Thursday, January 29th, 2015

One of the clearest markers of progress on human rights improvements in Myanmar has been the release of hundreds of political prisoners by the government of President U Thein Sein since 2011. That progress has reversed starkly over the past year, as dozens of activists and protesters have been imprisoned. (more…)

Three Kachin men from the village of Malun Banka near the Shan State border town of Muse have gone missing after reportedly being stopped by Burma Army troops on their way to work at a charcoal kiln on Sunday. (more…)

Residents of the Chin State capital Hakha will take to the streets in February in protest at the state government’s order to remove a 54-foot high cross from its current location on Caarcaang hill. (more…)

A Burma Army-owned media outlet has warned against linking government troops to the recent murder of two Kachin teachers, saying that the army would take legal action against anyone who alleges that soldiers were involved in the crimes. (more…)

Thirteen prison officials have been suspended from duty after three inmates escaped from Hinthada Prison, according to Myanmar Correctional Department in Ayeyawady Region. (more…)

Yangon’s circular railway clacks, rattles and chuffs along a 46km (28.5-mile) loop around the city. On the way to Danyingon—a bustling farmers’ market supplying the vendors who dot Yangon’s pavements—it runs through crowded urban neighbourhoods. Then the scent of exhaust gives way to loam, and ox-pulled ploughs replace cars amid paddy fields and rickety thatched houses. (more…)

The Ministry of Rail Transportation has announced that three developers are now in the running for the contract for the comprehensive development of Yangon Central Railway Station, according to the Global New Light of Myanmar on January 28. (more…)

Myanmar garment industry is booming with strong prospects that it could employ as many as 1 million workers within the next few years, according to a leading industry figure. (more…)

Those students aligned to the All Burma Federation of Student Unions will continue their march until they meet with their representatives who agreed on January 28 to hold February 1 quadripartite talks with the government, a student from the ABFSU central working committee told Mizzima on February 29. (more…)

An extensive survey of birds in Myanmar has revealed nearly two dozen not known to have existed in the country, including a large black seabird with a ballooning red neck sack and a tiny black and white falconet with a surprised, panda-like expression. (more…)

A pipeline transporting oil from Myanmar’s coast through to Yunnan, China has been inaugurated in a trial operation, according to Xinhua on January 28. (more…)

Abul Kassim, a Rohingya asylum seeker, was snatched from his home in the northern Malaysian state of Penang on Jan. 12. The next morning, his beaten and bloodied body was found. (more…)