Myanmar morning news for July 20

Myanmar morning news for July 20
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Myanmar morning newsICC ‘must deal with Rohingya genocide’
THE INTERNATIONAL community must hold Myanmar accountable for the military-planned genocide of the Rohingya minority, a report unveiled yesterday said, describing the killings as “extensively and systematically planned”.
— The Nation

Myanmar’s war against the truth
After being arrested by local police, journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were brought to a secret location with hoods over their heads. There, they were deprived of sleep and questioned for days.
— The Asean Post

Rights report calls for criminal investigation into Rohingya genocide
Violence and the military operations against the Rohingya in recent years constitute genocide and crimes against humanity, human right defenders Fortify Rights categorically state in their report released on Thursday, which identifies 22 Myanmar Army and Police officials who should be criminally investigated for their roles in the atrocities.
— The Nation

Northeast prod for Myanmar dialogue
Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Thursday suggested that the Centre hold bilateral dialogues with Myanmar to improve border security and check drug trafficking, especially opium, from across the border.
— The Telegraph India

Panglong conference makes progress but ‘trust the key’
WHILE THE third round of Myanmar’s Panglong Conference for internal peace made significant progress by the end of the meeting on Monday, trust building among stakeholders will be the determining factor for success, a Thai scholar said.
— The Nation

Women, peace and security in ASEAN
Systemic inertia in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is hampering efforts to promote and protect the rights of women in the region, Hui Ying Lee writes.
— Policy Forum

Sixteen Straight Years of Price Increases: the Facts and Figures
The Myanmar Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased every year since 2001 and was Asia’s third-highest last year, according to World Bank Open Data.
— The Irrawaddy

Myanmar army made systematic Rohingya crackdown plan: Rights group
Myanmar’s military engaged in “extensive and systematic” preparations for a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, a rights group said Thursday (July 19), in a damning new report that it says justifies a genocide investigation.
— Channel News Asia

Japan to Fund $77M Neuro, Cardio Hospital in Yangon
A new hospital specializing in neuro and cardio care will be built in Yangon capable of carrying out advanced heart disease and neurosurgical operations thanks to a 8.66 billion yen ($76.6 million) grant from Japan.
— The Irrawaddy

Facebook to start taking down fake news and misinformation
Accused of helping to spur violence in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and India, Facebook said it will start removing misinformation that leads to physical harm and violence.
— NewsBytes

ALD candidate has to face objection for running in the by-election
The Arakan National Party (ANP) candidate U Maung Hla Myint has made an objection against U Thein Maung from the Arakan League for Democracy (ALD) for submitting an application to the Sittwe District Election Commission to run for a seat in the State Hluttaw from Rathedaung Constituency – 2 in the by-election.

Addressing Earthquake Preparedness and Response – Multi-Stakeholder Approach Needed
Jointly organized by the Government agencies and host of INGOs and donors, the second Myanmar Earthquake Forum was held during the 13th – 14th July 2018 at Yangon.
— Mizzima

Myanmar remains upbeat on Thai investment inflows
MYANMAR is confident of attracting more investments from Thailand after a revamped companies law comes in at the start of next month, a senior official investment said.
— Eleven Myanmar

‘Systematic preparations’ preceded violence in Rakhine: Fortify Rights
The Tatmadaw operation launched in Rakhine State after attacks by Islamic militants last August followed “systematic preparations for mass atrocities against Rohingya civilians”, a human rights group has alleged.
— Frontier Myanmar

Demand from education providers jolts real estate market
The Yangon real estate sector has received a much-needed boost from an unlikely source: education providers. Since foreigners were permitted to wholly invest in the provision of educational services in the country earlier this year, demand for high-standard condominium and office units has surged.
— Myanmar Times

Number of IDPs reaches over 1,000 in northern Shan State after fighting
After renewed fighting between some forces of northern alliance and NCA signatory Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army in northern Shan State, Namtu Township, Mong Mu village-tracts, the number of IDPs has reportedly reached over 1,000.
— Mizzima

‘Systematic preparations’ preceded anti-Rohingya violence: report
Fortify Rights group says the deadly violence against Rohingya last August was premeditated and amounts to ‘genocide’.
— Aljazeera

Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp inaugurated in Myanmar
With the blessings of Venerable Tripitaka Kawida Dhamabhandagariki, Head Priest of Pitakat Thonbon Nikae Monastery, South Dagon, Yangon, His Excellency U. Myint Thaung, Minister of Planning and Finance, Government of Yangon Region and His Excellency Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to Myanmar, inaugurated the Jaipur Foot Artificial Limb Fitment Camp in Yangon on 18 July 2018, according to a press release.
— Mizzima

Facts show Myanmar doesn’t need Hanthawaddy despite govt’s obsession
The transport ministry is hoping to secure an Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) loan from Tokyo to resuscitate the failed Hanthawaddy airport project, according to the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).
— Myanmar Times

Confiscated land returned by military
Myanmar’s military said Wednesday that it has been returning to its rightful owners all unused lands it confiscated for decades from farmers, according to a RFA report a day after a damning report by a human rights group said the country’s civilian government had largely failed to deliver on a pledge to seek justice for those whose property was taken.
— Mizzima

Fish farms explore new breeding options on rising costs
Local fish farms are in a bind. Not only are fish feed prices on the rise, export demand from Saudi Arabia, the largest buyer of Myanmar-produced fishery products, has fallen dramatically. As a result, fish farmers have been forced to change tact.
— Myanmar Times

Women accuse CEO of Myanmar human rights NGO of relentless sexual assault
Several women have taken to social media over the last week to accuse the CEO of a Yangon-based human rights and development NGO of harassing and assaulting them and other women while they were employees at the organization.
— Coconuts Yangon

Local tourism feeling impact of fewer Western tourists
The declining number of European travellers visiting Myanmar is taking its toll on local travel companies that mainly rely on the money the tourists bring in.
— Myanmar 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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