Burma - The Irrawaddy
Red Cross Convoy Attack: The Scariest Moment of My Life

Irrawaddy photographer Jpaing describes his feelings and the scenes he witnessed when the Burmese Red Cross convoy he was travelling on came under attack.

Murky Picture Emerges of Kokang Conflict’s Actors

Kachin and Shan rebel groups reject accusations that they are involved in ongoing clashes between the Burma Army and ethnic Kokang fighters in northeastern Burma.

From the Frontline: On Chinese Border, Kokang Conflict Halts New Year Celebrations

The Irrawaddy reports from the border town of Chin Shwe Haw, where locals have fled and refugees are streaming through town on foot from Laukkai.

Ministry to Launch Environment Protection System Next Month

After years of delay, the Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry expects to approve a set of environmental quality guidelines by the end of March.

2 Dead, Several Injured During Battle in Kokang Village

Clashes in Lone Htan village leave at least two dead and several others injured, as nearby hospitals field civilians displaced or injured by the conflict.

Ethnic NGOs Key to Addressing East Burma’s Large Health Care Issues: Report

A large-scale survey found ethnic minority communities in eastern Burma are beset with serious health care challenges that are best addressed by local ethnic NGOs.

Methamphetamine Precursor Chemicals Seized at Thai Border

A police anti-drug squad in Shan State has seized more than US$582,000 worth of a precursor chemical used in methamphetamine production.

Marching Student Protestors Pause for Exams

The main column of student protestors marching from Mandalay to Rangoon announces that with exams upcoming, they will suspend their demonstration until March 1.

14 Michaungkan Protestors Get Six-Month Prison Terms

A Rangoon court sentences 14 land rights protesters from Michaungkan village to six months in prison, finding them guilty of unlawful assembly and wrongful restraint.

Govt Says More Ethnic Armed Groups Involved in Kokang Conflict

Burma’s government on Wednesday accused three more ethnic rebel groups of involvement in armed clashes in the Kokang Special Region.

Burma Red Cross Condemns Convoy Attack, Rebels Deny Responsibility

The Burmese Red Cross condemns attack that injured two of its personnel on Tuesday, while ethnic Kokang and Palaung rebels deny involvement in the incident.

Review Team Orders Dagon High-Rise Redesign

Work is set to resume at several Dagon City development projects on Thursday, with one company ordered to modify construction plans near Signal Pagoda.

State Broadcaster Staff Kidnapped in Muse, Still Missing

A technician for a government-run broadcast station is still missing four days after he was abducted by unknown masked assailants in eastern Burma.

KNU Plans Ceasefire Meetings With Govt, Criticizes Other Rebel Groups

Karen National Union leaders plan more ceasefire meetings with the Burmese government, while criticizing other ethnic groups over the faltering nationwide ceasefire talks.

From the Frontline: Street Warfare in Laukkai

The Irrawaddy reports from Laukkai, where most residents have fled, government troops are consolidating their hold on the streets and locals are guarding stores from looters.

Hundreds Homeless After Fire Ravages Village on Rangoon’s Outskirts

Over 800 residents are homeless and struggling to put their lives back together after a fire ravaged a village on the outskirts of Rangoon.

Govt Declares State of Emergency, Martial Law in Kokang Region

The Burmese government announces a state of emergency and martial law in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone after clashes between the Burma Army and Kokang rebels.

Kachin Man Accusing Army of Killing Daughter Found Guilty of Defamation

A court in northern Burma finds an ethnic Kachin man guilty of defamation after he accused the Burma Army of killing his 14-year-old daughter.

Court Deems White Card Holders’ Vote Unconstitutional, Sends Law Back to Parliament

Burma’s Constitutional Tribunal informed Parliament that the articles of the recently passed Referendum Law that granted white card holders voting rights are unconstitutional.

Red Cross Convoy Ambushed Near Laukkai

A convoy of the Myanmar Red Cross Society comes under fire by rebel troops near Laukkai, where insurgents are in conflict with the Burma Army.