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Posts Tagged ‘ASEAN’ (637 found)

Concerns About Burma’s Candidate Disqualifications

The United States is concerned about the disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma’s upcoming general election, with over half of the cases rejected based on questions of citizenship […]

September 17, 2015  •  By US Department of State  •  Tags: , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Organized Chaos: The illicit overland timber trade between Burma and China

ImageThe sweep led to the arrest of 155 Chinese nationals who had been recruited from neighbouring Yunnan Province to cross the border to cut trees and transport timber. The case caused diplomatic tensions between Myanmar and China when the Chinese labourers were given life sentences in July. Just a few days later, all were freed under a general presidential pardon […]

September 17, 2015  •  By Environmental Investigation Agency  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Myanmar’s Peace Process: A Nationwide Ceasefire Remains Elusive

After more than six decades of internal armed conflict, the next four weeks could be decisive for Myanmar’s peace process. The process, which was launched in August 2011, enjoyed significant initial success, as bilateral ceasefires were agreed with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups […]

September 16, 2015  •  By International Crisis Group  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

2015 Elections Highlight Longstanding Gender Imbalance

The Union Election Commission has announced that of the 6,189 candidates that registered for the 2015 elections on 8 November, only 800 are women […]

September 15, 2015  •  By Burma Partnership  •  Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Joint Statement on Elections from the Embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America

The quality of the parliamentary election on 8 November will be a critical marker in Myanmar’s transition to democracy. For that reason, we are supporting efforts to promote a credible, transparent, and inclusive election, underpinned by healthy competition that ensures freedom of expression and respect for human rights […]

September 14, 2015  •  By Embassies of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Norway, Japan, Sweden, The United Kingdom and The United States of America  •  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

ASEAN Parliamentarians Urge International Action to Address Escalating Human Rights Concerns Ahead of Elections in Myanmar

NEW YORK, 14 September 2015 – With elections less than two months away, Myanmar stands at a critical moment in its political transition. But without deliberate steps to address core human rights concerns, including support from the international community, the country risks veering from a path toward democracy, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today […]

September 14, 2015  •  By ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Religious Persecution Spurs Unprecedented Gathering of Parliamentarians

NEW YORK, 11 September 2015 – In the face of rising religious persecution of people on the grounds of faith or belief, on September 18-19, over 100 parliamentarians from almost 50 countries will assemble in New York City to discuss ways to advance freedom of religion or belief […]

September 11, 2015  •  By International Panel of Parliamentarians for Freedom of Religion or Belief  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Open letter to SMEC by Karli-KunHing People

We believe you know well about the situation on the ground in ethnic states, where current ceasefire agreements are fragile. There has been continued fighting and increased militarization by the Burma Army, particularly in Shan State and Kachin State, after re-signing of ceasefire agreements, which is endangering innocent civilians’ lives. Fighting broke out recently in our township Kunhing in late August 2015, and the Burma Army arrested innocent villagers who live on the Pang River […]

September 9, 2015  •  By Shan Human Rights Foundation  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Flight Capital and Illicit Financial Flows to and from Myanmar: 1960-2013

Flight Capitial and Illicit Financial flows from MyanmarThere have been few empirical studies on flight capital and illicit trade flows to and from Myanmar. This may be due in part to significant challenges with obtaining reliable data and statistics on the country. The statistical database is weak, with gaps in data availability, and the methodology used to compile the statistics has not been reviewed for quite some time. Hence, there is a risk that compilers may not have adhered to international guidelines for the compilation of economic statistics […]

September 9, 2015  •  By Global Financial Integrity  •  Tags: , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤

Nearly US$100 Billion Flowed Illegally through Myanmar from 1960-2013, Finds New GFI Report

Nearly US$20 billion flowed illegally out of Myanmar between 1960 and 2013— draining domestic resources, driving the underground economy, exacerbating inequality, and facilitating crime and corruption—according to a new report released today by Global Financial Integrity (GFI), a Washington DC-based research and advocacy organization […]

September 9, 2015  •  By Global Financial Integrity  •  Tags: , , , , , ,  •  Read more ➤