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Court Sentences 2 Activists to Prison Terms for Anti-Govt Pamphlets

A Rangoon court sentenced two rights activists to six months’ imprisonment after they distributed pamphlets that accused President Thein Sein’s government of abuse of power.

Oxford University Strengthens Ties in Burma

At the request of Aung San Suu Kyi, the renowned British university will assist the University of Rangoon with research, faculty training and curriculum development.

Burma Resorting to ‘Police State Tactics’ in Unity Trial: US Official

The US government’s top human rights official accuses Burmese authorities of resorting to police state tactics after five journalists were handed prison sentences last week.

Shan MP Asks Govt to Cease Army Operations in Northern Shan State

A Shan lawmaker asks the government to end military operations in northern Shan State, where hundreds of villagers were displaced by clashes with rebels.

Shan Farmers Say Gold Mining Is Wrecking Their Land

Residents of Tachileik Township call for companies to halt operations in the hills of eastern Shan State, where mining has been going on since 2007.

Arakan Minister Struggles to Gain Trust of Rohingyas

The newly appointed chief minister has failed to convince Rohingya Muslims to participate in a “citizenship verification scheme,” according to the state government spokesman.

Former Thai Army Chief Is ‘Godfather’ to Burma’s Top General

Report from Singapore’s Straits Times reveals relationship between Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing and Gen. Prem Tinsulanonda, who heads the Thai King’s board of advisers.

Press Council Requests Meeting With President, Contacts Parliament

The Myanmar Press Council requests a meeting with President Thein Sein to discuss Burma’s deteriorating media climate, and contacts several parliamentary committees about the situation.

Burmese Govt Urged to Ring Sirens on Martyrs Day

After 1988, the former military regime stopped the tradition of broadcasting sirens on July 19 to commemorate the death of the country’s independence hero.

Hundreds Hide at Monastery After Recent Fighting in Northern Shan State

Fighting between the Shan State Army-North and the Burma Army broke out in Kyaythee Township late last month, forcing residents to flee their villages.

Burmese Refugees Criticize Thailand’s Push for Quicker Repatriation

Refugees say they have not been adequately consulted about plans to send them home, and that conditions are not yet right for their return.

Burma Police to Visit Newspaper Offices to Identify Protesting Reporters

About 50 journalists are on a list of people facing charges for protesting without permission, after a demonstration against curbs on press freedom.

Lawmaker Criticizes Law That Caps Monthly Alimony for Women at 100 Kyats

Divorced women in Burma can currently receive no more than 100 kyats in monthly support, about one-third the price of a cup of tea.

UN Rights Body Says Govt Detention of Kachin Farmer Illegal

A UN rights body rules that the 21-year prison sentence handed down to a Kachin farmer is illegal and says Burma should immediately release him.

New UN Rights Rapporteur to Begin Burma Visit This Week

The new UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Burma, Yanghee Lee, will make her first official visit from July 17-26.

Dozens of Reporters to Face Charges After Silent Protest

The police will take legal action against about 50 journalists who either participated in or reported on a demonstration in Rangoon over the weekend.

Prison Sentences for Journalists ‘Very Excessive’: Suu Kyi

Opposition leader condemns the prison sentences handed down to four journalists and their boss last week and questions the government’s commitment to media freedom.

Burma’s Election Commission Approves Campaign Rules

Opposition parties have said regulations limiting the campaign period and requiring permission for rallies will restrict their ability to reach out to voters.

Mandalay Residents Fear Unrest but Grow Frustrated With Curfew

Residents worry violence may break out again, following the controversial detainment of nine Muslim men, but say the curfew is also negatively affecting their lives.

Thai Junta’s Pledge to Send Back Burmese Refugees Sparks Concern

Thailand’s military government says it will repatriate 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Burma.