Inside Burma


Fighting has again flared between the Burma Army and the Shan State Army-South (SSA-South), with a member of the rebel group accusing government troops of staging an attack on its base in a village of Shan State’s Mauk Mae Township.
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President U Thein Sein has warned China not to encroach on Myanmar’s sovereignty, as the two sides discuss the crisis on their border following three weeks of fighting with ethnic Chinese rebels in the Kokang area.
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A freelance photojournalist arrested last week for posting a satirical message on social media has regained his freedom – but not control of his Facebook account. U Aung Nay Myo, 37, yesterday accused police of changing the password on his account and posting messages purporting to be from him.
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Ethnic armed forces and the Burma Army fought three battles in northern Burma in one day, 24 February.
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No civilians are suspected in the rape and murder of two volunteer teachers in northern Shan State, the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) has stated. The KBC set up its own inquiry into the January 19 atrocities in Muse township’s Kaung Khar village.
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Mi Mi Than, a judge from Nay Pyi Taw City Development Court, sentenced Tin Hlaing, an 88-year-old woman, to one month in Yamethin prison for squatting while Daw Nyo, an 82-year-old woman, faces similar charges.
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“Honesty is one kind of courage” said activist May Sabe Phyu, just prior to being awarded a 2015 International Women of Courage Award by US Secretary of State John Kerry.
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The four bills forming the “Race Protection” package are a distraction from Burma’s real political and economic challenges, and should never have reached parliament, says Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ).
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Political observers have criticized a meeting on constitutional and electoral matters between President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi for lacking transparency, stating that the outcome of the discussion should be made known to the public.
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Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi apologized for a play staged on Sunday by her National League for Democracy’s Prome office that graphically depicted brutalities by the former military regime.
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S.H.A.N. police officers received election security training at the state police office in Taunggyi Town, Shan State on 23 February.
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Karenni (Kayah) State farmers have decided to form a farmers’ union and elected an 18 member central committee at the end of a three-day long farmers’ conference at So-Hlar-Kuu Village, in Phruso Township. Kayah State.
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Two United Nations agencies are calling for a national immunisation program to resume in Shan State’s Kokang region, despite ongoing violence that has claimed more than 130 lives.
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Temporary ID card or white card holders in Rakhine State say they will hand over their white cards to the relevant authorities only if they get a similar ID card to take the place of the white cards.
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The Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) issued a statement alleging that Burma Army had looted villages near Laogai.
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Fighting in Mywaddy Township between troops from the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the government militia Border Guard Force (BGF) on Saturday, 28 February left one KNLA soldier dead, one wounded and one BGF soldier injured.
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A journalist who was arrested for a Facebook post mocking Myanmar’s leaders was freed from jail Monday without charge.
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The government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee will meet with the ethnics’ Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) in mid-March for the seventh round of official talks on an elusive nationwide ceasefire agreement.
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Fighting between Burmese government forces and Kokang rebels in northern Shan State’s Laogai is intensifying amid claims from the Burmese army that it has captured strategic positions previously held by the rebels, and taken a number of Kokang troops as prisoners.
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“What is happening in Burma is a constitutional crisis,” says Bo Gyi, co-founder of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), on the subject of the right to protest.
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