Inside Burma


Muslims were sentenced on Wednesday for their role in deadly inter-communal riots in Thandwe, Arakan State, late last year, according to their lawyer. (more…)

An ethnic-language newspaper that was shut down by the Chin State government earlier this year resumed publication last week, while another newspaper was shuttered for a second time after also attempting to restart its operations. (more…)

The number of thefts has increased significantly this year from 2013 and 2012 rates, according to the Myanmar Police Force Headquarters. (more…)

Yangon residents will now need to prove that they have parking space for their imported vehicles in order to receive an import permit, according to Road Transport Administration Department. (more…)

Burma has one of the world’s worst records for jailing journalists during the past year, according to an annual prison census by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). (more…)

Six preeminent international human rights organizations have sent an open letter to President Thein Sein calling for an end to the prosecution of Shayam Brang Shawng and an independent investigation into the death of his daughter in Kachin State’s Sut Ngai Yang Village. (more…)

Rangoon police said they cannot launch an investigation into an alleged attack earlier this week by dozens of thugs on families living on land in Hlaing Tharyar Township that is being claimed by a construction company. (more…)

Tourist arrivals in Myanmar are certain to exceed the expected number of over 3 million with over 100,000 more arrivals in the first week of December alone, according to a press release by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism on December 17. (more…)

The legal team representing the widow of slain reporter Par Gyi say they plan to petition the Supreme Court to issue a writ of mandamus* ordering the Ministry of Home Affairs to lead an investigation into his untimely death, according to attorney Robert Sann Aung. (more…)

Spurned by his party and vilified by nationalist groups, prominent columnist Htin Lin Oo has now been denied bail and is in custody on charges of offending religious feeling. (more…)

Myanmar exiles claim President U Thein Sein’s open-door promises to help exiles return have not been honored. (more…)

Karen groups have joined together to call for an investigation into alleged war crimes by the army in eastern Myanmar following the release of four-year probe carried out by the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School in the United States. (more…)

A stand-off was continuing on Wednesday between farmers and construction company workers at a development project in Tavoy, in Burma’s southern Tenasserim Division. (more…)

Members of the Committee for Scrutinizing Remaining Political Prisoners have complained that efforts to assess the cases of prisoners jailed for political reasons are stalling due to a lack of government cooperation. (more…)

President U Thein Sein urged the people of Rakhine State to maintain stability and calling for the development of the region in a message delivered to mark the 40th anniversary of the Rakhine State Day on December 15. (more…)

The Department of Rural Development has earmarked funds to redevelop one poor township each from the Mandalay and Bago regions, and Mon, Kayin, Kachin and Kayah states in 2015, the department’s deputy director, U Hla Khaing told Mizzima on December 15. (more…)

Raising farm productivity, increasing basic services and expanding private sector-led growth to create jobs should be the focus in trying to end poverty in Myanmar, according to a new World Bank Group report released December 15. (more…)

Dashi Laseng, the Hpakant township chairman of the National League for Democracy, said residents from Jar Yar Yang village about eight miles southeast of the town have been unable to reach Hpakant or other local villages since 14 December. (more…)

It was easy for Myanmar’s former military government to change the name of the country’s mightiest river, but a magazine ordered to make the same change is putting up a fight. (more…)

Yangon-Military’s twenty-five seats in the parliament was meant not to seize power back, but if the country is not stable and tranquil, the army will control the country, Tin Aye, the chairman of the Union Election Commission (UEC), told a meeting with the artistes at Micasa Hotel in Yangon on December 16. (more…)

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