Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Myanmar has repealed a law that the former military junta used to sentence dissidents to long prison terms, state media reported, in the latest step toward reforming the government after decades of authoritarian rule. (more…)

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, under fire for her silence over the escalating conflict in Kachin State, said on Wednesday that fighting between ethnic Kachin rebels and the Burmese armed forces should “stop immediately.” (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Rule of Law Committee has received more than 3,000 complaints from citizens across the country in the five months since its formation. (more…)

Two Burmese government military jets attacked Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions outside Laiza on Tuesday, according to the KIA. (more…)

Solar power for off-grid rural populations in Burma is to be set up by SPCG Public Company Ltd., The Bangkok Post reported last week. (more…)

Countrywide telephone density may reach 80 per cent by the end 2015, a government official announced on January 10. (more…)

The Minister of Border and Security Affairs, Colonel Zaw Lwin, representing the government, joined with more than 4000 Karen people to celebrate Karen New Year Day, January 12, in Myitta village, Tenasserim Divion, in southern Burma. (more…)

After more than a month of wrangling, the Thai government agreed to extend the deadline for undocumented migrant workers to register for official work papers until April 15, sources familiar with the process told The Myanmar Times. (more…)

Burma may have embarked on significant economic reforms in 2012 to make it a more investor-friendly place, but it has entered 2013 ranked in a global survey as an “extreme risk” for foreign companies doing business in the country. (more…)

Myanmar’s government on Tuesday took its first big step towards promised liberalisation of the country’s long closed telecommunications market, with a surprise announcement inviting foreign tenders for two national telecoms service licenses. (more…)

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said Wednesday it had permission from Thailand to access some 850 people, many thought to be from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority, held after raids on hidden camps in Thailand’s far South. (more…)

Myanmar must take all possible steps to avoid civilian casualties in Kachin state, Amnesty International said after three people were killed in air strikes which were reportedly carried out by the armed forces in the region. (more…)

Earlier this month, America’s top diplomat in Burma, US Ambassador Derek Mitchell, sat down with The Irrawaddy’s editor Aung Zaw to discuss his country’s stance on the current situation in Burma. In the interview, Mitchell touched on a range of issues, from US-Burma militiary ties and the Kachin conflict to China’s role in the region and Burma’s relations with North Korea. Below are some highlights from their conversation. (more…)