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DVB Reporter Jailed for 1 Year

A Burmese court sentences a journalist to one year in prison for trespassing at an education office and disrupting the duties of a civil servant.

Army Demands Complicate Ceasefire Talks

A new approach to draft a single nationwide ceasefire text drawn from the government and ethnic rebels’ proposals were complicated by the army’s demands.

Burmese Public Views Govt Reforms, Military Favorably: Poll

A poll by a US government-backed pro-democracy institute finds that members of the Burmese public largely believe their country is “heading in the right direction.”

Rare Burmese Ecosystems Protected Only on Paper

Many of the 43 conservation areas officially recognized by the government are left open to logging, poaching and damaging fishing techniques.

Brawl Leads to Anti-Muslim Riot in Rangoon’s Outskirts

An anti-Muslim riot rocks the town of Hlegu outside Rangoon following a personal argument in which a Muslim man allegedly stabbed a Buddhist.

Karen State Govt Refuses Villagers’ Resettlement in Rebel Area

A group of about 200 villagers tried to move to an area on the Thai border controlled by an ethnic armed group, but their passage was blocked.

TNLA Clashes With Burma Army as Census Continues

Fighting breaks out twice on Friday, but the ethnic armed group in northern Shan State says it will not disrupt data collection by census enumerators.

Burma’s Top Leaders Divided Over Constitutional Reform

The president and army chief have clearly taken sides against the Union Parliament speaker and opposition leaders on the issue of amendments.

Striking Burmese Workers at Mae Sot Factory Win Concessions

Protesting Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot, Thailand, return to work at the Yuan Jiao Garment factory after successful negotiations resolve a labor dispute.

Burma’s Census Marred by Controversy Over Ethnic Question

Not only issues in Arakan State but the government’s list of 135 ethnic groups in the country are contentious in the ongoing census-taking process.

US Optimism Ebbs Over Burma Reforms

Two years after the United States announced the normalization of diplomatic relations with Burma, optimism in Washington over the nation’s embrace of democracy is waning.

Aid Group at Center of Sittwe Riots Cannot Return to Arakan: Official

An Arakan State official said Malteser International, whose employee was at the center of last week’s Sittwe riots, will not be allowed to resume operations.

Kachin Won’t Suffer From Missing Out on Census: KIO

Burma’s state-run media has accused an ethnic Kachin armed group of preventing the census from taking place in certain areas under its control using “threats.”

Mandalay Journalists Decry ‘Dark Age’ Tactics Against Press

Mandalay journalists are urging authorities to take action against unidentified individuals whose recent heavy-handed intervention in a protest is believed to have been state-sponsored.

Ethnic Leaders, Govt Peace Team to Meet on Merging Ceasefire Texts

Burma’s ethnic armed groups and the government will meet to discuss the drafting of a single text laying out the terms of a nationwide ceasefire.

Win Tin Still in Critical Condition, Supporters Pray for Recovery

Win Tin, the co-founder of the opposition NLD party, remains in critical condition for a fifth day and supporters gathered to pray for his recovery.

Unicef Highlights Plight of Burma’s IDPs, Vulnerable Children

More than 800,000 IDPs in Burma are facing a variety of humanitarian needs, according to Unicef, which cited child malnutrition as among the biggest concerns.

Draft Law on Religious Conversion to Be Finished by June: Deputy Minister

A government commission in late May or early June will finish drafting two bills to restrict religious conversion and to enact population control measures.

12 Arrested in Sittwe Over Attacks on Aid Offices

Police in Sittwe, Arakan State, have arrested 12 suspects in relation to last week’s attacks on the offices of the UN and international aid groups.

Burma Authorities Halt Villagers’ Journey to New Homes in Rebel Territory

Ethnic Karen villagers who were evicted from their homes in Rangoon in February are trying to travel to land offered to them by a rebel group.