Burma - The Irrawaddy
Victims of Student Crackdown Meet Human Rights Commission By

The Myanmar Human Rights Commission meets a group of students who were victims of a March crackdown on education reform protestors in Letpadan, Pegu Division.

Slow Uptake on Election Candidate Submissions By

A week after submissions opened for candidates in this year’s general election, Burma’s electoral body has seen only 46 individuals nominated.

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Burma’s ethnic leaders reaffirm their commitment to an inclusive nationwide pact that would bring all major non-state armed groups into the fold.

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Burma’s flood-ravaged northern regions are bracing for another deluge, after the Department of Meteorology warned of possible heavy rains in the days to come.

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Over a month after the disappearance of three ethnic Kachin villagers in northern Burma, their families struggle to get by while searching for answers.

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Artist Htein Lin explores the struggles of Burma’s former political prisoners in an exhibition currently on offer at the Goethe-Institut in Rangoon.

NLD Would Renounce Power if Public Withdrew Support: Suu Kyi By

Burma’s opposition leader claims that the NLD would step down from government if it won power and later lost the support of the Burmese people.

Bagan Readies for Unesco Listing with Ambitious Data Collection Project By

Hard work lies ahead as preparations continue for a bid to recognize the ancient temple complex of Bagan as an Unesco World Heritage Site.

Celebrations Planned for Sagaing at 700 By

Residents of Sagaing, a cultural sister city to Mandalay in central Burma, are gearing up to celebrate its 700th birthday this weekend.

Ceasefire Talks End Without Resolve, Will Resume in August By

The latest round of peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups wrap up in Rangoon with little concrete progress.

Spotlight on Changing Burma at Meetup in Thailand By

A conference on Burma studies opens in the Thai city of Chiang Mai, featuring a range of speakers including scholars, researchers, journalists and NGO workers. 

NLD Accuses Ma Ba Tha of Defamation at Charity Shindig By

The opposition party alleges that anti-NLD flyers and CDs, branded with the Ma Ba Tha logo, were handed out at a food donation ceremony in Irrawaddy Division.

Kyaukphyu Locals Plan Protest Against Chinese Company Over Compensation Claims By

About 100 Kyaukphyu residents plan to hold a protest next week near the office of China National Petroleum Corporation on Maday Island over unpaid compensation.

Activist Su Su Nway Arrested for Trespassing By

Labor rights activist Su Su Nway is arrested on charges of trespassing related to her support for farmers who claim the military seized their land.

Community Researchers Detail Drivers of Degradation along the Irrawaddy River By

Illegal logging and chemical waste are among the biggest factors driving environmental degradation along the Irrawaddy River, according to community researchers.

Revealed: Domestic Surveillance Company in talks with Burma Govt By

An Italian company at the centre of a hacking scandal has been in discussions with the Burmese government about establishing domestic surveillance mechanisms since 2012.

As Third Day of Peace Talks Resumes, Key Ethnic Demands Still Unresolved By

As a third day of talks on a nationwide ceasefire resumes in Rangoon on Friday, it remains unclear whether resolution will be found on key outstanding points.

Academics, Activists Eye Seats in Parliament to Curb Military By

Activists and academics rally behind opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of the election, hoping to help force the military to cede political power.

Rights Workers Pressured Despite Burma’s Would-Be Reforms By

A report says human rights workers in Burma face threats to their personal security despite political reform since military rule was replaced by quasi-civilian governance.

Thailand, Burma to Ink Visa Exemption Deal Next Week By

Nearly two years in the making, both countries will sign a reciprocal deal for 14 days of visa-free travel from the end of August.





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