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RANGOON — Buddhist nationalists secured a formal legislative victory on Friday with official passage of laws restricting religious conversion and banning polygamy, as the Union Parliament approved the controversial bills after accepting feedback from President Thein Sein. The two bills were sent to the president earlier this month, and Thein Sein returned the legislation with […]

RANGOON — Burma’s Union Election Commission (UEC) pledged to make some changes to restrictive guidelines for reporters covering the November general election, according to the Interim Press Council. Myint Kyaw, a member of Burma’s Interim Press Council, said the UEC had informed members of the group in a meeting on Sunday that they intended to […]

Government Approves $2.80 Minimum Wage

Two years of negotiation culminate with the Burmese government’s approval of a 3,600 kyat (US$2.80) minimum wage for all sectors, to be implemented in September.

Rice Federation Forecasts Exports to Resume as Scheduled in Mid-September

Recently halted after severe flooding that inundated swathes of the country, Burma’s rice federation said rice exports would resume as planned on Sept. 15.

  RANGOON — A prominent member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) claims the opposition party has succumbed to growing pressure from Buddhist nationalists by refusing to field a single Muslim candidate in Burma’s upcoming general elections. Ko Ni, a well-known Muslim lawyer and opposition party member, said the NLD leadership intentionally excluded over a […]

Changing weather patterns have impacted crop yields and habitual farming practices around Inle Lake. But locals are learning to adapt.

With more than 90 political parties expected to compete in Burma’s general election on Nov. 8, The Irrawaddy is reaching out to the leadership of the major parties to find out how they plan to contest, which issues they will emphasize and what challenges they face in this crucial election year. In this interview, The […]

  NAYPYIDAW — Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi told voters Sunday to ignore intimidation and to cast their ballots without fear in the upcoming general election. The leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) toured a number of villages near the capital Naypyidaw despite a warning from the Union Election Committee—the body […]

Thai Police Say Bangkok Bombing Suspect is Not Cooperating

Police said the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was uncooperative and would remain in military custody for at least seven days.

Defiant Malaysian PM Rejects Calls that he Step Down

Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands demanding his resignation.

‘The Storm Makers’ puts Cambodia’s Sex-Trafficking under Spotlight

A chilling expose of Cambodia’s human trafficking underworld, a new documentary depicts the lives of women returned from a life of slavery abroad.

While election campaigns get underway in Myanmar, government authorities are waging their own campaign to round up and silence activists and political opponents. The law is on their side. Myanmar’s legal code provides the necessary tools to harass, arrest and imprison those who threaten the status quo. Myanmar has a long history of undemocratic governance. […]

Antiquated Colonial ‘Loitering’ Charge Lands Hundreds in Jail

Many British colonial-era laws remain on the books despite political reforms, including a ‘loitering at night’charge that has landed hundreds in Rangoon in detention.

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The NLD is a democratic party. Democratic means accepting multiculturalism, but the NLD didn’t accept Muslim candidates. That is very wrong. Muslim people feel discriminated [against] by the NLD.

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