Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Rebels in northern Burma have released three police officers held captive for nearly a week, though access to villagers affected by the ensuing conflict remains restricted, according to local peace mediators. (more…)

The badly beaten bodies of two young women were found dead in their bedroom on Tuesday morning in a remote village in Kutkai Township near the border town of Muse in northern Shan State. (more…)

A Muslim doctor from Rakhine State wrongly imprisoned for inciting violence in 2012 has been released following the intervention of a US lawmaker. (more…)

President’s spokesman and Information Minister U Ye Htut claims the Kachin Independence Army intentionally disturbed the peace process by arresting three policemen escorting a Kachin State minister, and sparking fighting in Hpakant Township, while the government is making efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire. (more…)

Renowned political activist Min Ko Naing has questioned the Burmese media’s neutrality in a speech at the Nobel-Myanmar Literary Festival. (more…)

Burma’s president Thein Sein has newly rejected a call by parliament to facilitate dialogue for charter reform. (more…)

Tay Za, one of Burma’s biggest business tycoons, has claimed that he obtained and subsequently turned over to the government a mineral believed to contain uranium. (more…)

More than 100 people set out on a march from Mandalay to Rangoon on Tuesday, as student leaders restarted a dormant campaign to protest the National Education Law. (more…)

The World Bank Group and the International Hydropower Association are helping Myanmar develop a more sustainable hydropower sector by promoting best practices in technical, environmental, and social standards, according to a joint press release from the two organisations issued January 19. (more…)

In open letters to Myanmar’s Ministry of Electric Power and the Thai and Chinese embassies in Yangon, the Burma Rivers Network appealed January 19 for an end to controversial plans to construct dams on the Salween or Thanlwin river. (more…)

Sweaty hair matted to his pale, emaciated face, Thant Zin Oo starts his days early, winding through small alleyways outside Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon and scavenging through garbage piled up behind shops and factories in search of something – anything – to sell. (more…)

A crude oil pipeline and a deep sea port meant to secure an alternative route for Chinese imports overland through Myanmar are set to open at the end of January, but an affiliated refinery in China is months away from completion, sources said. (more…)

Thai Justice Minister Mr Paiboon Koomchaya has called on Myanmar and China to help arrest 10 fugitive drug traders believed to be in hiding in those countries, according a The Nation report on January 18. (more…)

A senior US diplomat onJanuary 20 criticised Myanmar’s policies which impose severe restrictions on the Muslim Rohingya community in Rakhine, saying they “oppress” people in the strife-torn state. (more…)

After the change of government in 2011, President U Thein Sein invited members of the Myanmar diaspora to return home. In August 2012, more than 2,000 people, including dissidents and foreign activists, were removed from a government blacklist. Many returnees hold foreign passports and have encountered difficulties caused mainly by unclear policy and visa application procedures. Among them is veteran activist Ma Khin Ohmar, a founder and coordinator of the human rights organisation, Burma Partnership. In a wide-ranging interview, Ma Khin Ohmar spoke with Mizzima’s Portia Larlee about seeking political asylum in the United States, activism on the Thai-Myanmar border and her struggle to acquire a visa in Myanmar. (more…)