Myanmar morning news for August 31

Myanmar morning news for August 31
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Myanmar morning newsSuu Kyi should have ‘resigned’ over Myanmar crackdown: UN rights chief
Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi should have resigned as Myanmar’s de facto leader over last year’s brutal army campaign against the Rohingya, the outgoing UN human rights chief has told the BBC.
— Channel NewsAsia

Organic Poultry Farm Makes Waves in Yangon
The farm, founded in 2017 by friends Zaw Ye Naung and Marn Thu Shein, is certified by the Myanmar Organic Agriculture Group (MOAG).
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar migrant worker accuses Thai employer of mistreatment
A Myanmar man who was working at a car accessories factory in Lopburi province of Thailand was allegedly locked in a cage for more than five hours for demanding that fans be installed in the workplace, a Thai-based migrant rights advocate said Wednesday.
— Myanmar Times

Aid denial ‘weaponized’ in Kachin with Chinese backing, says rights group
The military and civilian authorities have “weaponized” blocks on life-saving aid to tens of thousands of displaced Kachin civilians in northern Myanmar, and with Chinese encouragement, says advocacy group Fortify Rights.
— Frontier Myanmar

Burst dam floods 85 villages in central Myanmar
A torrent of water from a burst irrigation dam forced more than 63,000 people to flee their homes in Myanmar.
— BBCNews

Military, KNU clashes erupt in Hpapun
Troops from the Tatmadaw (the military) and the Karen National Union (KNU) clashed on Tuesday and Wednesday in territory under the control of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) brigade 5 in Hpapun Township, northern Kayin State.
— Myanmar Times

Over 50,000 people forced to flee homes after collapse of dam spillway in Myanmar
More than 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes, five people went missing and 27 villages went under floodwater on Wednesday night after a dam spillway collapsed in Bago Region of Myanmar, Myanmar Time Online reported.
— ThaiPBS

Myanmar dam burst: Villages inundated by floodwater | Al Jazeera English
Sixty-three thousand people have been displaced and rescue efforts are underway to reach thousands more who are stranded after a dam broke in Myanmar.
— Aljazeera

Falling kyat may put pressure on foreign debt
The falling value of the Myanmar kyat versus the US dollar could make repaying external debt harder for the government in the coming fiscal year.
— Myanmar Times

‘Ghost’ Container Ship Runs Aground in Gulf of Martaban
A “ghost” container ship with no crew or cargo ran aground near the mouth of the Gulf of Martaban, 7 nautical miles from Thongwa Township in Yangon Region, early this week.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar aid restrictions ‘could be war crime’, says rights group
Government restrictions on lifesaving aid for displaced people in northern Myanmar could constitute a war crime, advocacy group Fortify Rights said on Thursday, as pressure grows for accountability for rights abuses in the country.
— EuroNews

Ten Reasons Behind Myanmar’s Economic Slump
A recent business sentiment survey of the second quarter of 2018 outlined ten main reasons why Myanmar’s businesses are facing worse conditions now compared to the two previous years.
— The Irrawaddy

Rakhine: Time for a new approach
The next few months will be an incredibly difficult period for Myanmar, dealing a succession of further blows to the image of the country, its transition and its political leaders, notably State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
— Frontier Myanmar

Clashes Break Out Between Myanmar Army and KNLA
Clashes broke out between Myanmar Army and Karen National Union/Karen National Liberation Army (KNU/KNLA) troops near the village of Kan Nyi Naung in Karen State’s Papun District on Tuesday.
— The Irrawaddy

50,000 evacuate homes in Myanmar after dam breach
More than 50,000 people evacuated their homes in central Myanmar on Wednesday after a dam breach flooded towns and villages and caused the closure of a major highway, two officials said.
— Bangkok Post

Memes roast Myanmar military chief after Facebook ban
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the supreme commander of the so-called Myanmar Defense Services, was banned from Facebook on Monday over his role in what UN investigators have described as genocide against the Rohingya in Rakhine State.
— Coconuts Yangon

NGOs Lambaste Myanmar Government For Failure to Issue Flood Warning
NGOS and a local government disaster management worker took the Myanmar government to task on Thursday for failing to issue a warning that a breach in a spillway of the Swar dam in Bago region would flood dozens of villages, a day after the catastrophe killed one person and displaced tens of thousands of others.
— Sierra Leone Times


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Maria Mirasol Rasonable graduated with a Bachelors Degree in journalism from Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Mesa, Manila, Philippines.

She previously covered police rounds for Philippine Daily Inquirer as a trainee before becoming editorial staff at Gospel Komiks under the Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA-MG), Santa Mesa, Manila where she wrote lifestyle and trending fashion and styles articles.

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