“Rebuking and restricting women from going out, including visiting their relatives, is domestic violence,” Dr. Thet Thet Mu, director of the Public Health Department told the media. “If [men] make [their wives] feel miserable it is domestic violence,”

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Health Ministry: One in Five Women Experience Domestic Violence

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Outspoken lawmakers have urged the Rangoon regional government not to continue city expansion without what they referred to as a ‘proper’ business plan.

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Rangoon Lawmakers Ask That City Expansion Project be Separated from Planning Bill

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The only known photo of a Nov. 2016 meeting between the former junta chief and Saw Mutu Say Poe is revealed on Facebook.

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Photo of Meeting Between KNU Chairman and Than Shwe Revealed

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Naw Pann Thinzar Myo, Rangoon government’s Karen Ethnic Affairs Minister, said on Thursday that pavilions would only be allowed in private spaces during the Burmese New Year’s water festivities, which take place from April 13 to 16.

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Ban Eased on Party Stages for Thingyan Water Festival

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“We want to ask the government, the Election Commission, and other authorities to allow our ethnic people the right to vote. We ask that they listen to the voice of our people, and not to others who hope to block our rights under false pretenses,” said SSPP spokesperson Col Sai Su.

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SSPP Urges Govt to Allow By-Elections to Proceed as Planned

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The fellowship period lasts from July to December 2017 and selected fellows will be placed in one of FHI 360’s civil society or media partner organizations.

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FHI 360 Provides Fellowships for Former Political Prisoners

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U Kyee Myint, a senior member of the Myanmar Lawyers’ Network, said the Supreme Court’s three-year strategic plan for reform bore no relevance to the situation of the courts and was not effective at reforming the courts.

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Legal Experts Reject Govt Claims of Judiciary Reform

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The two, who were among five Malaysian tugboat crew seized by militants in July last year off the Malaysian state of Sabah, were weak and “in sickly state” when rescued, said Maj-Gen Carlito Galvez Jr.

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Philippine Troops Rescue 2 Malaysians Kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Militants

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“Until there is an independent, impartial and effective investigation to establish whether anyone else was involved in the killing, the victims of this terrible crime, including Kem Ley’s wife and children, will be unable to obtain justice,” said Kingsley Abbott, senior legal advisor at the International Commission of Jurists.

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Cambodian Court Jails Man for Killing Government Critic

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At first it appeared to be a road accident, but a post-mortem examination showed that he was hit by a bullet and killed on the spot, police have confirmed.

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Police Investigate Taxi Driver’s Mysterious Death in Mandalay

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Members of the Vice President-led Maungdaw Investigation Commission wrapped up a five-day trip to Bangladesh on Wednesday.

The six members, led by secretary of the commission U Zaw Myint Pe, met international aid groups, Bangladeshi officials and visited north Arakan State refugees in three camps in Cox's Bazar, according to state media.

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“I think local people have started thinking that only the local ethnic parties can fulfill their wishes,” said Mi Kun Chan Non, vice chairwoman of the Mon Women’s Organization.
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Vox Pop: Politicians and Analysts Weigh in on Upcoming By-Elections

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A seven-member investigation committee from within the Arakan State parliament criticized the township level National Verification Card securitization body, for, as they said, “wrongly issuing full citizenship” to Muslims in Maungdaw District.
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Parliamentary Committee Contests Full Citizenship for Maungdaw Muslims

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“We are considering whether to sign the NCA and are collecting ideas from [local] people,” said NMSP spokesperson Nai Win Hla after a meeting between NMSP members and community leaders in the Mon State capital Moulmein on Wednesday.
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New Mon State Party Likely to Sign NCA

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The NLD staged an election campaign in Mon State on March 21-22, where recent protests saw thousands of Mon locals in opposition to the Union government’s naming of a local bridge after independence hero Gen Aung San, ignoring the wishes of many in the local ethnic community.
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By-Elections Stir Up Regional Controversy

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“We appreciated this action. Stability and peace in border area is common interest for both sides,” said Zaw Htay, Burma’s presidential spokesman.
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Burma Praises China for Suspending Rebels’ Bank Account

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“We only knew about it when [U Min Swe] shouted for help at 8 a.m., he was covered in blood and tied up,” said a neighbor living opposite the office.
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Police Hunt Suspects of Violent Robbery in Downtown Rangoon

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“He used an iron hammer and sickle to break it apart,” said Ko Wai Min Tun, a resident of Tar Gwa. “A villager tried to stop him but he started waving the sickle, then no one dared to approach him.”
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Mentally Unstable Man Destroys Gen Aung San Statue

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“We were told by the bank that we need to finalize some procedures,” Yan Zhen Kun, an MNDAA representative who oversees donations for the group, told Reuters. “It did not tell us how long this might take.”
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Chinese Bank Suspends MNDAA Account

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Burma’s Commander-in-Chief of Defense Services Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing met with a delegation led by Chinese Ambassador to Burma Mr. Hong Liang in Naypyidaw on Tuesday.
The two discussed matters relating to the history of the Laukkai region and the current situation on the ground, efforts of the two countries, and further cooperation for peace, stability and security on the border.
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