Monday, January 19th, 2015

A spokesman for President Thein Sein has said he will raise with the Religious Affairs Ministry an inflammatory speech delivered by U Wirathu, a prominent member of the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, in which he referred to a United Nations envoy as a “whore”. (more…)

Rangoon’s Dagon Township Court on Tuesday laid an additional charge on seven people who participated in a protest against the fatal police shooting of a farmer in central Burma. (more…)

Police bullets killed a local resident who died in a protest that turned violent last month, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has announced. Daw Khin Win, 57, was shot dead and nine Chinese workers and 11 villagers wounded in clashes that broke out as local villagers pursued their long-running protest against the Letpadaung copper mine project. (more…)

Yangon Region High Court has rejected an application to sue the Myanmar Investment Commission, Yangon’s chief minister and private investors over a controversial hotel project on Strand Road linked to global hotel chain Kempinski. (more…)

An umbrella group of ethnic political parties known as the United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) met with Aung San Su Kyi on Sunday and agreed to work with the opposition leader to push a three-point agenda for Burma’s political future. (more…)

Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein has warned against the dangers of extremism in his country as it struggles with pockets of inter-communal tension amid the rise of right-wing Buddhist nationalism, reports the Straits Times on January 18. (more…)

A testing laboratory to ensure product quality is being built in Nay Pyi Taw, the government has announced. The lab, which will test domestically produced foodstuffs and cosmetics, is attached to the Research and Development Section of the Small-scale Industries Department, Ministry of Cooperatives. (more…)