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Thai PM to Meet Burma President, Parliament Speaker During 3-Day Visit

Thai junta leader Prayut will pay a three-day visit to Burma starting Oct 1, and meet President Thein Sein and Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann.

MPs Urge Prompt Return of Confiscated Land

MPs in Burma’s Parliament have urged relevant government ministries to swiftly resolve outstanding cases of land confiscation as farmers in Magwe Division stage protest.

NGOs Slam Performance of National Human Rights Commission

NGOs issue a damning review of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission, saying that it has not successfully investigated “any case submitted to it.”

BGF Arrests 5 Soldiers for Suspected Involvement in KNU Killing

BGF troops detain five soldiers for suspected involvement in the killing of a KNU soldier as tensions between armed groups continues to simmer in Myawaddy.

Hotel Zone Slated for Chin State

Burma’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism plans to open a hotel zone in western Chin State, the poorest and least developed part of the country.

Rare Civilian Trial for Soldier Accused of Rape

A member of the Burmese Army sees a rare civilian trial for the alleged rape of a 15-year-old ethnic Kachin girl.

Burmese Army Releases 108 Child Soldiers

The Burmese military formally discharges 108 child soldiers from its ranks, the largest release of underage recruits in Burma to date.

Burmese Migrants Report Police Beatings During Murder Investigation on Koh Tao

Allegations surface that at least two Burmese migrants were beaten by Thai police on Koh Tao island as the Burmese Embassy vows to keep watch.

Burmese Migrants, Thai Recruiters Arrested in Mae Sot

Thai authorities in Mae Sot arrest scores of Burmese migrant workers and a group of Thai nationals accused of illegally recruiting them.

Senior NLD Member Denies Report of Party Support for Shwe Mann Presidency

Senior NLD member Hantha Myint denies he told a reporter that the party could support ex-general Shwe Mann for the presidency after next year’s elections.

MPs Voice Doubts Over Burma’s Anti-Corruption Commission

Parliamentarians quiz anti-corruption commission officials over the effectiveness of the government-aligned body, which says it has handled just three of more than 500 graft complaints.

Mangrove Planting Now an ‘Illegal Protest,’ Court Rules

Four people are convicted of violating Burma’s controversial protest law after engaging in a campaign to plant mangroves in the Irrawaddy Delta.

Three Charged Under Protest Law for Pathein Peace Day March

Three activists in Irrawaddy Division’s Pathein Township are charged under Article 18 of Burma’s controversial protest law after organizing an International Peace Day event.

With Suu Kyi Blocked, NLD Could Support Shwe Mann for President

Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD will go into the 2015 election with no candidate for president and might support parliament speaker and ex-general Shwe Mann.

Chin Tsong Palace to Get Heritage Status

The historic, colonial era palace, built by Chinese immigrant Lim Chin Tsong, will be granted heritage status by Burma’s Ministry of Culture.

Backlash Grows Against Burma’s National Education Bill

Over 200 civil society organizations join a growing chorus of voices in rejecting a National Education Bill that looks likely to soon pass into law.

Muslim Citizenship Procedure Angers Arakanese, Some Rohingya See Opportunity

Arakanese Buddhists are angered after the government awarded 209 Muslims in Arakan State citizenship, while some Rohingya see it as an opportunity.   

Burma’s Govt to Bring Defamation Charges Against 2 Publications

Alleging defamation, Burma’s Ministry of Information will take legal action against two media outlets after negotiations mediated by the country’s Interim Press Council broke down.

Rangoon Mayor Defends Controversial City Expansion Plan

Rangoon mayor defends attempts by regional authorities to push through a controversial city expansion plan, claiming in Rangoon Divisional parliament that it has widespread support.

Exclusion of Smaller Groups Emerges as Ceasefire Sticking Point

An ethnic leader expresses doubts over the military’s willingness to sign a nationwide ceasefire as some groups’ proposed inclusion proves problematic for Burma’s commander-in-chief.