BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
In Central Mon State, Villagers Flee as Soldiers Hunt for Karen Rebels

Dozens of residents flee villages, while Burma Army soldiers are seen during operations to hunt down DKBA rebels, with whom they have clashed for days.

More Fighting in Karen State Forces Villagers to Flee

More fighting between the Burma Army and Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) forces in Karen State forces dozens of villagers to flee their homes.

Myanmar’s Mother of Nursing

One woman’s journey from a life of privilege to a lifetime of service.

Burmese Pilot Found Dead in Kachin State

A Burmese pilot who went missing nearly two weeks ago in the mountains of northern Kachin State is found dead.

Pro-Govt Militias Fueling Drugs Crisis in Northern Burma: Report

A report alleges that pro-government militias fighting against Kachin rebels have been given free rein to profit from the drug trade in northern Burma.

NGOs Urge Burma, Thailand to Resolve Dawei SEZ Land Rights Complaints

Activists say Naypyidaw and Bangkok should address complaints of local communities over a lack of consultation and compensation during construction of the Dawei SEZ project.

Respected Thai Forensics Specialist Criticizes Koh Tao Murder Investigation

Thai forensic pathologist Dr. Porntip Rojanasunan has added her voice to growing criticism of the Thai police investigation into the murders on Koh Tao.

Burmese State Media’s Handling of Hong Kong Protests Raises Eyebrows

Burma’s state media have been mum—or decidedly disparaging—on student protestors’ efforts to bring democracy to Hong Kong over the last few weeks.

Old Soldiers to Meet as Thai PM Makes Burma His First Foreign Visit

When retired general Prayuth Chan-ocha lands in Burma he can expect a little love and a lot understanding of the former generals running Burma’s government.

Burma Blockades Rohingya, Tries to Erase Name

Authorities sealed off villages and in some cases beat and arrested Rohingya Muslims who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say.

Thai Prime Minister to Meet President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw

Thailand’s newly installed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives in Naypyidaw to discuss bilateral ties, including progress on the multi-billion dollar Dawei Special Economic Zone.

Amnesty Calls For Investigation Into Torture Allegations on Koh Tao

Amnesty International calls for an independent investigation into allegations that Thai police tortured Burmese migrants during the investigation into the murders on Koh Tao

Prancing With Pachyderms in Burma’s Kyaukse

As Burma celebrates the end of Buddhist Lent across the country in a variety of ways, one town marks the occasion with an elephant dance-off.

2 Political Prisoners Among Thousands to Be Freed

President Thein Sein has pledged to free 3,073 prisoners from the nation’s jails, including 58 foreigners, eight former Military Intelligence officers and two political prisoners.

Missing Helicopter Crew in Burma ‘Alive,’ Search Team Says

All three occupants of a Thai helicopter enlisted in the hunt for two Burmese mountain climbers are alive, according to the foundation organizing search efforts.

Burmese Suspects in Koh Tao Murders Tortured Under Interrogation: Lawyer

A Burmese lawyer says two Burmese migrants accused of committing the killings on Koh Tao last month were tortured by Thai police during their interrogation

7 Alleged Ivory Poachers Arrested in Irrawaddy Division

Seven suspected elephant poachers are detained by the military after being found with ivory and hides of the animal in Irrawaddy Division.

Three Blasts Rock Taunggyi, Injure 2 Policemen

Taunggyi, the capital of Shan State, was rocked by three bomb blasts on Saturday evening, one of which injured two policemen.

Inle Lake Volunteers Talk Trash at Pagoda Festival

Volunteers at a well-known pagoda festival on Inle Lake launch a campaign to clean up garbage and educate people on the negative impacts of littering.

World Bank Should Promote Human Rights in Burma, NGOs Say

Human Rights Watch and Burmese civil society organizations urge the World Bank to put human rights at the center of its new Burma country strategy.