Thursday, August 6th, 2015


The latest round of peace negotiations between the Burmese government and the country’s ethnic armed groups wrapped up in Rangoon on Friday, with little concrete progress toward a long-awaited nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA). (more…)

The Myaungmya Township branch of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) in Irrawaddy Division has filed a criminal complaint against two people, alleging that a meal donation ceremony was used as a forum for distributing materials that defamed party leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (more…)

A new report says human rights workers in Myanmar face threats to their personal security despite moves toward political reform since military rule gave way to an elected government four years ago according to the Associated Press on 23 July. (more…)

The Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) headquarters has announced that it dismissed Klo Htoo Baw operation commanders Brigadier General Saw Kyaw Thet and Colonel Saw San Aung on 21 July. (more…)

Farmer’s rights advocate Su Su Nway has been jailed in Pegu Division after being charged with trespassing.

The well-known activist was passing through Intagaw township on her way to Rangoon on Thursday, when she was stopped by police and taken to a courthouse. There, she was informed that she was to be charged with trespassing under Article 447 of Burma’s Penal Code. (more…)

Karen community-based-organizations have come to the aid of civilians displaced by fighting between government troops and the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA) in Kawkareik Township. (more…)

An Italian spyware company at the centre of a global hacking scandal has been in discussions with the Burmese government about helping them establish domestic surveillance mechanisms since 2012, a trove of emails released by WikiLeaks has shown. (more…)

The National League for Democracy has placed a gag order on would-be parliamentary candidates, telling them to stay off Facebook and other social media and to stop giving media interviews until the party has decided who it wants to run. (more…)

Ethnic Chinese rebels fighting in Kokang yesterday expressed support for plans for the border region of northern Shan State to hold parliamentary elections in November with the rest of Myanmar. (more…)

Leading activists and academics in Myanmar are uniting behind opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi ahead of Nov. 8 parliamentary elections, hoping that a decisive win for her party will help force the military to relax its grip on power according to a report by Reuters on 23 July. (more…)

The Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP) will field over 200 candidates in constituencies across Burma in the upcoming general election, according to its chairperson. (more…)

As part of its multi-pronged strategy to combat insurgency in the North-East, the Indian Government has planned a crackdown on the supply of weapons to militant outfits through Myanmar India Today reported on 23 July. (more…)

Myanmar has assured New Delhi that it will not allow use of its territory for activities inimical to India, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. (more…)

About 100 Kyaukphyu residents plan to hold a protest on July 29 near the office of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) on Maday Island, close to the site of a deep-sea port, according to a local community organization. (more…)

A majority stake in Myanmar Brewery has been valued at K500 billion as part of a long-running dispute over its ownership, though what that translates into in dollar terms remains a matter of dispute. (more…)

The interbank market for foreign exchange has been slow to take off, as banks are still waiting for the Central Bank of Myanmar to publish precise rules and regulations, sources said. (more…)

New mining laws in Myanmar are expected to come into place after November’s national elections, enticing more foreign investment, but rights groups fear local communities could be imperiled without more solid legal protections. (more…)

Illegal logging and chemical waste are among the biggest factors driving environmental degradation along the Irrawaddy River according to a group of community researchers who released their findings at a conference in Rangoon on Wednesday. (more…)

Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the plight of desperate Myanmar and Bangladesh migrants stranded at sea triggered an international outcry over the grim trade. (more…)

The United States on Friday said it was “deeply concerned” about escalating conflict in parts of northern Myanmar, raising fears over the fragile peace process as the latest round of ceasefire talks in Yangon ended without a breakthrough. (more…)

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