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Karen Martyrs Day Marked in Rangoon for the First Time

For the first time since political reforms began, the ethnic Karen community in Rangoon held a public ceremony to mark Karen Martyrs’ Day.

John Kerry Stayed at US-Blacklisted Tycoon’s Hotel in Burma

A spokeswoman says that the secretary of state was not breaking any rules by staying at Zaw Zaw’s Lake Garden Hotel in Naypyidaw.

Family Concerned About Health of Burma’s Detained Ex-Religion Minister

Hsan Hsint was forced from his position and arrested in June, and stands accused of misusing public funds and sedition.

Accountability Sought in Mandalay Riots’ Aftermath

The government has disclosed scant details about its prosecution of those responsible for riots that shook Mandalay, and suspicions persist that the violence was orchestrated.

Wa Rebel Army Denies All Involvement in Drug Trade

A United Wa State Party spokesman denies long-standing accusations of involvement in opium and methamphetamine trade, saying the group’s autonomous region is “drug-free.”

Burmese Refugees Still Welcome in New Zealand: Prime Minister

New Zealand’s prime minister says his country will continue to accept refugees despite some political reforms in Burma since 2011.

Curfew Lifted as Stability Returns to Mandalay

Burma’s second city erupted in violence between Buddhists and Muslims in early July, resulting in the deaths of two people.

US Will Not ‘Turn a Blind Eye’ to Burma’s Reform Issues: Kerry

The secretary of state met with President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a two-day visit to the country this weekend.

US’s Kerry Presses Burma Leaders on Human Rights, Reforms

Visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry presses Burma’s political leaders on human rights concerns and urges President Thein Sein to step up constitutional reforms.

Rohingya Children in Burma Camps Going Hungry

Malnutrition is an increasing concern in camps for the displaced Muslim minority, who have seen crucial medical aid services blocked by Burma’s government.

Burmese Child Slave Puts Spotlight on Abuse of Foreign Maids in Thailand

Activists say the story of one Burmese girl’s brutal enslavement is not uncommon in Thailand, where domestic workers are exploited, abused and even killed.

Sino-Burmese Border Sees Majority of Human Trafficking Rescues

Burma’s anti-human trafficking police report dozens of cases along the Sino-Burmese border, rescuing a total of 60 Burmese women from January through July.

Anti-PR Activists Charged Despite Change to Burma Protest Law

Police in Pegu charge five people for holding a demonstration on Monday against a ruling party-backed proposal to change the way Burma elects its parliament.

Two Burmese Shorts to Screen at Malaysian Film Festival

Two Burmese films that won awards at a human rights film festival in Rangoon this year will screen at Malaysia’s Freedom Film Festival next month.

Burma Marks 26th Anniversary of 1988 Uprising

A ceremony in downtown Rangoon remembers those killed when security forces opened fire on people protesting against the one-party rule of Gen. Ne Win.

Burmese Among Victims of Massive Jade Scam in China

Hundreds of people, including Burmese jade dealers, have seen their fortunes vanish in a scam described as the biggest jade fraud case in China’s history.

Burma’s Election Commission Rejects Opposition Call for Longer Campaigns

The National League for Democracy and ethnic parties want to be able to campaign for 60 days rather than only 30 in upcoming elections.

Screening of ‘Bengali’ Citizenship Bids Begins in Arakan State

The local government in Arakan State’s Myebon Township begins examining citizenship applications of residents self-identifying as “Bengalis” under a controversial pilot program for Rohingya Muslims.

Yangon Heritage Trust to Survey How Residents Benefit From Conservation

The Yangon Heritage Trust will conduct a survey among residents of historic buildings in downtown Rangoon to determine how they could benefit from heritage conservation.

Burmese Tycoon Tay Za to Set Up Journalism Foundation

Burmese business tycoon Tay Za will donate US$1 million to help establish a journalism foundation in the county’s fledgling media market.