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Election Campaign Rules Spark Concern Among Opposition Parties

Opposition parties complain that the new rules proposed by the Election Commission would limit their opportunities to campaign.

Mangrove Project Will See 10,000 Trees Planted in Pathein

Over 10,000 mangrove trees will be planted in Pathein, the capital of the Irrawaddy Delta region that often sees massive flooding during the rainy season.

Another Activist Faces Section 18 Charges

A Burmese man calling for the dissolution of a controversial protest law is once again facing legal action for allegedly violating the same law.

Kachin Civilians Urged to Support Peace Process

In a conflict that has displaced over 120,000 people, ethnic armed leaders urge the Kachin community to support efforts for negotiation with the government.

Vaclav Havel Fairytale Now Available for Burmese Readers

A Burmese language translation of the former Czech president’s only children’s story has launched in Burma’s former capital, with help from dissident Min Ko Naing.

Bus Company Banned From Rangoon-Naypyidaw Route After Fatal Crash

Yazamin bus company can no longer operate on the highway because the “accident was caused by reckless driving,” state-run media says.

Army MPs Slam Suu Kyi’s Remarks on Charter Reform

The head of army representatives in the Lower House speaks out against the opposition leader’s calls for the army to get more involved in amendments.

After Ceasefire, Some Rights Abuses Decrease, Others Worsen: Karen Group

Since a 2012 ceasefire between the government and Karen rebels, abuses associated with conflict have decreased, but land grabbing, environmental destruction and militarization have worsened.

Shan Families Demonstrate at KIO Office Over Forced Recruitment

A leader of the Kachin ethnic armed group promises to investigate claims that children and young people were taken away by rebel soldiers.

Burma Army Detains Palaung Man Accused of TNLA Links: Activists

An ethnic Palaung farmer is held and later released by government troops in northern Shan State, where fighting between government forces and ethnic rebels continues.

Bus Crash on ‘Death Highway’ Near Naypyidaw Kills 14

The latest deadly accident on the hastily constructed Rangoon-Mandalay-Naypyidaw highway raises the death toll this year to 80 people, while 350 were injured so far.

Burma Govt, Kachin Rebels Agree to Form Peace Monitoring Group

On the first day of talks in the Kachin State capital, government negotiators and Kachin Independence Organization leaders agree on body to monitor troop movements.

Win Tin’s Foundations to Continue Supporting Political Prisoners

The private foundation led by the late democracy activist and journalist will keep its cash donations going, honoring Win Tin’s wishes.

Nationalist Monks Call NGOs ‘Traitors’ for Opposing Interfaith Marriage Bill

Nationalist Buddhist monks call Burmese civil society groups “traitors” because they object to the interfaith marriage bill that the monks have put forth.

Newly Displaced in Northern Burma Lack Shelter as Rainy Season Begins

Aid workers say the rains will make temporary UN-supplied tents unlivable for those who fled recent outbreaks of fighting in Kachin and Shan states.

Singaporean PM Tours Naypyidaw

Lee Hsien Loong describes what he saw on a drive outside Naypyidaw as similar to “Singapore or Penang in the 1950s and 1960s.”

Burma’s ‘School on a Bus’ Project Gets a New Lift

Another bus is converted into a mobile classroom for youth teashop workers in Rangoon, in an initiative by the Myanmar Mobile Education Project.

Wa Official Dispels Claim of Wa State ‘Crimea Style’ Secession

A UWSP leader says Wa-controlled areas in Shan State will under no circumstances seek a ‘Crimea-style’ secession from Burma with the support of China.

Burmese Govt Reviews Citizenship Applications for Former Exiles

People who left Burma for various reasons under the former junta can now apply for citizenship, although officials say the process might take some time.

Burmese Translation of Vaclav Havel’s Children Book to Launch This Week

A translation of a fairy tale by the former Czech president and playwright will be launched in Rangoon, with a reading by dissident Min Ko Naing.