January 2015


More than 100 homes were demolished in a corner of Rangoon’s Dagon Seikkan Township in the early hours of Friday morning, weeks after local authorities ordered residents to vacate on the grounds that they were illegal squatters. (more…)

January food aid deliveries to several refugee camps in Rakhine State have been delayed by weeks, internal refugees in camps in Ohn Taw Gyi, Myebon and Sittwe told Mizzima on January 29. (more…)

One hundred and eighty women’s groups, networks and civil society organisations have voiced their opposition to the proposed Protection of Race and Religion bills by handing a signed statement to parliament. (more…)

Soldiers have  been accused of beating and kicking civilians who complained about a roadblock set up by the military on a path in regular use. (more…)

President Thein Sein’s cabinet this week asked Burma’s Parliament to approve a sharp increase in government spending in 2015-2016, with an overall 20 percent raise in expenditures that would result in an approximately US$23.2 billion budget. (more…)

Parliament turned its attention this week to two bills in a package of controversial legislation that aims to “protect race and religion” in Burma. (more…)

The government should hold a six-party talk before discussing constitutional amendment, said Aung San Suu Kyi, chairperson of National League for Democracy (NLD) during a press briefing before the parliamentary session on January 29 in Nay Pyi Taw. (more…)

Military representatives in parliament have suggested that more MPs representing ethnic minorities and minority political parties should be involved in political dialogues, according to sources present at today’s parliamentary session. (more…)

President U Thein Sein’s last budget before the election is a bonanza for the public. Spending will rise in education, health, water quality, the agricultural sector and electricity supply as the percentage of the budget spent on the military continues to fall. (more…)

Burma’s sole domestic card-based payment system, Myanmar Payment Union (MPU), will offer online services beginning in early February, according to an executive. (more…)

Burma’s Central Bank sold less than half the 50 billion kyats (US$48.83 million) worth of treasury bonds on offer in its first auction, which aimed to reform the fledgling economy and boost overstretched coffers, the bank said in a statement on Thursday. (more…)

The Ministry of Rail Transportation has announced that three developers are now in the running for the contract for the comprehensive development of Yangon Central Railway Station, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on January 28. (more…)

Attempts to introduce child-centred education to Myanmar’s schools have ended in tears, educators have been told. (more…)

Bullet-proof vest, shotgun, sunglasses: Kompat Sompaorat could be mistaken for a member of a SWAT team. (more…)

The Myanmar authorities and donors are “sleepwalking arm-in-arm into an electoral disaster in 2015,” says Mr Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch, as his NGO releases its customary yearly survey of the state of human rights around the world. (more…)

One of the clearest markers of progress on human rights improvements in Myanmar has been the release of hundreds of political prisoners by the government of President U Thein Sein since 2011. That progress has reversed starkly over the past year, as dozens of activists and protesters have been imprisoned. (more…)

Three Kachin men from the village of Malun Banka near the Shan State border town of Muse have gone missing after reportedly being stopped by Burma Army troops on their way to work at a charcoal kiln on Sunday. (more…)

Residents of the Chin State capital Hakha will take to the streets in February in protest at the state government’s order to remove a 54-foot high cross from its current location on Caarcaang hill. (more…)

A Burma Army-owned media outlet has warned against linking government troops to the recent murder of two Kachin teachers, saying that the army would take legal action against anyone who alleges that soldiers were involved in the crimes. (more…)

Thirteen prison officials have been suspended from duty after three inmates escaped from Hinthada Prison, according to Myanmar Correctional Department in Ayeyawady Region. (more…)

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