Philip Blackwood and two Burmese nationals, arrested last week after distributing materials considered an insult to religion, was were arraigned at a Rangoon court on Thursday.
Thai NGOs supporting migrants call on Thailand to reform its social security system so that registered migrant workers can better access social benefits.
A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao double murder case says it is confident that the accused men are innocent.
Activists accuse the government of sending “contradictory” messages for exiles wishing to return to Burma by ostensibly encouraging repatriation while simultaneously hindering that process.
Rangoon police say they cannot launch an investigation into attacks by thugs sent by a construction company to drive poor families in Hlaing Tharyar Township away.
Rangoon’s Industrial Zones Management Committee receives business proposals for only about 20 percent of idle land holdings in divisional industrial zones by a government-imposed deadline.
Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists.