October 2014

U Win Myaing, secretary of the Rakhine State government’s information team told Mizzima that local security officials have been arresting groups and families of “Bengalis” who have been trying to flee to other regions of Myanmar from northern Rakhine State. (more…)

Kyaikmayaw Township Police in Mon State have agreed to open a case to investigate the death of the freelance journalist Ko Aung Kyaw Naing, better known as Ko Par Gyi according to his wife, Ma Thandar, reports the Independent Mon News Agency. (more…)

Millions of small-scale farmers in Myanmar risk losing land under proposals to regulate land use which focus too much on investment and not enough on people’s livelihoods, a Netherlands-based non-profit think tank warned on Thursday. (more…)

Burma has freed more than a thousand political prisoners since former military rulers handed over power three years ago, a move that has smoothed the former pariah state’s international rehabilitation. Now the government says the job is done. Human-rights activists and the U.S. say, not so fast. (more…)

Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is scheduled to visit Karenni State next week to hold a rally calling for reforms to the Constitution, National League for Democracy (NLD) members said on Thursday. It will be the first visit by the NLD leader to impoverished ethnic region in 25 years. (more…)

The government plans to spend more than K280 billion on development projects aimed at providing infrastructure and creating job opportunities for displaced victims of conflict after they return home, Deputy Border Affairs Minister Major-General Tin Aung Chit told parliament on October 29. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday challenged critics of a police investigation into the murder of two British tourists saying new DNA tests can be done as concern grows that two men arrested over the killings might have been framed. (more…)

Twenty acres of poppy fields grown by local people near the Soung-Du village, Lo-Bar-Kho Village Tract in Demawso township, Karenni state were destroyed by government officers and local prominent people on 23rd October. (more…)

A proposal to open youth drug rehabilitation centres was submitted to the national parliament by U Phay Thaung, a member of parliament for constituency No.6, in Kachin State on 22nd October (more…)

Along parts of the Myanmar-China border, where heroin addiction is appallingly common, fresh needles are now so coveted that shopkeepers dispense them as change. (more…)

U.S. President Barack Obama spoke to Myanmar President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in separate telephone calls on Thursday, the White House said. (more…)

As Burma prepares to welcome US President Barack Obama to Naypyidaw in November, human rights groups and activists have been urging Obama to press Burma’s government to improve the country’s socio-political environment. (more…)

A group of politically minded women in Mon State recently formed a party to contest the general elections in 2015, with the express goal of securing more seats for women in both houses of Burma’s Parliament. The Women’s Party applied to the Union Election Commission (UEC) in Naypyidaw on 14 Oct. to register as a political party. (more…)

A group of activist organisations in Myanmar demanded the setting up of an independent commission on Wednesday to probe the killing of a journalist in army custody, saying the military had delayed reporting his death for almost three weeks. (more…)

Local farmers in Labutta Township, Irrawaddy Division, are facing hardship after their rice paddies were flooded by saltwater, wiping out several farmers’ entire harvests. (more…)

A powerful group of Buddhist nationalist lobbyists has planned nationwide rallies in support of a controversial bill that some say would effectively outlaw interfaith marriage in Burma. Organizers said that they are demanding immediate passage of the Interfaith Marriage Bill, which they first proposed in 2013. (more…)

Myanmar has chosen a Japan-Singapore consortium to build its fourth international airport, a $1.5 billion project north of the country’s biggest city Yangon, a senior transport ministry official said on Wednesday. (more…)

Eight farmers jailed for staging a plough protest on military-confiscated land in Sagaing Division’s Kanbalu Township are now facing additional charges for illegal trespassing. (more…)

Myanmar’s antiquated electricity distribution system is causing a loss of 30 per cent for every dollar invested in generation, Singapore-based consultancy New Crossroads Asia said, citing estimates previously made by the International Financial Corporation. (more…)

Burma’s President Thein Sein announced plans on Wednesday to hold a meeting between representatives of the government, parliament, military and political parties. (more…)

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