BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
New Institute to Bring Together Ethnic Groups, Support Peace Process

Ethnic activists open a research center that will help ethnic armed groups, NGOs and ethnic political parties gain a better understanding of the peace process.

Burma Military Returns Land in Irrawaddy Division

The Southwestern Command gives back about 1,600 acres of land that was confiscated under the former military regime, although thousands of acres remain in their possession.

Officials to Test 50-Ton Stone to Dispel Rumors of Jade

A giant stone found in Kachin State will be sent to a government laboratory, in a bid to prove it is simply a rock.

US Rights Report Highlights China, Burma Reforms, Abuses

In its annual report on human rights around the world, the US notes positive changes in Asia, but says serious abuses continue in many parts of the continent.

China’s Deputy Minister Visits NLD

For the first time in more than two decades, a high-ranking Chinese government official stops by the headquarters of Burma’s biggest opposition party.

Govt Plan to Move Pagoda in Letpadaung Area Angers Villagers

Villagers in Sagaing Division react angrily to a government announcement that a Buddhist pagoda at the site of the Letpadaung copper mine will be moved.

Thein Sein Asks Parliament to Discuss Interfaith Marriage

Burma’s president calls on lawmakers to consider a bill to restrict interfaith marriage, but the speaker of Parliament refuses until relevant government bodies get involved.

Burmese Woman Among 10 Construction Workers Killed in Bangkok

A Burmese woman was among the 10 workers, most of them migrants, killed during a collapse at a Bangkok construction site of Italian-Thai Development Company.

Kachin Farmer Still in Jail Despite International Legal Victory

A UN agency has called for the release of Lahpai Gam, who was allegedly tortured and forced to confess to a connection to Kachin rebels.

Besieged MSF Calls for Dialogue With Arakan Protestors

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) calls for dialogue with Sittwe residents protesting the medical aid group’s presence in Arakan State as demonstrations against the NGO continue.

Census to Start Early in Wa Territory

Data collection will begin two weeks early in ethnic Wa territory of eastern Burma, according to the United Wa State Army (UWSA).

NLD Prepares for First National Youth Congress

Burma’s biggest opposition party, the National League for Democracy, says it will hold its first nationwide youth congress in late April.

US Memorial Marks ‘Day of Infamy’ in the Asia-Pacific

A memorial in World War II’s Asia-Pacific theater marks a surprise attack by Japanese imperial forces that pulled America into the global conflict.

Plans for Burma’s Longest Teak Bridge Spark Debate

Historians voice concerns over the government’s proposals for U Bein Bridge, a heavily trafficked route in Mandalay whose pillars are rotting.

Portraits of Old Burma

More than three dozen black-and-white and sepia-toned photographs now on display in Rangoon provide a glimpse into what Burma looked like three centuries ago.

Rights Group: Leaked Documents Outline Govt Abuse of Rohingyas

Southeast Asia-based Fortify Rights says it has obtained leaked government documents that outline discriminatory policies to control the Rohingya population in Burma.

Burma Army Attacks Displaced 3,000 Palaung Civilians: Rights Group

An increase in Burma Army operations against ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has displaced over 3,000 Palaung civilians last year, a rights group reports.

Lawmakers Again Demand Participation in Peace Process

The Parliament Committee on National Race Affairs and Internal Peacemaking calls on President Thein Sein’s government to let lawmakers participate in the ongoing peace process.

Burma Army, Shan Rebels Clash Over Temporary Camp

A spokesman for the Shan State Army says government and militia troops surrounded a rebel soldiers who set up a camp while traveling in southern Shan State.

US May Consider Future Arms Sales to Burma: Report

An American official reportedly says the US will expand defense ties with Burma and would consider resuming arms sales if Burma’s human rights record improves.