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Community Researchers Detail Drivers of Degradation along the Irrawaddy River

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Two Ta’ang Party Leaders Reportedly Abducted in Shan State Now Free

The president and secretary of the Ta’ang National Party’s Mongkaung branch office, allegedly abducted more than a month ago, are now free, party officials say.

China Incensed over Life Sentences for Kachin State Loggers

Chinese officials have made their displeasure known over the long sentences leveled against 155 of the country’s citizens for illegal logging in Kachin State.

Four Arrested, Released After NLD Campaign Materials Destroyed by Militia

Election campaign signboards and party flags for the opposition National League for Democracy were defaced and torn down in 20 Nansang Township villages on Tuesday.

Ruling Party Hardliner Aung Thaung Dead at 74

Aung Thaung, a senior member of Burma’s ruling party with a reputation for hardline politicking, dies at a Singapore hospital at the age of 74.

Burma Sentences Chinese Nationals to Life for Illegal Logging

China lodges a diplomatic protest with Burma after a court in Myitkyina, Kachin State, sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life imprisonment for illegal logging.

Parliament Votes to Postpone Planned Charter Referendum

Burma’s Parliament voted on Wednesday to postpone a national referendum on constitutional change that was expected to be held concurrently with the national election.

NLD Candidate Ko Ko Gyi Guilty of Illegal Protest But Spared Prison

Prominent 88 Generation student leader Ko Ko Gyi and four others are found guilty of breaching Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law, but the activists avoid prison time.

Burma’s ethnic rebels and government peace negotiators reconvene in Rangoon after a four-month lull in the nation’s ongoing ceasefire talks.

Ethnic Bloc Seeks Powerbroker Role in Next Parliament

The Nationalities Brotherhood Federation, already a dominant bloc among Burma’s ethnic political parties, will target a quarter of the Union Parliament’s seats in the coming election.

Wary Parties Plan Burma Poll Presence

Some political parties raise the possibility of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party fixing the general election, an allegation that was widespread in 2010.

As Case Goes to High Court, Kachin Women Maintain Husbands’ Innocence

Two Kachin women insist that their husbands are innocent, over three years after they say the men were wrongfully detained and tortured by the military.

Indigenous Rights Coalition in Burma Plans UPR Submission

A coalition of 24 indigenous rights organizations plans to submit a report on the issues facing indigenous communities to the UPR working group in November.

Rumblings of Electoral Support Take Shape in Thein Sein’s Native Township

In Thein Sein’s home township of Ngapudaw in the Irrawaddy delta, locals voice support for the president to contest their constituency in the upcoming election.

Journal Fined 2m Kyats for Defaming President

Two journalists employed by the Myanmar Herald were fined one million kyats (US$800) each after being found guilty of defaming the president.