The Dr. Saw Mya Aung Foundation announced that it will provide 50 amputees in Burma with prosthetic hands that have the ability to seize and hold objects. (more…)

As of January 2015, the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees (UNHCR) Malaysia has registered 151,770 refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, with the majority coming from Myanmar.

Myint Zaw knew his underground campaign against a huge government-backed hydroelectric project was succeeding when he climbed into a taxi late one night and the driver recognized his voice through the shadows. (more…)

Pusaka Benjina Resources, the fishing company at the centre of a recent Indonesian government crackdown, has denied allegations of slavery even after an investigation revealed it had forced hundreds of foreign workers including Myanmar migrants into physical labour, reports the Jakarta Globe on April 15.

Myanmar is close to peace after decades of internal strife.

Government representatives met at the end of March with more than a dozen ethnic armed groups and agreed on a draft ceasefire. (more…)

Five asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Iran have agreed to be among the first to leave the Pacific island nation of Nauru for Cambodia under a deal that allows refugees rejected by Australia to be resettled in the Southeast Asian country, a refugee advocate said Monday. (more…)

On this week’s Dateline Irrawaddy, the panel talks about the changing nature of Burma’s Thingyan festival, including the rise of drunkenness and drug use among young revelers, and concerns over water conservation at a time of increasing shortages. (more…)

A host of Japanese companies are entering Myanmar. Japanese software developer Acroquest Technology in 2012 set up a branch in the country, which is often called Asia’s last frontier. (more…)

APRIL 22, 2015: ASEAN members of parliament to present report on the Rohingya crisis and the risk of atrocities in Myanmar to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

The longstanding persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar has heightened the risk of atrocities and produced a regional human trafficking epidemic that threatens Myanmar’s political transition, puts strains on regional economies, and supports the rise of extremist ideologies that pose security threats throughout Southeast Asia. On the eve of the ASEAN Summit, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR), an organization of members of parliament from several ASEAN countries, is releasing a report, based on a recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar, which documents the high risk of atrocities there and the failure of ASEAN nations to adequately respond. The report represents a call to action and urges the inclusion of the Rohingya crisis on the ASEAN Summit agenda, the deployment of monitors, and the initiation of an independent investigation into the crisis.

People in Burma have flocked onto the streets of Rangoon throughout this week, dancing and spraying water on one another to celebrate Thingyan festival and the ushering in of a traditional new year. (more…)

Reports of ferocious fighting in Burma’s restive Kokang region this week have put the government death toll at 21. (more…)

The Burmese civil society is “divided” over the issue of citizenship for Rohingya refugees mostly lodged in Bangladesh, a Myanmar political analyst has said in a Dhaka conference.

“Bangladesh should appoint a PR in Myanmar for improving relations,” Khin Zaw Win says, “and solve refugee issue using third party, UN or others”. (more…)

Three members of a group calling itself Jit Arsa [volunteer spirit] are staging a 500-kilometre march to ask the Thai government to claim back their village. (more…)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged his support for Burma’s peace process as Naypyidaw officials paid a visit to Tokyo.

The UK Government must investigate the British-Australian mining company Rio Tinto over a possible breach of EU economic sanctions on Burma, Amnesty International said ahead of the company’s annual shareholder meeting in London today (16 April). (more…)

As a traveler exploring Myanmar, the scale and pace of development in the country is hard to miss. Wherever you look, there is some form of construction or renovation—from old office blocks getting new paint jobs to new luxury hotels being built next to them.

Burma watchers around the world are paying special attention at the six-party talks held at the presidential residence in Nay-Pyi-Taw on 10 April. Present at the talks were President Thein Sein, the Union Parliament Speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Upper House Speaker Khin Aung Myint, Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, Chairperson of the National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi and Dr. Aye Maung who represents the ethnic parties. (more…)

An internationally recognised Rangoon artist was arrested on Tuesday, after casting a written curse on the county’s government, police and military. He was later released. (more…)

Myanmar has set a modest target of attracting US$6 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the current fiscal year, with strong optimism that the target would be surpassed as in the previous year. (more…)

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