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Cambodia: Independent Election Inquiry Needed

(New York, September 9, 2013) – The Cambodian government-controlled National Election Committee has failed to address credible allegations of voter fraud and other irregularities or systematic unfairness in the election process, Human Rights Watch said today.


Government and UNFC fail to reach nationwide ceasefire deal

A government peace making committee and a group comprising of 11 ethnic armed groups failed to reach an agreement on Sunday to establish a nation-wide ceasefire deal.

The Union Peacemaking Implementation Work Committee, led by Minister of the President's Office, Aung Min was meeting with the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) for the third time in Chiang Mai. The UNFC refused to accept the government's offer to sign a nation-wide ceasefire deal in the capital Nay Pyi Taw in October due to a lack of political guarantees.


NLD and UNA to report on amendment of Constitution

Ethnic parties have announced that a report to amend the Constitution shall be prepared by the National League of Democracy (NLD) together with United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) by November, after a meeting on September 7.
“We shall prepare a report and release it at the Parliament and the public. I cannot confirm whether the report will propose to draft a new Constitution or just make amendments to the present one”, said U Nyan Win, the in-charge of the NLD Information Department.


Government requests bids for Kyaukphyu economic zone

The Burmese government announced on Sunday through state-run media that it will invite tender bids for a special economic zone (SEZ) development in Kyaukphyu, western Arakan state.
According to an official announcement in The New Light of Myanmar, the chairman of the Bid Evaluation and Awarding Committee (BEAC) has invited both domestic and international firms to submit a “comprehensive strategy” to develop the SEZ. It said that Kyaukphyu—which is the starting point for the Shwe Gas pipeline to China—is “endowed with a deep-sea port, [and] is included as a key project to be developed in Myanmar [Burma], with a vision to become a logistic hub in the region.”


Only six ethnic parties meet with NLD due to short notice invitation

Although the National League for Democracy has invited 14 ethnic parties to discuss the amendment of the 2008 Constitution, only six parties could attend the meeting due to the short notice, the party's spokesman said.


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