Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). (more…)

Six preeminent international human rights organizations have sent an open letter to President Thein Sein calling for an end to the prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng and an independent investigation into the death of his daughter in Kachin State’s Sut Ngai Yang Village. (more…)

Rangoon police said they cannot launch an investigation into an alleged attack earlier this week by dozens of thugs on families living on land in Hlaing Tharyar Township that is being claimed by a construction company. (more…)

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are certain to exceed the expected number of over 3 million with over 100,000 more arrivals in the first week of December alone, according to a press release by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on December 17. (more…)

The legal team representing the widow of slain reporter Par Gyi say they plan to petition the Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus* ordering the Ministry of Home Affairs to lead an investigation into his untimely death, according to attorney Robert Sann Aung. (more…)

Senior members of political parties in Burma have slammed Union Election Commission (UEC) chairman Tin Aye for comments he made this week signaling the possibility of another military coup if “instability” threatened the nation. (more…)

A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao case has announced that it is confident the two Burmese nationals accused of the double murder are innocent of the crime. (more…)

Thailand and Myanmar plan to have a joint trade committee meeting next month in an attempt to boost two-way trade and investment, according to the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Rangoon’s Industrial Zones Management Committee has received business proposals for only about 20 percent of the idle land holdings in divisional industrial zones by a government-imposed deadline this week, according to Myat Thin Aung, chairman of the Hlaing Tharyar Industrial Zone. (more…)

Yoma Bank sees disbursement of loans to small and medium enterprises as a crucial part of its service, U Theim Wai, chairman of First Myanmar Investment told Mizzima on December 17. (more…)

In the middle of a bustling village hall in Myanmar’s Kayin state, a government health worker pricks the finger of a child to extract a tiny drop of blood for a malaria test. (more…)

The largest clinic in Myanmar for treating HIV/AIDS and drug resistant tuberculosis has been officially opened in Yangon’s Insein Township by the international medical humanitarian organisation, Medecins Sans Frontieres. (more…)

Two Myanmar nationals wanted by the Malaysian police to assist in the investigation into the murder of several fellow nationals on Malaysia’s Penang island are believed to have fled the state, according to The Star on December 17. (more…)

Achieving gender equality is among the many challenges Myanmar must face during its democratic transition, opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi told an international women’s forum in Nay Pyi Taw on December 5.
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Spurned by his party and vilified by nationalist groups, prominent columnist Htin Lin Oo has now been denied bail and is in custody on charges of offending religious feeling. (more…)

Myanmar exiles claim President U Thein Sein’s open-door promises to help exiles return have not been honored. (more…)

Karen groups have joined together to call for an investigation into alleged war crimes by the army in eastern Myanmar following the release of four-year probe carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in the United States. (more…)

A stand-off was continuing on Wednesday between farmers and construction company workers at a development project in Tavoy, in Burma’s southern Tenasserim Division. (more…)

Myanmar’s police force face a challenge in trying to track down criminal suspects in part due to the limited number of police and the ease in which suspects can melt away into rural areas, according to the commander of the Nay Pyi Taw Police Force. (more…)

The act of holding a dialogue about Myanmar’s politics is more important than number of participants, Minister U Ye Htut, spokesperson of the President, told Mizzima on December 16. (more…)

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