Burma - The Irrawaddy
Marching Student Protestors Pause for Exams

The main column of student protestors marching from Mandalay to Rangoon announces that with exams upcoming, they will suspend their demonstration until March 1.

14 Michaungkan Protestors Get Six-Month Prison Terms

A Rangoon court sentences 14 land rights protesters from Michaungkan village to six months in prison, finding them guilty of unlawful assembly and wrongful restraint.

Govt Says More Ethnic Armed Groups Involved in Kokang Conflict

Burma’s government on Wednesday accused three more ethnic rebel groups of involvement in armed clashes in the Kokang Special Region.

Burma Red Cross Condemns Convoy Attack, Rebels Deny Responsibility

The Burmese Red Cross condemns attack that injured two of its personnel on Tuesday, while ethnic Kokang and Palaung rebels deny involvement in the incident.

Review Team Orders Dagon High-Rise Redesign

Work is set to resume at several Dagon City development projects on Thursday, with one company ordered to modify construction plans near Signal Pagoda.

State Broadcaster Staff Kidnapped in Muse, Still Missing

A technician for a government-run broadcast station is still missing four days after he was abducted by unknown masked assailants in eastern Burma.

KNU Plans Ceasefire Meetings With Govt, Criticizes Other Rebel Groups

Karen National Union leaders plan more ceasefire meetings with the Burmese government, while criticizing other ethnic groups over the faltering nationwide ceasefire talks.

From the Frontline: Street Warfare in Laukkai

The Irrawaddy reports from Laukkai, where most residents have fled, government troops are consolidating their hold on the streets and locals are guarding stores from looters.

Hundreds Homeless After Fire Ravages Village on Rangoon’s Outskirts

Over 800 residents are homeless and struggling to put their lives back together after a fire ravaged a village on the outskirts of Rangoon.

Govt Declares State of Emergency, Martial Law in Kokang Region

The Burmese government announces a state of emergency and martial law in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone after clashes between the Burma Army and Kokang rebels.

Kachin Man Accusing Army of Killing Daughter Found Guilty of Defamation

A court in northern Burma finds an ethnic Kachin man guilty of defamation after he accused the Burma Army of killing his 14-year-old daughter.

Court Deems White Card Holders’ Vote Unconstitutional, Sends Law Back to Parliament

Burma’s Constitutional Tribunal informed Parliament that the articles of the recently passed Referendum Law that granted white card holders voting rights are unconstitutional.

Red Cross Convoy Ambushed Near Laukkai

A convoy of the Myanmar Red Cross Society comes under fire by rebel troops near Laukkai, where insurgents are in conflict with the Burma Army. 

China Says Thousands Forced to Flee Fighting in Burma

Thousands of people have been forced to flee Burma into the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan following fighting between Burma’s army and insurgents.

Southern Student Protests Disband, as Mandalay Marchers Press Ahead

Student demonstrations in Burma’s south have officially halted in anticipation of reforms to the National Education Law, while Mandalay protesters have vowed to press on.

Civil Society, UEC Bridge Election Monitoring Differences

Burma’s Union Election Commission agrees to most of the amendments advocated by civil society organizations on proposed rules for monitors of this year’s general election.

Wa, Mongla Rebels Deny Involvement in Kokang Conflict

The powerful United Wa State army and Mongla rebel group deny supporting the Kokang rebels during heavy fighting with government forces in Shan State.

Who Is Peng Jiasheng?

As fighting rages between the Burma Army and the Kokang rebels, this 2009 article explains the background of aging Kokang leader Peng Jiasheng.

Parliament Condemns Kokang Supporters in Northeast Burma

Parliament slams backers of ethnic Kokang insurgents engaged in recent hostilities with the government, while praising the Burma Army soldiers on the conflict’s frontline.

In Rohingya Camp, Tensions Mount over Plan to Revoke ID Cards

For many of Burma’s displaced Rohingya, the government’s decision to revoke temporary identification cards is met with a mixture of defiance, mistrust and resignation.