2019 Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) on U.S. National Security Policymaking

The U.S. Embassy in Yangon is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) on US National Security Policymaking program. WHAT: The SUSI for Scholars focuses on the formulation of U.S. foreign and national security policy and the role of the federal government, think-tanks, media, and public opinion in shaping ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Conviction of ‎Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

U.S. Embassy Statement on Conviction of ‎Reuters Reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo September 3, 2018 Today’s conviction of journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo under the Official Secrets Act is deeply troubling for all who support press freedom and the transition toward democracy in Myanmar.  The American people have long stood with ...
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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (31 August 2018) Location: Yangon, Burma Event: A demonstration and march in support of two Reuters journalists on trial in Yangon will take place tomorrow, September 1st, at 3:00 P.M. in Yangon.  The march will begin at Butaryone Bus Stop, Insein Road, head south on Insein Road ...
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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (29 August 2018) Location: Yangon – Mandalay Highway, Bago Region, Burma Event: There is flooding on the Yangon – Mandalay highway between mile marker 151/1 and 160, south of Naypyitaw, due to water leakage from the Swa Dam.  This part of the Yangon-Mandalay highway is currently closed. ...
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Treasury Sanctions Commanders and Units of the Burmese Security Forces for Serious Human Rights Abuses

Designations Build on International Efforts to Hold Accountable Persons Responsible for Serious Human Rights Abuses in Burma August 17, 2018 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned four Burmese military and Border Guard Police (BGP) commanders and two Burmese military units for their involvement in ethnic cleansing in ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 Elections

Message for U.S. Citizens: Voting in 2018 Elections 16 August 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. Your Vote Counts!  Did you know ...
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YSEALI Media Literacy Regional Workshop [FY-2019]

The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a six-day workshop (inclusive of arrival and departure days) in Rangoon on Media Literacy for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), pending the availability of funds. The program will bring together 50 ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Reminder – Meeting with U.S. Embassy Staff in Mandalay Tomorrow

Message for U.S. Citizens:   Reminder – Meeting with U.S. Embassy Staff in Mandalay Tomorrow 6 August 2018 THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE AMERICAN LIAISON NETWORK AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. ...
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Message for U.S. Citizens: Calling New Citizen Liaison Volunteers!

Message for U.S. Citizens: Calling New Citizen Liaison Volunteers! 02 August 2018  THE EMBASSY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN RANGOON IS TRANSMITTING THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION THROUGH THE EMBASSY WARDEN SYSTEM AS A PUBLIC SERVICE TO U.S. CITIZENS IN BURMA. PLEASE DISSEMINATE THIS MESSAGE TO ALL U.S. CITIZENS IN YOUR ORGANIZATION OR NEIGHBORHOOD. The U.S. Embassy is recruiting ...
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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (July 25, 2018) Location: Burma Event: The Embassy of the United States of America in Rangoon has updated our travel advisory for Burma.  Changes from our previous travel advisory include updated advice for travelers to Muse, Mogaung, and Hsipaw townships.  The advisory can be found at this link: ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Panglong Conference

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Panglong Conference July 11, 2018   We welcome the opening of the “Union Peace Conference-21st Century Panglong” today.  We encourage all parties to remain committed to finding common ground through dialogue, and hope that this week’s discussions will lead to meaningful progress toward peace.‎ ### [ Burmese Translation ]  
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DHS Announces Implementation of Visa Sanctions on Burma and Laos

As of July 9, 2018, the U.S. Embassy in Rangoon, Burma has discontinued issuing all B1 and B2 nonimmigrant visas for current officials at the Director General level and above from the Burmese Ministry of Labor, Immigration, and Population (MOLIP), and Home Affairs (MOHA) and all of their children under 21 and spouses, with limited ...
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U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON COURT DECISION TO PROCEED WITH CHARGES AGAINST REUTERS JOURNALISTS

U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON COURT DECISION TO PROCEED WITH CHARGES AGAINST REUTERS JOURNALISTS July 9, 2018 We are deeply disappointed by today’s court decision to proceed with charges against journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo for alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act. ‎The Myanmar authorities should allow the journalists to return to their ...
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White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Travels to Myanmar June 14-16

White House National Security Council Senior Director for Asian Affairs Travels to Myanmar June 14-16 June 14, 2018 Senior Director for Asian Affairs at the White House National Security Council, Matt Pottinger, is visiting Myanmar June 14-16 to meet with senior government leaders and civil society to discuss and strengthen the bilateral relationship. Mr. Pottinger ...
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Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Embassy Regional Grants Program

Please complete the attached grant application  (Download here) (Microsoft Word 46KB), answering all questions in full. This is the initial announcement of this funding opportunity EAP07272018 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 19.124 Application Deadline: July 27, 2018 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The U.S. Department of State Bureau of East Asia Pacific Affairs (EAP) announces an open competition ...
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Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma

Alert – U. S. Embassy Rangoon, Burma (June 6, 2018) Location: Burma Event: The Embassy of the United States of America in Yangon has updated our travel advisory for Burma. The advisory can be found at this link: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Burma.html , and is also copied below for your convenience: Burma — Travel Advisory — Level 1 Exercise ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Signing of the Tripartite MOU

U.S. Embassy Statement on Signing of the Tripartite MOU June 6, 2018 We welcome the signing today of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Myanmar, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).  We hope implementation of the MOU will help create the conditions for the voluntary, ...
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U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Press Gaggle in the Thet Kae Pyin Camp

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 21, 2018   REMARKS   U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Press Gaggle in the Thet Kae Pyin Camp   Thet Kae Pyin Camp Sittwe, Burma May 20, 2018     QUESTION: What did you see up in northern ...
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Readout on USAID Administrator Mark Green’s visit to Rakhine State

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 21, 2018 READOUT USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN ‘S VISIT TO RAKHINE STATE IN BURMA The following is attributable to Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: This weekend, USAID Administrator Mark Green visited Rakhine State in Burma, where he saw first-hand the alarming reality ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks Following His Meeting with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 18, 2018 REMARKS U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks Following His Meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma May 18, 2018 ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: We had the chance to talk about ...
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Readout on Meeting between USAID Administrator Mark Green and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 18, 2018 READOUT USAID ADMINISTRATOR MARK GREEN MEETING’S WITH HER EXCELLENCY DAW AUNG SAN SUU KYI, STATE COUNSELLOR AND UNION MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF BURMA The following is attributable to Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) ...
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USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at Myanmar CSO Forum

UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT Office of Press Relations For Immediate Release May 19, 2018 REMARKS U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green’s Remarks at Myanmar Civil Society Summit Lotte Hotel Rangoon, Burma May 19, 2018 ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Good morning, everyone. It’s good to be here with all of you. Thank you, Teresa, ...
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USAID Myanmar Country Profile

Myanmar has embarked on a long and challenging process of democratic and economic reforms.  While the peaceful transition to a civilian-led government in 2016 was a milestone in Myanmar’s long struggle for democracy, significant challenges remain, particularly following the 2017 violence in Rakhine State.  The United States is committed to improving the welfare and well-being ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Situation in Muse Township

  U.S. Embassy Statement on Security Situation in Muse Township May 14, 2018 We are deeply concerned by the casualties caused by recent clashes between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), Government security forces, and militias in Muse Township in Northern Shan State, and express our heartfelt sympathy to the families of those killed and ...
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Statement on Presidential Pardon

The U.S. Embassy appreciates the decision of President U Win Myint and the Government of Myanmar to release political prisoners as part of the broader amnesty announced on April 17. ### ဧျပီ ၁၇ ရက္တြင္ ထုတ္ျပန္လိုက္သည့္ လြတ္ျငိမ္းသက္သာခြင့္တြင္ ႏိုင္ငံေရးအက်ဥ္းသားမ်ားပါ ပါဝင္သည့္အတြက္ အေမရိကန္သံရံုးက သမၼတဦးဝင္းျမင့္ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာအစိုးရတို႔ကို ေက်းဇူးတင္ပါသည္။ ###
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STATEMENT ON CONTINUED DETENTION OF REUTERS JOURNALISTS

  U.S. EMBASSY STATEMENT ON CONTINUED DETENTION OF REUTERS JOURNALISTS   We are deeply disappointed that Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo remain in detention today. They have been jailed for doing their jobs as journalists. While the conviction announced yesterday of the soldiers responsible for the Inn Din massacre was an encouraging ...
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Peace Corps Triples Number of Volunteers Serving in Myanmar

Peace Corps Triples Number of Volunteers Serving in Myanmar Yangon, Myanmar April 6, 2018 – The U.S. Peace Corps is tripling the number of Peace Corps Volunteers who will serve communities in Myanmar. Today, 31 new Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in at a ceremony at Karaweik Palace at Kandawgyi Lake. The Volunteers will serve ...
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Supporting Tolerance and Peace Advocacy at the Community Level [Statement of Interest]

Embassy Yangon announces an open competition for organizations to submit a Statement of Interest for Notice of Funding Opportunity (SOI/NOFO) for local civil society activities supporting peace and national reconciliation by increasing participation of civil society and women in the peace process and national political dialogue.  Supporting Tolerance and Peace Advocacy at the Community Level ...
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Press Release on the Opening of New American Center Yangon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 21, 2018 New American Center Yangon Opens to Deepen U.S.-Myanmar Ties Yangon, Myanmar – Seventy years after the U.S. Information Service Library first opened in a former British bank building downtown, a newly-built American Center Yangon opened its doors today at the corner of Inya Road and University Avenue. The new ...
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STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC VISITS TO RAKHINE STATE IN FEBRUARY 2018

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC VISITS TO RAKHINE STATE IN FEBRUARY 2018 February 19, 2018 – Yangon, Myanmar We thank the Government of Myanmar for arranging the recent diplomatic visits to Rakhine State.  We appreciated the opportunity to interact with local communities and government officials, even under those constrained circumstances, and to see for ourselves the ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Continued Detention of Reuters Journalists

42 days ago Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested for doing their jobs as investigative journalists.  We are disappointed that – at a minimum – they have still not been granted bail.  Their arrests were highly irregular and have hurt press freedom in Myanmar.  We call again for their release so they can be ...
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Statement on the ARSA Attack on Myanmar Security Forces in Rakhine State

January 8, 2018 We condemn ARSA’s January 5 attack on Myanmar security forces in northern Rakhine State, and we express condolences to the injured and their families.  This act of violence only serves to further undermine peace and security in northern Rakhine State and the region.  We continue to urge all parties to ensure their rhetoric and their actions ...
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Message from the President on Myanmar’s Independence Day

Dear Mr. President: The American people send their congratulations and best wishes to the people of Myanmar as they celebrate your country’s independence on January 4. The democratic values the people of Myanmar endorsed in the 2015 election remain crucial to the long-term success, stability, and prosperity of your nation.  The United States will remain a ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Arrests of Two Reuters Reporters

We are deeply concerned by the highly irregular arrests of two Reuters reporters after they were invited to meet with police officials in Yangon last night.  For a democracy to succeed, journalists need to be able to do their jobs freely.  We urge the government to explain these arrests and allow immediate access to the ...
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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON: Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis

For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON November 22, 2017 Efforts to Address Burma’s Rakhine State Crisis   I visited Naypyitaw, Burma on November 15, where I met separately with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. I reaffirmed the United States’ strong commitment ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi At a Joint Press Availability

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Official For Immediate Release REMARKS November 15, 2017 Secretary of State Rex Tillerson And Burmese State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi At a Joint Press Availability November 15, 2017 Ministry of Foreign Affairs Naypyidaw, Burma MODERATOR: Good afternoon excellencies, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you all for coming ...
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UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO BURMA

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson _____________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release FACT SHEET November 15, 2017 UNITED STATES ASSISTANCE TO BURMA  The United States supports a peaceful, prosperous, and democratic Burma that respects the human rights of all its people. We are working to immediately address the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Rakhine ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Sentencing of Kachin Baptist Leaders

U.S. Embassy Statement on Sentencing of Kachin Baptist Leaders October 27, 2017 We are concerned about the sentencing today of two religious leaders from the Kachin Baptist Church, pastor Nawng Latt and youth leader Gam Seng, under article 17/1 of the Unlawful Association Act, section 500 of the penal code for criminal defamation, and the ...
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Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State, Burma

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON October 23, 2017 Accountability for Human Rights Abuses in Rakhine State, Burma Burma in recent years has emerged from a half-century of authoritarian rule and undertaken a significant transition to an open, democratic society.  The U.S. Administration supports this transition ...
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Statement on State Counselor’s Remarks

Statement on State Counselor’s Remarks October 13, 2017 The U.S. Embassy welcomes State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s remarks and her commitment to repatriate refugees who have fled from Myanmar, prioritize humanitarian assistance to all who need it, and work inclusively with many stakeholders to address the issues in Rakhine State. It is a fact ...
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STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC TRIP TO NORTHERN RAKHINE ON 2 OCTOBER 2017

STATEMENT ON THE DIPLOMATIC TRIP TO NORTHERN RAKHINE ON 2 OCTOBER 2017   At the invitation of the Myanmar Government, we visited Northern Rakhine today. We went to a number of villages in Maungdaw and Rathedaung districts and met a mixture of local communities. This initiative by the Government of Myanmar allowed us to show support ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Attacks in Northern Rakhine State

August 25, 2017 We condemn the attacks that took place overnight against the security forces, and we offer condolences to victims and their families. We recognize the government and security forces have the responsibility to act to apprehend the perpetrators and prevent further violence, and we urge them to do so in a way that ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State

August 25, 2017 The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of the Final Report by the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on August 24.  We commend the government’s commitment to evaluate the Commission’s recommendations with a view toward implementing them to the fullest extent. We look forward to continuing to support the government’s efforts to address the ...
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New Group of U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers Coming to Myanmar

For Immediate Release March 15, 2017 This week marks an exciting moment of transition in the United States’ partnership with the Myanmar people, as the first group of American Peace Corps Volunteers English teachers in Myanmar completes their service and the second group of Volunteers arrives. On Tuesday, March 14, the first group of six Peace ...
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2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report

The 2017 Trade Policy Agenda and 2016 Annual Report of the President of the United States on the Trade Agreements Program are submitted to the Congress pursuant to Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2213). Chapter II and Annex II of this document meet the requirements of Sections 122 ...
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U.S. Government Announces New Increase in Support to World Food Programme (WFP) to Help Vulnerable Communities in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace approved a new contribution of $5 million to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to assist people impacted by ongoing or recent conflict.  This contribution will support life-saving food assistance for 172,000 people in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine in need of ...
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Achievements in U.S.-Myanmar Agriculture Collaboration

January 13, 2017 Yangon, Myanmar – To ring in the New Year, U.S. Ambassador Marciel welcomed partners from the Myanmar and United States agricultural sectors to his home on January 12 to recognize the achievements attained through bilateral engagements between the two countries. More than 50 representatives from the Myanmar government and business sector, including ...
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Joint Statement on Humanitarian Access to northern part of Rakhine State

Statement by the Diplomatic Missions of Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the United States on Humanitarian Access to northern part of Rakhine State   December 9, 2016 As friends of Myanmar, we are deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in northern part of Rakhine State.  ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 – AFCP 2017 Small Grants Competition

Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 AFCP 2017 Small Grants Competition  Information for Applicants (Deadline for submitting full proposals submission: Friday, December 16, 2016)   The U.S. Embassy Yangon and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State are pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals for the Ambassador’s ...
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Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP-2017) – Calling for Project Proposals – Large Grants Program

Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP-2017) Calling for Project Proposals – Large Grants Program Information for Applicants (DEADLINE for Abstracts Submission: Friday, December 16, 2016) (DEADLINE for full Proposals Submission: Friday, January 20, 2017)     The U.S. Embassy, Yangon is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP)-2017 Large Grants ...
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First U.S. – Myanmar Partnership Meeting Held

  Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 15, 2016 Following the announcement of the formation of the U.S.— Myanmar Partnership by President Obama and State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi during her visit to the United States in September, an interagency delegation from Washington, including officials from the Departments of State, ...
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Assistant Secretary William R. Brownfield’s Travel to Asia

  Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC November 13, 2016 Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) William R. Brownfield will travel to the Philippines, Burma, and China November 13-22. In the first two countries he will seek to strengthen U.S. support for just and fair institutions that ...
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Zika Virus in Southeast Asia

What is the current situation? Travelers have returned from certain areas of Southeast Asia with Zika virus infection. While our understanding of the complications of Zika virus infection continues to evolve, and pending broader international surveillance efforts for Zika virus infection, we are providing pregnant women and their partners updated recommendations on reducing their risk ...
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Presidential Proclamation to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

TO MODIFY DUTY-FREE TREATMENT UNDER THE GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION 1. Section 502 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the “1974 Act”) (19 U.S.C. 2462), authorizes the President to designate countries as beneficiary developing countries, ...
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Presidential Message to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 14, 2016 Presidential Message to the Congress — Restoring Burma’s Trade Benefits Under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)   TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES: I am writing to inform you of my intent to end the suspension of preferential treatment ...
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Remarks by President Obama and State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

Oval Office 12:27 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  It is an extraordinary pleasure for me to welcome State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and her delegation to the White House.  This is not her first visit to the Oval Office, but it is her first visit in her official capacity.  And it represents a remarkable process ...
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Readout of Vice President Biden’s Meeting With Burma State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi

The Vice President hosted leading Members of Congress this morning for a breakfast meeting with Burma State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the Naval Observatory.  The Vice President and Members welcomed the recent progress in Burma’s democratic transition, discussed the President’s decision to terminate the national emergency and end Executive Order-based sanctions, and shared ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Opening Ceremony of Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong

August 31, 2016  U.S. Embassy Statement on Opening Ceremony of Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong   The United States welcomes the opening ceremony on August 31of the “Union Peace Conference – 21st Century Panglong” and commends all participants for their willingness to engage in an inclusive dialogue for national reconciliation and unity.  This ...
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Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting

Remarks by the President After Counter-ISIL Meeting Treasury Department Washington, D.C. 12:18 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  I just met with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and intensify our campaign to destroy the terrorist group ISIL.  Our meeting was planned before the terrible attack in Orlando.  But obviously that ...
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Treasury Amends Burmese Sanctions Regulations, Identifies Blocked Companies Owned By Designated Persons, And Delists Several Burmese SOEs

Treasury Amends Burmese Sanctions Regulations, Identifies Blocked Companies Owned By Designated Persons, And Delists Several Burmese State-Owned Entities   5/17/2016 Regulatory Amendments Support Burma’s Political Reforms and Economic Growth; Designations and Delistings Provide Information to Facilitate Sanctions Compliance and Support Broader U.S. Foreign Policy Goals WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office ...
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) – Acquisition & Assistance Support Services

The United States Agency for International Development in Burma (USAID/Burma) is seeking proposals from qualified companies/individuals to provide Acquisition & Assistance Support for USAID/Burma as described in section C, Description/Specification/Statement of Work. Proposals must be submitted by the designated date and time indicated above. Proposals received after the closing date and time will not be ...
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Thingyan and New Year

  Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC April 11, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, please accept my warmest wishes and regards on the occasion of Thingyan and the New Year. Thingyan is a time to celebrate the opportunities a new year brings. In the new year and ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi of Burma

President Obama spoke by phone today with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to offer his congratulations on Burma’s historic democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government.  The President commended Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s determined efforts, over the course of many years and at great personal cost, to achieve a peaceful transfer of power ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President U Htin Kyaw of Burma

President Obama spoke by phone today with President U Htin Kyaw to offer congratulations on his inauguration as Burma’s President.  The President welcomed the historic step forward of a democratic transfer of power to a civilian-led government that reflects the will of the people.  The President underscored the commitment of the United States to support ...
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Statement by the President on Burma’s Inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw

I congratulate U Htin Kyaw on his inauguration today as president of Burma, and look forward to working with him and the new government. U Htin Kyaw’s inauguration represents a historic milestone in the country’s transition to a democratically elected, civilian-led government. This extraordinary moment in Burma’s history is a testament to its people, institutions, ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s Speech at MISIS

Thank you very much, as stated I was last here in 2014 in another building and it’s very, very good to be back.  I do want to thank MISIS for having me back, especially MISIS Chairman Ambassador U Nyunt Maung Shein, as well as esteemed MISIS members Dr. Daw Kyi Kyi Hla, Daw Carole Ann ...
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Joint Statement of the U.S.-ASEAN Special Leaders’ Summit: Sunnylands Declaration

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FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations

For Immediate Release February 12, 2016 FACT SHEET: Unprecedented U.S.-ASEAN Relations   Engagement with Southeast Asia, a strategically important, economically dynamic region at the heart of the Asia-Pacific, is a central pillar of the U.S. Rebalance to Asia.  Sitting astride some of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is strategically ...
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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken to Travel to Japan, Burma, the Republic of Korea, and China

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel later this week to Tokyo, Naypyitaw, Seoul, and Beijing to consult with U.S. allies in the region; see first-hand progress in Burma’s post-election democratic transition; conduct the interim Strategic Security Dialogue with the Chinese government; and discuss a range of other regional and global issues. Read More
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Fact Sheet: U.S.-ASEAN Relations

Today, President Obama led the U.S. delegation to the U.S.–ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  The United States and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have been partners for nearly 40 years, working together on shared goals of stability, prosperity, and peace in Southeast Asia. Read More
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Fact Sheet: US-ASEAN Economic Engagement

ASEAN is a significant trade and investment partner for the United States.  Collectively, the 10 countries of ASEAN represent the United States’ fourth-largest goods trading partner, ahead of Japan, with $216 billion in two-way goods trade in 2014.  In 2014, U.S. goods exports to ASEAN were $79 billion, making ASEAN the United States’ fourth largest ...
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Fact Sheet: The President’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative

As part of the  Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) , President Obama will meet today with 500 emerging leaders from the ten Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries.  The meeting will take place at the three-day YSEALI Summit, the largest ever gathering of alumni from the United States’ initiative to strengthen youth leadership development across ASEAN. Read More
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Remarks by the President in YSEALI Town Hall

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody!  Everybody have a seat.  Thank you so much.  Well, good afternoon.  This is a very good-looking group. I want to thank Carrie for the introduction and your outstanding work to empower women in Singapore.  Give Carrie a big round of applause.  It is wonderful to be back in Malaysia.  I want ...
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Policy Planning Director McKean Travels to India and Burma

The Director of Policy Planning, David McKean, will travel to India, November 17–18. In New Delhi, he will hold the first U.S.-India Policy Planning talks with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. These talks were established at the 2015 U.S.-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue as part of a New Diplomacy Partnership between the United States ...
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FACT SHEET: Advancing the Rebalance to Asia and the Pacific

President Obama’s ninth trip to Asia and the Pacific in November 2015 reflects the growing importance of the region to U.S. national interests and the Administration’s commitment to advancing our broader regional strategy, known as the Rebalance.  With nearly half of the earth’s population, one-third of global GDP, and some of the world’s most capable ...
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Readout of the President’s Call with President Thein Sein [Burmese Translation]

President Obama spoke last night by phone with President Thein Sein to offer his congratulations to the people of Burma for their participation in the historic parliamentary election on November 8, 2015.  The President commended the efforts of the Union Election Commission and others in the government for their work with political parties, civil society, ...
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Statement on Parliamentary Elections in Burma

With today’s elections, the people of Burma marked an important event in their path to democracy, one that has seen many ups, downs and false starts over the years, and I congratulate them for taking this step toward a peaceful and inclusive future. Following a competitive campaign period, millions of people from a wide range ...
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Statement by the Diplomatic Missions

Statement by the Diplomatic Missions of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, Republic of Korea, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the United Nations on Myanmar’s Elections As Myanmar approaches historic elections on Sunday, the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Japan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, ...
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The 2014 International Religious Freedom Report

On October 14, 2015, Secretary Kerry submitted the 2014 International Religious Freedom Report to the United States Congress. Now in its 17th year, this congressionally-mandated Report comprises almost 200 distinct reports on countries and territories worldwide and continues to reflect the United States’ commitment to, and advancement of, the right of every person to freedom ...
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U.S. Embassy holding Visa Lottery Presentations in Yangon

Do you know about the United States Diversity Visa Program? Online registration for the 2017 Diversity Visa Lottery is open October 1 through November 3, 2015. The U.S. Embassy’s Consular section will host free public information sessions about the Diversity Visa program at the Judson Center and the American Center in Yangon. The presentations will ...
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Concerns About Burma’s Candidate Disqualifications

The United States is concerned about the disqualification of approximately 100 candidates for Burma’s upcoming general election, with over half of the cases rejected based on questions of citizenship. We are aware of reports that almost all Muslim candidates have been disqualified — including some current members of parliament — yet the relevant authorities have yet ...
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Joint Statement on Elections

The quality of the parliamentary election on 8 November will be a critical marker in Myanmar’s transition to democracy. For that reason, we are supporting efforts to promote a credible, transparent, and inclusive election, underpinned by healthy competition that ensures freedom of expression and respect for human rights. Read More
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2015 Presidential Determination for Major Drug Producing and Transit Countries

Under the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (FRAA), the President is required each year to notify Congress of those countries he determines to be major illicit drug producing countries or major drug-transit countries that “significantly affect the United States.”  This year’s list consists of 22 countries: Afghanistan, the Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican ...
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Presidential Determination – Major Drug Transit or Major Illicit Drug Producing Countries for Fiscal Year 2016

Pursuant to section 706(1) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2003 (Public Law 107-228) (FRAA), I hereby identify the following countries as major drug transit and/or major illicit drug producing countries:  Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, ...
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U.S. Embassy Announces Project to Restore the Historic First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine [Burmese] [Mon]

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce an award of $125,000 to World Monuments Fund (WMF) to restore the historic First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine, Mon State, through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation. The First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine was constructed in 1827 by Adoniram Judson, an American missionary who spent nearly 40 years ...
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STATE/INL Burma Program Public Fact Sheet

From 1962 to 2011, Burma was ruled by a military-led government that isolated the country from the rest of the world. Burma’s economy is extremely under-developed, its civilian institutions are weak, and the criminal justice system is broken. Burma’s population has suffered from decades of severe poverty, discrimination, and a lack of access to government ...
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U.S. Government Announces New Increase in Support to World Food Program (WFP) to Help Flood Victims[Burmese]

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Food for Peace today approved a new contribution of $3 million to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to assist people impacted by devastating floods and heavy rains in Myanmar. Over three thousand, three hundred metric tons of locally procured rice, pulses and salt, ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on 8888 Anniversary

Today marks the 27th anniversary of a tragic day in the modern history of this country, a day of bloodshed and sacrifice that ushered in a new era of division. As landmark elections approach, and as people of all ethnicities, races and religions unite in common cause to provide emergency relief to those affected by ...
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U.S. Embassy Flood Assistance Statement

Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the flooding and heavy rains in Myanmar. The U.S. Government will provide $600,000 for immediate response through USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). We have a team on the ground working with local officials and our existing partners to meet the urgent needs of those ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Flooding

As flooding continues to affect hundreds of thousands of people across Myanmar, our thoughts are with all the families and communities suffering from the disaster. The U.S. Embassy is coordinating with humanitarian partners to assess the damage and encourage a quick response for all those in need of assistance. We encourage people who want to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Intensifying Military Action

The U.S. Embassy is deeply concerned by reports of intensifying military action in Kachin State and northern Shan State. Continued fighting needlessly puts the lives of vulnerable communities at risk and undermines the trust that will be essential to achieving a nationwide ceasefire agreement. We call on authorities to prioritize the needs of those displaced ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Article 18 Arrests

The United States is concerned over continued reports of arrests and excessive prison terms handed down to peaceful protesters under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly and Processions Act. Upholding an individual’s ability to exercise his or her basic rights of peaceful expression and assembly is central to any democracy, and fundamental to the on-going ...
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U.S. Embassy Election Announcement Statement

The United States welcomes the Union Election Commission’s (UEC) announcement that general elections will be held on November 8. The United States remains committed to supporting the holding of credible, transparent, and inclusive elections that reflect the will of the Myanmar people and that are held on time as scheduled, as an important marker in ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Flooding

The U.S. Embassy is deeply saddened by reports of the loss of life and property due to recent flooding in Sagaing and throughout Myanmar. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and commend the efforts to date to provide aid and ensure rapid humanitarian access to assess the damage and meet ...
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The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life and promotes accessibility to jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public. The ADA was the world’s first comprehensive law guaranteeing equal rights ...
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Ten Things You Should Know About ForeignAssistance.gov

Transparency – ForeignAssistance.gov is the United States Government’s main tool for improving transparency in U.S. foreign assistance spending. Transparency supports the accountability, effectiveness, and improved coordination of our foreign aid programs and enables the public to better understand U.S. foreign assistance investments around the world. Read More
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Visit of Deputy U.S. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken

Yangon – During his May 21-22 visit to Naypyitaw and Yangon, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken emphasized the importance of continued political, economic, and social reforms to ensure sustained democratic change in Myanmar in his meetings with government, ethnic and civil society group leaders, political party representatives, and youth leaders. Deputy Secretary ...
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U.S. Department of State Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken’s remarks on Civil Society, Youth Leadership and Democracy in Southeast Asia

All right, good afternoon. It is wonderful to be here at @america with all of you, and I want to start by thanking our Ambassador Bob Blake, first of all for his very kind words of introduction but much more important for his wonderful leadership of our embassy and his wonderful friendship with the people ...
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Myanmar Labor Initiative Holds First Stakeholder Forum in Yangon

On May 19, the Initiative to Promote Fundamental Labor Rights and Practices in Myanmar (the Initiative) concluded its first Stakeholder Forum in Yangon. Over 200 participants, representing labor, business, and civil society interests, as well as governments and international organizations, took part in two days of lively and constructive discussions on labor law reform, labor ...
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Concerns About Burma’s Health Care for Population Control Bill

The United States is deeply concerned about legislative passage of the Health Care for Population Control Bill in Burma, paving the way for it to be enacted into law. This bill and the three other draft bills to purportedly “protect race and religion,” which address religious conversion, interfaith marriage, and monogamy, contain provisions that could ...
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Commemorating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is a call to action, a plea to stand with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex communities (LGBTI) across the world and reaffirm our commitment to the equality and dignity of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Discrimination against LGBTI persons must end — ...
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Ambassador Catherine Russell Travels to Burma

During her visit, Ambassador Russell will meet with members of civil society, business owners and entrepreneurs, journalists, religious leaders, young people, women in technology, and internally displaced people.  She will also meet with members of the Burmese government. Ambassador Russell’s discussions will focus on gender-based violence, women’s economic opportunities, and the critical role for women ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes’ Meeting

Deputy National Security Advisor Benjamin Rhodes met today at the White House with Burma’s Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, Shwe Mann.  Mr. Rhodes and Speaker Shwe Mann discussed the work of the Parliament and current efforts toward democratic reform in Burma, and Mr. Rhodes reiterated the U.S. commitment to deepen our bilateral engagement ...
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Ambassador David Saperstein’s Joint Visit to Burma to Promote Religious Freedom

Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom David Saperstein will visit Burma together with Ambassador Andrew Bennett of Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom May 2-5. The Ambassadors will meet with religious and interfaith leaders, government officials, representatives of non-governmental organizations, students, and civil society activists, including representatives of Burma’s religious and ethnic minority communities. They ...
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U.S. Assists Trafficking Victims Stranded in Indonesia

Jakarta, Indonesia – The U.S. Government plans to contribute approximately $225,000 in emergency victim assistance funds to help support the efforts by the Government of Indonesia and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to rescue hundreds of Burmese, Cambodian, Lao, and Thai fishermen who are victims of forced labor and stranded in Eastern Indonesia.  This is in ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Fighting in Rakhine State

The United States is concerned by reports that hundreds of Rakhine civilians have been displaced by recent fighting between the military and Arakan Army in Kyauktaw Township, Rakhine State. We urge all parties to cease hostilities, and ensure the protection of civilians and timely delivery of all necessary humanitarian assistance to the affected population in ...
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Specially Designated National (SDN) Delisting

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today removed Burmese national, Win Aung, and two of his businesses from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons list (SDN List). The United States has made clear that Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs) – designated under any U.S. sanctions regime – can seek delisting. Read More
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Spokesperson Statement on Criminal Charges Filed Against Ed. Protesters

The United States is concerned by reports that the Government of Burma has filed criminal charges against peaceful protesters engaged in campaign activities advocating reform of the National Education Law. We call for the immediate, unconditional release of all individuals being detained in the country as a result of exercising their right to peacefully assemble. ...
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INL Fact sheet

From 1962 to 2011, Burma was ruled by a military-led government that isolated the country from the rest of the world. Burma’s economy is extremely under-developed, its civilian institutions are weak, and the criminal justice system is broken. Burma’s population has suffered from decades of severe poverty, discrimination, and a lack of access to government ...
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U.S. Assistance for Elections and Political Process [Burmese Translation]

The United States welcomes the Myanmar government’s commitment to hold a general election in late 2015. The 2015 election will be an important milestone in Myanmar’s transition to democracy and an opportunity to reaffirm to the world its commitment to political reform. U.S. assistance supports the country’s efforts to prepare for this historic event. The ...
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U.S. Embassy Letpadan Violence Statement

The Embassy joins those here and around the world who were deeply disturbed and saddened by the pictures and reports of violence in Letpadan on March 10, as well as in Yangon on March 5. Such incidents clearly set back the cause of reconciliation, and threaten to lower mutual trust in the reform process of ...
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AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter and Embassy of the United States Rangoon Host Scholarship Ceremony for University of Yangon Students

Today at the Embassy of the United States the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) Myanmar Chapter gave scholarships to 30 deserving University of Yangon students at the first annual AMCHAM Myanmar Chapter Scholarship Award Presentation. Recognizing the importance of education in improving the future prospects of young people in Myanmar, the American Chamber of Commerce ...
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Joint Statement on Election Support from the Embassies

The embassies of Australia, Denmark, the European Union, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America warmly welcome the political reforms that have occurred in Myanmar, particularly the Myanmar Government’s announcement that a general election will be held in late 2015. The election will be an important milestone in Myanmar’s transition to ...
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U.S. Soy Foods Seminar Highlights Healthy Foods

The American Soybean Association’s (ASA) World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH) program organized the seminar with support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and North Dakota Soybean Council. The Myanmar Food Processors and Exporters Association and Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers Association have endorsed the program. Held at the Chatrium Hotel Royal Lake, the ...
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Spokesperson Statement on the MCRS Attack

The United States condemns the attack on a Myanmar Red Cross Society convoy in northern Shan State on February 17, which injured two humanitarian staff. Attacks on humanitarian workers, who often put themselves at personal risk to provide life-saving services to people in need, are unacceptable. We honor the brave work of the MRCS team, ...
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Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong

On February 2, Counselor Tom Shannon and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne led a U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos. The Friends of the Lower Mekong, a donor coordination group, came together with the countries of the Lower Mekong to discuss the ...
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Media Note: Anne Richard’s Visit to Myanmar and Bangladesh

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard traveled to Rakhine State, Myanmar, January 16-19, 2015, visiting the state capital, Sittwe, conflict-affected villages in Maungdaw Township and internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in Sittwe. During the visit, she held discussions with state, district and township officials, Rakhine and Rohingya community ...
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USAID and the University of Arizona’s partnership with local universities and the Myanmar Fisheries Association to boost fish production

Do you like to eat fish? Fish is the primary source of animal protein for over 1 billion people. Check out the story below about USAID and the University of Arizona’s partnership with local universities and the Myanmar Fisheries Association to boost fish production in Myanmar!  The first batch of fingerling sea bass, a high ...
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Myanmar Independence Day Statement from Secretary Kerry

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate the people of Myanmar as you celebrate the 67th anniversary of your nation’s independence. This day is an appropriate moment to reiterate America’s commitment to supporting your country as you continue down the path of reform towards a ...
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Ambassador Mitchell Attends an International Human Rights Day Event

Ambassador Mitchell went to People’s Park on Saturday to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the 66th International Human Rights Day event organized by Equality Myanmar. Ambassador Mitchell reiterated his pledge to work directly with the people of Myanmar, to advance human rights, empower civil society, and be a partner in Myanmar’s reforms. Read More
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Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Murray Discusses Gender Based Violence Issues with Local Women’s Groups

On December 2, U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Virginia Murray met with representatives from Gender Equality Network, Women’s Organization Network, Akaya Women, UNFPA, and Triangle Women’s Support Group to discuss gender based violence (GBV) issues in Burma. DCM Murray discussed with participants the need for strong laws and policies to protect women’s rights, information and ...
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U.S. Companies in Burma: Corporate Social Responsibility

U.S. companies are not only seeking investment opportunities in Burma but actively engaging local communities to support broad-based development. They are investing millions of dollars in microfinance for rural citizens, developing women entrepreneurs, training engineers and managers, offering apprenticeship opportunities to youth, and providing tens of millions of gallons of clean water to those without ...
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Ambassador Mitchell’s visit to Kachin State

Ambassador Derek Mitchell visited Myitkyina, Kachin State October 25-27. This was Ambassador Mitchell’s third visit to Kachin State as Ambassador; his first visit was in December 2012 and his second visit was in October 2013. During his three day visit, Ambassador Mitchell met with more than 150 members of Kachin society, including religious leaders, local ...
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U.S. Companies in Burma: Doing Business Responsibly

The U.S. Government supports efforts to set a high standard for responsible business conduct in Burma and believes that this will have long-lasting positive impacts for both U.S. business and the Burmese people. Through the U.S. Responsible Investment Reporting Requirements, U.S. companies making significant investments in Burma must be fully transparent about payments made to ...
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U.S. Assistance to Burma

Building on a long legacy of support for the aspirations of the Burmese people, the United States is providing assistance to deepen and accelerate Burma’s political, economic, and social transition; promote and strengthen respect for human rights; deliver the benefits of reform to the country’s people; and support the development of a stable society that ...
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U.S. Economic Engagement with Burma

The United States supports Burma’s ongoing reform efforts, and believes that the participation of U.S. businesses in Burma’s economy can be a model for responsible investment and business operations that encourage further change, promote inclusive economic development, and contribute to the welfare of the Burmese people. Increasing U.S. trade and investment in Burma will bring ...
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Ambassador Derek Mitchell’s Remarks at the Human Rights Human Dignity Film Festival Awards Ceremony

Mingalaba kh’mya. Hello and welcome.  I’m honored to be back at the Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival.  Congratulations to Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi and the other festival organizers. Once again done an incredible job with the festival this year to showcase films focused on human rights here and around the ...
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President Obama Answers Questions from Burmese Youth at Town Hall

Today, President Obama hosted a town hall with youth from across the member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as part of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI). YSEALI is the President’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in ASEAN, deepen engagement with young leaders on key regional and ...
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USAID and P&G kick off Global Development Alliance to improve health in Myanmar

Yangon – Administrator Rajiv Shah yesterday helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in this country. This milestone first liter, which marks the launch of the partnership, was delivered at a ...
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Commercial Law Development Program Workshop

From January 9-10, 2014, a delegation from the Department of State’s Bureau of Energy Resources (ENR) and the Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) traveled to Naypyitaw where CLDP hosted a two-day workshop on energy and natural resource-related financial modeling for 30 Myanmar government officials from the Central Bank, the Auditor General’s Office, ...
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$5M Grant to Reduce Child Labor in Burma Awarded by US Labor Department

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs today announced the award of a $5 million cooperative agreement to the International Labour Organization to implement a project to reduce child labor in Burma and support the Government of Burma’s efforts to comply with international standards. The project will: Support research and collection of data ...
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