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In Ceasefire Talks, Govt Demands Discourage Ethnic Groups

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, a coalition of ethnic armed groups, expresses increasing frustrations with the Burmese military’s latest demands during peace talks.

Kachin Fighting Concerns KNU, UWSA

Kachin and Wa rebel leaders say they are not happy about an escalation in fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and the Burmese army.

Senior US Official Talks Press Freedom With Burmese Minister

The US undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs raises concerns about the recent arrest of Burmese journalists.

Arakan Unrest May Tarnish Burma’s Image: Vice President

Burmese Vice President Sai Mauk Kham says unrest in Arakan State is not only a domestic issue, but has wider ramifications and requires international assistance.

Kachin Rebels Requests Ceasefire Meeting After Recent Clashes

The KIO requested a meeting with the government on May 10 in order to lessen tensions between the sides, after fighting intensified in recent weeks.

Villagers in Southern Burma Protest Against Chinese-Backed Oil Refinery

Villagers in Tenasserim Division protest against loss of land to an oil refinery planned by Chinese investors, Burmese tycoon Tay Za and a military-owned firm.

Health Crisis in Arakan after Aid Groups Forced Out

With foreign aid largely absent from camps for the displaced in Arakan State, every day of delay is measured in preventable deaths.

Arakan National Conference Gets Underway in Kyaukphyu

Thousands show up for the largest meeting of Arakanese people in 68 years, which it is hoped will decide upon strategy for the state’s future.

Chinese Nationals Caught With Illegal Weapons in Northwest Burma

Eight Chinese nationals are detained for questioning after authorities caught them illegally carrying grenades, pistols, bullets and other weapons near the Indian border.

Burma Govt Denies Report of Former Dictator’s Generous Pension

A Burmese-language weekly journal claims that former Snr-Gen Than Shwe receives more than $10,000 per month on top of a large one-off payment.

Desperate Rohingya Kids Flee Alone by Boat

Inter-communal violence is forcing Rohingya children to flee Arakan State by boat. Mohamad, 15, and his sister Senwara, 9, made the dangerous journey all alone.

Hundreds of Arakanese to Gather for Conference

Representatives of Arakanese Buddhist organizations and political groups will attend a conference in Kyaukphyu Township to discuss socioeconomic challenges and inter-communal conflict in Arakan State.

Ne Win’s Grandson Recalls Win Tin’s “Brave” Defiance in Prison

Aye Ne Win, a grandson of former dictator Ne Win, recalls how Win Tin refused to leave prison after release until authorities accepted his demands.

Burma Opens Shelter for Human Trafficking Victims

Officials launch a temporary shelter to support victims of human trafficking who were rescued or have escaped and are now preparing to return home.

Army-owned Conglomerates Slowly Loosening Grip on Economy: Report

The Burma Army is slowly releasing it monopolistic hold over the economy, but continues to receive the same amount of government funding, a report says.

Burma Govt Claim Muslims in Arakan State Agree to Be Listed as ‘Bengali’

Local Muslims dispute a report in state media claiming 6,000 families voluntarily identified themselves as Bengali rather than insisting on being called Rohingya.

Malaria’s Ground Zero

The global battle against a rise in drug-resistant malaria is heating up; here’s where it started on the Burma-Thailand border.

World Malaria Day: Changes in Disease Control Amid Burma’s Political Transition

Burma’s political transition since 2011 has been positive in many ways for the fight against malaria, particularly in terms of funding for community-based health organizations.

More Public Involvement Planned for Burma Charter Reform Campaign

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former student activists met this week to discuss how to broaden their push to amend the 2008 Constitution.

UN Chief Calls for Burma to Investigate Military Rape Claims

A report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, made public this week, comes after years of campaigners documenting allegations of rape by Burma Army soldiers.