This Week in Parliament (September 19-23) By

The Irrawaddy briefs you on the week that was in the national legislature.

Burma Army Offensive Continues in Kachin State: KIA Spokesman By

The Burma Army continues a weeklong offensive against the Kachin Independence Army in Waingmaw Township, a KIA spokesperson says.

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Police detain another member of a family accused of the trafficking and abuse of two underage domestic workers at a downtown Rangoon tailoring shop.

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Rangoon’s municipal body has said that Sule Square project developers must pay fines of more than 2 billion kyats for breaching building regulations.

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The Shan Nationalities League for Democracy urges the government to ensure accountability and responsibility regarding the large hydropower dam projects on the Salween River.

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A Lower House MP proposes action be taken against members of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission for their insufficient handling of a high-profile abuse case against two underage domestic workers.

Mandalay Election Criticized for Unrestricted Campaign Spending By

Mandalay municipal elections come under fire as candidates are allowed unrestricted campaign spending.

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Fighting has forced nearly 4,000 civilians, including many children and women, to flee their homes.

Suu Kyi Speaks at UN General Assembly By

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi calls for international understanding as Burma grapples with sectarian tensions.

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The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission stands by actions that led families of victims to accept a cash settlement for years of abuse, rather than push for legal action.

‘Illegal’ Mosques to be Demolished in Arakan State By

Arakan State’s security and border affairs minister orders the demolition of ‘illegally constructed’ mosques, schools, houses and other buildings in Maungdaw Township.

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Burma Army officers tell displaced ethnic Karen staying in a monastery to return to their villages as daily fighting continues in the Mae Tha Waw area.

Lawmaker Calls For Action Against Illegal Logging in Kachin State By

A lawmaker from Kachin State urged the Upper House to look into illegal logging carried out by local militia groups in Kachin State on the Sino-Burma border.

Lower House Approves Bill to Protect Against State Surveillance By

Burma’s Lower House of Parliament approves a bill to protect citizens from state surveillance and intrusion while military lawmakers resist some clauses.

Navy Chief Joins International Seapower Symposium in US By

Navy Chief Gen Tin Aung San attends an international naval meeting in Rhode Island, becoming the country’s first high-ranking military official to go to the US since sanctions were lifted against Burma last week

Burma: The Next Great Land Tenure Reform Story? By

Countries that have achieved development success made reforms that put land ownership or long-term land rights into the hands of small farmers. Can Burma go the same way?

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US Ambassador to Burma Scot Marciel says 104 names will be eliminated from a treasury blacklist, including ex-military generals and associates of the former ruling junta.

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission Has Failed as a Victims’ Advocate By

By pressuring victims of abuse to negotiate financial settlements rather than push for legal action, the MNHRC fails to protect the fundamental rights of Burma’s citizens.

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Migrant rights defender Andy Hall is given a three-year suspended sentence and fined US$4,300 in Thailand for contributing to a report that alleged human rights abuses in the country.

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Nearly 750,000 foreign nationals arrived in Burma through air and sea ports during the first seven months of 2016, says the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.






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