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Raids, Arrests Leave Burmese Migrants on Edge in Thailand

The Thai junta’s ongoing crackdown on foreign laborers has some Burmese living in fear as authorities conduct workplace inspections and detain illegal migrant workers.

Suu Kyi Celebrates 69th Birthday

The opposition leader enjoys cake in Naypyidaw with fellow lawmakers and urges her supporters to continue standing by her side during the country’s political transition.

Govt Still Studying Controversial Nickel Mine in Chin State: Minister

A deputy minister for mines tells Parliament that the government has yet to approve a controversial nickel mine in Chin State.

As Arakanese Buddhists Gain Strength, so Does Anti-Muslim Apartheid

A campaign to isolate Muslims living under apartheid-like conditions is gathering steam in western Burma, driven by Buddhist activists emboldened by the country’s democratic transition.

Mandalay Students Go Green

A project to educate Burma’s students about the environment and teach them ways to reduce their individual carbon footprints is launched in Mandalay.

Repatriation of Burmese Refugees Discussed by NGOs, Thai Authorities

A three-day meeting in Mae Sot, Thailand, involves discussions on the future repatriation of Burmese refugees who have lived for decades on the Thai-Burma border.

Think-Tank Calls for Quota to Boost Women’s Role in Burmese Politics

The Myanmar Development Resource Institute (MDRI) says Burma ranks among the lowest in the world for women’s representation in governance.

Community-Based Ecotourism Project Launched at Indawgyi Lake

Flora and Fauna International agreed with the government to launch a community-based ecotourism project at Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State.

Burma Rejects US Call on Constitutional Reform

The United States says Burma should reform its military-drafted Constitution, but Burma’s government says that is none of Washington’s business.

Rohingya Camps in ‘Appalling Conditions,’ UN Official Says

The UN deputy emergency relief coordinator says she has never seen such suffering before visiting camps for displaced people in western Burma last week.

Festival Cancels Film on Anti-Muslim Violence After Social Media Criticism

The Human Rights Film Festival cancels a documentary dealing with anti-Muslim violence after social media users criticized it for being too sympathetic to Burma’s Muslims.

Civil Society Plans ‘Regional People’s Forum’ in Every State, Division

Civil society groups plan a Regional People’s Forum in each Burmese state and division. The first forum will be held in Mon State this month.

Burmese Migrant Rights Advocate to Face Thai Court

A Thai court is due to rule in a case against the activist Andy Hall, who has helped expose abuses suffered by Burmese migrant workers.

Trust Shaken as Burma Army Allegedly Attacks Karen Soldiers

Burmese troops open fire on a group of ethnic Karen soldiers in the country’s southeast, leaving one man dead, Karen sources say.

15-Year Drug Eradication Effort Failed: Minister

A minister says that a 15-year drug eradication project has failed to stem opium cultivation in Burma, adding that there will be five-year project extension.

Expulsion Awaits Student Instigators of Unrest, Ministry Warns

Burma’s government threatens to expel students at the country’s technical colleges and institutes who participate in political activities that lead to “unrest.”

Burmese Govt Resumes Citizenship Verification of Rohingyas

A project launches to check the legal status of Muslims who identify as Bengali and to allow them to apply for citizenship.

Burmese Migrants Arrested, But Not Main Target in Thai Crackdown

A crackdown on undocumented migrants by the Thai junta has mostly targeted Cambodian workers, although there have been frequent reports of arrests of Burmese workers.

Palaung Villagers Flee Burmese Army Shelling: TNLA

Hundreds of ethnic Palaung in Kutkai Township flee their homes after the Burmese Army fires artillery on their village in northern Shan State.

Suu Kyi: Becoming President Is Up to the People

In Nepal, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reacts to a vote against changing a constitutional clause that bars her from the presidency.