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LGBT Groups Call for Burma’s Penal Code to Be Amended

Activists say the law criminalizing gay sex should be changed and same-sex marriage allowed, despite the conservative views held by many Burmese.

The Political Prisoners Were Guilty: Khin Nyunt

The ex-chief of Burma’s feared military intelligence unit says political activists imprisoned under the former regime were criminals who broke laws.

Burma Expert Doubtful That Current Talks Will Bring Peace

Swedish journalist and long-time Burma watcher Bertil Lintner says the demands of the government and ethnic leaders are not compatible.

Primped, Pruned and Peaceful in the Heart of Rangoon

Maha Bandoola Garden in downtown Rangoon has recently been renovated to provide a tranquil, shady oasis for visitors during the upcoming Southeast Asian Games.

Rapid Plantation Expansion Fuels Deforestation in Ethnic Regions

A new report warns that well-connected firms are rapidly expanding plantation farming in forested, ethnic minority areas, leading to large-scale clearing of old-growth forest.

A Suu Kyi Presidency Would Bring ‘Chaos,’ Says Firebrand Monk

U Wirathu, the monk who heads the “969” anti-Muslim movement, believes democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi would not be a good president for Burma.

Govt, Armed Rebels Look Headed for Clash on Federal Army Issue

Representatives from 17 non-Burman ethnic armed groups are demanding that Burma’s future military establishment consist of a federal army.

In Southern Shan State, the Land Provides

On a recent visit to the ethnic Pa-O majority Aungban Township, farmers were hard at work in the fields.

Aung San Suu Kyi Meets Australian PM

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi met with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as she travels the country seeking backing for changes to Burma’s Constitution.

School of Law a Small Step to Rule of Law

Plans to reopen the University of Yangon’s undergraduate law program for the first time since 1996 could bring Burma closer to restoring rule of law.

Car Permit Accepted for Future Use, Says ABSDF

The All Burma Students’ Democratic Front says that it has taken a vehicle-import permit from the government for its future works.

Tycoon’s Plans for Putao Come under Scrutiny

Concern is growing over the fate of Burma’s remote northernmost region as Tay Za, one of the country’s wealthiest men, sets his sights on projects there.

International Water Painting Exhibition Held in Rangoon

The one-week exhibition at Rangoon’s Gallery 65 showcases 37 water paintings from Burma, Japan and China, Korea, Thailand and Iran.

Consumer Advocates Test Creamer, Coffee Powders in Burma

The Rangoon-based Consumer Protection Agency has raised concerns about the use of substandard ingredients.

Tycoon Sues Journal on Defamation Charges

One of Burma’s most well-known tycoons, Htoo Group of Companies CEO Tay Za, plans to sue weekly journal The Sun Rays on accusations of defamation.

Rangoon Court Fines Kachin Activists for Peace Protest

A Rangoon court gives two Kachin activists 20,000 kyat ($20) fines for leading a 2012 International Peace Day event, under a statute prohibiting unauthorized demonstrations.

UNFC Reiterates Call for Suu Kyi’s Voice in Peace Talks

The United Nationalities Federal Council calls for Aung San Suu Kyi’s involvement in Burma’s peace process as a delegation of the ethnic alliance visits Rangoon.

Reports of Rape On the Rise in Burma

Last year marked a five-year high for reported rapes in Burma, and campaigners say the figure is only a fraction of the real number.

Burma Activists Urge Protest Law Reform

More than 50 activist groups call for amending a controversial provision of Burma’s Peaceful Assembly Law that has put scores of people behind bars.

Burma’s Rebel Leaders Want Army Chief Involved in Peace Talks

Leaders of an ethnic armed group alliance make first visit in decades to Rangoon to build trust in the peace process.