Friday, January 16th, 2015

Heavy clashes between Myanmar government military forces and Kachin Independence Army fighters have left a thousand civilians stranded in need of help, according to civil society groups. (more…)

Hpakant township was the scene for two evening bomb attacks as explosions were added to the clashes between the between government troops and Kachin Independence Army fighters on January 15 had reportedly intensified, forcing hundreds to flee their homes. (more…)

More than 40 mendicant clergy, including imposters masquerading as Buddhist monks, have been detained following a crackdown by religious authorities against fraudsters profiting from public veneration for monks. (more…)

A drive-by bombing at a police station in Hpakant Township injured four civilians on Thursday in the latest violence to hit troubled Kachin State in northern Burma. (more…)

About 1,000 farmers, students, labourers, Buddhist monks and community leaders gathered in Mandalay on Friday to call for better protection of land rights, democratic reforms and abolishment of Burma’s military-drafted Constitution. (more…)

Doubts have been raised over whether President U Thein Sein’s proposal to sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day will materialise. (more…)

Three parties based in or near Kayah State have decided to work together to increase their chances of success in the elections scheduled for later this year. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has received a letter from forty-five human rightsorganisations asking him to end a pilot project to recruit prisoners from Thailand’s correctional facilities to fill a labour shortage in the fishing industry, according to a press release issued by the Thai Frozen Foods Association on January 15. (more…)

The UN refugee agency and Thailand’s Ministry of Interior will conduct a verification exercise on the Burmese refugee population along the Thai border, with the data intended to help find “durable solutions” and better coordinate future humanitarian assistance. (more…)

Japanese payment brand and leading credit card issuer and acquirer in Japan; JCB, announced on January 14 that it expects within the year to launch the issuing of a co-branded dedit card with the Myanmar Payment Union. (more…)

Foreign direct investment in Burma is continuing at a staggering pace, hitting more than US$6 billion in the first nine months of the current fiscal year, according to figures from the Myanmar Investment Commission. (more…)

Pressure is growing on the Food and Drug Administration to publish a secret report on Yangon’s dirty drinking water. (more…)

Visiting human rights officials warned Myanmar on Friday that using religion to divide the population is like “playing with fire” and new laws proposed by the government could inflame sectarian tensions. (more…)

Critics have slammed Mr Hugo Swire MP, a junior minister in the UK’s Foreign Office, on January 15, for his failure to provide a robust response to a litany of Myanmar human rights abuses during a debate held in the British Parliament. (more…)

Concluding her second official visit to Burma on Friday evening, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, urged the government to redouble efforts to improve the country’s still-worrisome human rights situation. (more…)