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Acting on ‘Terrorist’ Rumor, Sittwe Police Instead Find Pill Stash

During a highway search on Thursday for vehicles suspected to be transporting explosive materials, police instead found drugs on two travelers.

With thousands displaced after fighting between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-North in central Shan State, the government has proposed talks.

The Burma Army continued an offensive on Kachin Independence Army positions in Mohnyin Township Thursday, firing artillery rounds since 7 am, locals said.

KIA Spokesman: ‘Loud Explosions Will Scare People’

The Irrawaddy speaks with La Nan, a spokesperson for the KIA, about the recent conflict in Kachin State’s Mohnyin District.

Assessment Highlights Ongoing Deficiencies of Burma’s Human Rights Commission

Burma’s human rights commission is at risk of being viewed as an “alibi institution,” according to a fact-finding mission that concluded Wednesday.

Final Chapter on Renovation of World’s Largest Book

An ambitious renovation at Mandalay’s Kuthodaw Pagoda, home to a set of stone inscriptions known as “the world’s largest book”, is almost complete.

NAYPYIDAW — The overwhelming majority of Burmese voters spoke in one, clear voice on Nov. 8. They voted against “business as usual.” They lined up peacefully at polling stations around the country and, one by one, voted for change. Twenty-five years since claiming a resounding victory in the annulled 1990 vote, the National League for […]

Ceasefire Signatories Agree to Code of Conduct

Signatories to the so-called nationwide ceasefire agreement, including the government and eight non-state armed groups, agree on a code of conduct and monitoring committee.

Burmese Migrants ‘Wrongfully Accused’ in Murder Case: Rights Group

A month after four Burmese migrant workers were arrested in connection with murder, a rights group is saying that they have been wrongfully accused.


RANGOON — Aung San Suu Kyi’s landslide election win might be bad news for Burma’s businessmen like construction magnate Khin Shwe, who lost his parliament seat and remains barred from doing business with US nationals due to his ties to the former junta. Or maybe not. Sitting comfortably on a beige leather sofa in his […]

Burmese Domestic Worker Rescues Sister from Decade of Slavery

Two sisters took jobs as domestic workers after a broker smuggled them into Thailand. They didn’t see each other again for more than nine years.

RANGOON — In the wake of the National League for Democracy’s emphatic election victory, and a United Nations review into Burma’s human rights record, international rights advocates have told The Irrawaddy that the current government should take action on a number of urgent rights concerns before the next administration takes office. The UN Human Rights […]

Detained Student Protesters Agree to End Hunger Strike

A group of students and their supporters jailed after the Letpadan crackdown in March have ended a hunger strike that was taking its toll on their health.

RANGOON — Ethnic political leaders are concerned over their marginal collective role in Burma’s next Parliament, with the majority of ethnic parties enjoying few gains in last Sunday’s general election. “It’s like we have been hit by a tsunami,” said Sai Aung Myint Khaing, a central committee member of the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), […]

RANGOON — The people of Myanmar are euphoric at the landslide victory won by the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) in a Nov. 8 general election deemed to be the freest and fairest since 1990. As Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s party has received more than enough parliamentary seats to select a president […]

Two Girls Dead after Landmine Blast in Shan State Village

Two young girls, aged 13 and 8, have died after accidentally detonating unexploded ordnance near a small village in central Shan State.

Local sources say the military has continued to step up its activity in both states, with aerial bombardments and ground offensives since the weekend.

Girl, 5, Allegedly Raped by Military Deserter in Sittwe

Police in Sittwe say they have arrested a military deserter for the alleged rape of a 5-year-old girl in the Arakan State capital.

RANGOON — The Nov. 8 general election proved a mixed bag for the country’s incumbent state and division chief ministers, with only a handful of the 13 ministers that contested winning their races. The chief ministers of Shan, Karen and Kachin states, as well as Pegu Division, were the only regional heads to win contests. […]

CHIANG MAI, Thailand — While the winning candidates of the Nov. 8 poll wait to take their seats in January, the Union Parliament resumed in Naypyidaw on Monday to discuss dozens of outstanding bills in the last remaining session of the year. Proceedings began on Monday with a discussion of the supplementary budget bill for […]