Social development

Trump administration walking back Obama-era foreign policy mistakes in Burma

Less than two years after sanctions were lifted, that decision looks like a major foreign policy mistake, according to a variety of experts and human rights activists who told Fox News that Burma – also known as Myanmar – has slipped back into a miltary-dominated ...

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies towards Rohingya

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her government’s actions in Rakhine state which have forced more than 700,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Keep reading  ...

Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar

Reuters found more than 1,000 examples of posts, comments and pornographic images attacking the Rohingya and other Muslims on Facebook. A secretive operation set up by the social media giant to combat the hate speech is failing to end the problem. Keep reading ...

Thilawa extends to Zone B

The Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ), involving more than US$ 1 billion investment, will be extended to Zone B and construction of infrastructures will be completed by mid-2018, SEZ Management Committee Chair U Set Aung told the media.Keep reading   ...

Thousands of pregnant women left without healthcare in Rakhine

An estimated 7600 pregnant women have been left without access to basic or primary healthcare services for almost two months in the northern Rakhine townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung since the outbreak of violent conflict in early October.Keep reading ...

Hunger remains at ‘serious’ levels: report

Myanmar continues to have “serious” levels of hunger, comparable to North Korea, Rwanda and Nepal, according to a recently released global index.Keep reading ...

One in Five Burmese Children Go to Work Instead of School: Census

BANGKOK — One in five children aged 10 to 17 in Burma go to work instead of school, according to figures from a census report on employment published on Monday. Keep reading    ...

Special report: Abuses, exploitation rife in Myanmar’s forgotten prison labour camps

Some 20,000 convicts toil in prison camps across the country, where they face abuse, exploitation and forced labour, a Myanmar Now investigation finds.Keep reading ...

Worryingly high Myanmar marital birthrate revealed following census

While the total fertility rate in Myanmar is 2.5 children per woman, and on par with ASEAN averages, new and more detailed data tell a very different story: Married women in Myanmar give birth to five children on average. Keep reading ...

Two-thirds of disabled children not enrolled in formal education

RANGOON — A joint report published by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) has stated that Burma’s national education law needs to be amended, as two-thirds of the country’s 232,000 disabled children do not obtain a formal education.Keep reading  ...

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