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Police Open Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing, Wife Says

RANGOON — The wife of slain local journalist Aung Kyaw Naing said on Monday that police in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw town have accepted her complaint and agreed to open an investigation into her husband’s killing by the Burma Army. “We only could open one complaint for a criminal charge at the moment, which is a […]

Protesters Demand Investigation into Death of Journalist

Crowds gather in Rangoon to demand a full investigation into the death of Par Gyi, a journalist allegedly arrested and killed by the Burma Army.

Number of Rohingya Fleeing Burma Tops 100,000 

Desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Arakan State, with an estimated 100,000 fleeing by boat since inter-communal violence erupted in 2012.

Demonstration to Call for Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing

Activists plan a demonstration to call for an investigation and justice in the case of the reported killing of a journalist by the Burma Army.

Father of Koh Tao Accused Describes Threats Against His Son

The father of one of two Burmese migrants accused of murder on Thailand’s Koh Tao says Thai police threatened to kill his son under interrogation.

AirAsia to Fly Direct to Naypyidaw From Kuala Lumpur

Low-cost carrier AirAsia will soon fly direct flights between Naypyidaw and Kuala Lumpur as the Burmese capital prepares to host a major regional summit.

Burmese Women Honored for Activism

Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok.

In Arakan State, Concerns Grow Over Rise in Drug Seizures, Abuse

Recent drug seizures and reports of growing drug abuse in western Burma’s Arakan State are causing concern among local residents and state authorities.

Missing Reporter Killed in Custody of Burma Army: Report

A journalist covering the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels on Mon State was reportedly killed while in custody of government soldiers.

US Think Tank Faults Burma on Arakan Response

An influential Washington think tank criticizes Burma’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” and doing little to track down perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence.

Parents of Burmese Men Accused of Koh Tao Murders Arrive in Thailand

A British labor rights activist visits two Burmese men accused of murder in southern Thailand as the migrants’ parents arrive to visit their children.

Karen Leaders Prepare for Divisive Assembly

Top-ranking Karen leadership meets this week to discuss rejoining the nation’s main ethnic coalition and uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.

Information Minister to Discuss Jailing of Journalists With President

Information Minister Ye Htut says he will discuss the recent imprisonment of local journalists with President Thein Sein.

Two Govt Colonial Buildings in Rangoon to Get New Owners by Year’s End

The Directorate of Investment and Companies Registration will announce the auction winners of two government-owned heritage buildings in Rangoon by the end of this year.

Burma’s President Seeks Less EU Scrutiny Amid ‘Backsliding’ Concerns

Thein Sein urges the EU to stop submitting reports on Burma’s human rights situation, as a UN report notes “possible signs of backsliding” on reforms.

Army Detains Journalist Who Covered Fighting With Rebels, Wife Alleges

A local journalist’s wife says he has been detained by the Burma Army several weeks ago when he visited Karen rebels fighting the army. 

Second Ethnic Newspaper Shuttered by Chin State Govt

An unregistered minority-focused newspaper is ordered to shut down in northwestern Burma’s Chin State last week, the second such forced closure within a month.

Thai Human Rights Commission Hears Concerns About Dawei SEZ

Activists meet with Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission to submit new research on negative impacts of a stalled mega-project jointly developed by Burma and Thailand.

Burma General Elections Scheduled in Late 2015: Election Official

Burma’s first democratic elections in 25 years are scheduled to be held in late October or early November, the Union Election Commission announces.

Burma Army Agrees to Withdraw From Disputed Shan Territories

Government troops agree to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels.