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US: Burma’s Legislation on Birth Control ‘Dangerous’

The United States says legislation on population control approved by Burma’s Parliament is dangerous and could undermine the democratic hopes of minority groups.

Rights Group Warns of ‘Mass Killing’ as Rohingya Crisis Continues

Burma’s minorities are among the world’s most vulnerable to mass killing, a rights group warns, amid a refugee crisis along the country’s western shore.

Burma Government’s New Mobile Tax Criticized

Burma’s government is criticized after announcing that cellphone users will need to pay a 5 percent tax on all mobile top-ups starting from June 1.

Activist Moe Thway to Face Charges for Unlawful Assembly

Activist Moe Thway, a member of the pro-democracy group Generation Wave, says he faces two counts of unlawful assembly for his participation in protests in Rangoon.

At Meeting With Political Parties, President Pledges to ‘Seriously Consider’ Concerns

President Thein Sein tells Burma’s dozens of political parties that he’ll give “serious consideration” to their concerns while urging patience in addressing the country’s challenges.

Brokers Tricking Rohingya Children onto Trafficking Boats

The Associated Press interviews nine families whose children were taken by traffickers. It also speaks with six young victims, several community leaders and a smuggler.

Ordinary People Help Migrants as Asia Struggles with Crisis

Despite government warnings, sympathetic Malaysians and Indonesians have donated food to help feed the migrants who have flooded ashore in the past two weeks.

Population Control Bill Could ‘Stop the Bengalis’: Wirathu

Nationalist monk U Wirathu lashes out against opponents of controversial legislation that would restrict birth rates at the discretion of local authorities.

Military Blames Kokang Rebels for Artillery Fire in China

The head of Burma’s Armed Forces blamed Kokang insurgents for artillery fire that landed across the Chinese border and wounded five people last week.

Citing ‘Destabilizing Potential,’ Govt Cancels Muslim Conference

A conference for members of Burma’s Muslim community is called off after the government refuses to allow the gathering, saying it risked destabilizing the country.

Lead Mine Halts Production on Water Pollution Fears

A lead mine near Tenasserim Division’s Kalonehtar village has temporarily ceased operations after villagers asked the mine’s owner’s to stop polluting the area’s only water source.

Burma Says ‘Boat People’ Crisis Not Caused by Rohingya Strife

The Burmese government vows to collaborate with regional governments to combat human trafficking while denying that the exodus is caused by domestic conflict and discrimination.

Architect’s Forum Calls for Shwedagon Conservation Plan

In response to five nearby development projects, experts have called for a comprehensive government plan for the sustainable management of Shwedagon Pagoda and the surrounding area.

BBC Reporter Arraigned in Mandalay on Assault Allegation

A Mandalay-based journalist from the BBC Burmese news service has been arraigned at Chanmyathazi Township court today on allegations of assaulting a policeman.

Activists Get 4-Plus Years for Embassy Protest of Letpadaung Killing

Six activists who protested at the Chinese Embassy over a deadly police crackdown near the Letpadaung mine are sentenced to over four years in prison.

140 men have now returned out of a group of 535 Burmese nationals trafficked to Indonesia by Thai fishing boats.

KNPP to Withdraw Troops Amid Tension With Burma Army

The Karenni National Progressive Party leadership decides to withdraw its troops from Shadaw Township, Karenni State, amid tension with local Burma Army battalions.

Burma Not Ready to Discuss Rohingya Exodus

Burma’s government says it is not prepared to discuss the flood of migrants from Burma and Bangladesh if it is framed as a Rohingya issue.

Parliament Mulls Extension of Martial Law in Kokang

Burma’s Ministry of Defense proposes an extension of martial law in Shan State’s war-torn Kokang, as “the situation in the region is not still back to normalcy.”

‘Up to the Task,’ Ethnic UEC Members Say of Ensuring Credible Election

Members of Burma’s electoral commission recently appointed to represent ethnic minorities say they are committed to helping ensure credible elections take place later this year.