MATA protests in Monywa over Letpadaungtaung clash

The civic organsiation Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA) demonstrated in Monywa Township against the Letpadaungtaung clash on January 5, denouncing the police crackdown on protesters.

“We stand together with the Letpadaungtaung farmers. The owners of our country’s natural resources are the ethnic minorities,” said Tun Myint Aung, member of the MATA.

Activists demonstrate on Independence Day

Around 150 activists from 22 organisations demonstrated to demand constitutional amendment, the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression and internal peace at Maha Bandoola Park in Yangon on January 4, Myanmar’s Independence Day.

Letpadaungtaung farmers continue protests

About 50 local farmers continued their protest against Letpadaungtaung copper mine project on January 4 in conjunction with a ceremony to pray for an end to the conflict.They prayed for an end to the controversial project on the morning of January 4 and then staged the protest seeking compensation their confiscated lands in the afternoon.“No one have yet to deal with the crackdown on local farmers and land seizure.

Myanmar resumes grand military parade after over 50 years

Myanmar held a grand military parade in Nay Pyi Taw to celebrate its 67th Independence Day anniversary on January 4 for the first time since 1962.

Critics call for fairness in selecting developers for deep-sea port and SEZ

As the developers for the Kyaukphyu deep seaport and several special economic zone (SEZ) projects will be selected in late January, critics are calling on authorities not to give Chinese developers precedence over other international companies. Thilawa SEZ, Dawei SEZ and Kyaukphyu SEZ have been mapped in Myanmar. Kyaukphyu SEZ is the only one with a deep-sea port.Thilawa SEZ sits on prime land but lacks a deep-sea port, while the implementation of Dawei SEZ has hit a speed bump.

Eleven Media responds MPC ads in private newspapers

1. The Myanmar Press Council (Interim) paid money to place advertisements in the daily private newspapers.

2. The ads pose the following questions to readers: “Is the news you read inaccurate? Does the news you read come from unreliable sources? Does media expression undermine your reputation?” The ads also invite readers to file complaints against news outlets with the interim MPC. The address of the interim MPC is included in the ads.

NHRC finishes its probe into death of Letpadaungtaung victim

Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will soon release its findings on the death of a victim in a disputed Letpadaungtaung copper mine in Sagaing Region, said Sit Myaing, vice-chairperson of the NHRC.

An investigation team led by the NHRC members Zaw Win, Soe Phone Myint and Dr Nyan Zaw went to the scene to make an investigation into the case on December 30.

Gem Company fills Uru creek earth to extend road

HPAKANT-A gem company is filling Uru creek with the earth to extend a road for enabling the trucks to go through it in Mahmon village, Hpakant in Kachin State.   

The extended road is some 40 feet wide. The road is being extended by filling the Uru creek with the earth, the local people said.

The extension of the road caused the Uru creek to be narrower. The local people are raising concern for fearing that possible danger of floods would occur in the raining season. 

Gold dust in Maeza brook attracts gold smugglers

Salingyi – Locals concerned about smugglers finding gold dust in Maeza brook near Warphyu Taung village in Sagaing region which can damage their farmland and environment.

Asia World checkpoint attacked in Naungcho

Naungcho – Security forces and a group of unknown people exchanged fires at Asia World checkpoint in Naungcho at 10 pm on Thursday, security sources say.