December News Summary

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December News Summary

 

Roots of migration.

  • The UN reports that as many as 15,000 people have fled across Myanmar’s border into China in the past month as fighting between the army and armed ethnic groups in Kachin and Shan States intensifies. The UN estimates that more than 100,000 people have been internally displaced by fighting between government soldiers and ethnic armed groups in Kachin and the northern part of Shan State.[i]
  • UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, was restricted from visiting areas of conflict-torn Kachin State on Monday, according to her spokesperson. Yanghee Lee did not receive cooperation from the Kachin State government.[ii]
  • A UK-based NGO called Burma Campaign UK published a paper arguing that the international community has yet to develop a strategy for effectively promoting human rights under the new political structure in Myanmar, where both the military and the National League for Democracy are failing to respect human rights.[iii]
  • The UN has strongly criticized the Myanmar government over its treatment of the Rohingya in Rakhine state, where 65,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh—a third of them in the first week of January—since the army launched a crackdown in the north of Rakhine state [iv]
  • China’s Defense Ministry issued a statement urging Myanmar to strengthen its border management in an effort to protect Chinese border residents from conflict in the region.[v]
  • Singapore was Myanmar’s largest foreign investor in fiscal year 2016-2017. In the same period, the telecom sector made up the near majority of Myanmar’s foreign investments—at 47.07 percent of the country’s total foreign investment (124.6 billion Thai Baht). The telecom sector was followed by the industry sector, with 25.5 percent, and the rest went to power, hotel and construction sectors.[vi]
  • Myanmar’s Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) is teaming up with Thailand’s Kasikron Bank to develop a mobile banking remittance service for Myanmar migrants in Thailand.[vii]
  • Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide hit a remote jade mining region in Kachin State. The landslide occurred December 30, and in 2015 alone, more than 300 people were killed in 38 landslides at jade mines in Kachin.[viii]
  • Myanmar police have presented six demands to their Thai counterparts, calling for a crackdown on corrupt and abusive Thai officials who demand money from and illegally confiscate the documents of Myanmar workers in northern Thailand. Despite a request from Myanmar to stop seizing national identity cards from Myanmar migrants, some Thai officials reportedly continue to do so.[ix]
  • International employment agencies sent 93,645 Myanmar workers to Thailand from January to November of this year. In November alone, 13,382 Myanmar migrant workers went to Thailand.[x]

Development.

  • Singapore was Myanmar’s largest foreign investor in fiscal year 2016-2017. In the same period, the telecom sector made up the near majority of Myanmar’s foreign investments—at 47.07 percent of the country’s total foreign investment (124.6 billion Thai Baht). The telecom sector was followed by the industry sector, with 25.5 percent, and the rest went to power, hotel and construction sectors.[i]
  • Myanmar’s Kanbawza Bank (KBZ) is teaming up with Thailand’s Kasikron Bank to develop a mobile banking remittance service for Myanmar migrants in Thailand.[ii]
  • Dozens of people are missing and feared dead after a landslide hit a remote jade mining region in Kachin State. The landslide occurred December 30, and in 2015 alone, more than 300 people were killed in 38 landslides at jade mines in Kachin.[iii]

Labor.
  • Myanmar police have presented six demands to their Thai counterparts, calling for a crackdown on corrupt and abusive Thai officials who demand money from and illegally confiscate the documents of Myanmar workers in northern Thailand. Despite a request from Myanmar to stop seizing national identity cards from Myanmar migrants, some Thai officials reportedly continue to do so.[i]
  • International employment agencies sent 93,645 Myanmar workers to Thailand from January to November of this year. In November alone, 13,382 Myanmar migrant workers went to Thailand.[ii]
 


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