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Arakan State Govt ‘Condemns’ UN Rohingya Statement

The Arakan State parliament votes unanimously in favor of a non-binding resolution formally condemning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his use of the word “Rohingya.”

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Villagers to Protest Over Grisly Death of Kachin Jade Picker

Hundreds of villagers plan to protest after a jade scavenger was allegedly murdered and mutilated in Hpakant, a resource-rich area in northern Burma’s Kachin State.

Burma Military Should Have Less Power: Obama

The US President has used a meeting with senior lawmakers to state that the military should not be a feature of future Burmese governments.

In Remote Karenni State, a Place of Diversity and Learning

A monastery in Karenni State offers children from a cornucopia of minorities in the region a chance at education that they might otherwise not get.

Colorful Fields in Shan State Signal Another Bumper Opium Crop

It’s harvest season in southern Shan State and Kayan tribes are busy tending to the harvest of their colorful but illicit crop: the opium poppy.

Suu Kyi Talks Election, Amendments at Karenni State Rally

Aung San Suu Kyi has told a 10,000 strong crowd that her party will fight the military veto on constitutional amendments.

Slain Journalist Exhumed From Grave, Cause of Death Unclear

The body of Aung Kyaw Naing, a journalist allegedly killed and buried by the Burma Army, was exhumed from the grave by police and medical professionals.

‘If We Don’t Defend Our People They Will Disappear’ 

Col. Saw Tun Tun, tactical commander of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army, speaks about ethnic politics and the prospect of peace in Burma. 

One Thing on Agenda at Karen Conference: Unity

Hundreds gather at the headquarters of the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army to debate the future of the ethnic Karen people’s rebel armed forces.

KNU Agrees to Talk Unified Karen Army by 2015

The Karen National Union opens the door to the possibility that a much-debated unified fighting force of ethnic Karen rebels could come by 2015.

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 […]

Army Detains Journalist Who Covered Fighting With Rebels, Wife Alleges

A local journalist’s wife says he has been detained by the Burma Army several weeks ago when he visited Karen rebels fighting the army. 

Fighting Escalates Between Gov’t, Rebel Alliance in Shan State

Fighting erupts again between the Burma Army and an allied force of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State, according a rebel officer. 

New Political Party Aims to Put Burma’s Women in Power

Politically minded women in Mon State form a party to contest general elections in 2015, with the goal of appointing more women in Parliament.

Minority Language Classes Get Boost With Burma Govt Stipend

The government will pay schoolteachers who teach ethnic minority languages in Burma, according to ethnic leaders, in a win for ethnic minorities’ rights and cultures.

53 Migrants Detained After Thai Trafficking Bust

Scores of refugees are in detention after being rescued by Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police from a rubber plantation in Thailand’s Phang Nga province.

In Central Mon State, Villagers Flee as Soldiers Hunt for Karen Rebels

Dozens of residents flee villages, while Burma Army soldiers are seen during operations to hunt down DKBA rebels, with whom they have clashed for days.

Flickers of Hope, Shadow of Uncertainty for Muslims in Arakan Citizenship Pilot

Rohingya Muslims in Myebon are both hopeful and uncertain as some ostensibly receive citizenship rights for the first time under the government’s national verification program.

In Rohingya Camp, a Subdued Celebration of Muslim Holiday

Rohingya camp residents in Arakan State’s Myebon hold a quiet celebration of Eid al-Adha, the first time they are allowed to do so since 2012.

Heavy Fighting in Shan State Kills 17 Govt Soldiers, Rebels Claim

Heavy clashes between the Burma Army and Palaung, Kachin and Kokang ethnic rebels in northern Shan State’s Kutkhai Township kill 17 government soldiers, rebels claim.

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