Burma - The Irrawaddy
Letpadaung Mine Workers’ Release Comes With Right to Use Seized Land: Farmers

Letpadaung farmers will be allowed to sow crops on confiscated lands, after a dispute resulted in the kidnapping of two Chinese workers from the mine.

Irrawaddy Delta Farmers Misled Into Joining USDP Rally

Participants in a ruling party demonstration against constitutional reforms, held in the Irrawaddy Delta this weekend, said they were fooled into joining the event.

The Forgotten Gurkhas of Burma

Ethnic Gurkhas, who built a reputation as courageous fighters in the Burmese army, say they have been forgotten by the government, which denies them citizenship.

Meth Production in Burma Feeds Into Growing Regional Trade: UN Report

The UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime says Burma continues to be a major source of methamphetamines that are smuggled around the region.

Burmese Govt Launches Website for Education Reform

The Ministry of Education creates a website to inform the Burmese public and international community about efforts to overhaul the country’s public school system.

Unicef Rents Rangoon Office From Former General

The United Nations Children’s Fund last year moved into the former capital’s leafy Golden Valley neighborhood, home to military officials and well-connected businessmen.

Activists Free 2 Chinese Kidnapped at Burma Mine

A local manager for Chinese company Wanbao says the firm did not give in to demands made by activists who want the Letpadaung mine closed.

Lawsuit Against Heinda Mine Accepted by Dawei Court

A lawsuit by villagers in Dawei, alleging years of environmental damages as a result of mining activities in the area, is accepted by the court.

Kachin Rebels Release 21 Forcibly Recruited Civilians

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) released 21 villagers, including one teenager, after their families complained that they had been forcibly recruited.

Anti-Dam Protesters Complete Marathon Irrawaddy March

The final group of marchers this weekend reached Myitsone, Kachin State, where a controversial Chinese-backed hydropower dam project is suspended.

Burmese Protesters Kidnap Chinese Workers at Letpadaung Mine

Two Chinese nationals and a Burmese national are allegedly taken hostage by student activists and monks protesting against the controversial copper mine in northwest Burma.

Four Police Killed in Attack on Burma-Bangladesh Border

Four police officers are killed and another wounded after a clash with an armed group along the Burma-Bangladesh border in Arakan State, local authorities say.

Suu Kyi Wraps Back-to-Back Rallies Urging Pre-2015 Charter Change

Aung San Suu Kyi challenges Burma’s government to amend the country’s Constitution by year’s end, at her second rally for change in as many days.

World Bank Reaffirms Strong Support for Burma

The Bank’s vice president for the East Asia and Pacific region met with high-level government officials and Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit.

Environmentalists Reject Irrawaddy River as ‘International’ Waterway

Environmental activists reject a government body’s designation of the Irrawaddy River as “international,” saying it could invite undue influence on the river by neighboring countries.

Burma, Indonesia Sign Visa Exemption Agreement

Burmese citizens can now travel for 30 days in Indonesia, while Indonesian passport holders get 14 days visa free in Burma.

Arrest of Party Member Could Affect Peace Process, SNLD Says

The Shan party warns that the alleged arbitrary arrest and torture of a party member could affect trust-building between ethnic rebels and the government.

Group Urges ‘Sensitivity’ in Release of Burma’s Census Data

The release of preliminary census findings must be handled with sensitivity to minimize the risk of further problems concerning the population tally, an NGO warns.

Burma Elections, Charter Reform Risk Causing ‘Unrest’: President

Thein Sein visits Mandalay just days ahead of a visit from Aung San Suu Kyi, and discusses the dangers of constitutional amendments and free elections.

Blasts Rock Lashio, Northern Shan State

Two explosions rocked the northern Shan State town of Lashio early Friday morning. No casualties were reported and it remains unclear what caused the explosions.