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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.

Journalists Protesting Sentencing Barred From Thein Sein Event

Police block reporters wearing a t-shirt reading “Stop Killing Press” from a meeting in Rangoon, sparking a protest over curbs on press freedom in Burma.

Sexism, Racism, Poor Education Condemn Rohingya Women

The poverty, pregnancy and pain that many Rohingya women endure is partly due to hostility from Buddhist Arakanese and the extreme conservatism of the Rohingya.

Below-the-Belt Burma Map Could Earn Jail Time for the Tattooed

The Mandalay divisional chief minister says that tattoos of the country’s map on the lower part of the body could disgrace the nation.

Four Burmese Workers Killed Brutally in Malaysia This Month

A police investigation is ongoing after the workers were found dead on separate days with their throats slashed and hands cut, an NGO says.

PR System Would Be Too Confusing, NLD Says

Burma’s biggest opposition party opposes a change to a proportional representation (PR) electoral system because it would confuse voters, a party member says.

Ceasefire Talks Are Missing Public Voice: Activists

Civil society groups say public participation is too limited in the peace process to end decades of war between the military and ethnic armed groups.

Unity Journalists Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment With Hard Labor

Pakokku Court passes down sentences seen as “extreme” to four reporters and Unity journal’s CEO for reporting the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory.

In Burmese Shops, Old Tires Find Many New Lives

Burma may be undergoing a political transition, but as much of the country remains desperately poor, creative workers find ways to recycle the used rubber.

Raid by Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring

Two weeks after Thailand was downgraded by the US for its anti-trafficking efforts, police arrest two Burmese men accused of illegally detaining 13 Rohingya Muslims.

Rangoon Journalists Decry Threats to Peers in Mandalay

The government is urged to protect reporters who were threatened with violence while attempting to cover inter-communal riots in Mandalay last week.