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Burma’s NLD and 88 Generation Team Up to Push for Charter Reform

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and the leaders of Burma’s 1988 student uprising say they will work together to have the 2008 Constitution amended in time for the 2015 elections.

Burma’s Ethnic Minorities Decry Census, Jostle for Advantage

Members of Burma’s ethnic minority groups are voicing concerns over a census due next month, with the survey’s classifications criticized as inaccurate and unnecessarily divisive.

Security on the Agenda at Upcoming Arakanese Conference

A meeting, involving the recognized ethnic groups of western Burma’s strife-torn Arakan State, will discuss tensions in the state, as well as development.

Wa Rebels to Send Fighters to China for Pilot Training: Reports

Ethnic rebel sources say ethnic Wa rebels plan to send 30 fighters to China to receive pilot training, supposedly so they can operate helicopters.

Photoshopped Thein Sein Prompts Media Ethics Discussion

A front-page mash-up of Burma President Thein Sein portrayed in traditional Burmese dancing garb and published in a local newspaper brings debate over ethical boundaries.

Burma’s Former Political Prisoners Offer Counseling for Trauma

Former political prisoners help others who were also imprisoned under the military regime and are now dealing with depression and anxiety.

Project to Get Burmese Medical Students in Clinics Sooner

A select group of students from Burmese medical schools are starting a new program aimed at moving them beyond the classroom and into outpatient clinics.

After Shooting in Malaysia, Arakanese Targets Admit Potential Religious Link

An apparent assassination attempt on two Arakanese leaders in Malaysia may be related to current religious strife in Burma’s Arakan State, the targeted men acknowledge.

Second Arakan Probe to Focus on Missing Policeman

A new government commission will investigate the recent death of a policeman in Arakan State, but it is not clear if alleged deaths of Rohingya will be addressed

For Burmese Migrants, Labor Ministry Urges Due Diligence

The Ministry of Labor advises Burmese workers seeking employment abroad to verify the credibility of overseas employment agencies before committing to overseas job offers.

Burma Govt Should Be Tolerant of Media: Human Rights Watch

Following high-level meetings in Naypyidaw, the US-based rights group praises President Thein Sein’s commitment to reform, but says the government is “divided.”

Govt Newspapers Alter Ads Referencing Human Rights, Corruption

Independent local media allege that two state-owned newspapers are altering advertisements in an attempt to remove references to issues such as human rights and corruption.

Ethnic Leaders Demand Spot on Burma Election Commission

Ethnic political parties call for the inclusion of non-Burman leaders, intellectuals and experts on the commission to create conditions for a fair election in 2015.

Secret Order by Burma President Tells Ministries to Prepare for Riots

Thein Sein sent a secret directive to ministries, urging them to take precautions to avoid mass protests or violence caused by disagreements over constitutional reform.

Sixth Unity Journal Staffer Detained for Questioning

Another Unity journal staffer is detained for questioning by police, the sixth to be held in connection with a state secrets probe by the government.

Eight Detained as Opposition to Burma’s Letpadaung Copper Mine Continues

New concerns arise about fumes rising from a factory near the Chinese-backed mine in Sagaing Division, which was recently restarted after a suspension.

55 Political Prisoners Remain Behind Bars: Advocacy Groups

Despite President Thein Sein’s pledge to free all political prisoners in Burma by the end of last year, 55 remain behind bars, advocacy groups say.

Ruling Party MP Investigated for Defaming Police

USDP member Shwe Maung, from Arakan State’s Buthidaung Township, is being investigated for defamation after suggesting police could have set fire to a Maungdaw village.

Mother-Tongue Instruction Pushed for Burma’s Schools

Education experts call for the use of ethnic minorities’ mother tongue as the language of instruction for students who don’t belong to Burma’s ethnic majority.

Burma Govt Rejects Report of Secret Chemical Weapons Factory

The president’s spokesman says allegations about the factory in central Burma are baseless, while police continue to question journalists who broke the story.