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    EU and Myanmar get set to ink new int’l arbitration agreement

    Bill O'Toole
    09 March 2014
    In the media

    Negotiations have begun for an EU investor protection agreement with Myanmar that would imbed international arbitration as the preferential dispute mechanism, although observers said such a clause could ultimately be detrimental for the country.

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    Burma mobs put census in doubt as western aid workers flee violence

    Kathleen E. McLaughlin
    02 April 2014
    In the media

    Angry Buddhist protesters rampage through streets as country's first census for 30 years opens up ethnic tensions

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    Myanmar Farmers at risk of losing Land under Legal Shift: Think Tank

    Thin Lei Win
    30 October 2014
    In the media

    Millions of small-scale farmers in Myanmar risk losing land under proposals to regulate land use which focus too much on investment and not enough on people's livelihoods, a Netherlands-based non-profit think tank warned on Thursday.

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    Critics worry Myanmar census could be fiasco, worsening ethnic repression and persecution

    Thin Lei Win
    26 February 2014
    In the media

    Human rights groups are concerned that Myanmar’s first census in 30 years will inflame ethnic tensions, further marginalise ethnic groups and be used as a tool for repression - especially against stateless Rohingya Muslims who are already denied basic human rights.

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    Myanmar's wildlife trafficking hotspot

    17 June 2014
    In the media

    Mong La has become a hub for gambling, prostitution and illegal animal products like ivory and tiger skull.

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    NGOs, Farmers Concerned After Reviewing Draft Land Use Policy

    Zarni Mann
    01 November 2014
    In the media

    Some 70 representatives of farmers’ organizations and civil society organizations from different parts of Burma gathered during a three-day meeting in Rangoon this week to hold the first of a number of discussions on the government’s new draft national land use policy.

  7. Opium Cultivation Stabilizes for First Time Since 2006

    Paul Vrieze
    08 December 2014
    In the media

    Opium cultivation in Burma stabilized in 2014 and the area under poppy remained roughly the same as last year, marking the first time since 2006 that cultivation did not expand, a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Monday.

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    Hopes Were High for Burma But Is the Honeymoon Over?

    Thin Lei Win
    10 March 2014
    In the media

    Three years ago, a quasi-civilian government took office in Burma, shedding the country’s pariah image and introducing democratic reforms that have won widespread praise. Yet events last week have raised doubts about the government’s reformist credentials and its commitment to a genuine democratic transition.

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    UN weighs in on blame game over census tensions

    Bill O’Toole
    12 September 2014
    In the media

    The head of the United Nations’ technical advisory board for Myanmar’s census has dismissed criticisms of the process and blamed civil society and human rights groups for having “inflamed” tensions surrounding the count.

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    Plow protesters lose land and liberty in Myanmar

    12 November 2014
    In the media

    Almost 200 farmers from five villages have been arrested since 2012 for protests over land confiscated by the military.

  11. Heroin returns to Golden Triangle

    02 June 2014
    In the media

    Poppy cultivation has rapidly expanded in the Myanmar and Laos parts of the Golden Triangle, to feed new demands for heroin, chiefly in China, according to a report released Monday.
    "After a decade of decline, Southeast Asia is now once again a major opium growing region," it claims.

  12. Regional anti-drug policies exacerbating problem: study

    Bill O’Toole
    02 June 2014
    In the media

    The steep rise is opium cultivation across Southeast Asia and its associated problems over the past five years is being encouraged by draconian anti-drug policies instituted as part ASEAN's strategy to become "drug-free" by 2015, a non-government organisation says in a new report.

  13. Policy Reform Needed to Stem Burma’s Resurgent Drug Trade

    02 June 2014
    In the media

    The resurgence of the illicit drugs trade in Burma in recent years is the result of flawed drug control policies by Burma and its neighbors, a new report says. It urges regional governments to reform their repressive policies in order to better address the trade’s underlying causes, such as rural poverty, and the impact of a rise in drug use.

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    Myanmar's census controversy

    Gwen Robinson
    07 March 2014
    In the media

    Myanmar will shortly launch the most comprehensive survey of its population since the country's last full census under British colonial rule in 1931.

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    Briefing: Myanmar’s “Rohingya” - what’s in a name?

    15 September 2014
    In the media

    Already widely reduced to statelessness and in many cases forced into camps for displaced people, an 800,000-strong population of Muslims in western Myanmar now faces increasing efforts to eradicate the very word they use to identify themselves as a group.

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    Outbreak of fighting dents hopes for Peace

    Phil Thornton
    23 October 2014
    In the media

    While the government insists it wants to end its conflicts with ethnic groups, locals in Karen State say they are still bearing the brunt of the brutal divide and conquer tactics.

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    Critics worry Myanmar census could be fiasco, worsening ethnic repression and persecution

    Thin Lei Win
    26 February 2014
    In the media

    Human rights groups are concerned that Myanmar’s first census in 30 years will inflame ethnic tensions, further marginalise ethnic groups and be used as a tool for repression - especially against stateless Rohingya Muslims who are already denied basic human rights.

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    Census was ‘doomed’ from the start – and UN knew it

    Billy O'Toole
    07 April 2014
    In the media

    Criticism of Myanmar’s census hit fever pitch last week when residents of Rakhine State were not allowed to self-identify according to their wishes, with even the United Nations appearing to turn on the government for its apparent back-flip.

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    EU responds to investment treaty concerns

    Billy O'Toole
    12 May 2014
    In the media

    In a statement released last week, the European Commission Directorate General for Trade sought to allay concerns raised by local civil society groups over the bilateral investment treaty currently being finalised by the European Union and central government.

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    Census ethnicity data release delayed until after election

    Fiona MacGregor
    04 August 2014
    In the media

    Census results on Myanmar’s ethnic populations will not be published until after the 2015 general election, an official in charge of the census has told The Myanmar Times.

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