People should “be brave and rid themselves of fear in order to create the country they want,” opposition leader says, while appealing for constitutional reform.
The Mergui archipelago remains a Lost World of some 800 mostly untouched islands, but developers are readying to bring large-scale tourism.
Protesters fear that the stalled hydropower project on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State will be restarted, amid pressure from the development’s Chinese backers.
Ethnic armed groups want to join a future Burma Army while maintaining control over their areas, a demand that is deemed unrealistic by some experts.
Migrant rights activists say the new process only adds complexity, and rules out many workers who do not possess the correct Burmese documentation.
An accidental fire at one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State claims the life of a 13-year-old girl.
Rebel soldiers in eastern Burma are battling not with government forces, but against opium crops that are destroying communities as they succumb to drug addiction.
Rangoon-based journalists say they cannot accept a public service media bill submitted to Parliament by the government this week, criticizing the proposal as self-serving.
“We were told the Tatmadaw is totally committed to peace,” says ethnic representative, as government, army and ethnic groups inch closer to forging joint ceasefire.
Burma’s Upper House removed the right of temporary citizenship card holders to form parties, a decision that could further curtail the rights of Rohingya Muslims.
A second by-election since President Thein Sein took power will take place this year for some 30 vacant seats in the Union and state-level parliaments.
The signing of two new laws marks the official end of a draconian 1962 press law, yet many journalists remain concerned over remaining media restrictions.
A court questioned witnesses in the case of the detained CEO and four journalists of Unity Journal, who are charged with revealing state secrets.
With a commission established to draft a law on protection of race and religion, President Thein Sein is accused of exploiting religion for political gain.
The opposition leader will meet with writers from Mandalay whom she did not see during an international literary festival that the contingent boycotted last month.
After passengers on missing flight MH370 boarded with passports stolen in Thailand, authorities cracked down on the passport trade, which reportedly also involves Burmese migrants.
The President’s Office has proposed a plan to increase electricity prices for large-scale consumers, which could save more than $270 million in government spending.
An official at the Department of Civil Aviation says Burma is prepared to grant Malaysia permission to continue the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight in its waters.
Journalist Bertil Lintner criticizes the peace industry forming in Burma, and says existing ceasefires with the country’s ethnic armed groups are fragile.
Researchers say environmental degradation and illegal fishing along Burma’s largest river are threatening a vital source of food for the endangered Irrawaddy dolphin.