Inside Burma

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…)

Burma’s government has accused ethnic rebels of trying to scuttle a nationwide peace deal, as tensions soar in the northern state of Kachin, where an activist said sporadic clashes between the army and insurgents have trapped more than 1,800 villagers. (more…)

Jade mining operations in northern Burma’s Kachin State will not be officially halted due to ongoing conflict in the area, according to a Ministry of Mines official. (more…)

Crowds amassed for a peaceful demonstration against electricity prices in southeastern Burma on Friday, with some attendees estimating attendance at more than 1,000 people. (more…)

The Myanmar government should promptly implement measures to honour its stated commitment towards ending child military recruitment and use, Child Soldiers International said in a report issued on the day when the government released 42 children and young people who have been recruited and used by the Myanmar military. (more…)

Following a study of Want Wam Village-Tract in Kyethe Township, Southern Shan State the Tai Youth Network (TYN) issued a statement saying that the government should clear landmines and unexploded mortar shells from the area. (more…)

Homeless people protested and demanded housing in Thandwe Township, Arakan State on 19 January. (more…)

Greater government transparency and a declaration of government politicians’ assets will be valuable rewards from the process of joining the Open Government Partnership, according to a civic group leader attending a January 21 workshop in Yangon on the worldwide government reform initiative. (more…)

Prospects for the proposed signing of a ceasefire agreement between the government and ethnic armed groups on Union Day look dim, according to peace negotiators who met in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 21. (more…)

Rights groups in Rangoon have asked the Burmese government to seek justice for two Kachin women found dead on Tuesday in the northern Shan State village of Kaung Kha. (more…)

Myanmar will be pressing for a common visa for all ASEAN countries during Malaysia’s tenure as chair of the regional organisation, says head of the government’s visa department. (more…)

Locals in the Hpakant area of northern Burma who have been displaced by recent fighting between Burmese government troops and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) are unable to access relief due to a travel ban imposed by government forces. (more…)

A Pobbathiri Township court issued sentences against 19 Nay Pyi Taw residents yesterday for holding a ploughing competition in protest of the government’s seizure of their land to use it for state-run newspapers. (more…)

To mark the centenary of General Aung San’ birthday which falls on February 13, a ceremony to build a stone inscription was held at the General Aung San’s compound in Net Mauk on January 21. (more…)

A Burmese Buddhist monk who called a UN human rights envoy a “whore” has violated his monastic code and could damage his religion, another prominent monk said on Tuesday, but he is unlikely to face censure. (more…)

The Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team (NCCT) said on Wednesday that a national peace accord is unlikely to be signed next month without further meetings between ethnic army representatives and the government. (more…)

Burmese authorities continue to investigate the case of two female schoolteachers who were found brutally murdered on Tuesday at a village in northern Shan State. (more…)

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