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Myanmar: Humanitarian relief in Rakhine


Malteser International appreciates discussions on improving humanitarian space for aid delivery and relief efforts

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Myanmar + 1 other
Myanmar and Thailand: Limiting Landmine Danger

By David Tereshchuk*

July 29, 2014—The southeastern regions of Myanmar (also known as Burma) bordering on Thailand have long been characterized by violent upheaval and refugee movements.

Most heavily affected have been the country’s ethnic minority populations in small village communities. Their lives have been deeply impacted by armed conflict and frequent forcible military recruitment, owing to ethnic tensions and an autocratic government that ruled the country for nearly 50 years, from 1962 to 2011.

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Laiza ceasefire talks enter final stages [Video]

Ceasefire discussions among ethnic armed groups entered their final stages on Monday in Laiza, the rebel stronghold of Kachin State in northern Burma.

Representatives from each of the 16 armed groups that make up the National Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) shifted focus to the potential of a post-truce political dialogue with the Union government.

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Thailand + 1 other
Refugees worried amid lack of govt transparency

Refugees from Burma residing in Thai border camps are concerned about the lack of transparency and proper procedures by Thai authorities regarding repatriation, in light of a recent census poll being conducted in the camps.

According to Saw Honest, chairperson of the Mae La – the largest refugee camp along the Thai-Burmese border – Thai officials began conducting a population census on 18 July, and have been issuing three different types of identification cards to the refugees.

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World + 44 others
Global emergency overview snapshot 22 - 29 July

The weekly Global Overview collates information from a range of sources and displays it in a manner that allows for quick comparison of different humanitarian crises.

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UN expert warns against possible backtracking, calls for more public freedoms

GENEVA (28 July 2014) - Following a ten-day visit* to the country, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Ms. Yanghee Lee, urged the authorities to avoid any backtracking that could threaten the achievements of the past few years and called for more public freedoms.

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Over 120 homes in Kachin IDP camp relocated due to landslide

More than 120 homes in Je Yang camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Burma’s Kachin State were relocated this weekend after a landslide killed five residents last Tuesday.

Doi Pyi Sa, head of the Refugee Relief Committee for the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO), said that 123 houses were previously at the foot of a hill, but were relocated after a heavy downpour caused the deadly landslide.

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Humanitarian Bulletin Myanmar, Issue 6 | 1 – 30 June


Two years after inter-communal violence in Rakhine and the outbreak of conflict in Kachin, serious humanitarian needs remain.

Growing nutrition concerns for vulnerable children in Rakhine.

Major gaps in health coverage in Rakhine and risk of water borne diseases as rainy season starts.

Livelihood support programmes for vulnerable communities in Rakhine.

NGOs start innovative water and sanitation project in Sittwe IDP camps.


UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Ceasefire but no demining in Myanmar's Kayah State


Despite a 2012 ceasefire, there is little immediate prospect for the launch of clearance operations in the heavily landmine-contaminated state, experts and activists say.


A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at

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This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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800 Civilians Newly Displaced by Fighting in Shan States: Group



More than 800 ethnic Palaung villagers in northern Shan State’s Namkham Township have fled their homes in recent days to avoid the growing number of clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung rebels, according to a local NGO.

De De Poe Jeing, secretary of the Ta’ang Women’s Organization, said more than 800 people had fled Mong Poe village and arrived at nearby Namkham town, located on the Burma-China border, on Monday.

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Rohingya, impoverished and persecuted, in northern Rakhine state


Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Fri, 25 Jul 2014 03:00 AM

Author: Thin Lei Win

International news coverage of the plight of the stateless Rohingya Muslims has focused on those displaced by sectarian violence and living in sprawling, squalid camps outside the Rakhine state capital Sittwe. However, a majority of the country’s 1.3 million Rohingya live in northern Rakhine state in apartheid-like conditions.

Read the story on Alertnet


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MSF welcomes offer to resume operations in Rakhine, Myanmar but remains cautious

London, 25 July 2014 - Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) welcomes the announcement by the Union Government of Myanmar and the Rakhine State Government that MSF will be allowed to resume operations in Rakhine State, after it was forced to halt medical activities in February.

“MSF is cautiously optimistic about this development,” said Marcel Langenbach, Director of Operations, MSF. “Given that for many people in Rakhine access to medical services remains a major challenge, we hope that MSF can restart treating patients as soon as possible.”

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Rakhine State Government Announcement (1/2014), 23 July 2014

  1. The members of the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) met with representatives of the diplomatic corps, the United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organizations,

New Light of Myanmar:

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

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Systematic rape is used as a weapon of war

In conflict, it is often the most vulnerable that become the victims. Burma has been engaged in civil war for more than 60 years, and throughout that time there have been consistent reports of abuses against women and children committed by the military.

In part two of a special DVB Debate show, panellists discussed the widespread use of sexual violence in conflict.

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MSF treats first CMV retinitis patients with oral drug

Reduction in pricing still needed to ensure wider access to treatment

23 July 2014

Aye Pyae Sone/MSF

ART drugs at MSF's clinic in Myitkyina, Kachin state, Myanmar. MSF treats more than 30,000 HIV/AIDS patients across the country.

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Pyithu Hluttaw approves proposal to establish Ministry of Ethnic Affairs

Mizzima News

Written by Soe Than Linn

The Pyithu Hluttaw has approved a draft bill submitted by its National Races Affairs and Peace Making Committee that provides for the creation of a Ministry of Ethnic Affairs.

The draft Protection for Minority Rights bill, aimed at protecting the rights of indigenous minorities, was approved on July 22.

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Wa Again Absent as Ethnic Groups Meet for Ceasefire Talks



RANGOON — Representatives from Burma’s Wa and Mengla minority groups were invited but are not attending the third conference of ethnic armed groups being held in Laiza, Kachin State, at the headquarters of the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) this week.

The conference began on Thursday and will run through July 29, bringing together members of 12 ethnic armed groups in Burma that are members of the National Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) to discuss a long-sought nationwide peace agreement with the Burmese government.

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Seeking Independence, Opium Eradication in Palaung Territory



KYAUK MAE DISTRICT, Northern Shan State — In the ethnic Palaung area in northern Shan State, speaking Burmese can generate suspicion among local people, who are distrustful due to their ongoing conflict with the Burmese military.

“For people here, Burmese is the language used by the Burmese army. So they are really afraid if they hear someone speaking in the language,” one local villager explained to me after I had convinced him that I had nothing to do with the army.