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UN Rights Chief Warns Burma Risks Faltering on Reform Path 

The United Nation’s top human right official says Burma is “headed in the wrong direction” amid a crackdown on dissidents and minorities.

Avoid Antagonizing, Election Chief Tells Ethnic Alliance

The chairman of Burma’s Union Election Commission warns an alliance of ethnic political parties not to butt heads with the government.

Fighting Spreads Through Northern Shan State, Displacing Hundreds of Civilians

Heavy fighting between government forces and ethnic rebels in northern Shan State has spread beyond the Kokang Special Region, causing hundreds of civilians to flee.

Health Ministry Slaps Ban on 73 Drinking Water Brands

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that scores of drinking water brands across the country will be banned from market shelves.

Irrawaddy Dolphin Survey Shows Continued Population Decline

A count of Irrawaddy dolphins along the river that is their namesake tallies five fewer dolphins than a similar exercise did last year.

Mogok Residents Protest Against Gems Traders’ Building Planned on Lake

Hundreds of residents of Mogok, Mandalay Division, are protesting against a plan by the local gems traders association to construct buildings on a scenic lake.

Kokang Leader Denies Chinese Citizens Fighting With Him

The ethnic Chinese leader of a group of Burma rebels fighting with the government denies receiving any help from Chinese citizens or mercenaries.

Lawmakers Push for Betel Nut Awareness Campaign

Burma’s Parliament discusses curbing consumption of betel nut, a mild street-side stimulant known for leaving a blood-red trail on users’ teeth and on sidewalks.

Kachin Group Opposes Police Interrogation of Youths in Teachers’ Murder Case 

Kachin Baptist Convention opposes efforts by police to interrogate two Kachin youths, fearing they could be wrongly accused of the recent murder of two teachers. 

Prisoners Injured During Prison Transfer in Kokang Conflict Zone

A group of female prisoners being transferred from Laukkai by a military convoy have been seriously wounded after an ambush near Long Htan village.

New Research a ‘Step Toward Ending Violence Against Women’

One of Burma’s leading women’s rights groups publishes groundbreaking qualitative research revealing troubling patterns of violence against women that had long gone unexamined.

Students, NGOs Say Govt Violates Agreement on Education Law Overhaul

Student leaders and education NGOs accuse Burma’s government of violating the conditions of a recently reached agreement on drafting a new education bill.

New Book Tells Story of ABSDF Massacre Survivor

Twenty-three years after more than a dozen members of a well-known student militia were massacred in northern Burma, a survivor writes of his experience.

RCSS Blames Ethnic Army Representatives for Stalled Ceasefire

The head of the Restoration Council of Shan State says ethnic army representatives have delayed a nationwide peace agreement by demanding a comprehensive political settlement.

Foreign Embassies Press Govt to Intervene in Shwepyithar Garment Strike

Concerned embassies have reportedly made representations to the Burmese government on behalf of foreign businesses affected by a long-running strike at the Shwepyithar Industrial Zone.

Rangoon to Undergo Quake Assessment

A one-year seismic hazard assessment will be conducted for Rangoon, Burma’s biggest city, which lies in a zone of the Earth prone to earthquakes.

Burma Rebels Deny Attack on Red Cross-Protected Refugees

Kokang ethnic rebels battling Burma forces in the country’s north deny several government accusations, including that they attacked a Red Cross-flagged truck carrying refugees.

Second Red Cross Convoy Attacked in Kokang

Five people are injured during a second ambush on a Red Cross vehicle in less than a week in northeast Burma’s troubled Kokang region.

Canadian Mining Firm May Have Breached Sanctions, Rights Group Says

Canada’s since-rebranded Ivanhoe Mines may have violated sanctions in three jurisdictions through copper sales to blacklisted military-affiliated companies and transactions with a specially designated national.

US University Pulls Plug on Pioneering Program With Rangoon Counterpart

A prestigious American institution of higher learning withdraws from a ground-breaking program with Rangoon University amid uncertainty over its future autonomy and funding.