A House of Representatives MP from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), Kyaukme constituency, said that six out of eight charred remains found in Kyaukme, northern Shan State, after clashes between Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and government troops,were believed to be local civilians.

(more…)

Local authorities and community leaders have completed a headcount of those living in the Muslim quarter of the Arakan State capital Sittwe, finding little to indicate, as was claimed, that the neighborhood’s population had swelled in recent years.

(more…)

Nay Lin Soe, a protester who had been marching from Rangoon to the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division, was arrested with a companion outside Mandalay on Monday.

(more…)

The family of a young woman shot dead by the Burma Army during the 1988 Uprising has at last been able to put her soul to rest. Win Maw Oo’s Buddhist funerary rites were performed 28 years after her death—because the young woman’s dying wish for democracy to come to Burma was considered fulfilled.

(more…)

As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies.

(more…)

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA) issued a joint statement on May 21 urging the NLD government to end the conflicts between the Myanmar Defence Services and ethnic armed groups through political channels.

(more…)

A village official in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township was gunned down in her home by unknown assailants on Sunday.

(more…)

The Burma Army supports the government’s proposed “Panglong-style” peace summit, but continued political participation rests on the country’s stability, said Commander-in-Chief Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Naypyidaw on Sunday.

(more…)

The army has admitted it is struggling to repatriate more than 100,000 Myanmar refugees along the border, and is pinning its hopes on the new government in Nay Pyi Taw being able to guarantee safety and security.

(more…)

As Myanmar’s fledgling democratic government starts tackling the sticky issue of privatization, Aung San Suu Kyi will have to deal skillfully with expected resistance from the military and other vested interests to achieve this crucial step in revitalizing the country.

(more…)

Ywel Jer remembers a time when Saijarbon, an ethnic Kachin village perched upon a hilltop in Hpakant Township, was surrounded by mountains.

(more…)

Residents living near large scale coal mining operations in northern Shan State have called on the firm, Ngwe Yi Pale Mining Co. Ltd, to stop coal mining in Hsipaw Township due to the serious environmental consequences the mining has inflicted on the area.

(more…)

Thai police shot dead a Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar on Monday during a dramatic mass escape of detainees from an immigration camp in southern Thailand, police said.

(more…)

Thailand’s Region 8 Appeals Court accepted an appeal filed by defense lawyers for two Burmese migrant workers who were sentenced to death for the murder of two British backpackers on Thailand’s Koh Tao Island in 2014, according to Win Maung, Burma’s ambassador to Thailand.

(more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi, Burma’s foreign minister and de facto leader, met with US Secretary of State John Kerry in the country’s new capital on Sunday, cementing ties with the promise of completing what has been a trying transition from dictatorship to democracy.

(more…)

It is easy to be upbeat about what has happened in Myanmar in recent years. The energy on the streets is intoxicating, as tens of millions of people go about the daily business of transforming their lives.

(more…)

A preparation committee for the so-called 21st-century Panglong conference has contacted ethnic armed groups that did not sign October’s nationwide ceasefire agreement, said Hla Maung Shwe, the committee secretary.

(more…)

During a press conference today in Nay Pyi Taw with visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry, Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi called on the country’s “well-wishers” for patience as the government tries to tackle the controversial problem of the Muslim “Rohingya” or “Bengali” community living in Rakhine State.

(more…)

A Rakhine MP created controversy when he submitted a proposal in the Amyotha Hluttaw last week that offended the Tatmadaw.

(more…)

Permission will soon be granted to interview Major Aung Phyo Myint, the Burma Army commander who many consider a key suspect in the murder of two Kachin teachers in northern Shan State in 2015.

(more…)

Next Page »