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Stateless: The Plight of the Rohingyas in Burma

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Special Report: Myanmar old guard clings to $8 billion jade empire

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Reuters

HPAKANT, Myanmar (Reuters) - Tin Tun picked all night through teetering heaps of rubble to find the palm-sized lump of jade he now holds in his hand. He hopes it will make him a fortune. It's happened before.

"Last year I found a stone worth 50 million kyat," he said, trekking past the craters and slag heaps of this notorious jade-mining region in northwest Myanmar. That's about $50,000 - and it was more than enough money for Tin Tun, 38, to buy land and build a house in his home village.

But rare finds by small-time prospectors like Tin Tun pale next to the staggering wealth extracted on an industrial scale by Myanmar's military, the tycoons it helped enrich, and companies linked to the country where most jade ends up: China.

U.S. law enforcement envoy to visit Myanmar

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By UPI

Special Reports

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said it was sending a law enforcement envoy to Myanmar to review national security and human rights issues with national leaders.

Myanmar's general elections in 2010 ended a long period of military rule. The international community recognized Myanmar for its political reforms, though its human rights record and state of security have sparked concern.

The U.S. State Department said Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield will visit Myanmar, formerly Burma, Wednesday.

UNHCR appeals for dialogue, confidence-building following recent IDP violence in Myanmar

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Report from UN High Commissioner for Refugees


This is a summary of what was said by the UNHCR spokesperson at today’s Palais des Nations press briefing in Geneva.

Violent clashes between displaced Muslims and security forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state last Friday have left one man dead and about 10 people injured. UNHCR is reiterating its call for peaceful dialogue and confidence building between the IDPs and Government. We believe this is key to avoiding further violence.

Sixty-eight more children and young people released by Myanmar armed forces

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Report from UN Children's Fund, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Myanmar

YANGON, 7 August 2013 – The United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNICEF welcomed the release today of a further 68 children and young people from the Myanmar armed forces, or Tatmadaw, bringing the total number of children and young people released by the armed forces to 110 in the last month.

A month ago, 42 children and young people were released just over a year after an accord between the Myanmar Government and UN to clear the way for the discharge of all children from the Tatmadaw.

Today’s release was attended by senior Tatmadaw officials, representatives of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Ministry of Immigration, and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNICEF as co-chairs of the UN Country Taskforce along with Taskforce members including the International Labour Organization, the UN refugee agency, Save the Children and World Vision.

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