Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Kachin Independence Army has reported a brief exchange of gunfire between the Myanmar army and its forces near Muse in northern Shan State. (more…)

Two more protesters opposed to the Letpadaung copper mine have been charged with offences that could see them jailed for up to five years, a lawyer said January 13. (more…)

Residents of Salingyi have denounced claims published by state-owned daily newspapers on January 12 that local farmers were thankful when the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Co Ltd, which operates the controversial Letpadaungtaung copper mine project, harvested the crops of local farmers free of charge. (more…)

Activists in Mandalay are preparing to hold a public meeting this week in Burma’s second city, with thousands of farmers, laborers, students and average citizens expected to join a gathering aimed at spotlighting government shortcomings. (more…)

Rangoon Police have moved to charge distributors and seize copies of satirical comedy film The Interview, which depicts an assassination plot against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, following pressure from the North Korean Embassy. (more…)

A Burmese army major who brought a case against the father of a girl who was allegedly killed by the army – accusing him of false accusation – has appeared in court after being absent from many hearings. (more…)

President U Thein Sein’s choice to gather 47 people for a meeting on January 12 has been defended by Minister of Information and presidential spokesperson U Ye Htut, saying the talks were held because the government needed to brainstorm ideas. (more…)

Local and international civil society organizations will request Burma’s Union Election Committee (UEC) this week to make a number of important changes to the draft rules for independent election monitoring during the general elections in late 2015. (more…)

A local family in the Thai-Burmese border town of Three Pagodas Pass have complained that Mon rebels are extorting them of payments from a construction company that is building a highway through their land. (more…)

Burma’s total trade volume this fiscal year is expected to rise by least US$5 billion compared with the previous 12 months, government data show, but economists warn that a rising trade deficit threatens to undermine that growth. (more…)

Vocational education and training institutes are to be realigned with the needs of the private sector under a proposed reform plan. Seven ministries are working on the plan, which is designed to raise skills and provide job opportunities in the regions. (more…)

The International Labour Organisation on January 13 welcomed Thai government efforts to tackle human trafficking as “a step in the right direction,” reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Rakhine National Party chairman Dr Aye Maung told Mizzima that his party plans to break off relations with all UN organisations because of the bias he perceives the UN to hold in its handling of Rakhine State. (more…)

A US human rights delegation is meeting with Burmese government officials on Wednesday in Naypyidaw for the first of two days of talks, spearheading the continued scrutiny of the human rights situation in Burma by Washington. (more…)

“We are young so we want to do many things and get whatever we want; regulations control us not to do bad things.” a young student of Myanmar’s only Seventh Day Adventist college told me over juice in a faculty member’s home. She exuded the wisdom of a much older person, a parent even, as her peers nodded knowingly, a colourful portrait of Jesus on the wall behind them. (more…)