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Mon Activist Wins Asian Women’s Award By

The women’s rights activist Khin Khin Kyu wins the N-Peace Award for her efforts to advance the rights of ethnic minority women in Burma.

Chin Activists Sentenced to Fines for Protest Against Alleged Rape Attempt By

A court sentenced eight Chin rights activists to a US$30 fine for holding an unauthorized protest over an alleged rape attempt by a government soldier.


A Sagaing Division court imprisons another 47 farmers, raising the total number of detained farmers in Kantbalu Township to 65, with dozens more awaiting trial.


Beijing intends to push ahead in building a railway linking western Burma with China, but not without winning support from the Burmese government and people.


About 800 ethnic Palaung villagers in northern Shan State reportedly fled their homes to avoid recent clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung rebels.

Senior US lawmaker: Burma Must Reform Before More Sanctions Easing By

Republican leader says Burmese gemstones will remain US sanctioned unless the Constitution’s Article 59 (f), banning Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency, is amended.

Rohingya in Arakan Suffer Worsening Health Crisis By

Members of the Muslim Rohingya community who relied on international aid groups for medical treatments say basic health care services have all but disappeared.

Relax, Enjoy, and Make a Difference By

Shwe Sa Bwe sets out to satisfy its customers—and nourish the culinary ambitions of Myanmar’s future super chefs.

Interim Report Constitutional Reform Committee Lacks Details By

An interim report by a parliamentary committee discussing amendments to Burma’s controversial Constitution has failed to shed light on what changes the committee might propose.

Rangoon, Mandalay Universities Get Information Age Boost By

Rangoon and Mandalay universities are increasingly wired to the outside academic world thanks to a program that is bringing wide-ranging access to scholarly literature.

Thai and Burmese Officials to Begin Talks on Repatriation By

The talks will start on Aug. 1, although the UN refugee agency says conditions in Burma are not yet right for organized repatriation.

Ethnic MPs Skip Lower House Vote on PR System By

Ethnic party MPs skipped a Lower House session to protest against discussions on a proposal to introduce a proportional representation electoral system in Burma.

Arakan Govt Softens Stance Toward MSF By

The Arakan State government and Burma’s Ministry of Health encourage international humanitarian organizations—including the previously maligned Medecins Sans Frontieres—to work in the state.

Wa Again Absent as Ethnic Groups Meet for Ceasefire Talks By

Representatives from Burma’s Wa and Mengla minority groups were invited but are not attending a conference of ethnic armed groups this week in Kachin State.

Burma’s Culture Ministry Vows to Limit Building in Pyu Cities By

Following the addition of three ancient cities to the Unesco World Heritage list, the government wants to makes sure construction does not damage the sites.

Seeking Independence, Opium Eradication in Palaung Territory By

The Palaung, or Ta’ang, live in northern Shan State and are fighting wars against both the Burmese government and the scourge of opium.

UN Rights Rapporteur Visits Mandalay By

Yanghee Lee, the new UN human rights rapporteur on Burma, met with Mandalay officials and community leaders to discuss the recent outbreak of anti-Muslim violence.

Burma Rep in Canada Says Doing Business With US-Sanctioned Tycoon Legal By

Anyone who signed deals with Steven Law during his visit to Canada last month did not break Canadian laws, according to Burma’s honorary consul there.

Burma’s Special Branch Questions Journal Editors By

Three editors from the Myanmar Herald weekly are taken in to answer questions, just as the parliamentary speaker intervenes over recent curbs on media freedom.

Burma Transition ‘Not Yet Taken Root’, Threatened by Continuing Abuses: Group By

Burma’s transition to democracy, peace and justice is held back by old patterns of rights abuses and repression, warns the International Center for Transitional Justice.

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