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Rangoon Factory Workers Toil for ‘Extremely Low’ Wages: Report

Rangoon’s factory workers suffer from a range of labor rights violations and earn “extremely low” basic wages of around $30 per month, a report finds.

Planned Electricity Price Increase Sparks Concern Among Businesses

Business owners and households say they are concerned about the government’s plan to raise electricity prices next month, when rates are set to significantly increase.

Mizzima Trio Plans Expanded Burma Coverage

An ex-hijacker, a business mogul and a Burma media veteran team up to lead a revamped Mizzima, a formerly exile news outlet now in Burma.

Burma’s Ethnic Groups Split Over Constitutional Reform

Ethnic minority groups are divided over constitutional reform, with some favoring completely rewriting the charter, while others would like to see the existing Constitution amended.

Military MP Says Army Chief Could Become Candidate for President

The leader of Burma’s military lawmakers has said the group wants to nominate current Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing for president following the 2015 elections.

Pulling Back the Curtain on Ethnic Groups’ Laiza Talks

As a conference of Burma’s ethnic minority groups in Kachin State enters day three, a debate is heating up among key participants.

After Reforms Ethnic Media Emerge in Burma, But Challenges Remain

Several ethnic-language media publications have been set up in Burma’s ethnic regions in recent months, but these pioneering publications say they face many challenges.

Burmese Embassy Raises Migrant Worker Issues With Thailand

An embassy official says Burma’s ambassador to Thailand highlighted problems with visas and arbitrary fines imposed by police.

Kachin Leader Gets Long-Sought Approval for Political Party

The four-year-long efforts of senior Kachin leader Manam Tu Ja to register a party representing the ethnic minority group’s interests have finally paid off.

Ethnic Alliance Voices Support for Nationwide Ceasefire Plan

At a conference in Laiza, Burma’s most important alliance of ethnic rebel groups said it could support a government proposal for a nationwide ceasefire agreement.

EU Offers to Send Monitors to Burma’s 2015 Election

The European Union’s new ambassador to Burma says he is hopeful that voting in two years will be free and fair.

Burma Takes Precautions to Avoid SEA Games Blackouts

Lacking confidence in the power supply system, the Ministry of Sports will use generators for the opening and closing ceremonies of the regional sporting event.

Kachin Clashes Continue as Ethnic Leaders Meet

Fighting between government troops and Kachin rebels shows no signs of abating, even as ethnic leaders gather to prepare for nationwide peace talks.

Burma Govt Approves Federal Union Party

The government approves the registration of the country’s newest ethnic political party, allowing its members to run in the 2015 elections.

Ex-Political Prisoner Win Tin Demands Apology From Junta Leaders

The ex-political prisoner and veteran journalist Win Tin wants something from the former military regime that kept him captive for 19 years: an apology.

Wa Rebels Absent From Ethnic Ceasefire Meeting in Laiza

Burma’s most powerful armed group, the United Wa State Army, decline to meet with other ethnic rebels groups to discuss the government’s nationwide ceasefire proposal.

Salween Dams Raise Doubt Over Burma Peace Plans

Ahead of a planned nationwide ceasefire conference, environmentalists say dam projects on the Salween River continue to fuel conflict in Burma’s ceasefire zones.

Two Buddhists Imprisoned for Arakan State Violence

Courts have sentenced two more Arakanese Buddhists to prison for inciting or participating in deadly riots during last year’s inter-communal violence in western Burma.

Hundreds Greet Leaders of Ethnic Armed Groups in Laiza

People line the streets as leaders of Burma’s ethnic armed groups arrive at Kachin rebel headquarters for talks ahead of a meeting with government negotiators.

USDP Appears Divided as Rift Between President and Party Chairman Widens

A spokesman of President Thein Sein rejects remarks by USDP chairman Shwe Mann about the president’s future, signaling a widening rift within the ruling party.