Critics point to flaws in US reporting criteria
(Burma Times) Yangoon – When they were unveiled in May, the United States government’s Burma Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements were touted by Washington as the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s policy for transparent business reengagement with Myanmar.
However, just a handful of reports have been filed on the US embassy’s website and the requirements have drawn the ire of both businesses, which see them as an unnecessary hurdle, and human rights groups, which say they are not stringent enough to ensure US businesses respect human rights.“For larger firms it may be less of an issue, but for smaller firms, the cost of time and resources necessary to comply can be considerable, and could be a deterrent to new investment,” said Lisa Burgess, spokesperson at the US Chamber of Commerce, which has opposed the reporting requirements and lobbied against them since they were first announced.
Conflict unsettled in Myanmar
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar, Sept. 20 (Burma Times) — More than 3,500 people remain displaced from their homes six months after a major outbreak of sectarian violence in Myanmar, a U.N. organization said.
The Myanmar government declared a state of emergency March 22 following clashes between Muslims and Buddhists in Meiktila. At least 32 people died in the violence and another 39 were injured.Rioters later set fire to dozens of homes and religious buildings in Yamethin, about 30 miles from Meiktila. The U.N. Human Rights Council responded to the incident by saying religious violence in the country was “troublesome.”
Rohingya face “Sudden-Death” Due to Lack of Due Medication
(Burma Times) Jeddah- Rohingya—the most persecuted victims on the earth surface, the most distressed people and the least wanted ethnic minority— are impoverished in their native land where they have been growing up generations to generations since immemorial decades.
Since 1784, the master chains of strategies of Burmese chauvinists have been implemented perpetually and confidentially. The major deadly catastrophes that Rohingya encounters are 1784, 1942, 1977-78, 1990-91, 2012-13.All the infrastructures in Rakhine state were absolutely postponed by the central government since 1942 and it was stated by the higher authorities that the infrastructures would be postponed there until the final eradication of Rohingya from the Rakhine state soil.
Analysis: Massive education gaps confront displaced children in Rakhine
(IRIN) - After an absence of more than a year, Phay Ruscome could not wait to get back in the classroom.
"I like learning, and I missed my friends," the nine-year-old said. "I wasn't able to attend at all last year."
Phay is one of hundreds of primary school-aged children now receiving emergency education at the Thea Chaung internally displaced persons (IDPs) camp, home to more than 10,000 Muslim Rohingyas, outside Sittwe, the provincial capital of Myanmar's western Rakhine State.
The community-led initiative - providing two-and-a-half hours of Burmese and mathematics a day- highlights the unmet needs of thousands of IDP children unable to attend regular school more than a year after sectarian clashes between Rohingyas and Buddhist ethnic Rakhine residents in 2012.
Youth Interrupted: Myanmar's Underage, Illiterate Workers
by Patrick Winn
Little King can't read or write. Little King can't tell you the name of his country's president.
But he's sturdy enough to balance heavy, spine-bending bundles of cargo atop his skull. Strong enough to tug dinghies loaded with bananas across the Yangon River's mucky banks at low tide.
Down by the docks, where men work like mules, Little King can earn $3 per day. He is a breadwinner, the primary supporter of a woman he adores and her two children.But that woman is his mother. Those children are his sisters. Little King is just a kid.
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