Myanmar Morning News For April 10

Myanmar Morning News For April 10

Myanmar morning newsRohingya crisis: ICC prosecutor seeks power to investigate crimes against humanity
The prosecutor of the international criminal court has asked it to rule on whether it has jurisdiction over the deportations of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, a possible crime against humanity.
The Guardian 

Rakhine state parliament says no to resettlement of Rohingyas from Bangladesh
Myanmar’s Rakhine state parliament on Friday approved a proposal of a lawmaker urging the union government to reject resettlement of “non-citizen Muslim refugees in northern Maugdaw township, the Irrawaddy News Online reported on Monday (Apr 9).
Thai PBS

Zuckerberg apologizes to Myanmar civil rights groups
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has apologized to civil rights groups in Myanmar for failing to prevent hate speech from spreading on its platform, and for wrongly stating that Facebook had detected and stopped the messages inciting ethnic violence in the country, according to an email obtained by The New York Times.

Legislation needed to govern industrial zone development
With the Yangon region government aiming to expand the industrial sector by around 10 percent in 2018-19, members of parliament have urged the authorities to prescribe the appropriate legislation to govern developments in the sector, as this will draw much needed foreign direct investments (FDI).
The Myanmar Times 

No one in Myanmar should be left behind on the path to a better future, stresses UN official
Protecting the most vulnerable people in Myanmar, she said, must be at the heart of the humanitarian response by the international community, national aid organizations and the Government.
UN News

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Myanmar villagers caught in crossfire as Kachin conflict flares
Mother-of-two Ah Chang and her family were jolted out of their sleep when gunfire ruptured the night’s calm in Ting Kok Village.

Peace Process Steering Team Form Panels to Hold Informal Talks With Gov’t
The peace process steering team (PPST), which comprises the leaders of the signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), on Friday formed two teams to hold informal talks with the government on political and security issues.
The Irrawaddy 

Foreign trade volume reaches more than US$33 billion with almost US$4 billion in deficit
Myanmar’s foreign trade volume reached more than US$33 billion with a deficit of almost US$4 billion during 2017-2018 FY, said a source of the Ministry of Commerce.
Eleven Myanmar 

2 killed, 11 injured in bus-truck crash in central Myanmar
Two people including a monk were killed with 11 others injured as a passenger bus crashed into another heavily-loaded truck on a highway in Myanmar’s central part in the early hours Monday, the Fire Service Department said.
Xinhua Net 

Ministry mulls more protection for local, foreign fishery workers
The government is hopeful that enactment of a marine fisheries law will better protect Myanmar citizens who are working in foreign fisheries, especially in Thailand, from exploitation by employers, a senior official said.
The Myanmar Times 

Myanmar students call on govt to reverse Trump’s ‘absurd’ visa fee hike
Myanmar students in the United States have launched a campaign urging Myanmar’s government to respond to the recent visa fee hike imposed on them by the US embassy in Yangon, calling the hike absurd and unfair.
Coconuts Yangon 

Myanmar to close 4 migrant camps
Myanmar is planning to shut down four internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps on Rakhine state and introduce a resettlement plan, local media reported on Monday.

Anti-corruption body says it gets 600 complaints a month
The Anti-Corruption Commission receives about 600 letters complaining about mismanagement of state funds every month, said members of the Anti-Corruption Commission on Saturday.
The Myanmar Times 

Reporter’s Notebook: Up Close and Personal in Post-Conflict Northern Rakhine State
I was among 14 local journalists who joined a two-day government guided tour of northern Rakhine’s Maungdaw district last week following accusations from international rights groups that the government was orchestrating a campaign to bulldoze the remnants of Rohingya settlements in the area to clear evidence of official wrongdoing.
The Irrawaddy 

Border trade sees 8.22-per-cent increase
Till March 23 of 2017-2018 fiscal year, the border trade value hit US$ 8.27 billion, a 8.22-per-cent increase, compared with the same period last year, according to the Commerce Ministry.
Eleven Myanmar 

Myanmar: A country frozen in time yet on the verge of great change
Geoffrey Hiller’s 2014 photo book Daybreak in Myanmar skillfully displays the rich light and colors of the country nicknamed “Golden Land.” The seven sections are devoted to displaying photos from a specific time of day and include interviews with prominent Burmese intellectuals and activists.
International Examiner 

Aid Worker Shot Dead by Myanmar Army in Kayin State
An aid group on Monday condemned the shooting death of one of its assistance team members by the Myanmar army in mountainous southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin state, where fresh hostilities between the military and an ethnic armed group have recently flared despite a cease-fire agreement between the two sides.
Radio Free Asia

EU to unveil new strategy on working with CSOs
The European Union will introduce a new strategy to achieve an enabling environment for Myanmar civil society organisations (CSOs) participating in public reforms by June 2018, said officials of EU and CSOs.
The Myanmar Times 

Migrant workers returning home for Thingyan face transport shortage woes
Myanmar migrant workers, mainly from Thailand, are now returning home via land borders and finding the woes of travelling during festive season awaiting them.
Eleven Myanmar

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