’état in May. The Thai junta has initiated a policy of labor reforms, including a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers to allegedly combat corruption and human trafficking.

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Rethinking Reintegration Support for Myanmar Trafficking Victims

Every year some 300 Myanmar victims of trafficking receive assistance to return home via government-to-government repatriation channels. When they return to Myanmar, many face huge challenges in reintegrating with their communities, often due to the experiences that they underwent while abroad.

International Organization for Migration:

Copyright © IOM. All rights reserved.

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Myanmar Development operational report - Mid-Year Report 1 (MAAMM002)

1. Executive Summary

Overall Project/Programme Status:

The first six months of 2014 began with the 72nd Central Council Meeting of Myanmar Red Cross Society ( MRCS) which was held at the MRCS headquarters on 23 and 24 January 2014. The two-day meeting was attended by the Union Minister and government officials from the Ministry of Health, Executive Committee members, Red Cross brigade members from state and region, and invited guests. At this meeting, MRCS presented the revised MRCS Strategy 2015 and the draft revised MRCS Act.

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Filthy water plumbed into Rangoon homes

Rangoon’s water supply stems from four reservoirs dotted around the city. A giant pipeline snakes through Kyauktada township in downtown Rangoon, plumbing water across 60 kilometres from the giant Gyohpyu reservoir in the city’s north.

The water from Gyohpyu sustains many of the six million people living in the former capital. Now, residents whose houses feed off of the pipeline say filthy water is being plumbed into their homes.

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Tenasserim to allot land for refugees, officials say

Government officials of Tenasserim Division [Tanintharyi Region] claimed that refugees residing in a camp in Thailand would soon be able to return to Burma as they are scouting for land for their resettlement.

The camp in question is Tham Hin, located in Thailand’s Ratchaburi province bordering Burma, which houses about 6,000 refugees. Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister Saw Harry visited the camp and said that 75 percent of the refugees wish to return home, so the divisional government is now looking for plots of land in Tenasserim Division to accommodate them.

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Boost for Burma with new UK funding

Desmond Swayne announces new funding for Burma while on a visit to the country

The UK remains committed to supporting Burma to reach its potential as a peaceful and prosperous country that respects the human rights of its entire people, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne said while announcing new funding at a reception to mark 10 years of DFID’s presence in Burma.

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Farmers get cash assistance for flood-hit farmlands

Nyaunglebin, 27 Aug — A ceremony to present cash assistance for flooded farmlands by Bago Region Government was held at Ye- byukan Village of Nyaun- glebin Township on Tues- day. The region government gave cash assistance K 96.138 million to 5,497 flood-hit farmlands from 27 villages of the township due to heavy rains as of 1 Au- gust. Members of township and village farmland man- agement committees and authorities presented cash assistance to the farmers within a day. Nay Lin (Nyaunglebin)

New Light of Myanmar:

Now a separate source (previously credited as Gov't of Myanmar)

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Union govt provides Bago region govt with over K1bn for flood victims

Bago, 27 Aug — Union government of My- anmar has handed over over 1.047 billion kyat for flood-hit farmlands to Bago region government for the rehabilitation programmes of the victims at flood-hit areas in the region.

New Light of Myanmar:

Now a separate source (previously credited as Gov't of Myanmar)

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Landslide devastates Karenni refugee camp: 1 dead, 1 missing

By NANG MYA NADI

A landslide induced by continuous heavy rains has killed at least one man at a Karenni refugee camp in Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand.

More than 100 refugee homes were damaged in the deluge, camp officials said.

“Heavy rain fell throughout Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, destroying a clinic, a school and a women’s shelter, and damaging more than 100 houses in Zone B of the camp,” said vice-chairperson Naw Khu Paw.

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Sudan + 7 others
September 2014 Special Update – Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

On 1 July 2014, the UN Secretary-General submitted his 13th annual report on children and armed conflict to the Security Council, pursuant to SCR 2068. The Council will discuss the report during a debate on children and armed conflict on 8 September 2014 hosted by the United States.

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict urges the Security Council to commit to the following actions to strengthen implementation of the Children and Armed Conflict agenda:

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World + 48 others
Global Emergency Overview Snapshot 20-26 August

The weekly Global Overview aggregates information from a range of sources and provides the latest updates on and a ranking of current humanitarian crises.

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World + 3 others
Communications with Communities Asia-Pacific Newsletter August 2014

This update seeks to support growth in innovative policy, practice and partnerships in humanitarian action to better communicate with disaster-affected communities. Readers are encouraged to forward this email through their own networks.

Myanmar

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Locals flee extreme floods in Hpakant

Most neighbourhoods in Hpakant, a jade-mining town in Burma’s northern Kachin State, have been evacuated following days of heavy rain.

All quarters except for those at high altitudes were flooded by overflow from the Uru River over the past week. The most hard-hit areas are Ayemyatharyar, Mashikahtaung, Myoma and Ngetpyawdaw, according to locals affiliated with a community organisation called Parami.

On Monday, locals said that water levels had lessened to some degree but that transportation is still difficult as most roads are still underwater.

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Visit to Myanmar by United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary General

Visit to Myanmar by Mr. Vijay Nambiar, United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General

The Special Adviser to Secretary-General Mr. Vijay Nambiar visited Myanmar from 18 to 25 August in pursuance of his mandate. Undertaken ahead of the 69th session of the General Assembly, this was Mr. Nambiar's eighth visit to the country during the past year.

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Making the right choices

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DanChurchAid

25.08.2014 by Maiken Skeem

In Myanmar village development committees help women to make the right choices – not only for the benefit of their own families but also for the benefit of the entire village.

We are sitting on the wooden floor in the newly constructed community meeting hall in the village of Kan Hla in northern Myanmar. This small community was moved from their original village around 1 km. away from here. A new electro hydro dam was built where they used to live and they had to give space.