Thursday, November 19th, 2015


Aung San Suu Kyi is no longer sitting in her lakeside home in Yangon, waiting for her restoration. It has finally arrived. The woman who endured house arrest for the better part of 20 years heads the party that won a landslide election victory this month over the very generals who held her captive. In her office here, she talked with The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth about launching a democracy, ending ethnic violence, sharing power with the military and changing the constitution so that she can become president. Edited excerpts follow. (more…)

It has been one year to the day since the Burma Army rained artillery fire onto a rebel training facility in Kachin State, killing 22 cadets from various non-state armed groups. Much has changed in the past year; a ceasefire has been signed between the government and eight rebel groups, and a Nov. 8 general election has determined that Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will form the next government. (more…)

The BNI Election Newsroom recently interviewed Salai Ceu Bik Thwang, general secretary of the Chin National Democratic Party (CNDP), for his thoughts on why ethnic Chin parties failed to gain seats in state polls during the election. (more…)

The citizens of Burma have just finished voting for a new government and parliament in what many see as a historic election. (more…)

The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee on Wednesday criticized Myanmar for its treatment of the nation’s Muslim minority and urged the Southeast Asian country to change its citizenship rules to make Rohingya full citizens. (more…)

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany granted 500 000 Euros support to the International Red Cross Society to finance the project “ICRC – Physical Rehabilitation in Myanmar 2015”, according to a statement on 18 November. (more…)

Incoming ruling party National League for Democracy’s (NLD) almost clean sweep of Myanmar’s parliamentary polls has taken the country by storm. (more…)

Southeast Asian leaders meeting this week in Malaysia must urgently prioritize a coordinated plan to help the thousands of asylum seekers and migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh who are forced to risk abuse and death at sea, Amnesty International (AI)said in a statement on 16 November. (more…)

Htar Lone, chairman of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) in Kayin state, sits despondently behind an empty desk in his eerily silent villa in Hpa-An, the state capital. Just a few days earlier his party, which has, in different guises, brutally run Myanmar for more than 50 years, suffered a resounding defeat. Of the 36 local and national parliamentary seats the USDP contested in Kayin state (formerly called Karen state), it won just six, down from the 17 it currently holds. (more…)

Only 4 out of 100 Mon candidates standing for election won seats in the 8 November general election. (more…)

The three Shan parties all lost seats in eastern Shan State to the the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) and Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the 8 November elections. (more…)

It is likely to take at least a year until constitutional change can be achieved, a National League for Democracy spokesperson says, rejecting speculation that the current parliament would agree to amend section 59(f) to allow Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to become president after her landslide election victory. (more…)

National League for Democracy chairwoman Aung San Suu Kyi met Union Parliament Speaker Shwe Mann on Thursday in Naypyidaw, with the two powerful parliamentarians agreeing to help see through a peaceful transfer of power following the NLD’s landslide victory in Burma’s Nov. 8 general election. (more…)

Martial law has been lifted in the Kokang area of Shan State following nine months of military rule imposed after war broke out with ethnic Chinese insurgents. (more…)

Only two days after Burma went to the polls, the Burmese army stepped up their military campaign against Shan State Army-North (SSA-N). (more…)

Aung San Suu Kyi will take the lead in Burma’s peace process following the transfer of power early next year, according to a spokesperson for her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD). (more…)

Burma’s Armed Forces continued their offensive on Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions in Kachin State’s Mohnyin Township on Thursday, firing artillery rounds since 7 am, according to locals. (more…)