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  1. Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs

    25 January 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an end to forced eradication.

  2. Pat Ja San: A controversial mission

    21 March 2016
    In the media

    A group of sickle-wielding vigilantes made its way through Myanmar’s northern Kachin State in January and February, clearing poppy fields nearly ready to be harvested in a quest to end production of the illicit drug. The mission turned farmers whose livelihoods were being cut down into angry and, at times, armed adversaries.

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    EU responds to investment treaty concerns

    Billy O'Toole
    12 May 2014
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    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.

  4. CSOs discuss nationwide land policy for refugees

    09 June 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - For the first time, civil society organisations yesterday addressed land restitution for IDPs and refugees on a national level, rather than on a per-state basis.

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

    Bill O'Toole
    09 March 2014
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    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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    Census was ‘doomed’ from the start – and UN knew it

    Billy O'Toole
    07 April 2014
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    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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    UN weighs in on blame game over census tensions

    Bill O’Toole
    12 September 2014
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    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.

  8. No clean sweep: Ethnic parties expected to deny unanimous opposition victory

    29 October 2015
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    Myanmar Times - Ethnic parties are stepping up the heat in Shan State, where they say their candidacy should not be discounted by the country’s two largest political parties.

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    South American prison deaths tied to overcrowding, official says

    20 February 2012
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    "The implementation of harsh drug laws has fueled rising incarceration rates and has contributed to severe prison overcrowding," the Washington Office on Latin America and the Transnational Institute wrote in a study two years ago.

  10. 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.

  11. War Without End

    Tom Blickman
    07 June 2008
    In the media

    An extraordinary documentary marking a new level in broadcast journalism critiquing the international war on drugs was shown on Irish TV last on 3 June 2008. The report is a comprehensive indictment of the global drug war and asks if there is an alternative to this war without end.

  12. Civil society takes IPA concerns to EC

    19 January 2016
    In the media

    Myanmar Times - Over 500 Myanmar civil society organisations have voiced “deep concerns” about a prospective EU-Myanmar investment protection agreement (IPA).

  13. New agreement brings no end to war on drugs in ASEAN

    26 April 2016
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    Myanmar Times - A global meeting on drugs failed to deliver a highly anticipated shift from a punitive approach to narcotics, disappointing Myanmar advocacy groups.

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    Paper: Political guarantees needed before nationwide ceasefire

    04 December 2013
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    A briefing paper that came out late October has recommended that political guarantees are necessary "before permanent ceasefire and a nationwide peace can truly be declared."

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    Census ethnicity data release delayed until after election

    Fiona MacGregor
    04 August 2014
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    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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    New TNI-BCN Burma report on Regional Investment

    21 February 2013
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    Burma has entered a pivotal stage in its political and economic development. The advent of a new quasi-civilian government has raised the prospect of fundamental reforms.

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    Fears over growth in land concessions

    10 June 2013
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    Activists have raised concerns about continued growth in large-scale land concessions to agribusinesses, warning that small-scale landholders are being left without a source of income.

  18. Advocacy groups call for drug policy reset ahead of UN meeting

    07 April 2016
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    Myanmar Times - Repressive drug laws and corruption have contributed to Myanmar’s spiralling narcotics problem, according to advocacy groups, who are calling on the new government to launch a change of policy.

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    Ceasefires facilitating land grabs: Think tank

    10 June 2013
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    A briefing paper jointly published earlier this month by the Netherlands-based think tank groups has asserted that new ceasefires that have been signed since 2011 have further facilitated land grabbing in conflict-affected areas where large development projects in resource-rich ethnic regions have already taken place.

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    Fraking di gas e petrolio, trattato Ue-Canada per superare il bando in molti Paesi europei?

    07 May 2013
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    Corporate Europe observatory (Ceo), Council of Canadians e Transnational institute pubblicano il dossier The right to say no: EU-Canada trade agreement threatens fracking bans, nel quale rivela che mentre l'Unione europea sta indagando sugli impatti ambientali del fracking per estrarre lo shale gas sta anche trattando con il Canada per firmare il controverso Comprehensive economic and trade agreement (Ceta) che, con una clausola, concederebbe agli investitori nordamericani il diritto di impugnare le decisioni dei singoli governi europei che vietano o regolano in maniera stringente lo stesso fracking.

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