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Week of Protests Planned Against Suffrage for White Card Holders

Nationalist monks and laypeople will stage seven days of protests to denounce a parliamentary decision allowing temporary citizens to vote in a constitutional reform referendum.

Australian MP Pledged to Support Karen Resistance: KNDO Commander

Australian MP Luke Simpkins, who last month made a covert visit into eastern Burma, has conveyed his support to Karen ethnic armed groups.

UN Rights Envoy Rebuffs Foreign Ministry Criticism

Yanghee Lee, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Burma, says that a Foreign Ministry Statement accusing her of infringing upon state sovereignty is ‘hard to comprehend’

$360k Drug Bust in Pa-O Territory, Shan State

Anti-narcotics police seize a major drug haul in the Pa-O self-administered zone of eastern Burma, the fifth such operation since the start of the year.

Govt Vows End to USDP Forerunner’s Branding of Villages

The government says it will ensure that towns and villages that have been branded by the predecessor to Burma’s ruling party are stripped of partisanship.

As Buddha Bar Trial Drags On, Mother Says Charges ‘Difficult to Understand’

The three defendants charged with religious defamation for posting an online image of the Buddha wearing headphones appear in court for the seventh time.

Political Parties Pilot Gender Quotas

Burma is far from reaching gender parity in governance, but some political parties have begun adopting voluntary policies to empower women in Parliament.

After Govt Postpones Education Talks, Students Continue March to Rangoon

Indignant at the government’s decision to delay education reform discussions, students from across the country are preparing to join demonstrators on the march to Rangoon.

Jade Mines Grind to a Halt in Hpakant

Jade mining operations in Kachin State have all but ceased after arson attacks from local prospectors and more fighting between the military and KIA.

Government Chastises UN Rights Envoy for Burma Criticism

Burma’s government condemns the UN human rights envoy to the country, saying many of her concerns are out of touch and “interfere in state sovereignty.”

At Least 10 Dead After Army, TNLA Clash in Mongmit

Three days of fighting has seen casualties on both sides, with the government and TNLA at odds over what caused the outbreak of violence.

Govt Postpones Talks on Education Reform

Burma’s government postpones quadripartite talks on education reform due to recommence in Naypyidaw on Tuesday after questioning whether student participants truly represented their fellow protesters.

New Perspective of Famed Viaduct on Offer

Myanma Railways offers the opportunity to charter a rail gang car across the Goteik Viaduct, a towering 20th century engineering marvel in western Shan State.

Ethnic Bloc Calls for Agreement on Federalism to Mark Union Day

The UNFC calls for an agreement on federalism on Union Day, but maintains it will be “too soon” to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

MPs Demand Parliament Considers Violence Against Women Measures

Lawmakers in Naypyidaw called on the government to table a violence against women bill, saying the proposal has been stalled for a year.

‘White Card’ Holders Eligible to Vote on Constitutional Reform

Burma’s Union Parliament passes a law granting temporary citizens the right to vote in a constitutional referendum slated for later this year.

Badly Burned Bodies of Four Kachin Villagers Uncovered

The charred remains of four Kachin villagers are discovered in Burma’s conflict-torn north, with locals claiming army involvement amid increasingly tense civilian-military relations.

NLD Distances Itself from Leading Voice on Education

Burma’s leading opposition party distances itself from an outspoken education reform advocate who serves on the party’s central executive committee.

Protests Continue as Students, Govt Discuss Education Reform

Student demonstrators reach an eight-point agreement with educational and political stakeholders outlining pre-conditions for further discussion of education reform.

Govt Ministries Systematically Flouting Spending Rules: Auditor General

There were 799 documented breaches of ministry spending rules in the last financial year, and lawmakers say the need for public finance reform is urgent.