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Get to know the world's top hotspots with the interactive Global Conflict Tracker of the Center for Preventive Action (CPA). Burma is a country of significant and rapid change. Poor or poorly enforced environmental laws have allowed companies to landfill waste and pollutants in Myanmar with impunity. Burma is so closely associated with natural resources such as jade, rubies and teak that its name is a brand in itself. To develop a competence-based registration and licensing system for midwives in collaboration with the Myanmar Nurse and Midwife Council.

In Myanmar, two Reuters reporters are facing jail for the Rohingya cull.

Following six moths of interim hearing, the case against Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo withdrew into the Monday lawsuit phase when they were indicted under the Official Secrets Act regarding the receipt of classified state records during their coverage. The two accused argued not to blame, since they imposed a 14-year jail term and claimed that they had just adhered to "journalistic ethics".

Talking to the reporter after the courtroom performance, Wa Lone withstood:) They have been imprisoned since their arrest on 12 December 2017. Following six moths of interim hearing, the case against Reuters Journalist Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo withdrew into the Monday lawsuit phase when they were indicted under the Official Secrets Act regarding the receipt of classified state records during their coverage.

The two accused argued not to blame, since they imposed a 14-year jail term and claimed that they had just adhered to "journalistic ethics". Talking to journalists after the courtroom performance, Wa Lone stayed defiant: They have been imprisoned since their arrest on 12 December 2017. During the investigation of the executions of 10 Rohingya men and young men by Myanmar army troops they were imprisoned in the town of Inn Din in the north Rakhine state.

Soon after the encounter with an unarmed policeman, the two were detained in a Yangon restaurants and received classified material in an ill-concealed trap. In April, seven Myanmar troops were convicted to 10 years in jail for their part in the murders.

Yangon court's ruling caused a popular uproar. Even those people' s organisations that wanted to emphasise the distress of the two reporters have punished the ruling with great consequences for the free movement of the media in the state. The case has been cited by the western critic as an example of how much work Myanmar needs to do under the leadership of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, as the army still has too much clout.

"Brad Adams, Asia director at HR W, said, "The agencies have turned to the tactic of the past junta by imprisoning and persecuting those who uncover the facts. "Today's ruling complicates the judicial system for an absurd error of justice," said Matthew Bugher, Head of Asia Programme for Article 19, a British humanitarian organisation focusing on free speech, in an email.

Myanmar Free Expression, a grassroots right-wing group campaigning for freedom of expression in the nation, said the indictment has a deep influence on how people work.

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