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Myanmar claims promoting human rights at home in 2013

Myanmar claims promoting human rights at home in 2013 YANGON, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar's National Human Rights Commission claimed on Wednesday that it was able to intensify its activities to promote and protect human rights by conducting certain outreach activities for the first time, citing the commission's visits to a number of sensitive areas in the country in 2013. Their visits covered violence-hit areas in Rakhine state, Mandalay and Yangon regions and Shan state as well as prisons in Mon and Kayin states, said a statement of the commission released on Wednesday.

SEA Games: Myanmar hosts international coming-out party

Myanmar officially welcomes thousands of athletes on Wednesday for the Southeast Asian Games, an event billed as a coming-out party for the former pariah nation emerging from decades of international isolation. The opening ceremony for the regional showpiece is being held in a spotless, purpose-built 30,000-capacity stadium in Naypyidaw, the utilitarian capital built by secretive generals -- far from the bustle of commercial capital Yangon.

IMF reiterates continued support to Myanmar

IMF reiterates continued support to Myanmar YANGON, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde has reiterated the international institution's continued support to Myanmar in terms of policy advice, technical assistance and training, state media reported Sunday.

Roundup: Myanmar president's Philippine visit promotes bilateral ties

Roundup: Myanmar president's Philippine visit promotes bilateral ties by Feng Yingqiu YANGON, Dec. 6 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein's three-day state visit to the Philippines, which concluded on Friday, has promoted bilateral relations and economic and trade cooperation between the two countries, observers here said. During his first ever visit to the Southeast Asian member nation since his assumption to office in March 2011, Thein Sein had bilateral talks with his Philippine counterpart Benigno Aquino.

Mandela taught us we could change the world: Suu Kyi

Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi on Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela as a "great human being" who inspired others to change the world. "I would like to express my extreme grief at the passing away of a man who stood for human rights and for equality in this world," Suu Kyi said of her fellow Nobel Peace laureate, who died on Thursday.

US seeks greater Myanmar military training

US President Barack Obama's administration said Wednesday it hoped to expand limited training for Myanmar's military but faced skepticism from lawmakers unimpressed by the pace of democratic reforms. Testifying before Congress, administration officials said the United States wanted to provide training on human rights to Myanmar's military, which ruled the Southeast Asian country for decades but allowed a nominal civilian to become president in 2011.

US seeks greater Myanmar military training

US President Barack Obama's administration said Wednesday it hoped to expand limited training for Myanmar's military but faced skepticism from lawmakers unimpressed by the pace of democratic reforms. Testifying before Congress, administration officials said the United States wanted to provide training on human rights to Myanmar's military, which ruled the Southeast Asian country for decades but allowed a nominal civilian to become president in 2011.

Myanmar president leaves on state visit to Philippines

Myanmar president leaves on state visit to Philippines YANGON, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar President U Thein Sein left Nay Pyi Taw Wednesday on a state visit to the Philippines, official sources said. U Thein Sein's three-day visit, made at the invitation of his Philippino counterpart Benigno Aquino III, is his first ever one to the Southeast Asian member nation since his assumption to office in March 2011.

Athletes arrive at Myanmar to get ready for SEA Games multi-sports

YANGON, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- Athletes from all the participating countries, namely Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, have landed in Nay Pyi Taw since Chinlone the inaugural and foremost event of the SEA Games multisports are due to kick off on Wednesday. Those from Thailand and Singapore arrived on Tuesday and Cambodian squad came as early as Nov. 26 for joint-training with Myanmar Chinlone athletes while Laos and Malaysia was already with Myanmar Chinlone body since October according to the news release published in Eleven Media.

Roundup: Aung San Suu Kyi's Australia visit boosts ties with Myanmar

Roundup: Aung San Suu Kyi's Australia visit boosts ties with Myanmar YANGON, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's week-long visit to Australia, which ended on Monday, has boosted bilateral relations and cooperation between Myanmar and Australia, officials said. During her stay in Australia which began on Nov. 26, Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and of the Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility of the Lower House, encouraged Australia to maintain its support for much wider democratic reforms in Myanmar.
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