The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) did not take part in the decision of the Nippon Foundation, the Japanese philanthropic organization, to issue warning to the Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’ to suspend its humanitarian aid assistance if the group failed to participate in the UNFC activities, said the grouping at a meeting in Chiangmai on 1 May.
Washington, D.C.-- Acting to extend Burma's current national emergency status classification in the United States, President Barack Obama filed a notice indicating that the status, originally declared on May 20, 1997, is to continue, according to a letter released by the Office of the United States Press Secretary Thursday afternoon. The national emergency with respect to Burma was set to end on May 20th without an extension. The emergency status extension for Burma continues a ban on investment and restrictions on financial transactions with Burmese military, according to a statement published by the U.S. Campaign for Burma Thursday via Facebook.
Myanmar is on a knife-edge of hope and fear. The first signs of fragile freedom that have emerged over the last two years have given us hope. There is greater freedom of expression, the release of many political prisoners, preliminary ceasefires with most of the armed ethnic resistance organizations, more space for civil society and the media. For the first time in decades, there is a real chance of liberty and peace in the country. Yet all this is at risk now, with the rise of religious intolerance, hatred and violence which threatens to tear Myanmar apart.
The Myaungmya Farmers’ Union made calls on Tuesday for authorities to compensate landowners whose land was confiscated to make way for the Myaungmya Industrial Zone in the Ayeyarwady [Irrawaddy] Region at a rate of two million kyat (US$2,300) per acre.
The dance group from the Overseas Karen Refugee’s Social Organization (OKRSO) based in Bangkok, are honoured to be included in a ceremony that pays respect to His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand.
Karen National Union, Ler Mu Lah Township leaders warn that there is a risk of a division between the local people and the KNU if the organizations district or central leaders allow the construction of the Tenasserim Dam, in Southern Burma.
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