BURMA - The Irrawaddy Magazine
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.

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.

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.

Burmese Migrants Advised to Return as Thai Work Visas Expire

Burmese migrant workers in Thailand holding expired visas are told to return to Burma to renew their legal right to work in the neighboring nation.

Burmese Arrested After Dispute With Chinese Pipeline Workers

Police and state media say a dispute between Burmese and Chinese colleagues on the China-Burma oil pipeline project led to fighting and arson attacks.

Chinese-Backed Nickel Mining Project Draws Concerns in Chin State

Despite a public relations campaign from the company that is planning to start work this year, locals fear environmental and social fallout.

Travel Agency Launches Overland Trips Between Rangoon and Bangkok

Starting Saturday travelers can go overland from the Thai capital all the way to Rangoon and other Burmese cities in a single trip.

Families Relocated for Thilawa SEZ Seek Meeting With ‘Unresponsive’ JICA

Families affected by the Thilawa SEZ request a meeting with officials from the Japan International Cooperation Agency to spell out their concerns regarding the project.

British Minister Defends Burma Army Training

During his second visit to Burma, UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire backs constitutional reform and says it is the right time to re-engage with the Tatmadaw.

US Ends Group Resettlement for Burmese Refugees on Thai Border

One of the world’s largest resettlement programs, providing Burmese refugees in Thailand the opportunity to start life anew in the US, comes to a close.

Refugees From Burma’s Chin State Face Indian Dilemma

Refugees from Chin State who have fled Burma and now reside in India say they face persecution both at home and abroad.

Soldier Accused of Rape Attempt in Mon State

A Burma Army soldier based in Mon State’s Thanbyuzayat Township allegedly beat and tried to rape an ethnic Mon woman on Saturday.

Burma’s Social Security Enrollees to See Benefits Boosted by April

Workers registered under Burma’s social security scheme will begin seeing more generous benefits from April of this year, according to the program’s director general.