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New Zealand PM Welcomes Burma Reforms, But Constitution an Issue

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said Burma’s reform process has been “important and progressive,” but added that the country’s undemocratic Constitution remains an issue.

Australian Universities Court Burmese Students

Australian universities hope to draw more Burmese students to study in their country, with the land down under holding its first education exhibition in Burma.

Authorities Relax Mandalay Curfew

Mandalay authorities shortened the night time curfew with one hour, ordering residents to stay indoors from 10 pm to 3 am.

Burmese Govt Reversed MSF Ban Because of ‘International Pressure’

The medical NGO was last week invited to return to Arakan State after it was expelled over alleged bias in favor of Rohingya Muslims.

Three Escapees Shot Dead in Failed Kyauk Mae Jailbreak

Police officers were also injured when detainees faked a fight in order to escape from a police station in northern Shan State.

President’s Claim That Media Instigated Religious Violence Draws Ire

Burmese journalists reject President Thein Sein’s message to Parliament, in which he claims that “unethical” media share blame for the recurrent outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence.

‘Global New Light of Myanmar’ to Launch in September

The Burmese government mouthpiece will become a joint venture and transform into “a free and public centered media,” the information minister says.

UN Burma Envoy Worried Over Displaced Muslims

The new UN human rights envoy for Burma makes her first visit to the country, where she toured troubled Arakan State.

Opponents Seek to Halt Dam Construction on Salween River

Activists, researchers and environmentalists from Burma and Thailand meet to find a way to stop hydropower dams planned on Burma’s section of the Salween River.

Mon Activist Wins Asian Women’s Award

The women’s rights activist Khin Khin Kyu wins the N-Peace Award for her efforts to advance the rights of ethnic minority women in Burma.

Chin Activists Sentenced to Fines for Protest Against Alleged Rape Attempt

A court sentenced eight Chin rights activists to a US$30 fine for holding an unauthorized protest over an alleged rape attempt by a government soldier.

Dozens More Farmers Imprisoned in Sagaing Division Over Land Protest

A Sagaing Division court imprisons another 47 farmers, raising the total number of detained farmers in Kantbalu Township to 65, with dozens more awaiting trial.

Kyaukphyu-Kunming Railway Not Dead Yet: Chinese Envoy

Beijing intends to push ahead in building a railway linking western Burma with China, but not without winning support from the Burmese government and people.

800 Civilians Newly Displaced by Fighting in Shan States: Group

About 800 ethnic Palaung villagers in northern Shan State reportedly fled their homes to avoid recent clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung rebels.

Senior US lawmaker: Burma Must Reform Before More Sanctions Easing

Republican leader says Burmese gemstones will remain US sanctioned unless the Constitution’s Article 59 (f), banning Aung San Suu Kyi from the presidency, is amended.

Rohingya in Arakan Suffer Worsening Health Crisis

Members of the Muslim Rohingya community who relied on international aid groups for medical treatments say basic health care services have all but disappeared.

Interim Report Constitutional Reform Committee Lacks Details

An interim report by a parliamentary committee discussing amendments to Burma’s controversial Constitution has failed to shed light on what changes the committee might propose.

Rangoon, Mandalay Universities Get Information Age Boost

Rangoon and Mandalay universities are increasingly wired to the outside academic world thanks to a program that is bringing wide-ranging access to scholarly literature.

Thai and Burmese Officials to Begin Talks on Repatriation

The talks will start on Aug. 1, although the UN refugee agency says conditions in Burma are not yet right for organized repatriation.

Ethnic MPs Skip Lower House Vote on PR System

Ethnic party MPs skipped a Lower House session to protest against discussions on a proposal to introduce a proportional representation electoral system in Burma.