Visit by a Crown Princess - 29 January 2014
YANGON, Myanmar - It was difficult for the more than 25 Myanmar youth to contain their excitement and nerves as they patiently awaited the arrival of Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark in the heart of Yangon on 10 January, 2014. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - February 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Impoverished Cambodians For Sale
Many Cambodians see dubious hope across the Poipet border crossing to Thailand. Credit: Michelle Tolson/IPS.By Michelle TolsonPHNOM PENH, Jan 24 2014 (IPS) Many Cambodian women arrive in South Korea or China for marriage, only to find themselves being chosen as mistresses, say labour rights activists. While young Cambodian men, who travel to Thailand to work on fishing boats, often fall prey to drug abuse. Loss of land, debt, poor pay and high prices of petrol and electricity are pushing youths from poverty-stricken Cambodia to foreign lands – sometimes with disastrous consequences. Miserable working conditions in th...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 24, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Michelle Tolson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Featured Gender Global Governance Headlines Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees Poverty & MDGs Regional Categor Source Type: news

Latest Wave of Killings and Arrests in Burma Must be Investigated
PHR has expressed concern over reports of mass killings and arrests of Rohingya Muslims in Burma, and called on the Burmese authorities to urgently investigate the incidents and hold all those responsible accountable for these crimes. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - January 23, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Eyewitness: Bagan, Burma
Photographs from the Guardian Eyewitness series (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 22, 2013 Category: Science Tags: The Guardian Culture Archaeology Heritage Travel Burma Editorial World news Source Type: news

Burmese python genome reveals extreme adaptation
(University of Colorado Denver) Scientists from the University of Colorado School of Medicine who sequenced the genome of the Burmese python have discovered large numbers of rapidly evolved genes in snakes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - December 2, 2013 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Help End the Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma
The Rohingya often considered the world's most persecuted people have been systematically targeted by the Burmese government. Take action now and protect the Rohingya in Burma. (Source: Physicians for Human Rights Advocacy Channel)
Source: Physicians for Human Rights Advocacy Channel - November 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Physicians for Human Rights Source Type: news

Resolution to End Persecution of the Rohingya in Burma Introduced
PHR welcomed the introduction of a resolution that aims to end discrimination against the Rohingya, a minority group in Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar) that is one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic groups. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - November 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

PHR’s Dr. Holly Atkinson to Discuss Persecution of Rohingya and Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma on Monday
Dr. Holly Atkinson, volunteer medical advisor and past president of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), will speak Monday at a panel event, “Our Walls Bear Witness: The Plight of Burma’s Rohingya.” (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - October 29, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

How not to run a women in science campaign
If science wants to deal with its diversity issues, it need to think beyond gender and be willing to changeIn June last year, the European Commission released a teaser video for a new campaign to recruit young women to science: "Science: It's a Girl Thing!" It was met with a loud and global WTAF.If you somehow missed the resulting outrage, watch it now and have a mini one all of your own. Even if you remember it, treat yourself to a re-watch. There is something almost beautiful about how bad it is.Concerned that stereotypical images of science were putting girls off studying the subject, the video wanted to show ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 14, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Alice Bell Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Science policy Women in politics Gender Source Type: news

The amazing intelligence of elephants | John Sweeney
Researchers have found that elephants understand pointing. It's more evidence of their intelligence, yet people still hunt themScience in the 21st century is at last beginning to map the intellect of elephants – and that may cause trouble for those who shoot elephants for sport, such as big game hunter Donald Trump Junior, or for profit, such as poachers exploiting the greed for ivory in China. The scientists are playing catch-up, proving right the insights of a poet from the 17th century, a biologist from the 19th century and a teak forester from the 20th.At the University of St Andrews, Prof Richard Byrne and his c...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 14, 2013 Category: Science Authors: John Sweeney Tags: Comment Psychology theguardian.com World news Illegal wildlife trade Animals Conservation Comment is free Source Type: news

Violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state must end for sake of children - UNICEF
Citing the negative impact of the inter-communal clashes in Myanmar's Rakhine state on children in the region, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today urged all parties to put an end to the violence. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - October 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Federal wildlife officials to test new trap to catch rampant Florida pythons
Race to control python population before it undermines officials' efforts to restore natural water flow through EvergladesFederal wildlife officials alarmed by an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades have tried radio tracking collars, a massive public hunt and even snake-sniffing dogs to control the invasive species. Now there's talk of snaring the elusive pythons in specially designed traps.The US Department of Agriculture received a patent in August for a trap that resembles a long, thin cage with a net at one end for the live capture of large, heavy snakes.Researchers say Burmese pythons regard the E...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 26, 2013 Category: Science Tags: theguardian.com United States Florida News Snakes Animal behaviour Wildlife World news Source Type: news

Suicide ideation and victimization among refugee women along the Thai-Burma border - Falb KL, McCormick MC, Hemenway D, Anfinson K, Silverman JG.
Refugee women may experience multiple forms of victimization. The hypotheses underlying the present analyses were that experiences of victimization during conflict and intimate partner violence (IPV) would be associated with heightened odds of suicide idea... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 22, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

Will democracy bring peace to Myanmar? - Nilsen M.
The objective of this article is to assess the current political developments in Myanmar and the impact of the democratic transition on the country's persistent ethnic conflicts. It analyses the dynamics in the triangular relations between the ruling elite... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Myanmar seeks new ways to tackle urgent health threat of drug-resistant TB
PRESS RELEASE: Experts from high-burden TB countries will come together at a symposium in Yangon, Myanmar, 22nd August. to explore new ways of tackling drug-resistant TB (DR-TB). (Source: MSF News)
Source: MSF News - August 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Suhail Source Type: news

Myanmar Seeks New Ways to Tackle Urgent Health Threat of Drug-Resistant TB
Drawing by George Butler The entrance to MSF's Hlaingtharyar Clinic in Yangon. Yangon/New York, August 22, 2013—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Myanmar’s Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization will host a symposium this week exploring new ways to accelerate access to treatment for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) throughout the country. The symposium, Turning the Tide on TB: Tackling DR-TB/HIV-co-infection in Myanmar, will be held today and tomorrow in Yangon. The symposium will see experts fr...
Source: MSF News - August 22, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

PHR Documents Systematic Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma
PHR today released a report documenting the recent wave of violence against Muslims throughout Burma, whose government has created a culture of impunity for the violators and has failed to protect the Muslim minority. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma
In this report, PHR documents how persecution of and violence against the Rohingya in Burma has spread to other Muslim communities throughout the country. PHR conducted eight separate investigations in Burma and the surrounding region between 2004 and 2013. (Source: PHR Reports)
Source: PHR Reports - August 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Healthcare In Myanmar
It would be a mild understatement to say that over the last fifty years, healthcare outcomes in Myanmar have not kept pace with those of its neighbors.  As the last country in Southeast Asia to open to foreign investment, by 2013 healthcare in Myanmar was suffering badly from over fifty years of neglect.  When the World Health Organization (WHO) last ranked Myanmar’s system against its global counterparts, the country was pegged dead last out of 190 countries with respect to what the WHO calls “overall health system performance.”  Myanmar spends roughly 2% of its GDP on healthcare; impoveri...
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 19, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Benjamin Shobert Source Type: news

NTU-led research shows Burmese long-tailed macaques' ability using stone tools threatened by human activity in Thailand
(Nanyang Technological University) Human farming and the introduction of domestic dogs are posing a threat to the ability of Burmese long-tailed macaques to use stone tools. This was found in a study led by Singapore's Nanyang Technological University carried out at Thailand's Laem Son National Park. The research team has advised Thailand's authorities that in the management of their marine national parks they should pay closer attention to macaques' use of stones as tools. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Patterns of Anti-Muslim Violence in Burma: A Call for Accountability and Prevention
In this report, PHR documents the extreme persecution of Burma’s Muslim population and other ethnic minorities, frequently spurred by some Buddhist leaders. PHR’s aim is to press for leadership and the ruleof law that will ascribe individual, rather than collective, responsibility for these crimes. (Source: PHR Reports)
Source: PHR Reports - August 11, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

United States Extends Ban on Gems and Jade from Burma
PHR welcomed President Obama‘s executive order keeping the ban on import of gems and jadeite from Burma, helping acknowledge that Burma’s gem industry is rife with exploitation and abuse. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - August 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

UN welcomes Myanmar's release of dozens of children from its armed forces
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) today welcomed the release of 68 children and young people from Myanmar's armed forces known as Tatmadaw, carried out under the auspices of an accord between the Government and the world body. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - August 7, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Myanmar at the crossroads: Conservationists see opportunities and challenges in biodiversity hotspot
(Wildlife Conservation Society) Long isolated by economic and political sanctions, Myanmar returns to the international community amid high expectations and challenges associated with protecting the country's great natural wealth from the impacts of economic growth and climate change. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - July 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Hailing release of child soldiers, UN calls on Myanmar to accelerate discharge efforts
The United Nations has welcomed the release of 42 children by the Myanmar Armed Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, and called for accelerating the discharge of remaining children within the ranks of the army. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)
Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population - July 8, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

MSF Applauds New WHO Recommendations for Accelerating HIV Treatment in Developing Countries
Myanmar 2012 © Ron Haviv/VII Photo An HIV-positive child receives treatment at an MSF TB/HIV clinic. KUALA LUMPUR/NEW YORK, JUNE 30, 2013—The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today welcomed new World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for HIV treatment and called for the improvements to be rapidly implemented, enabling people and programs in developing countries to benefit. MSF also stressed that increased international support will be needed. New WHO recommendations include earlier antiretroviral therapy (ART) for peo...
Source: MSF News - June 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

General Electric's Last Frontier: Return To Myanmar (Burma)
The industrial giant is trying to do business in just-opened Myanmar, where they badly need the stuff it makes and sells. So why is this storied multinational struggling? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 27, 2013 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Simon Montlake Source Type: news

Piloting community-based medical care for survivors of sexual assault in conflict-affected Karen State of eastern Burma - Tanabe M, Robinson K, Lee CI, Leigh JA, Htoo EM, Integer N, Krause SK.
BACKGROUND: Given the challenges to ensuring facility-based care in conflict settings, the Women's Refugee Commission and partners have been pursuing a community-based approach to providing medical care to survivors of sexual assault in Karen State, easter... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 30, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Government restrictions severely impacting access to healthcare in Rakhine State
Nearly a year since deadly inter-ethnic clashes in Rakhine state first broke out, conditions in displaced persons camps, combined with movement restrictions and ongoing segregation of Rakhine and Muslim communities, are severely impacting access to healthcare, said Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today. An estimated 140,000 people are still living in makeshift camps. According to official estimates, the vast majority of the displaced are from a Muslim minority referred to as the Rohingya. The Rohingya are a stateless minority group, not recognized as citizens by the government of Myanmar. Myanmar 2013 ©...
Source: MSF News - May 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Myanmar NEWS Frontpage Violence Refugees & IDPs Source Type: news

Myanmar: Restrictions Severely Impacting Access to Health Care
Myanmar 2013 © Kaung Htet A doctor examines a child at the MSF clinic in a refugee camp on the outskirts of Pauk Taw township. YANGON, MYANMAR/NEW YORK, MAY 28, 2013—Nearly a year after interethnic clashes broke out in Myanmar's Rakhine State, government-imposed restrictions on Muslim communities are preventing tens of thousands of people from accessing health care and other basic services, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. An estimated 140,000 displaced people are living in makeshift camps after fleei...
Source: MSF News - May 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Maternal Healthcare Evades Marginalised Mothers
Laxmi Yarragantla, a 20-year-old mother of three, lives in the Warangal district, where over 50 percent of girls are married before they reach 18 years. Credit: Stella PaulIn the small village of Haldiyaganj in the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya, 17-year old Injuara Begum is nursing her son who was born right here on the floor of her home three years ago. She has never heard of Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), a government health scheme that provides free medicine, midwife assistance and 30 dollars in cash to all pregnant women who deliver at a government hospital. “In marginalised communities, early marriage is...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 28, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Active Citizens Aid Asia-Pacific Civil Society Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Migration & Refugees Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories TerraViva Europe Source Type: news

Myanmar Tests Procedures for Its 2014 Census - 22 April 2013
YANGON — The Myanmar Government with support from UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, undertook a pilot census exercise from 30 March to 10 April to prepare for a nationwide census in 2014, the country's first in 30 years. One hundred schoolteachers trained to be enumerators visited thousands of homes and questioned residents in selected villages in 20 townships across the country representing a cross-section of Myanmar's diverse geographic and ethnic mix. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Tell President Obama: Insist on an End to Violence Against Burmese Minorities.
When President Obama meets with Burma's President Thein Sein, Obama should insist on an end to violence against Burma's Muslim and other minority populations. (Source: Physicians for Human Rights Advocacy Channel)
Source: Physicians for Human Rights Advocacy Channel - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Physicians for Human Rights Source Type: news

PHR Issues Report Documenting Massacre in Burma; Calls for Immediate Investigation
PHR today released a report detailing the organized attacks against Muslims that took place in central Burma in late March and resulted in the killing of at least 20 children and four teachers. The report provides evidence that state authorities, who idly stood by watching the events unfold, are complicit in these crimes. (Source: PHR Press Releases)
Source: PHR Press Releases - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Massacre in Central Burma
This report is the result of an investigation by a PHR team, undertaken shortly after the violence occurred. (Source: PHR Reports)
Source: PHR Reports - May 20, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news