Burma - The Irrawaddy
Protestors Only Required to ‘Inform’ in Lower House Change to Section 18

The Lower House passes amendments to Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law, dropping a provision allowing authorities to deny would-be protestors permission to carry out a demonstration.

No Census for Rebel-Controlled Parts of Kachin State

The Kachin Independence Organization says it will not conduct the census in its areas, where about 80,000 people live, including thousands living in temporary camps.

88 Generation, Ethnic Alliance Join to Promote Reform

The influential pro-democracy group teams up with ethnic leaders to advocate for amendments to the 2008 charter, which was drafted by the previous military regime.

Parliament OKs Development Fund Over Burma President’s Objection

Parliament approves a development fund bill that will allot 100 million kyats (US$102,000) to each of Burma’s 330 townships annually, despite President Thein Sein’s objection.

Arakanese MPs Oppose Census Classification for Rohingya

Arakanese MPs complain to the government over the fact that the upcoming census will allow stateless Rohingya to register their ethnic identity as they wish.

Burma’s Parliament Approves ‘Parallel’ Media Laws

The government retains ultimate control over publishing licenses as the Printers and Publisher Registration Law and a version of a Press Council-drafted bill are passed.

Burma’s Govt Accused of Excluding Education Network From Reform Talks

The government allegedly cancels its invitation to a national education forum for a civil society group linked to the National League for Democracy (NLD).

Fighting in North Burma Could Derail Peace Process: Ethnic Leader

A senior ethnic leader warns that a recent increase in fighting between the military and ethnic rebels in northern Burma could affect ongoing peace talks.

Army Increases Attacks in North Burma, Seizes 2 Shan Rebel Camps

The Burma Army reportedly captured two important outposts of the Shan State Army-North last week, while Palaung and Kachin rebels also claim they were attacked.

Jaguar Land Rover to Enter Burma’s Car Market

Brand new cars made by the Indian-owned company will be on sale at a dealership in Rangoon from May, according to the local distributor.

Six Burmese Migrants Rescued From Thai Fishing Industry Trafficking

Six Burmese migrants forced to work in the Thai fishing industry are rescued from human traffickers by local law enforcement in southern Thailand’s Kantang district.

Anti-Copper Mine Protests Renew—With a Call to Guardian Spirits

Dozens of people call on spirits of the mountains and forests to put a curse on officials at the Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division.

Wa Leaders Ask President for Autonomous State

A delegation from the United Wa State Army reiterates calls for an autonomous state in northeastern Burma, on the sidelines of an event in Naypyidaw.

Burmese Band Side Effect to Attend US Festival

Indie rock band Side Effect raises enough money to attend the South by Southwest festival in Texas, according to its lead singer.

Govt Allows MSF to Reopen Some Clinics, Maintains Ban on Arakan

Burma has allowed Medecins Sans Frontieres to resume work in parts of the country, but not in the western strife-torn state of Arakan.

Just a Little Spice, Plenty of Tradition

An established restaurant in the quieter eastern part of Mandalay offers traditional Burmese food and is popular among tourists.

Burma Suspends All Aid Operations of MSF

Médicine Sans Frontièrs programs serving tens of thousands of people have been stopped because of government objections to MSF projects for Rohingyas in Arakan State.

New Institute to Bring Together Ethnic Groups, Support Peace Process

Ethnic activists open a research center that will help ethnic armed groups, NGOs and ethnic political parties gain a better understanding of the peace process.

Burma Military Returns Land in Irrawaddy Division

The Southwestern Command gives back about 1,600 acres of land that was confiscated under the former military regime, although thousands of acres remain in their possession.

Officials to Test 50-Ton Stone to Dispel Rumors of Jade

A giant stone found in Kachin State will be sent to a government laboratory, in a bid to prove it is simply a rock.