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Finland gives support to Rohingya refugees through the Red Cross

Finland, in late September, allocated EUR 380,000 to the Red Cross to support its humanitarian aid in Bangladesh, along the border with Myanmar. More than 420,000 Rohingya had up until then, and during just one month, fled violence from Myanmar’s Rakhine state to the neighbouring country. Most of the Rohingya fleeing Myanmar are women and…

Denmark donates 32 million DKK to Rohingvas fleeding Myanmar

Denmark will provide an additional 32 million DKK (approx 6.9 billion MMK) to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to support Rohingyas who fled Myanmar to Bangladesh. Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tornaes made the announcement at a donor conference hosted by European Union in Geneva yesterday. Danish Ambassador in Dhaka Mikael Hemniti…

Swedish peace building strategy planning in Myanmar

Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society (SPAS) and their partners gathered in Yangon for five days of intense planning and strategizing for peace building in Myanmar in mid September. Anna Åkerlund, First Secretary at the Section Office, Embassy of Sweden section office Yangon, visited them on one of their last days. She congratulated participants for work…

ITP SRHR alumni Myanmar launched with Swedish embassy

On 26 September, Embassy of Sweden, Section Office in Yangon was happy to host alumnis from the Sida financed Advanced International Training Programme (ITP) on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) together with Lund University. The purpose of the meeting was to launch the Myanmar network among the ITP SRHR alumni. The group discussed…

Swedish Embassy met Myanmar peace process stakeholders

In mid September 2017 Anna Åkerlund, Ghin Shoute and Johan Hallenborg went to Chiang Mai to meet several of the key stakeholders in the peace process in Myanmar. They also met many civil society organisations working with communities in Kachin and Shan states, several of which are partners to Sweden. These conversations about peace and…

Sweden’s statement on Rakhine State crisis

As statement was published by Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström in 14 September: “At the initiative of Sweden and the United Kingdom, on 13 September the United Nations Security Council held an extraordinary meeting on the crisis in Rakhine State in Myanmar. The situation has deteriorated further in recent weeks, with almost 400…

New Finnish embassy and ambassador in Myanmar

As the Diplomatic Mission of Finland Yangon is being turned into an embassy, Finland‘s first Ambassador to Myanmar, Riikka Laatu, is due to arrive in country in early September! “After four years of significant changes in development policy, interesting years as Finland’s first Ambassador to Myanmar are awaiting Riikka Laatu. She is excited about her…

Singapore and Norway envoys discuss Myanmar’s path to democracy

On Sunday, Singapore and Norwegian envoys to Myanmar took part in a panel to discuss the international view of Myanmar’s path to democracy. Singapore envoy and Ambassador Robert Chua called upon all elements of Myanmar society to work for a consensus on the road ahead for the country. “It is always better to have a…

Modern slavery risks increase in the Nordic countries but it looks better for Thailand

Modern slavery increases more rapidly in Europe – including in Denmark, Sweden and Finland – than in any other part of the world. This is happening do to the intensifying number of migrants coming to Europe these years, new research shows. The report also points to many Asian countries, where people being forced to work…