Inside Burma


A group of Burmese youngsters have urged the country’s prospective legislators to address the concerns of children as they campaign for the November elections.
(more…)

As peace negotiators continue to insist that a nationwide ceasefire is within reach, clashes reportedly broke out again this week in Shan and Kachin states ahead of a planned meeting between a handful of ethnic armed groups, President Thein Sein and Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing.
(more…)

The evening rush hour in Yangon’s Hlaing Tharyar township was unfolding with its usual chaos on August 23. The streets were clogged with vehicles carrying factory employees home from work and the air was repeatedly rent by the sound of frustrated drivers blaring their horns.
(more…)

Two political prisoner groups have expressed “great concern” over the treatment of four students in Mandalay’s Obo Prison arrested last month for spraying graffiti on the front of a university.
(more…)

Opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday urged armed ethnic organisations to quickly wrap up the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement, but to also ensure that a sustainable deal is reached.
(more…)

Seven villagers in Kunhing Township were detained for more than a day after renewed fighting between the Burma Army and the RCSS/SSA.
(more…)

On the banks of the bursting Ayeyarwady River, U Han Soe sits on a bench in the village school – the sturdiest building for miles around.

On the banks of the bursting Ayeyarwady River, U Han Soe sits on a bench in the village school – the sturdiest building for miles around.On the banks of the bursting Ayeyarwady River, U Han Soe sits on a bench in the village school – the sturdiest building for miles around.
(more…)

At least 70 people are estimated to have died of starvation, dehydration, disease and abuse by crews at sea on ships abandoned in May this year, said the UN Refugee Agency according to a report by the Daily Star on 28 August.
(more…)

Burma’s parliamentary election Nov. 8 should have been a moment to anticipate with joy: another step in the nation’s emergence from military rule. But democracy is not strictly about the ballot box. It is also about the process — the nature of the competition for power, and whether that political struggle is free, fair and inclusive of all. By this measure, Burma is falling short.
(more…)

Framed photographs of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate, cover the walls of his small living room, but U Myo Khin, a longtime democracy activist, has harsh words for the woman he idolized for years as a crusader against dictatorship.
(more…)

The frequent assertion that women in Myanmar enjoy relatively equal status to men was clearly exposed as nonsense this week when the Asian Barometer Survey (ABS) reported that 60 percent of respondents said they would prefer to have a boy child rather than a girl – a level of gender bias around double that reported in neighbouring ASEAN countries.
(more…)

As Myanmar holds its first post-junta general elections in November, it is seeing a growing stream of foreign direct investment and seeking its first credit rating. The country’s military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, recently told international media that the military would respect the outcome of the elections even if the opposition won.
(more…)

The sudden removal of one of Myanmar’s most powerful men sent shockwaves through the diplomatic community in the old capital of Yangon, where foreign embassies are still located. It seemed more like a midnight coup than an ordinary leadership reshuffle—security forces in the new capital, Naypyidaw, entered the headquarters of the de facto ruling party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, or USDP, late August 12.
(more…)

On August 22, police in Yangon’s Hmawbi township arrested 10 Muslim internally displaced people from Rakhine State camps, including nine children. They are being detained for entering Yangon illegally.
(more…)

Fourteen-year-old Ma Ei Mon’s tidy hair and thanaka-daubed face belie her troubled past and confused reality: Barely a teenager, she could be studying at school, but she is already working and living far from home.
(more…)

The leader of Burma’s main opposition party, Aung San Suu Kyi, said on Thursday she wished to see a “meaningful” nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) concluded as soon as possible, appearing to clarify comments attributed to her the previous day.
(more…)

The Chin State government has requested a grant of more than 20 billion kyats (US$15.5 million) from the Union government for rehabilitation projects in the flood-battered northwestern state.
(more…)

Recent monsoonal floods and landslides have taken a dreadful human toll, leaving at least 117 dead and 1.6 million people displaced, in twelve states and regions across Burma.
(more…)

Waving their floral offerings in the air, devotees danced through a temple Thursday to celebrate Myanmar’s biggest spirit festival which has also become a rare host for the country’s marginalised gay community.
(more…)

With the Union Election Commission slated to wind up its scrutiny of candidates today, Muslim political parties fear their nominees – like some of their voters – will be struck from electoral rolls.
(more…)

Next Page »