Inside Burma


A committee formed by the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF) to investigate the killing of 35 of its own members in the early 1990s released a report on Sunday documenting the extrajudicial killings and torture in detail, offering the first official account of a dark chapter in the rebel armed group’s 26-year existence. (more…)

Released detainees claimed that 20 women arrested during a recent crackdown on student protests were administered mandatory pregnancy tests while in detention, drawing criticism from activists who view the practice as unusual, unnecessary and intended to cause humiliation. (more…)

Four members of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) were detained for questioning at Thayawady Prison because they asked to inspect the list of people being held by the police overnight, Police Colonel Win Sein, the deputy head of Bago Region, told the Daily Eleven.
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Two labour union leaders and two activists under arrest for demonstrating for higher wages have threatened to go on hunger strike in Yangon’s Insein prison if their case is moved to another court. (more…)

MP Khin San Hlaing from the National League for Democracy told Parliament that foreign loans were alarmingly high, having risen 400 times in five years under the current government.
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The Myanmar Journalist Network has called on media organisations to boycott the activities of government officials in response to what they claim was the direct targeting and beating of journalists during the March 10 crackdown on student protesters in Letpadan. (more…)

A journalist from the Burmese language weekly Popular Journal was reportedly beaten on Mar. 10 by three members of the now-infamous red armband gang in Rangoon, after an attempt to conduct an interview over their role in a violent attack on student protesters outside Sule Pagoda.
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The recent re-sentencing of three prominent Rohingya community leaders in Arakan State and the ongoing detention of two others points to the uneven application of the rule of law in the restive region, their lawyer claims.
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Buddhist monks have prepared a lawsuit against Myanmar’s interior minister, accusing police of using poisonous chemicals to break up a protest in 2012, the monks and a human rights organisation said on Monday.
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Burma’s leading opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), has suspended its Taungoo District chairperson, Sein Tun, for alleged misappropriation of local village funds and donations provided by the party for disaster victims.
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Activists and celebrities packed a Yangon hall of the Free Funeral Service Society yesterday to denounce police violence against students and other protesters in Letpadan and to demand their release from prison. (more…)

Two Burmese journalists were released from a prison in Pegu Division on Friday after being detained for three nights. Nine students were also let go. (more…)

Burmese Buddhist monks have claimed that the government fabricated accounts that appeared in state media, which claimed that those monks detained in the aftermath of the Letpadan student protests had apologised for their actions and promised to avoid political action in the future. (more…)

Students detained on Tuesday and released two days later in connection with a violent government crackdown on a protest in Letpadan, Pegu Division, described police conduct as “unfair,” “brutal” and “unforgivable” in remarks to reporters shortly after their release. (more…)

A Kokang rebel representative has said that an ethnic Chinese businessman who recently died under mysterious circumstances while in custody of the military intelligence agency had no active links with the rebel group. (more…)

Supreme Court justices should be experienced, professional civilians, a well-known Mandalay lawyer is urging. Former judge U Hla Ko last week called for the replacement of former military officers sitting as judges in the court.
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Men from villages in Loikaw Township, Karenni State dare not sleep at home because they are scared they will be taken away and forced to work as porters for the Burma Army.
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Three unrelated women recently joined hands in support of fighting-affected families in Putao, in the far north of Myanmar’s Kachin state. The way these women from the Red Cross Movement lent support to displaced women and their families typifies the spirit of women humanitarian workers the world over.
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Leaders of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said they will observe a nationwide ceasefire meeting between the Burmese government and an alliance of ethnic armed groups on March 16, while there are tentative plans for a bilateral meeting between the KIA and the government.
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Burma’s Union Parliament on Wednesday approved a government proposal to accept a US$39 million Chinese loan that will be used to acquire vehicles and boats for the country’s police force.
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