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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.

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.

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.

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.

Questions Over Would-Be Anticorruption Chief’s Military Past

The Burmese President’s Office has nominated 15 people to sit on a new committee to investigate corruption, including a number of former Burma Army officials.

In Meeting With NLD Cofounder, Wirathu Cautions Against Suu Kyi Presidency

The controversial Buddhist monk U Wirathu advises the opposition National League for Democracy to refrain from pushing the presidential candidacy of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Delaying Census Would Be an ‘Enormous Waste of Resources’: UNFPA

The UN Population Fund, which is offering technical assistance on Burma’s first census in 30 years, responds to criticism about the timing of data collection.

Burmese Refugees in Thailand Are Running out of Options

As UN third country resettlement programs wind down, tens of thousands Burmese refugees in Thailand are unsure about whether to return home or stay.

Proposal to Keep Punishment for Unauthorized Protest Draws Criticism

Opposition politicians and activists criticize a proposal to reduce the punishment for carrying out an unauthorized protest to 6 months imprisonment.

Group Offers Plan to Ease Burmese Migrant Workers’ Legal Woes

A migrant workers’ group has called for action by the Thai and Burmese governments to address the legal plight of Burmese migrant laborers in Thailand.

Park Project Near Thai King’s Tomb Draws Critics in Mandalay

Archeologists oppose plans to develop an outdoor park near the remains of an 18th century town and a Thai king’s tomb.

From Jade Land to a Wasteland

Two decades of “peace” in Hpakant have reduced the center of Myanmar’s jade industry to an environmental and social disaster area.

‘Pre-Negotiation’ Meeting Called as Burma’s Ceasefire Talks Falter

The ethnic armed groups’ leaders are not yet ready to hold official talks in Hpa-an, and say the Burma government needs to drops some of its demands.