Burma - The Irrawaddy
Karen Leadership Puts Problems on Hold

The Karen National Union announces postponement of a proposal to unify Karen armed forces and an extended leave from the United Nationalities Federal Council.

1,500 Acres of Rice Paddy Lost to Flooding in Irrawaddy Division

Local farmers in Labutta Township, Irrawaddy Division, face hardship after their rice paddies are flooded by saltwater, wiping out several farmers’ entire harvests.

Rangoon Court Rejects Bi Mon Te Nay Appeal

A Rangoon court rejects an appeal by owners and employees of the defunct Bi Mon Te Nay journal who are trying to overturn their two-year sentences.

Police Charge Activists for Protest Against Journalist’s Killing

Rangoon police file a criminal lawsuit for unauthorized protest against the organizers of a demonstration calling for an inquiry into the killing of a journalist.

Red Panda Filmed in Burma for First Time

Fauna & Flora International researchers say they have captured the first film footage of wild red pandas in Burma in the mountains of Kachin State.

Where’s Wirathu? Monk Says He’s Blocked on Social Media

Radical monk Ashin Wirathu, known for incendiary online activity, is a digital hermit in the months following inter-communal riots in Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay.

US Ambassador Visits Kachin State

The US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell visits conflict-torn Kachin State this weekend in advance of a visit to Burma by US President Barack Obama next month.

Two More Chin Newspapers Shut Down

Two ethnic language newspapers in Chin State are shut down by the regional government, making them the third and fourth publications closed in a month.

Police Open Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing, Wife Says

RANGOON — The wife of slain local journalist Aung Kyaw Naing said on Monday that police in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw town have accepted her complaint and agreed to open an investigation into her husband’s killing by the Burma Army. “We only could open one complaint for a criminal charge at the moment, which is a […]

Protesters Demand Investigation into Death of Journalist

Crowds gather in Rangoon to demand a full investigation into the death of Par Gyi, a journalist allegedly arrested and killed by the Burma Army.

Number of Rohingya Fleeing Burma Tops 100,000 

Desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Arakan State, with an estimated 100,000 fleeing by boat since inter-communal violence erupted in 2012.

Demonstration to Call for Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing

Activists plan a demonstration to call for an investigation and justice in the case of the reported killing of a journalist by the Burma Army.

Father of Koh Tao Accused Describes Threats Against His Son

The father of one of two Burmese migrants accused of murder on Thailand’s Koh Tao says Thai police threatened to kill his son under interrogation.

AirAsia to Fly Direct to Naypyidaw From Kuala Lumpur

Low-cost carrier AirAsia will soon fly direct flights between Naypyidaw and Kuala Lumpur as the Burmese capital prepares to host a major regional summit.

Burmese Women Honored for Activism

Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok.

In Arakan State, Concerns Grow Over Rise in Drug Seizures, Abuse

Recent drug seizures and reports of growing drug abuse in western Burma’s Arakan State are causing concern among local residents and state authorities.

Missing Reporter Killed in Custody of Burma Army: Report

A journalist covering the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels on Mon State was reportedly killed while in custody of government soldiers.

US Think Tank Faults Burma on Arakan Response

An influential Washington think tank criticizes Burma’s government for presiding over a “humanitarian catastrophe” and doing little to track down perpetrators of anti-Muslim violence.

Parents of Burmese Men Accused of Koh Tao Murders Arrive in Thailand

A British labor rights activist visits two Burmese men accused of murder in southern Thailand as the migrants’ parents arrive to visit their children.

Karen Leaders Prepare for Divisive Assembly

Top-ranking Karen leadership meets this week to discuss rejoining the nation’s main ethnic coalition and uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.