BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
Govt Newspapers Alter Ads Referencing Human Rights, Corruption

Independent local media allege that two state-owned newspapers are altering advertisements in an attempt to remove references to issues such as human rights and corruption.

Ethnic Leaders Demand Spot on Burma Election Commission

Ethnic political parties call for the inclusion of non-Burman leaders, intellectuals and experts on the commission to create conditions for a fair election in 2015.

Secret Order by Burma President Tells Ministries to Prepare for Riots

Thein Sein sent a secret directive to ministries, urging them to take precautions to avoid mass protests or violence caused by disagreements over constitutional reform.

Sixth Unity Journal Staffer Detained for Questioning

Another Unity journal staffer is detained for questioning by police, the sixth to be held in connection with a state secrets probe by the government.

Eight Detained as Opposition to Burma’s Letpadaung Copper Mine Continues

New concerns arise about fumes rising from a factory near the Chinese-backed mine in Sagaing Division, which was recently restarted after a suspension.

55 Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars: Advocacy Groups

Despite President Thein Sein’s pledge to free all political prisoners in Burma by the end of last year, 55 remain behind bars, advocacy groups say.

Ruling Party MP Investigated for Defaming Police

USDP member Shwe Maung, from Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township, is being investigated for defamation after suggesting police could have set fire to a Maungdaw village.

Mother-Tongue Instruction Pushed for Burma’s Schools

Education experts call for the use of ethnic minorities’ mother tongue as the language of instruction for students who don’t belong to Burma’s ethnic majority.

Burma Govt Rejects Report of Secret Chemical Weapons Factory

The president’s spokesman says allegations about the factory in central Burma are baseless, while police continue to question journalists who broke the story.

Suu Kyi Says Report Shows Support for Burma Charter Reform

Opposition leader urges lawmakers to be ‘brave’ and fulfill the public’s wishes by amending the Constitution after a parliamentary committee delivered its findings.

Burma Army Sues Over 200 People for Trespass

Local residents have been accused of trespassing on military land in the popular beach area of Chaung Tha in Irrawaddy Division.

Only 3.4 % of Burmese Refugees in Thailand Returned Home in 2013

A small percentage of refugees went back to Burma last year, usually on a ‘look and see’ basis, according to a consortium of NGOs.

5th BarCamp Attracts Thousands of Technology Lovers

More than 5,000 people attended the fifth BarCamp Yangon, a forum about technology and the Internet that encourages participant involvement.

Face to Face With the Tattooed Women of Chin

A journey to the remote villages of Chin State reveals faces inked in tradition but struggling against the hardships of isolation, poverty and government neglect.

Thein Sein: Constitution Must Reflect Deals With Ethnic Groups

President Thein Sein has urged lawmakers to ensure that any future constitutional amendments take into account the demands of ethnic rebel groups.

US refugees From Burma Worry About US changes in Policy

An advocate for Burma refugees says she’s worried that a change in US policy will hurt efforts to reunite them with relatives in the US.

Journalists Detained for Reporting Alleged Burmese Chemical Weapons Factory

The Burma police force’s Special Branch make arrests Friday and Saturday after a journal publishes allegations about a Magwe military facility.

Crossing the Indo-Burmese Border on Motorcycle

Traveling from Moreh in Northeast India to Tamu in Burma reveals little sign that the troubled, isolated border region is becoming a new India-Asean “gateway.”

Cycling: A Way Into Burma’s Heart

Boasting a diverse natural environment including everything from Himalayan foothills and tropical jungle to arid flatlands and Indian Ocean coastline, Burma is an adventurer’s paradise.

Burma Parliament Committee: Keep Main Points of Constitution

The 109-member committee recommends no changes to articles that bar Suu Kyi from the presidency and guarantee the military a key role in politics.