President Thein Sein pushes “protection of race and religion,” evincing a nationalistic impulse that would appear at odds with the reformist mantle he has cultivated.
The Arakan State government asks Muslim leaders in Sittwe to urge their fellow followers of Islam not to identify their “race” in Burma’s upcoming census.
A former US congressman who visited camps housing displaced Rohingya Muslims in western Burma warns that “the building blocks of genocide are there.”
The government hopes to submit a draft Motion Picture Law to Parliament this year, with Burma’s erstwhile film censors saying it “won’t have serious limitations.”
Aung San Suu Kyi says the government must protect Burma’s citizens from threats posed by illegal immigration, while also urging “harmonious” coexistence among all nationalities.
Two Burma Army helicopters were shot down, while thousands of soldiers might have died during fighting with Kachin rebels in 2011-2013, a defense magazine claims.
A proposal to the state’s legislature calls for Mon-language teaching to be allowed in government schools, which currently only teach in Burmese.
The National League for Democracy patron pays a visit to the renowned Mae Tao Clinic for Burmese refugees and migrants in Mae Sot, Thailand.
Burma’s military continues to target civilians in its operations against rebel armed groups, according to a report by a US-based human rights institute.
People should “be brave and rid themselves of fear in order to create the country they want,” opposition leader says, while appealing for constitutional reform.
The Mergui archipelago remains a Lost World of some 800 mostly untouched islands, but developers are readying to bring large-scale tourism.
Protesters fear that the stalled hydropower project on the Irrawaddy River in Kachin State will be restarted, amid pressure from the development’s Chinese backers.
Ethnic armed groups want to join a future Burma Army while maintaining control over their areas, a demand that is deemed unrealistic by some experts.
Migrant rights activists say the new process only adds complexity, and rules out many workers who do not possess the correct Burmese documentation.
An accidental fire at one of the camps for internally displaced persons in Kachin State claims the life of a 13-year-old girl.
Rebel soldiers in eastern Burma are battling not with government forces, but against opium crops that are destroying communities as they succumb to drug addiction.
Rangoon-based journalists say they cannot accept a public service media bill submitted to Parliament by the government this week, criticizing the proposal as self-serving.
“We were told the Tatmadaw is totally committed to peace,” says ethnic representative, as government, army and ethnic groups inch closer to forging joint ceasefire.
Burma’s Upper House removed the right of temporary citizenship card holders to form parties, a decision that could further curtail the rights of Rohingya Muslims.
A second by-election since President Thein Sein took power will take place this year for some 30 vacant seats in the Union and state-level parliaments.