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Burma Army Releases 80 Child Soldiers

The Burma Army discharges and releases 80 children and young people who had been recruited illegally as soldiers when they were younger than 18.

Abuse of Women Both Common and Concealed, Say Activists

Preliminary research by a leading women’s rights network reveals some of the less conspicuous but equally traumatic brands of abuse that continue unabated.

Press Council Seeks Clarity on Military Briefings

Media representatives have met with the military for a second time to discuss a lack of access to information from the armed forces.

Civil Society Pushes for Transitional Justice

Burmese civil society groups urge ethnic peace negotiators to implement transitional justice as the country inches closer to a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Tensions Rise in Kachin, As Army Shells Land Near KIA Posts, IDP Camps

Tensions continue to rise in Kachin State as the army fires more than a dozen mortar shells close to rebel positions and camps of internally displaced civilians.

Shan Party Demands Probe Into Police Custody Killing of Leader

The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party threatens to protest if the Shan State government fails to investigate the police’s killing of its Hopong Township vice chairman.

Army Chief Defends Constitution, Says Meeting Suu Kyi Problematic

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing says it is “difficult” for him to meet with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and defends controversial constitutional clauses.

UN Calls for Credible Burma Election, Minority Protection

The United Nations calls on Burma to continue reforms to ensure credible elections next year and step up efforts to protect ethnic and religious minorities.

Activists Call for Constitutional Change to Empower Women

Burmese women’s rights advocates add their voices to the contentious debate on amending Burma’s Constitution, urging charter changes to promote gender equality.

Villagers Urge Reopening of Rangoon Access Road for Students

Students from the western bank of the Rangoon River have been blocked from attending school after the closure of an access gate in Ahlone Township.

Cadet Casualties Were Trainees From Allied Armies, KIA Says

Twenty-three cadets killed by Burmese artillery fire on Wednesday were not members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) but trainees from four other non-state armies.

Over 20 Journalists May Face Charges for Unlawful Prayer Service

Police in Rangoon may charge more than 20 Burmese journalists who held an unauthorized prayer service for their embattled profession early this month.

Thai Police Extend Remand of Burmese Koh Tao Murder Suspects

Thai police request the court to extend the remand of two Burmese accused of murdering two British tourists, as they continue to search for evidence.

Burma Army Says Deadly Shelling of Rebels Was ‘Unintentional’

The Burma Army announces that yesterday’s deadly shelling of a rebel military academy was “unintentional,” and apologizes for the loss of 23 lives.

Thai Army to Observe Burma Ceasefire Meetings in Thailand

The Thai army asks Burma’s ethnic armed groups to inform authorities of ceasefire meetings held in Thailand so that the army can observe the discussions.

United Wa State Army Denies Anti-Aircraft Purchase

Wa rebels have once again denied acquiring a cache of Chinese military hardware, contradicting a report in Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Child Rights in Burma Spotlighted on World Children’s Day

More than 200 civil society organizations send an open letter to Burma’s President Thein Sein, calling on the government to promote child rights.

Arakan State Govt ‘Condemns’ UN Rohingya Statement

The Arakan State parliament votes unanimously in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya.”

Doubts, Warnings After Speaker Nixes 2015 Charter Change

With parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann’s declaration that constitutional change in Burma is off the table until 2016, lawmakers question Naypyidaw’s reformist credentials anew.

22 Dead as Burma Army Fires on Kachin Military Academy, Rebels Say

Twenty-two cadets are killed and 15 others wounded when Burmese troops fire on a rebel base in Laiza on Wednesday, rebel officers confirmed.