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Former Political Prisoner Allowed to Run For Rangoon Office By

Win Cho, a former political prisoner and renowned rights activist, is approved as an eligible candidate for upcoming municipal elections in Rangoon.

Slain Cadets Remembered During Rangoon, Sittwe Services By

Donation ceremonies and church services have been held to commemorate the deaths of 23 ethnic army cadets in Kachin State last week.


Students will again take to the streets to protest the National Education Law, reiterating a request for a quadripartite meeting to discuss the controversial legislation.


Aung Zaw, founding editor of The Irrawaddy Magazine, receives the International Press Freedom Award from the Committee to Protect Journalists in New York.


Political parties in Mandalay call on the government to end armed conflict in Burma’s ethnic regions and put more effort into the peace process.

Thai Court Rejects Bail of Suspects in Koh Tao Murder Case By

A court on Koh Samui Island rejects a bail request by two Burmese migrant workers who are accused murdering a pair of British tourists.

Ethnic Bloc Condemns Attacks on Kachin, Insists Talks Continue By

During talks with Myanmar Peace Center officials, representatives of the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team warn that peace negotiations could stall after recent Burma Army attacks.

On UN Women’s Day, Burma’s Shortcomings Exposed By

Progress is slow on Burma’s commitments to advance the rights of women, but legislation due next year could make leaps to combat gender-based violence.

Burma Army to Assist with Festival Security in Kachin State By

The military will provide security for visitors to the Manau festival in Myitkyina next January, despite past complaints and a recent escalation in tensions.

Parliament Proposes High-Level Charter Talks By

Burma’s Union Parliament passes an urgent proposal calling for a roundtable meeting between six high-level leaders about amending the Constitution.

Upper House Adopts Nationwide PR System By

The Upper House approves a proposal to adopt a Proportional Representation voting system for the election of its lawmakers, a decision opposed by the opposition.

Rangoon Authorities to Build New Road, Ferry Gate to Help Students Commute By

Authorities in Rangoon’s Ahlone Township offer to construct a new road and ferry gate in order to help students access a school in the area.

Irrawaddy Division Minister Says No Coal Power Without Public’s OK By

The Irrawaddy Division government backs off plans to build a coal power plant, saying it will not move forward on the project without public approval.

Exile Musician Denied Burmese Entry Visa By

Mon Aung has been blocked from entering Burma, dashing the singer’s hopes to perform his new album in the country he left 26 years ago.

Burma Army Releases 80 Child Soldiers By

The Burma Army discharges and releases 80 children and young people who had been recruited illegally as soldiers when they were younger than 18.

Abuse of Women Both Common and Concealed, Say Activists By

Preliminary research by a leading women’s rights network reveals some of the less conspicuous but equally traumatic brands of abuse that continue unabated.

Press Council Seeks Clarity on Military Briefings By

Media representatives have met with the military for a second time to discuss a lack of access to information from the armed forces.

Civil Society Pushes for Transitional Justice By

Burmese civil society groups urge ethnic peace negotiators to implement transitional justice as the country inches closer to a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Tensions Rise in Kachin, As Army Shells Land Near KIA Posts, IDP Camps By

Tensions continue to rise in Kachin State as the army fires more than a dozen mortar shells close to rebel positions and camps of internally displaced civilians.

Shan Party Demands Probe Into Police Custody Killing of Leader By

The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party threatens to protest if the Shan State government fails to investigate the police’s killing of its Hopong Township vice chairman.

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