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Burmese Migrants Arrested, But Not Main Target in Thai Crackdown

A crackdown on undocumented migrants by the Thai junta has mostly targeted Cambodian workers, although there have been frequent reports of arrests of Burmese workers.

Palaung Villagers Flee Burmese Army Shelling: TNLA

Hundreds of ethnic Palaung in Kutkai Township flee their homes after the Burmese Army fires artillery on their village in northern Shan State.

Suu Kyi: Becoming President Is Up to the People

In Nepal, Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi reacts to a vote against changing a constitutional clause that bars her from the presidency.

Ethnic Politicians Travel to China

The leaders of at least two Burmese political parties are traveling to Yunnan Province to discuss ethnic affairs with Chinese leaders.

Scrap the Religious Conversion Bill, Group Tells Thein Sein

An ethnic Chin group says the bill to restrict religious conversions goes against the Burmese Constitution and international standards for human rights.

Authorities Charge Monks in Dispute With Govt-Backed Clergy

Rangoon authorities charge five Buddhist monks with religious offenses after they disputed the government-backed Buddhist clergy’s ownership of a monastery.

Burma Teachers Group Balks at Performance-Based Transfer Scheme

The Myanmar Teachers’ Federation says it “strongly condemns” the Education Ministry’s new performance-based approach to handling transfer orders and promotions for Burma’s university educators.

Burma’s Upper House Votes to Change Electoral System

Upper House lawmakers opt for a proportional representation system in 2015, to the displeasure of the military, the National League for Democracy and ethnic minorities.

Suu Kyi’s Presidential Bid Not Dead Yet: NLD

A committee will not recommend a crucial constitutional amendment, but it’s ultimately up to Parliament to decide, the country’s biggest opposition party says.

Abbot Lashes out at Govt-Backed Clergy Over Monastery Raid

The former abbot of a large Rangoon monastery blasts the State Sangha over the eviction of his followers Tuesday and claims he owns the monastery.

Burma Jails Another Kachin on Explosives Charges

A 55-year-old village head denies any connection to ethnic rebels, and suffered torture while in the custody of the Burmese military, according to his lawyer.

Parliament Committee Deals Blow to Suu Kyi’s Presidential Hopes

The parliamentary committee guiding the constitutional amendment process will not recommend changes to an article that bars Aung San Suu Kyi from Burma’s top post.

Suu Kyi Meets Critics of ‘Protection of Race and Religion’ Bills

The opposition leader and lawmakers from the Rule of Law Committee meet with civil society representatives lobbying against four bills to “protect race and religion.”

More Than 86,000 Have Fled Arakan State by Boat: UN

The United Nations Refugee Agency says 615 people were reported to have died trying to flee western Burma by boat in 2013.

US Agency Urges Burma to Scrap Proposed Religion Laws

Draft laws in Burma regulating religious conversions and marriages have “no place in the 21st century” and should be withdrawn, a US government agency says.

Outcry Continues Over UN Office Rents in Rangoon

Burmese activists and politicians raise concerns over the high monthly rental fees that Unicef and WHO are paying for their offices.

Japan to Fund New Rangoon Bridge

Construction on a new bridge to connect downtown Rangoon with Thaketa Township will begin next year, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Permanent Residency System for Foreigners by October: Minister

A permanent residency system for foreign nationals will be implemented by October of this year, Burma’s immigration chief says.

Burmese Govt Blacklists Former Activist, Journal Chief

A former 88 Generation leader and the chief executive of the controversial Sun Rays journal have been blocked from returning to Burma.

Mon State Faces Shortage of Teachers for Mother-Tongue Education

The state government invited teachers with university degrees to come forward as the Mon language returns to state-school classrooms after more than 50 years.