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Govt Growth Target Overshoots IMF Forecast Amid Calls for Aid

Burma calls for enhanced international development support in 2014, while a top foreign diplomat cautions that investors will be watching the human rights situation.

British Envoy Cautions on Land Investments in Burma

Uncertainty over ownership of land could prevent an increase in investment in the country’s agricultural sector, according to a business ambassador from the United Kingdom.

World Bank Pledges $2B for Burma’s Health, Energy Sectors

Some $200 million in funding will go toward an ambitious plan to achieve universal health care in Burma by 2030.

Constitutional Change Could Trigger ‘Political Instability’: Shwe Mann

Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann warns against being “too greedy” when seeking amendments to the Constitution, saying disagreements over the charter could cause “political instability.”

Burma Govt Rejects ‘Unacceptable’ UN Statement on Rohingya Killings

The United Nations’ human rights chief calls for an investigation into ‘credible reports’ that at least 48 Muslims were killed recently in Arakan State.

Ethnic Rebels Move Closer to Ceasefire—With Strings Attached

Leaders at a meeting of ethnic armed groups plan to sign to a nationwide ceasefire agreement so long as political dialogue begins immediately.

Lower House Approves Human Rights Commission Bill

After making a number of changes, lawmakers approve a bill to govern procedures for a commission that handles reports of rights abuses in Burma.

BarCamp Organizers Hope for Another Record Turnout in Burma

The fifth user-generated ‘unconference’ known as BarCamp to be held in Burma is set to begin in Rangoon in early February.

Shwe Mann: Article 59 Not Our Only Priority

The USDP chairman would support a Suu Kyi presidency but says changing a constitutional article barring her from the post is not his party’s focus.

Burma’s Inflation Pains Sharpest for Poor Majority: World Bank

The World Bank adds its voice to concerns about Burma’s surging inflation, saying price rises would likely have a greater impact on the poor.

Doctors Warn of Rising ‘Morning-After Pill’ Use, Abuse in Burma

Medical professionals in Burma have used a government report indicating a rise in sales of emergency contraceptive pills to highlight the health risks of the pharmaceuticals’ abuse.

University Teachers’ Association Boycotts Talks on Burma Education Reform

Burma’s teachers say they are not being listened to as the government looks to revive the country’s education system after it was stifled under military rule.

Negligent Homicide Charge Against Kachin Politician Dropped

A negligent homicide charge against Bauk Ja, a well-known ethnic Kachin land rights activist turned politician, is withdrawn by prosecutors in Kachin State.

Govt Not Recognizing Scale of Land-Grabs in Burma: Lawmakers

The Burmese government is acknowledging just a fraction of more than 6,000 land-grab complaints filed with a parliamentary committee, lawmakers say.

Burmese Child Soldier Imprisoned for Leaving Military

A former child soldier under the protection the International Labor Organization has been sentenced to one year in prison for deserting his unit.

Min Aung Hlaing’s Comments Raise Concerns Among Ethnic Leaders

Controversial statements that the commander-in-chief reportedly made in November have shaken the confidence of ethnic leaders at a conference in Karen State.

‘Religious Roots of Social Harmony’ Discussed in Rangoon

Amid ongoing challenges to interfaith relations in Burma, leaders from a handful of faiths come together to discuss “the religious roots of social harmony.”

A Word Could Delay Burma’s Peace Process: Ethnic Leaders

Ethnic armed groups debate the use of the word ‘revolution’ to describe them in an upcoming nationwide ceasefire agreement.

Data Project Seeks to Record Stories of All Political Prisoners From 1962-2013

Burmese activists attempt to compile the first comprehensive list of political prisoners who were jailed from the military coup through the end of last year.

Burma’s Parliament Delays Controversial Publishing Bill

The Printers and Publishers Registration Bill has received criticism from journalists, who argue that it gives too much power to the Ministry of Information.