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‘Firm agreement’ made on federal union, says Thein Sein. Democratic Voice of Burma. By Aye Nai. 2 December 2014. In his monthly radio address to the nation on Tuesday, Burma’s President Thein Sein said a firm political agreement had been reached with ethnic armed groups to establish a federal union in the country. … Responding to the president’s remarks about a federal union, NCCT spokesperson Hkun Okker said, “If the president’s comments can be taken word for word, then we welcome them. However, the wording [in the NCA draft] is a little different from what he apparently said. Therefore we hope the NCA is updated to match the president’s announcement.” Click here

Controversial religion bills submitted to parliament. Myanmar Times. By Ei Ei Toe Lwin. Monday, 1 December 2014. Four controversial "protection of religion" bills were forwarded to parliament at the end of November, the president’s office announced last week. The decision to draft laws that would restrict religious conversion and inter-faith marriage, and enforce monogamy and population control measures, has been strongly criticised by local and international human rights groups. Click here

MPs start debating Constitutional amendments. By Shwe Aung. Democratic Voice of Burma. November 14 2014. Burma’s parliament began its much-anticipated debate on whether to amend the 2008 Constitution on Thursday. The debate is expected to focus on the findings of two parliamentary committees, the Joint Parliamentary Constitution Review Committee and the Committee for Implementation of 2008 Constitution Amendment. Click here

Chin state bans two more newspapers. Khonumthung Chin News Group. October 25, 2014. The Chin state government has banned two more newspapers, the Tedim Post and Zo Lengthe, both published from Tedim Township, Chin state. Tedim Post’s executive chief Htan Van Hlan said that the Tedim language newspapers Tedim Post and Zo Lengthe were not officially registered and so have been stopped from going ahead with their publication. Click here

Chin youth among 30 most inspiring young world leaders. Tuesday September 24, 2013. Khonumthung Chin News Group. A 29-year-old Chin activist in Myanmar has been recognized by Washington DC-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED) as one of 30 most inspiring young leaders around the world working to promote democracy. Salai Ceu Bik Thawng, General Secretary of the Chin National Party (CNP), is featured alongside 30 young leaders under the age of 30 from more than 20 different countries around the world in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Click here

Women’s rights activists stand trial in Chin State for protesting against army rape. Democratic Voice of Burma. July 16 2014. Eight women’s rights activists were questioned yesterday in two separate legal cases in Matupi Township Court in Chin State for staging unauthorised public protests against sexual violence by the Burmese military. Click here

Too soon for rich countries to stop HIV funding in poor ones. The Conversation. July 4 2014. The global HIV epidemic has been unprecedented, both in its extent and in the way it has changed the world’s approach to health funding. Over the last ten to 15 years, large sums of money have for the first time been systematically transferred from the richest to the poorest countries in order to provide emergency HIV prevention and treatment programs. Click here

HIV positive cyclist on awareness tour. Democratic Voice of Burma. 17 January 2014. Sarako has visited over 40 towns to date on his cycle tour across Burma to promote HIV awareness. The 35 year old Mandalay native has been living with HIV since 2005, and on 1 December 2013, World AIDS Day, he left Rangoon on a year long excursion to spread the word about disease prevention among 258 towns across Burma. Click here

Journalists sentenced to 10 years for revealing ‘state secrets’. By Ko Htwe. Democratic Voice of Burma. 10 July 2014. Five employees of the now-defunct Unity Weekly journal have each been sentenced to ten years in prison with hard labour after being convicted of revealing state secrets.Four reporters and the journal’s CEO were sentenced on Thursday afternoon under charges of trespassing and violating Burma’s colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Their charges were levied shortly after they published an investigative report in January alleging that a military facility was used for the production of chemical weapons. Click here

Road Construction Could Damage National Park in Chin State. By San Yamin Aung. The Irrawaddy. Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Road construction in Chin State’s Natma Taung National Park could harm biodiversity, the administrator of the protected mountainous area has warned. Natma Taung National Park is located between Kanpet-let, Mindut and Matupi townships of Chin State in western Burma. The park covers 72,300 hectares of the Chin Hills and contains Burma’s third-highest mountain Natma Taung, which was previously known as Mount Victoria. Click here

Suu Kyi Meets Critics of ‘Protection of Race and Religion’ Bills. The Irrawaddy. Thursday, 13 June 2014. Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has met with members of civil society groups in Naypyidaw to discuss their concerns with a package of four bills to “protect race and religion.” Lawmakers from Parliament’s Rule of Law Committee, chaired by Suu Kyi, met on Wednesday for more than two and half hours with 10 civil society representatives who are lobbying against the bills, according to Zin Mar Aung, a human rights activist from the Rainfall Gender Studies Group, who attended the meeting. Click here

$107m World Bank project for Indian state to improve road links with Bangladesh, Myanmar. Mizzima News. Saturday 14 June 2013. The World Bank has approved a US$107 million credit to improve transport connectivity for the landlocked northeastern Indian state of Mizoram and to help open up the potential for regional trade among neighbouring countries, including Myanmar, the bank said on June 12. Click here

Faith Conversion Law should be ‘scrapped’, say activists. Democratic Voice of Burma. Thursday 12 June 2014. Following the Burmese government’s invitation for public opinion on a proposed Religious Conversion Law, 81 organisations from Burma and elsewhere have recommended that it be completely discarded. In a joint statement published on Thursday, the alliance said the legislation violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by granting authorities “sweeping powers” over choice of faith, and called for the Burmese government to “immediately scrap” the law on the grounds that it encroaches on rights and “appears to legitimize the views of those promoting hate-speech and inciting violence against Muslims and other minorities”. Click here

Rights groups call for transparency in Kaladan Project. Democratic Voice of Burma. Thursday 12 June 2014. An alliance of civil society organisations on Wednesday urged the Burmese and Indian governments to be more transparent in the planning and construction of the controversial Kaladan Project, a combined highway and waterway project that will traverse Arakan and Chin states into India. Click here

Old and new: A young entrepreneur’s passion for antique textiles. Mizzima News. Wednesday 11 June 2014. Emy Lun, 33, has been running her one-woman Chin textile dealership, Lun, since 2003. Through frequent trips to Kalaymyo in Sagaing Region – a hub for weavers and textiles shops which is connected by road to Tiddim in Chin State – Ms Lun has acquired an impressive collection of antique textiles, including tunics, blankets, headbands and bags. She has travelled to Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Germany to sell textiles. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Portia Larlee spoke to Ms Lun about going into business as a woman in Myanmar and her interest in antique textiles. Click here

Aung San Suu Kyi's 'silence' on the Rohingya: Has 'The Lady' lost her voice? By Tim Hume, CNN. Sunday June 1, 2014. Having endured nearly 15 years of house arrest with grace and courage, Aung San Suu Kyi has earned a reputation throughout the world as a political superstar of rare moral stature. But for some, mostly from outside the country but also from within, the aura surrounding Myanmar's most famous daughter has dimmed in recent years. "I think everyone agrees now she has been a disappointment when it comes to human rights promotion," said David Mathieson, Human Rights Watch's senior researcher on Myanmar. Click here

Van Sui Chin and Myanmar’s Lost Generations. The Irrawaddy. By Kyaw Zwa Moe. Thursday, May 1, 2014. Prague, Czech Republic — Van Sui Chin, a teenage girl living in the Czech town of Stara Boleslav, just outside the capital Prague, is an exceptional student. At the middle school where she studies, the 15-year-old consistently comes at the top of her class in almost every subject. … But Van Sui Chin is not Czech. Her family is from Hakha, the capital of Myanmar’s impoverished Chin State. … [Her] story is one shared by hundreds of thousands of families in Myanmar. Driven out of their homeland by poverty, oppressive laws, human rights abuses and discrimination against ethnic minorities, they have been forced to make new lives in foreign countries. … Among them, there may be thousands or tens of thousands of students like Van Sui Chin who have benefited from a better education than they could ever dream of receiving at home. This is great for them, but a tragedy for our country, because it means that we have lost so much of our enormous potential to the neglect and misguided policies of the past. Click here

Election tensions rise between Aung San Suu Kyi and Thein Sein in Burma. Guardian Weekly. By Bruno Philip. Tuesday 22 April 2014. Reforms begin to stall ahead of next year's vote that could see National League for Democracy gain outright victory. Click here

Students to use computers at schools in Chin State. Friday, 28 February 2014. Written by Thawng Zel. Computers provided to state schools in Chin State by the Chin National Front (CNF) in partnership with the Chin State government through the help of the Danish government are ready for use in June this year. The CNF has been setting up more than 900 computers for about 30 schools in the nine townships of Tonzang, Tedim, Falam, Hakha, Thantlang, Matupi, Mindat, Kanpetlet and Paletwa since late last year, according to the Chinland Post, a weekly newspaper printed in Hakha. Click here

Poverty: a pressing human rights issue for the Chin. By Rachel Fleming. Wednesday 12 February 2014. Democratic Voice of Burma. It is a well-known fact that people in Chin State are officially the poorest in Burma, and by a wide margin. The majority of people in Chin State are subsistence farmers; 73 percent of people live below the poverty line. Arakan State is the next poorest with 44 percent of people living in poverty, according to UN statistics. Click here

Farmers’ land destroyed to make way for Paletwa to Matupi road. Friday, 07 February 2014 22:23. Chinland Guardian. Farmers from Seint San village in Paletwa township have had their rice paddies destroyed to make way for the new Paletwa to Matupi road, a Chin State government project. Click here

Burma’s Heart-Shaped ‘Treasure’ of a Lake Threatened: Activists. By Zarni Mann. The Irrawassy. Tuesday, January 28, 2014. Rih Lake, the heart-shaped natural landmark of Burma’s underdeveloped Chin State, faces the threat of environmental destruction, say local environmental activists who fear the impact of a planned government housing project in the area. “The authorities said last year that the project was for government housing and it would help the development of the region. It is good to develop the region, but they do not care about the conservation of nature,” said Ko Dawla, chairman of a committee that advocates for conservation of Rih Lake and its surrounding environment. Click here

Thousands Welcome Suu Kyi’s Chin State Visit. by Zarni Mann. The Irrawassy. Monday, January 6, 2014 . Kalay Myo, Sagaing Division — Thousands of supporters greeted National League for Democracy (NLD) leader Aung San Suu Kyi as she arrived in this small town in Sagaing Division on Monday to begin a visit to neighboring Chin State. Click here

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