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‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets

Jack Dorsey said he did not «intend to diminish by not raising the issue, but could have acknowledged that I don’t know enough and need to learn more.» The post ‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweet
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‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets

Jack Dorsey said he did not «intend to diminish by not raising the issue, but could have acknowledged that I don’t know enough and need to learn more.» The post ‘Aware of Atrocities’: Twitter CEO Responds to Critics of Myanmar Tweets appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair

For the first time in history, Time has honored those in its own profession, naming Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo alongside a number of other journalists “Person of the Year.” The post Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reu
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Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair

For the first time in history, Time has honored those in its own profession, naming Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo alongside a number of other journalists “Person of the Year.” The post Time’s ‘Person of Year’ Goes to Journalists, Including Reuters Pair appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children

For some of the newly freed women, keeping their baby is a burden as they struggle to get by. For others, it is a relief. The post Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children

For some of the newly freed women, keeping their baby is a burden as they struggle to get by. For others, it is a relief. The post Freed From Jail, Cambodian Surrogate Mothers Raise Chinese Children appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene

If Canada’s justice minister decides to extradited Meng to the US, she could face up to 30 years in prison for each count of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The post Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Interv
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Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene

If Canada’s justice minister decides to extradited Meng to the US, she could face up to 30 years in prison for each count of conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions. The post Canada Frees CFO of China’s Huawei on Bail; Trump Might Intervene appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project

The President's Office says 15,000 locals have signed a petition in favor of the project, far more than the 4,000 who signed an earlier petition opposing it. The post Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Projec
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Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project

The President's Office says 15,000 locals have signed a petition in favor of the project, far more than the 4,000 who signed an earlier petition opposing it. The post Gov’t Says Most Locals Support Ex-Dictator’s Son’s Inle Lake Hotel Project appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party

Founders agree to change name from ‘Mon Party’ to ‘Mon Unity Party’ The post Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party

Founders agree to change name from ‘Mon Party’ to ‘Mon Unity Party’ The post Election Commission Rejects Name of Proposed Mon Political Party appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award

Athan founder Maung Saung Kha has won the Human Rights Tulip award from the Netherlands, becoming the first person bestowed with the honor in the country. The post Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award

Athan founder Maung Saung Kha has won the Human Rights Tulip award from the Netherlands, becoming the first person bestowed with the honor in the country. The post Myanmar Free Speech Activist Wins Dutch Human Rights Award appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks

Private lenders made billions of kyats on Dec. 4 thanks to intervention when dollar was low; vice governor says transaction was routine. The post Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks

Private lenders made billions of kyats on Dec. 4 thanks to intervention when dollar was low; vice governor says transaction was routine. The post Central Bank Denies Huge Dollar Purchase Made to Benefit Local Banks appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military

Burma Campaign UK says companies including Facebook and Western Union are helping military violate human rights, destroy environment The post ‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military

Burma Campaign UK says companies including Facebook and Western Union are helping military violate human rights, destroy environment The post ‘Dirty List’ Names 49 Firms Doing Business with Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar

Many in West say Jack Dorsey’s posts insensitive to plight of Rohingya; others praise him for viewing country on its own terms The post Twitter Chief Attacked, Praised for Endorsing Travel to Myanmar appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day

On the 70th anniversary of International Human Rights Day, advocates said Myanmar's rights record was deteriorating. The post Myanmar Advocates Paint Grim Picture on Anniversary of Human Rights Day appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on T
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Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot

A competition has been launched to choose the best mascot design, which will be displayed at government events and exhibitions and in popular locations around Yangon. The post Auspicious Pyit Taing Htaung Toy Named Yangon Region’s Mascot appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first o
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A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation

As communities around the world hold events to mark Human Rights Day, The Irrawaddy revisits an article about the ill-fated student uprising of 1991 known as 10-D. The post A Human Rights Day When Myanmar’s Junta Lived Up to its Reputation appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law

Three Kachin youths who held a demonstration in protest of the sentencing of three fellow activists on Friday have been charged under the same contentious law. The post More Kachin Youths Charged Under Peaceful Assembly Law appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds

Amid mounting pressure from the international community, refusing to quash the unjust verdict of the three Kachin activists is wrong, writes analyst Joe Kumbun. The post Myanmar Rubbing Salt into its Own Wounds appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on Th
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Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says

The President’s Office has ordered that unqualified military officers may no longer be transferred to ministries under the control of the civilian government. The post Military Officers Need Apt Experience For Civilian Posts, Govt Says appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on Th
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NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers

“It will see if the chief ministers and ministers are really working.... This will make us better prepared" for the 2020 elections, said U Zaw Myint Maung. The post NLD Dedicates Team to Monitor Party’s Local Ministers, Lawmakers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments

Thura U Aung Ko ordered to keep gov’t policy in mind following backlash from Muslim groups The post Top Leaders Warn Minister over ‘Extreme Faith’ Comments appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared fi
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Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail

Meng Wanzhou argued that she should be released on bail while awaiting an extradition hearing, citing her ties to Canada, properties in Vancouver and fears for her health. The post Huawei CFO Seeks Bail on Health Concerns; Canada Wants Her in Jail appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker

Doubts have been raised about Britain's capacity to ensure its medical supply chain is free of labor abuses and unethical practices. The post UK Investigates After Labor Rights Expose at World’s Top Glove Maker appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Lan
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Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land

«I thought, why not take a weapon of destruction and turn it into a symbol of love that has a positive impact on the community?» she Elizabeth Suda, founder of Article 22. The post Turning Bombs Into Bracelets, as Laos Villagers Wait For Safe Land appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy

This week, The Irrawaddy discusses the souring relationship between Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the press, including her controversial remarks about social media. The post The NLD and the Media: A Once Cozy Relationship Turns Icy appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea

Oleo restaurant at Melia Hotel Yangon offers sweet treats, savory fare and unlimited tea or coffee in a relaxed vibe The post Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea

Oleo restaurant at Melia Hotel Yangon offers sweet treats, savory fare and unlimited tea or coffee in a relaxed vibe The post Spend a Winter’s Afternoon Chatting over a High Tea appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two

The two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday along a road linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army have been fighting. The post Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two appeared first on The I
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Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two

The two men were killed in a landmine explosion Thursday along a road linking Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships, where the Myanmar military and Arakan Army have been fighting. The post Landmine Explosion in Northern Rakhine Kills Two appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units

President approves creation of special units to oversee anti-graft effort at the department level The post Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units

President approves creation of special units to oversee anti-graft effort at the department level The post Gov’t Departments to Have Their Own Corruption Prevention Units appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters

The sentencing has been condemned a blow to democracy, freedom of expression and human rights by local and international groups. The post Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters

The sentencing has been condemned a blow to democracy, freedom of expression and human rights by local and international groups. The post Six Months Behind Bars for Kachin Peaceful Protesters appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman

A wanted man since refusing to return a gold-mining license earlier this year, police are now investigating complaints against U Soe Tun Shein for failing to repay a $644,000 loan. The post New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman appeared first on
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New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman

A wanted man since refusing to return a gold-mining license earlier this year, police are now investigating complaints against U Soe Tun Shein for failing to repay a $644,000 loan. The post New Criminal Case Opened Against Rogue Businessman appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers

Police in Singapore say the arrest of a Singaporean couple in Yangon last week for using fake kyats led to raids on 18 moneychangers that came up with more counterfeit cash. The post Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers appeare
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Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers

Police in Singapore say the arrest of a Singaporean couple in Yangon last week for using fake kyats led to raids on 18 moneychangers that came up with more counterfeit cash. The post Police in Singapore Find Counterfeit Kyats in Raids on Moneychangers appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season

«Normally our hotel would be full. We are offering discounts because of the fear that allocations will not be utilized,» said Chandra Mohotti. The post Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season appeared first on Th
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Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season

«Normally our hotel would be full. We are offering discounts because of the fear that allocations will not be utilized,» said Chandra Mohotti. The post Sri Lanka’s Political Crisis Spurs Tourists to Cancel in Peak Season appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources

The government does not plan to name Huawei and ZTE in revised procurement rules but will put in place measures to strengthen security that apply to the companies, sources said. The post Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources appeared first on
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Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources

The government does not plan to name Huawei and ZTE in revised procurement rules but will put in place measures to strengthen security that apply to the companies, sources said. The post Japan to Ban Huawei, ZTE From Govt Contracts: Sources appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military

Losses on both sides mount during ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in troubled northern Rakhine State. The post High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military

Losses on both sides mount during ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army in troubled northern Rakhine State. The post High-Ranking Officers Killed by AA in N. Rakhine: Military appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories

Top Glove, like other large companies employing migrant workers in Malaysia, have to take responsibility for their recruitment practices. The post World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories appeared first on The
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World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories

Top Glove, like other large companies employing migrant workers in Malaysia, have to take responsibility for their recruitment practices. The post World’s Top Glove Maker Vows Clean-Up as Migrant Workers Toil in Malaysia Factories appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move

U.S. President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said. The post White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move

U.S. President Donald Trump did not know about plans to arrest a top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei in Canada, two U.S. officials said. The post White House, Trudeau Seek to Distance Themselves From Huawei Move appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights

Outgoing UNFPA representative looks back on her work promoting empowerment of women and youth, and helping to organize the first census in decades The post ‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights appeared first on The Irrawaddy.
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‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights

Outgoing UNFPA representative looks back on her work promoting empowerment of women and youth, and helping to organize the first census in decades The post ‘Myanmar Has Come a Long Way’ on Reproductive Rights appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

#WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Women and girls need the support of the entire community in pushing against the societal norms that continue to silence the sufferers of harassment and sexual abuse today. The post #WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct appeared first on T
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#WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct

Women and girls need the support of the entire community in pushing against the societal norms that continue to silence the sufferers of harassment and sexual abuse today. The post #WeToo Have a Duty to Support Victims of Sexual Misconduct appeared first on The Irrawaddy.

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