Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Hundreds of villagers fled their homes in Kachin state on January 15, an activist said, as fresh clashes erupted between rebels and government troops after a local politician was briefly taken hostage. (more…)

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission has said that the recent killing of a farmer at the Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division was the result of mistakes made by the police when they tried to suppress a protest against the project. (more…)

Many local Shan nationals in Myanmar’s northern Shan State do not have national registration cards although Chinese citizens there are holding such cards, according to the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD). (more…)

Htin Lin Oo, former information officer of the National League for Democracy (NLD), formally apologised to over thirty monks at a police station in central Burma on Thursday. (more…)

A plan to pay a monthly pension to the elderly may initially be restricted to people aged over 100 – because there is not enough money in the budget to pay everyone over 65, as the government had initially proposed. (more…)

Burma’s ethnic affairs ministers have asserted their place as elected representatives of the country’s diverse ethnic populations, in a statement published by the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar on Wednesday. (more…)

Two more Rohingya migrants have died in southern Thailand after trucks packed with dozens of members of the Myanmar Muslim minority group were intercepted by authorities, police said on January 14. (more…)

Construction is ramping up for a new China-Burma border station in northern Shan State intended to funnel tourists towards a massive private development, although building works have begun unilaterally on the Burmese side of the border, and both the Chinese and Burmese governments have yet to negotiate when the crossing will be open to foreign nationals. (more…)

Plans for the Myawaddy Special Economic Zone are on the agenda for discussion as Thailand’s Deputy Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn visits Myanmar for meetings with Myanmar government officials. (more…)

Myanmar tops the list of markets identified by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the island’s semi-official trade promotion body, as holding the largest potential for growth. (more…)

The Myanmar and Chinese authorities plan to crack down on illegal timber trading routes along their long mutual border. (more…)

Local people in Mongkung Township in Southern Shan State say a meeting to discuss the plan for a controversial coal mining project has failed to resolve the clash of views. (more…)

Poppy growers in southern Shan State said prices for raw opium have fallen during the current harvest season, continuing a trend of slowly declining prices for the illicit crop in recent years. (more…)

Nine Myanmar nationals have been charged with murder in Malaysia over the gruesome killings of six of their countrymen, a media report said January 15. (more…)

The government has reiterated that there is no longer any need for the United Nations to have a special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, in comments that came as the envoy was making her second visit to the country. (more…)

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a forum of 34 countries which aims to address globalisation issues, released a new report on Burma on Wednesday, part of the group’s ongoing Multi-dimensional Review of Myanmar [Burma] project. Of the latest economic investigation, it says that “overall, the report finds that the need for reform is immense.” (more…)