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Myanmar Human Rights Body: Killings at Mandalay Youth Center Tied to Rule Breaches, Staff Shortage

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission found the killing of two teenagers at Mandalay Youth Center was linked to poor compliance with regulations and a staff shortage.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Human Rights Body: Killings at Mandalay Youth Center Tied to Rule Breaches, Staff Shortage

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission found the killing of two teenagers at Mandalay Youth Center was linked to poor compliance with regulations and a staff shortage.

Myanmar’s Ruling Party to Contest All Seats in Conflict-Torn Rakhine State in November Election

The NLD said it would field candidates in all constituencies in Rakhine State in the upcoming election, after initially saying it would not run for all seats.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar’s Ruling Party to Contest All Seats in Conflict-Torn Rakhine State in November Election

The NLD said it would field candidates in all constituencies in Rakhine State in the upcoming election, after initially saying it would not run for all seats.

Myanmar Authorities Say Election Boycott Campaign May Face Legal Action

The Union Election Commission says any attempt to get voters to boycott the general election is a violation of election law that carries possible jail time.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Authorities Say Election Boycott Campaign May Face Legal Action

The Union Election Commission says any attempt to get voters to boycott the general election is a violation of election law that carries possible jail time.

Myanmar Police Detain Three for Holding 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day Event in Yangon

Three activists were detained by police for holding a Karen Martyrs’ Day event in Yangon without permission.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Police Detain Three for Holding 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day Event in Yangon

Three activists were detained by police for holding a Karen Martyrs’ Day event in Yangon without permission.

Ex-Generals Still in as Myanmar’s Former Ruling Party Reveals Candidates for Upcoming Poll

In the former ruling and military proxy USDP’s candidate list, ministers from the previous government and ex-generals account for nearly 30 percent of the 1,129 hopefuls.
The Irrawaddy

Ex-Generals Still in as Myanmar’s Former Ruling Party Reveals Candidates for Upcoming Poll

In the former ruling and military proxy USDP’s candidate list, ministers from the previous government and ex-generals account for nearly 30 percent of the 1,129 hopefuls.

Rakhine Man Dies in Myanmar Military Custody, Critics Suspect Execution

The military detained a man in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State last Friday evening and on Monday gave his body over to local police without an explanation of the cause of death.
The Irrawaddy

Rakhine Man Dies in Myanmar Military Custody, Critics Suspect Execution

The military detained a man in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State last Friday evening and on Monday gave his body over to local police without an explanation of the cause of death.

Hong Kong Activist, Media Mogul Released After Arrests

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow and publisher Jimmy Lai were released one day after their arrests under the region’s new security law.
The Irrawaddy

Hong Kong Activist, Media Mogul Released After Arrests

Hong Kong democracy activist Agnes Chow and publisher Jimmy Lai were released one day after their arrests under the region’s new security law.

US Health Chief Slams China, Praises Taiwan During Historic Visit

US Health Secretary Alex Azar, the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since 1979, criticized China’s ‘bullying’ of the island during his trip to Taipei.
The Irrawaddy

US Health Chief Slams China, Praises Taiwan During Historic Visit

US Health Secretary Alex Azar, the highest-ranking US official to visit Taiwan since 1979, criticized China’s ‘bullying’ of the island during his trip to Taipei.

Ex-WHO Chief Says US ‘Counterproductive’ on Virus, World Order

Former WHO chief Gro Harlem Brundtland has accused the US of being ‘counterproductive’ during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading an ‘assault’ on multilateralism.
The Irrawaddy

Ex-WHO Chief Says US ‘Counterproductive’ on Virus, World Order

Former WHO chief Gro Harlem Brundtland has accused the US of being ‘counterproductive’ during the COVID-19 pandemic and leading an ‘assault’ on multilateralism.

Ethnic Kayah Parties Pledge Cooperation in Myanmar’s Election

Two ethnic Kayah parties say they won’t run candidates in the same elections to avoid splitting votes and also announced that nearly a third of their candidates are activists.
The Irrawaddy

Ethnic Kayah Parties Pledge Cooperation in Myanmar’s Election

Two ethnic Kayah parties say they won’t run candidates in the same elections to avoid splitting votes and also announced that nearly a third of their candidates are activists.

Myanmar Military Chief: Govt Should Call Top Security Council Meeting

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the National Defense and Security Council must meet because it is “too dangerous for one person to be making decisions” for the country.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Military Chief: Govt Should Call Top Security Council Meeting

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing said the National Defense and Security Council must meet because it is “too dangerous for one person to be making decisions” for the country.

China Experts Wanted

China reserves the right to interfere in Myanmar’s affairs; it’s time Myanmar educated itself about its northern neighbor by creating think tanks and research institutes.
The Irrawaddy

China Experts Wanted

China reserves the right to interfere in Myanmar’s affairs; it’s time Myanmar educated itself about its northern neighbor by creating think tanks and research institutes.

Organizers Vow to Hold 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day Event Despite Myanmar Police Warning

Karen activists are proceeding with plans to hold a Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon on Wednesday; police say the event is banned under COVID-19 guidelines.
The Irrawaddy

Organizers Vow to Hold 70th Karen Martyrs’ Day Event Despite Myanmar Police Warning

Karen activists are proceeding with plans to hold a Karen Martyrs’ Day commemoration in Yangon on Wednesday; police say the event is banned under COVID-19 guidelines.

Coronavirus Infections Top 20 Million Globally

The coronavirus has infected more than 20 million people worldwide and killed more than 730,000, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.
The Irrawaddy

Coronavirus Infections Top 20 Million Globally

The coronavirus has infected more than 20 million people worldwide and killed more than 730,000, according to the latest tally from Johns Hopkins University.

China to Penalize US Lawmakers Over Hong Kong as Retaliation

Beijing said it will impose sanctions on 11 Americans including senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in retaliation for US action against Chinese officials over Hong Kong.
The Irrawaddy

China to Penalize US Lawmakers Over Hong Kong as Retaliation

Beijing said it will impose sanctions on 11 Americans including senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio in retaliation for US action against Chinese officials over Hong Kong.

Non-Signatories to Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Yet to Decide on Attending Peace Conference

The ethnic armed organizations that are not signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement have yet to accept their invitations to next week’s Union Peace Conference.
The Irrawaddy

Non-Signatories to Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement Yet to Decide on Attending Peace Conference

The ethnic armed organizations that are not signatories to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement have yet to accept their invitations to next week’s Union Peace Conference.

China’s Strategic Port Project Moves Step Closer to Reality as Myanmar OKs Joint Venture

Myanmar’s investment agency has approved a joint venture between a government committee and Chinese consortium CITIC to develop the Kyaukphyu SEZ and port in Rakhine.
The Irrawaddy

China’s Strategic Port Project Moves Step Closer to Reality as Myanmar OKs Joint Venture

Myanmar’s investment agency has approved a joint venture between a government committee and Chinese consortium CITIC to develop the Kyaukphyu SEZ and port in Rakhine.

Former Suu Kyi Ally Behind New Political Party Bows Out of Myanmar Election

U Shwe Mann, founder of the Union Betterment Party and ex-chair of the military proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party, says he will not run in Myanmar’s election.
The Irrawaddy

Former Suu Kyi Ally Behind New Political Party Bows Out of Myanmar Election

U Shwe Mann, founder of the Union Betterment Party and ex-chair of the military proxy Union Solidarity and Development Party, says he will not run in Myanmar’s election.

Four Ethnic Fighters Jailed for 35 Years for Attack on Myanmar Military’s Defense Academy

Four members of the Brotherhood Alliance of EAOs were jailed for 35 years for a 2019 attack on the Defense Services Technological Academy and other sites in Pyin Oo Lwin.
The Irrawaddy

Four Ethnic Fighters Jailed for 35 Years for Attack on Myanmar Military’s Defense Academy

Four members of the Brotherhood Alliance of EAOs were jailed for 35 years for a 2019 attack on the Defense Services Technological Academy and other sites in Pyin Oo Lwin.

Nobel Literature Laureate Ishiguro Stresses ‘Supreme Value of Life’ in Nagasaki A-bomb Message

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro offered both a warning and message of hope in a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, his birthplace.
The Irrawaddy

Nobel Literature Laureate Ishiguro Stresses ‘Supreme Value of Life’ in Nagasaki A-bomb Message

British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro offered both a warning and message of hope in a speech marking the 75th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki, his birthplace.

US Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million, Leading the World

The US has now seen more than 5 million coronavirus cases and over 160,000 deaths, according to various surveys; Reuters report finds one in 66 residents is infected.
The Irrawaddy

US Coronavirus Cases Top 5 Million, Leading the World

The US has now seen more than 5 million coronavirus cases and over 160,000 deaths, according to various surveys; Reuters report finds one in 66 residents is infected.

Myanmar Govt’s Move to Protect Migrant Voting Rights: Too Little, Too Late?

This week, The Irrawaddy talks with migrant advocates U Htoo Chit and U Aung Kyaw about whether Myanmar migrants abroad will actually be able to vote in November’s election.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt’s Move to Protect Migrant Voting Rights: Too Little, Too Late?

This week, The Irrawaddy talks with migrant advocates U Htoo Chit and U Aung Kyaw about whether Myanmar migrants abroad will actually be able to vote in November’s election.

Myanmar Human Rights Body Investigates Deaths of Two Teens at Mandalay Youth Center

Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation after two teenagers were allegedly beaten to death at Mandalay Youth Center.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Human Rights Body Investigates Deaths of Two Teens at Mandalay Youth Center

Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation after two teenagers were allegedly beaten to death at Mandalay Youth Center.

Nominee US Ambassador to Myanmar Hints at Need to Counter China’s Influence in Senate Testimony

Thomas Vajda, the Trump administration’s nominee as the next US envoy to Myanmar, told the Senate he would work to counter ‘malign foreign influences’ in the country.
The Irrawaddy

Nominee US Ambassador to Myanmar Hints at Need to Counter China’s Influence in Senate Testimony

Thomas Vajda, the Trump administration’s nominee as the next US envoy to Myanmar, told the Senate he would work to counter ‘malign foreign influences’ in the country.

Drug Squad Arrests Three, Seizes Assault Rifles, Narcotics in Myanmar’s Shan State

The military speculated 10 rifles seized from three drug-trafficking suspects in Shan State were locally made variants of Chinese weapons, bound for western Myanmar.
The Irrawaddy

Drug Squad Arrests Three, Seizes Assault Rifles, Narcotics in Myanmar’s Shan State

The military speculated 10 rifles seized from three drug-trafficking suspects in Shan State were locally made variants of Chinese weapons, bound for western Myanmar.

Violence in Rakhine Prevents Voter List Posting in 15 Village-tracts, IDP Camps

Fighting in Rakhine has derailed the voter list process for Myanmar’s election as authorities are unable to post lists in active conflict areas and lack data on IDP camps.
The Irrawaddy

Violence in Rakhine Prevents Voter List Posting in 15 Village-tracts, IDP Camps

Fighting in Rakhine has derailed the voter list process for Myanmar’s election as authorities are unable to post lists in active conflict areas and lack data on IDP camps.

US Lifts Alert Advising Americans to Avoid All Travel Abroad

The US State Department has lifted its advisory warning against all air travel overseas due to COVID-19, but continues to urge citizens to use caution.
The Irrawaddy

US Lifts Alert Advising Americans to Avoid All Travel Abroad

The US State Department has lifted its advisory warning against all air travel overseas due to COVID-19, but continues to urge citizens to use caution.

Three More Countries Ratify UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, three more countries ratified the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty, taking the total to 43.
The Irrawaddy

Three More Countries Ratify UN Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty

On the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, three more countries ratified the UN nuclear weapon ban treaty, taking the total to 43.

Myanmar Pastors Jailed for Defying COVID-19 Restrictions

Pastors Saw Kwae Wah and Saw David Lah were sentenced to three months in prison with hard labor for organizing religious gatherings in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Pastors Jailed for Defying COVID-19 Restrictions

Pastors Saw Kwae Wah and Saw David Lah were sentenced to three months in prison with hard labor for organizing religious gatherings in violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

Myanmar Ministry to Probe Whether Pro-Army Video Was Shot in Violation of COVID-19 Ban

After an outcry on social media, the Information Ministry will check to see whether a pro-military video by singer Yone Lay violated a ban on film shoots during COVID-19.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Ministry to Probe Whether Pro-Army Video Was Shot in Violation of COVID-19 Ban

After an outcry on social media, the Information Ministry will check to see whether a pro-military video by singer Yone Lay violated a ban on film shoots during COVID-19.

Myanmar Election Officials Scramble to Correct Error-Riddled Voter Lists

Pressure is building on election officials amid public complaints that preliminary voter lists are missing names, include deceased people, and contain faulty data.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Election Officials Scramble to Correct Error-Riddled Voter Lists

Pressure is building on election officials amid public complaints that preliminary voter lists are missing names, include deceased people, and contain faulty data.

Myanmar Lawyers Elect New Bar Council for First Time Since Military Regime

Myanmar has a democratically-elected Bar Council for the first time in 30 years, marking a major step towards judicial reform in the country.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Lawyers Elect New Bar Council for First Time Since Military Regime

Myanmar has a democratically-elected Bar Council for the first time in 30 years, marking a major step towards judicial reform in the country.

Myanmar Govt Says Arakan Army Not Invited to Union Peace Conference

As a terrorist group, the AA will not be invited to this month’s Union Peace Conference, the government said, prompting the Brotherhood Alliance to threaten a boycott.
The Irrawaddy

Myanmar Govt Says Arakan Army Not Invited to Union Peace Conference

As a terrorist group, the AA will not be invited to this month’s Union Peace Conference, the government said, prompting the Brotherhood Alliance to threaten a boycott.

North Korea to ‘Support’ Border City Where Suspected Virus Case Found

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered special resources sent to the locked down city of Kaesong, where a suspected COVID-19 case was detected, state media said.
The Irrawaddy

North Korea to ‘Support’ Border City Where Suspected Virus Case Found

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered special resources sent to the locked down city of Kaesong, where a suspected COVID-19 case was detected, state media said.

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