Burma - The Irrawaddy
Nationalist Monk Criticized After Inflammatory Speech

U Wirathu has been criticized for a fiery speech in which he denounced UN envoy Yanghee Lee as a ‘whore’.

Suu Kyi, Ethnic Alliance Agree to Push 3-Point Agenda

An ethnic political parties’ alliance meets Aung San Su Kyi and agrees to work with her to push a three-point agenda for Burma’s political future.

Protests Continue Against Letpadaung Copper Mine

About 150 farmers march to demand that the Letpadaung mine be halted and action be taken against police involved in the death of a protester.

Civil Society Organizations Call for Halt to Salween Dam Projects

131 civil society organizations have signeda petition calling for a halt to plans for the construction of a dam network on the Salween River.

Upper House to Debate ‘Protection Bills’

Burma’s Upper House of Parliament accepts a proposal to debate two controversial bills geared toward protecting race and religion in the Buddhist-majority country.

Kyaukphyu SEZ Winners to be Announced in February

Announcement of winning tenders for the development of the Kyaukphyu SEZ in western Burma is delayed until February amid accusations of an opaque selection process.

Talks Ongoing Over Police Officers’ Release in Kachin State

Negotiations continue in Kachin State over the detention of three police officers there, an incident believed to have spawned the latest fighting in the region.

Forum Calls for Prioritizing Rangoon’s Heritage

An international conference on Rangoon’s future calls for government coordination to realize the economic, social and physical benefits from heritage conservation in Burma’s largest city.

Hundreds of Chinese Nationals Trapped in Northern Burma: Report

Hundreds of Chinese citizens are believed to be among 2,000 trapped by fighting between the government and insurgents in northern Burma.

Dolphins Need a Lifeline

The special relationship between Irrawaddy dolphins and fishermen is under threat from electro-fishing, but a tourism initiative may help.

US Rights Envoy Warns of ‘Dangerous Intolerance’

A US rights envoy warns that ethnic and religious intolerance poses an urgent threat to creating a stable democracy in Burma.

Former NLD Official Apologizes to Clergy, Remains in Detention

Htin Lin Oo offered a public apology to Buddhist monks on Thursday, a gesture of reconciliation that has failed to halt the author’s prosecution.

Mandalay Farmers, Monks, Students Call for Constitutional Reform, Land Rights Protection

About 1,000 farmers, students, labourers and Buddhist monks gather in Mandalay to call for protection of land rights, democratic reforms and abolishment of Burma’s Constitution

Four Injured in Hpakant Police Station Bombing

A bomb blast at a police station in Hpakant Township injures four civilians in the latest violence to hit troubled Kachin State in northern Burma.

Refugees on Thai Border to Undergo Verification Process

The Burmese refugee population along the Thai border will undergo a verification exercise that the UN says is intended to better coordinate future humanitarian assistance.

Human Rights Commission Faults Police Over Copper Mine Shooting

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission says the recent killing of a protesting farmer at the Letpadaung mine had resulted from mistakes made by the police.

Shan State Poppy Farmers Say Raw Opium Prices in Slow Decline

Shan State poppy growers say prices for raw opium have fallen during this harvest season, continuing a trend of slowly declining prices in recent years.

Civilians Flee Fresh Fighting Between KIA, Govt Troops

Fighting flares between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army, forcing about 1,000 people to flee their homes in northern Burma’s Hpakant Township.

Ethnic Affairs Ministers Defend Seat at Negotiating Table After Suu Kyi Remarks

Burma’s ethnic affairs ministers assert their place as elected representatives of the country’s diverse ethnic populations, in a statement published by state media.

NGOs Raise Concerns With US Official Over Human Rights, Lack of Reforms

NGO representatives meet with a senior US official to voice their concerns over Burma’s human rights situation and a lack of democratic and judicial reforms.