The Irrawaddy - Burma, Myanmar News
By   Govt Proposes 20% Budget Rise Boosting Education, Defense and Health

President Thein Sein proposes to Parliament a 20 percent budget increase next year, much of which would go to raising education, health and defense spending.

By   Lawmakers Debate Religious Protection Bills

Parliament turns its attention to two bills in a package of controversial legislation that aims to “protect race and religion” in Burma.

By   Hundreds Homeless After Late-Night Eviction in Rangoon

More than 100 homes are demolished in Rangoon’s Dagon Seikkan Township on Friday morning, after authorities ordered residents to vacate claiming they were illegal squatters.

By   Army Statement Warns Against Linking Teachers’ Murders to Troops

A military-owned media outlet says anyone could face legal action for alleging that soldiers were involved in the murder of two Kachin teachers. 

By   The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Jan. 31, 2015)

Chinese-backed oil refinery planned for Dawei; negotiations underway for Mon State beach resort; and Thai government flags cross-border trade expansion with Burma.

By   E-Payment Services to Come Online in February

Burma’s sole domestic card-based payment system, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), will offer online services beginning in early February, according to an executive.

By   Burma’s First Govt Bond Auction Sells Less Than Half of $49M Offering

Burma’s Central Bank sold less than half the 50 billion kyats worth of treasury bonds on offer in an auction aimed at reforming the economy.

By   Mizzima to Shut Down Daily, As Tycoon Cuts Ties

Mizzima Media Group will cease publication of its local-language print newspaper on March 1, as local businessman Serge Pun ends his involvement with the organization.

By   Thai Junta Blocks Discussion of Media Censorship

Thailand's junta has forced a German foundation to cancel a prominent forum on media restrictions imposed since the military toppled an elected government last May.

By   Sri Lanka Says It Will Return Private Land in Civil War Area 

Sri Lanka's new government plans to return private land seized by the military in the civil war-ravaged north and release several hundred detainees.

By   Thai Vigilantes Take up Fight Against Human Trafficking

Frustrated by their government’s response to human trafficking, armed volunteers in southern Thailand have taken up the role of monitoring seaside jungles for suspicious activity.

By   Rohingya Refugees Say Traffickers in Malaysia Abuse and Kill

Rohingya activists say widespread abuse of the persecuted Muslim minority by human traffickers in Malaysia includes extreme methods to protect their lucrative but illegal business.

By   ‘We Will Have to Do More, Practically and Mentally’

Dr. Maung Maung Lay, vice chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, discusses economic prospects and pitfalls.

By   ‘I’m Afraid We Won’t Be Able to Sign the Agreement’

Gen. Gun Maw, vice chief of staff for the Kachin Independence Army, says that a national ceasefire agreement on Union Day is unlikely.

By   Former Screen Star Talks Acting And Activism

Former actress Daw Swe Zin Htike discusses her work in health and education projects and her push to encourage more female film directors.

By   ‘I Believe That Everyone Agrees Dialogue is Necessary’

Information Minister Ye Htut discusses the country’s reform process, criminal charges against journalists, the restructuring of state-owned media and Thein Sein’s political future.

By   Brides for Bachelors

Lured by false promises of employment, women and girls from Myanmar, including ethnic Ta’ang, continue to be trafficked to China.

By   On Chinese Border, Local Activists Lead Fight Against Drug Crime

Faced with staggering addiction rates and inaction from the Burma Army, villagers in Shan State have begun their own battle against the drug trade.

By   Mon IDPs Concerned About Lack of Aid in Halockhani

Nestled between lush green mountain tops and surrounded by spectacular scenery, Halockhani has been a home for thousands of Mon internally displaced persons for decades.

By   Opium Turns Hillside Town Into ‘Widow Village’

Opium addiction has claimed the lives of almost every male villager in Kanzam, northern Chin State.

By   Southeast Asian Olympics Possible After IOC Reforms: Indonesia

Indonesia is optimistic about bringing the Olympics to Southeast Asia in collaboration with one of their neighbors.

By   Burma Hold Malaysia in Rain-Delayed Suzuki Cup Clash

Underdogs Burma held 10-man Malaysia to a goalless draw in a bad-tempered opening Suzuki Cup Group B match.


Burma’s Under-19 national team beats the United Arab Emirates in the AFC Asian Cup, qualifying for the U-20 World Cup for the first time ever.

By   Germany’s World Cup Party Gets Underway at Home

Mario Goetze’s goal late in extra time gave the Germans victory over Argentina to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.