Tuesday, January 6th, 2015


The Burmese government took a hard line on the timber trade in Kachin State on Tuesday, as state-run media publicly denounced rebels for facilitating illicit cross-border transfers. (more…)

Activists have criticized the Letpadaung report implementation committee for failing to provide a workable land compensation scheme for villagers affected by the copper mine and for justifying the actions of police forces during a recent skirmish at the project site. (more…)

Religious extremism could derail Burma’s much-vaunted reform process, the Buddhist-majority country’s first Catholic cardinal, Charles Maung Bo, said on Tuesday. (more…)

Minister U Aung Min, vice chairman of the Union Peace Working Committee, said Monday that there are still some pending issues to be sorted out before a peace deal can be signed on Union Day, February 12, despite some issues having been settled. (more…)

The Myanmar army has arrested more than 100 foreigners and 20 Myanmar nationals for illegal logging near the Chinese border, the defense ministry said Tuesday. (more…)

More than 50 migrants, mostly Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, have been picked up in southern Thailand after authorities acting on a tip-off stopped trucks smuggling them through the country, a local official said Monday. (more…)

Despite the objections of thousands of members of the local population, a prayer ceremony held to launch the first Manau festival staged inside Burma in four years has gone ahead in the Kachin State capital of Myitkyina. (more…)

The construction of coal-fired power plants by the Ministry of Electric Power violates the national energy policy (NEP), said Aung Myint, secretary of the Renewable Energy Association Myanmar (REAM). (more…)

The United Wa State Army (UWSA), Burma’s biggest ethnic rebel group, has recently reopened Popakyen trading hub in Mong Hsat Township, located in southeastern Shan State close to the Burma-Thai border, local sources have said. (more…)

The paramilitary Border Guard Force (BGF) in Karen State seized over 130,000 amphetamine pills at the end of December. (more…)

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Ms Yanghee Lee will undertake her second official visit to Myanmar fromJanuary 7 to 16, 2015. (more…)

Projects funded by the Japanese government are pushing for development at the expense of human rights. (more…)