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Burma Farmers at Risk of Losing Land Under Legal Shift: Think Tank

Millions of Burmese farmers risk losing land under proposals to regulate land use which focus on investment rather than on people’s livelihoods, a study says.

President Orders Rights Commission to Investigate Killing of Journalist

President Thein Sein orders the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission to investigate the killing of local journalist Aung Kyaw Naing by the Burma Army.

Obama Urges Progress in Burma Ahead of Rare Roundtable

US President Barack Obama speaks to Burma’s President Thein Sein and Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls ahead of an unprecedented Naypyidaw meeting.

Suu Kyi to Hold Constitutional Reform Rally in Karenni State

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Karenni State next week to hold a rally calling for reforms to the Constitution.

Bogyoke Biopic Suffers Funding Shortfall

A groundbreaking film about the life of Burma’s national hero, Gen. Aung San, is delayed due to a funding shortfall.

Activists: Burma Govt Clinging to Political Prisoners 

After freeing more than a thousand political prisoners since 2011, Burma’s government claims there are no more prisoners, but activists say dozens are being detained.

US, UK Embassies Urge Govt Inquiry Into Journalist’s Killing

The US and British embassies call on the Burmese government to launch a transparent investigation into the recent killing of a journalist by the army.

NLD Reject USDP Plan for PR Voting System for Central Regions

Ruling party lawmakers support the introduction of a proportional representation voting system for Burma’s central regions, a proposal that Aung San Suu Kyi’s party rejects.

Monks Plan Rally to Demand Interfaith Marriage Law

A Buddhist nationalist lobby group plans nationwide rallies in support of a controversial bill that some say would outlaw interfaith marriage in Burma.

Burma’s Major Political Players to Meet in Naypyidaw

The first-ever meeting among Burma’s top government officials, major political parties and ethnic alliances is scheduled, with the country’s political deadlock expected on the agenda.

Karen Leadership Puts Problems on Hold

The Karen National Union announces postponement of a proposal to unify Karen armed forces and an extended leave from the United Nationalities Federal Council.

1,500 Acres of Rice Paddy Lost to Flooding in Irrawaddy Division

Local farmers in Labutta Township, Irrawaddy Division, face hardship after their rice paddies are flooded by saltwater, wiping out several farmers’ entire harvests.

Rangoon Court Rejects Bi Mon Te Nay Appeal

A Rangoon court rejects an appeal by owners and employees of the defunct Bi Mon Te Nay journal who are trying to overturn their two-year sentences.

Police Charge Activists for Protest Against Journalist’s Killing

Rangoon police file a criminal lawsuit for unauthorized protest against the organizers of a demonstration calling for an inquiry into the killing of a journalist.

Red Panda Filmed in Burma for First Time

Fauna & Flora International researchers say they have captured the first film footage of wild red pandas in Burma in the mountains of Kachin State.

Where’s Wirathu? Monk Says He’s Blocked on Social Media

Radical monk Ashin Wirathu, known for incendiary online activity, is a digital hermit in the months following inter-communal riots in Burma’s second largest city, Mandalay.

US Ambassador Visits Kachin State

The US Ambassador to Burma Derek Mitchell visits conflict-torn Kachin State this weekend in advance of a visit to Burma by US President Barack Obama next month.

Two More Chin Newspapers Shut Down

Two ethnic language newspapers in Chin State are shut down by the regional government, making them the third and fourth publications closed in a month.

Police Open Investigation Into Journalist’s Killing, Wife Says

RANGOON — The wife of slain local journalist Aung Kyaw Naing said on Monday that police in Mon State’s Kyaikmayaw town have accepted her complaint and agreed to open an investigation into her husband’s killing by the Burma Army. “We only could open one complaint for a criminal charge at the moment, which is a […]

Protesters Demand Investigation into Death of Journalist

Crowds gather in Rangoon to demand a full investigation into the death of Par Gyi, a journalist allegedly arrested and killed by the Burma Army.