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Burma’s Election Commission Approves Campaign Rules

Opposition parties have said regulations limiting the campaign period and requiring permission for rallies will restrict their ability to reach out to voters.

Mandalay Residents Fear Unrest but Grow Frustrated With Curfew

Residents worry violence may break out again, following the controversial detainment of nine Muslim men, but say the curfew is also negatively affecting their lives.

Thai Junta’s Pledge to Send Back Burmese Refugees Sparks Concern

Thailand’s military government says it will repatriate 100,000 refugees who have been living in camps for two decades and more along the border with Burma.

Journalists Protesting Sentencing Barred From Thein Sein Event

Police block reporters wearing a t-shirt reading “Stop Killing Press” from a meeting in Rangoon, sparking a protest over curbs on press freedom in Burma.

Sexism, Racism, Poor Education Condemn Rohingya Women

The poverty, pregnancy and pain that many Rohingya women endure is partly due to hostility from Buddhist Arakanese and the extreme conservatism of the Rohingya.

Below-the-Belt Burma Map Could Earn Jail Time for the Tattooed

The Mandalay divisional chief minister says that tattoos of the country’s map on the lower part of the body could disgrace the nation.

Four Burmese Workers Killed Brutally in Malaysia This Month

A police investigation is ongoing after the workers were found dead on separate days with their throats slashed and hands cut, an NGO says.

PR System Would Be Too Confusing, NLD Says

Burma’s biggest opposition party opposes a change to a proportional representation (PR) electoral system because it would confuse voters, a party member says.

Ceasefire Talks Are Missing Public Voice: Activists

Civil society groups say public participation is too limited in the peace process to end decades of war between the military and ethnic armed groups.

Unity Journalists Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment With Hard Labor

Pakokku Court passes down sentences seen as “extreme” to four reporters and Unity journal’s CEO for reporting the existence of an alleged chemical weapons factory.

In Burmese Shops, Old Tires Find Many New Lives

Burma may be undergoing a political transition, but as much of the country remains desperately poor, creative workers find ways to recycle the used rubber.

Raid by Thai Police Exposes Human Trafficking Ring

Two weeks after Thailand was downgraded by the US for its anti-trafficking efforts, police arrest two Burmese men accused of illegally detaining 13 Rohingya Muslims.

Rangoon Journalists Decry Threats to Peers in Mandalay

The government is urged to protect reporters who were threatened with violence while attempting to cover inter-communal riots in Mandalay last week.

Air KBZ Will Launch Flights to Chiang Mai and Mae Sot

The Burmese airline plans to launch its first international routes later this year to the northern Thai destinations where many Burmese migrants live.

Charges Against Chin Women’s Activists Must Be Dropped: Campaigners

Four women are charged for protesting against a sexual attack by a soldier, just a month after Burma committed to ending sexual violence in conflict.

Burmese President Warns Media After Mandalay Riots

Thein Sein says the misuse of media freedoms has stirred up religious tensions, and he vows to take action against instigators of last week’s unrest.

Burmese Journalists Detained for Alleged Defamation

Editors from a local weekly are under investigation after reporting that members of the public voted to form an interim government.

Burmese Camp Baby a Brief Chapter in Painful Story

The suffering of pregnant women and sick babies goes on silently in the camps, in dark corners of barrack-style homes and bamboo huts.

Road Construction Could Damage National Park in Chin State

The administrator of the mountainous Natma Taung National Park warns that new roads could affect biodiversity in the area becoming popular among bird watchers.

NLD Rally Attacked With Slingshots

The opposition party’s rally for constitutional reform in Sagaing Division comes under attack, with unknown assailants hurling stones at speakers and the crowd.