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NLD prepares for Youth Congress

Burma’s biggest opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), expects to hold its first nationwide youth congress in December or early January to encourage the emergence of young leaders.


Government donation to press council draw criticism

A $50,000 donation by President Thein Sein to Burma’s interim Press Council on Wednesday has attracted criticism from local journalists. They said accepting the funds could affect the independence of Burmese media organizations and ongoing discussions about new media laws.


KNU Wants Constitution Change, Talks With Karen Political Parties

A Karen National Union (KNU) delegation led by its chairman General Mutu Say Poe met recently with Karen political parties in Hpa-an to discuss plans it has for amendments to Burmas contentious 2008 Constitution.


Cambodia: Jailed activist must be released, not forgotten

Cambodian human rights defender Yorm Bopha, imprisoned on spurious grounds last year, must be released immediately, Amnesty International said ahead of the one-year anniversary of her arrest.

Yorm Bopha, a 30-year old mother of one who has defended her community’s housing rights, was arrested on 4 September 2012 and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after an unfair trial in December last year.


Press Council meets President Thein Sein

"I dont mean to demand too much press freedom," said Kyaw Min Swe, secretary of Myanmar Press Council in a meeting with President Thein Sein.

The meeting held in Nay Pyi Taw on September 1 was the first for the interim Press Council (MPC), allowing them to voice their demands and disagreements concerning various media laws.

The President said that the media in Myanmar could not compete against that of democratic countries that had been 200 years in existence. Many requirements had still to be fulfilled by the media.


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