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Of the 19 ethnic armed groups represented at a meeting in northern Thailand this week, seven have indicated they will sign the nationwide ceasefire pact.


RANGOON — Tens of thousands of people are set to lose the chance to vote in Karen State this November, after election officials said that polling stations would not open in some villages due to security concerns. Kyaw Kyaw Htun, an officer of the Union Election Commission (UEC) in state capital Hpa-an, said that the […]

Three Policemen Implicated in Deadly Assault on Maday Island

Three Maday Island police constables in Arakan State’s Kyaukphyu Township were detained Monday in connection with the death of a villager in police custody.

Govt Peace Broker Urges Mon Rebels to Sign Ceasefire

Minister Aung Min delivers a strong message that the Mon will be limited to observer status during political discussions if it doesn’t sign a ceasefire.

Police Seize Another 3.8m Pills Tied to Mingaladon Probe

Police seized another large haul of stimulant tablets Saturday as part of a months-long probe following a major drug bust in Mingaladon Township in July.

Over 100 more villagers in Mansi Township were displaced Sunday after clashes continued between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army.

Thein Nyunt, a member of the National League for Democracy (NLD) for two decades, was elected to Union Parliament in 2010 for the National Democratic Force (NDF), following an NLD boycott of the poll. The following year, Thein Nyunt and two others split from the NDF, forming the New National Democracy Party (NNDP).  A lawyer, […]

RANGOON — Faced with the emblems of five political parties, all of which featured a gold-colored peacock against a red backdrop, Myint Yi, a teashop owner in downtown Rangoon, was stumped when asked which of the parties they represented. After a few minutes of looking through different logos, she correctly identified the party logo of […]

The Irrawaddy Business Roundup (Sept. 26, 2015)

Microsoft to aid local conglomerate; Warnings over gas price volatility; IFC to advise Burma on dam impacts; Japanese-backed Thilawa SEZ officially opens.

Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, daughter of the country’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, will visit Dawei and Naypyidaw next month.


Aung Thu, a former political prisoner and a labor affairs expert at the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, is one of the 323 independent candidates contesting Burma’s Nov. 8 general elections. He is running for an Upper House seat in Mandalay Division’s eastern constituency, which comprises Mogoke and several other townships. He was one […]

RANGOON — The Union Election Commission (UEC) has extended voter list displays in 14 townships across five flood-affected regions, with the longest extensions leaving voter rolls up for review until less than a month before the Nov. 8 poll. Voter lists are currently on display across the nation for the second time, giving voters one […]

Nearly 300 Pupils Taken Ill in Karen State After Drinking Water Scare

Almost 300 students from a middle school in Kawkareik Township’s Kyone Doe fell ill on Wednesday after drinking water sourced from a local pond.

Karen Housekeeper Alleges Abuse by Rangoon Employer

A 23-year-old housekeeper who says she was physically abused by her employer is now recovering from severe head injuries at a hospital in Rangoon.

Elderly, Disabled Trapped Amid Kachin State Clashes

Twenty-two elderly and disabled civilians are trapped in their homes amid fighting between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army in Mansi Township, Kachin State.

Defense Cites Serious Shortcomings in Koh Tao Murder Probe as Trial Continues

The defense team for two Burmese migrants accused of murdering two British tourists on a Thai resort island cite serious flaws in the Thai police probe.

Leading China Lawyer Says He Was Tortured

Gao Zhisheng said he was tortured with an electric baton to his face and spent three years in solitary confinement during his latest period of detention.

‘A Stark Picture’ for Women in Conflict-Affected Burma: Report

New research reveals systemic defects that cause long-term disadvantage for survivors of gender-based violence and other forms of abuse.

The Mandalay Division government has agreed to a request by Buddhist nationalists to prevent ritual cattle slaughter for Friday’s Eid-al-Adha celebrations, an official says.

Another 2m Pills Tied to Mingaladon Drug Bust Seized

Police seize another large haul of stimulant tablets linked to a massive drug bust in Rangoon’s Mingaladon Township earlier this year.