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EU to boost garment industry in Myanmar

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:36 a.m.

The new phase of the European Union’s SMART Textile and Garments project will bring together brands, trade unions and business associations to boost social and environmental sustainability in Myanmar’s garment industry

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Myanmar villagers worry as Thai coal mine begins operation

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Villagers in Mong Hsat township in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State are having sleepless nights as large-scale coal mining operation begins in their area.

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Shan groups back international cases against Myanmar military

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:32 a.m.

Seventeen Shan organisations on Monday signed a statement supporting the international legal cases against the country’s military leaders, as State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in The Hague to face the genocide case filed against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice.

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Tatmadaw and KNU to meet to ease persistent tension

Source: Myanmar Times

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:31 a.m.

The Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) is set to meet on Tuesday in a bid to ease the tension over a road construction conducted by troops on a road in Lu Thaw township in Kayin State, which is inside the territory of the ethnic armed group.

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Myanmar State Counselor Arrives in Netherlands to Lead Rohingya Genocide Defense

Source: Irrawaddy

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:27 a.m.

State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is leading a legal team contesting a genocide lawsuit at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague stemming from the 2017 Rohingya crisis, arrived in the Netherlands at around 12 a.m. Monday, Myanmar time.

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Rallies Draw Thousands Nationwide in Support of State Counselor’s Defense of Myanmar at ICJ

Source: Irrawaddy

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:26 a.m.

Public displays of support are gaining momentum across the country for State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who is in the Netherlands to defend the country at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against genocide charges brought by The Gambia over the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State. 

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Myanmar Military Chief Praises China as ‘Trusted Friend Forever’

Source: Irrawaddy

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:25 a.m.

Myanmar military chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing praised China as a “trusted friend forever,” saying that the Myanmar military will give its full support to develop strategic cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement from the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar.

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Myanmar Human Rights Commission Ineffective, Needs Reform: Civil Society Groups

Source: Irrawaddy

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:10 a.m.

In a statement released on Monday, 20 civil society groups said that the MNHRC is currently hampered by a “lack of human rights mindset of the commissioners and structural issues at the heart of the MNHRC law, contributing to an institution that is beholden to the Myanmar military.”

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Miss Myanmar becomes first openly gay Miss Universe contestant

Source: Toronto Sun

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:07 a.m.

Miss Myanmar Swe Zin Htet has made history by becoming the first openly gay Miss Universe pageant contestant.

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Myanmar running out of time to cope with climate change, warns historian Thant Myint-U

Source: The Straits Times

Published on Dec. 9, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

Myanmar is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change, and is grossly unprepared to deal with the consequences, warns historian Dr Thant Myint-U.

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