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Yanghee Lee, the United Nationâ's Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma. Pic: AP.

UN Burma envoy worried over camps for displaced

By Sun, Jul 27, 2014 5:05PM UTC Comments Off Yanghee Lee, the United Nationâ's Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The U.N.'s new human rights envoy for Burma has described conditions as deplorable in camps for persons displaced by sectarian strife, and warned that the country's human rights situation may be backsliding despite progress under three years of elected government. ...

US senator urges Burma to amend constitution

By Fri, Jul 25, 2014 3:26PM UTC Comments Off Aung San Suu Kyi. Pic: AP.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitch McConnell has issued a strong call for Burma to amend its constitution to allow opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to run for president and for the military to submit to civilian rule....

Burma: Rape case that sparked sectarian violence was faked

By Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:07AM UTC Comments Off

YANGON, Burma (AP) — Authorities in Burma have announced that the alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in the central city of Mandalay was completely fabricated....

New UN rights envoy makes first visit to Burma

By Thu, Jul 17, 2014 1:20PM UTC Comments Off Yanghee Lee, the United Nationâ's Human Rights Special Envoy to Burma. Pic: AP.

YANGON, Burma (AP) — The new U.N. special envoy to Burma for human rights is making her first visit to the Southeast Asian nation at a time of renewed political stress and sectarian tensions. ...

Thai junta plan to deport 130,000 to Burma raises fresh concerns

By Tue, Jul 15, 2014 8:03PM UTC 2 Comments Ethnic Burmese Karen refugees at a displacement camp in northern Thailand. Pic: AP.

Less than one month after a rumoured immigration crackdown by the Thai military junta forced more than 200,000 illegal migrant workers to flee across the border to Cambodia, the coup-makers are now turning their attention to Burmese immigrants....

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