Inside Burma


“I would rather stay here and die of starvation than go back to the camp,” said Ko Maung Maung.

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When photos of the brutal scars and bent bones of two teenage maids went viral on social media earlier this month, they launched on outpouring of public criticism directed at the rights body responsible for investigating the case. Instead of immediately imprisoning the culprits behind the shocking abuse, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission brokered a financial settlement and allegedly then washed its hands of the case, considering the complaint resolved.

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Recent fighting in the Maethawaw area of Karen State is directly related to plans to build a dam on the Salween River, according to a group opposed to the project.

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Residents who fled their homes earlier this month in Kayin State following recent clashes have told Frontier they are being blocked from returning by the military and remain concerned about dwindling food supplies.

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A man has been jailed for nine months after calling Myanmar’s president “crazy” in a Facebook post, his wife said Friday, in the latest use of a 2013 defamation law under the new civilian government.

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For the past three years, U Zawana has lived in simple quarters made from recycled building materials in the grounds of a shuttered monastery near Thanlyin Bridge in Yangon’s Thanlyin Township.

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Prominent Burmese writer Ma Thida was awarded the first annual “Disturbing the Peace” award by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York on September 28.

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Earlier this month, the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), Burma’s leading industry body, elected a new leader. DVB recently spoke with Zaw Min Win, the new chairman, to learn more about the federation’s plans for the future.

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Six members of a family accused of severely abusing two young housemaids at their tailor shop in downtown Rangoon made their first court appearance today at the Western Yangon District Court in Lanmadaw Township.

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Under the glare of the midday sun, several dozen men wearing blue outfits, with shackles around their ankles, stood grouped together in a field of shrubs and tall grass.

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Military activity and tension at the site of the Hat Gyi dam in Karen State threatens a breakdown of Burma’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) as concerns grow over potential clashes between the Burma Army and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

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Authorities in Putao Township, Kachin State, issued an order to an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp saying agencies and groups need permission to deliver aid.

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Mai Aung Kham, an ethnic Ta’ang—also known as Palaung—from northern Shan State, says he is on the run.

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The head of Rangoon Parliament’s Finance, Planning and Economic Affairs Committee told the press on Thursday of the divisional government’s priorities for the development of the commercial capital throughout the rest of the year.

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Married women in Burma give birth to five children on average and detailed findings of the country’s 2014 census highlight the lack of education, need for family planning, and the continued hardship that many women within the country face.

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The Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) renegade faction has denied reports that its leader, Col. Saw San Aung, had been killed in a clash with Burmese government forces.

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Following two weeks of fighting between the Burma Army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in Kachin State the Burma Army launched jet fighter and helicopter air strikes against KIA camps on 23 September.

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Escalating protests against a military conglomerate-supported gold mine resulted in a stand-off between police and villagers outside regional government offices yesterday.

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More than 2000 people protested the arrests of seven jade prospectors this week in Hkamti township, Sagaing Region, following a government crackdown on people found in possession of illegal gemstones.

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Locals have sent an open letter to Burma’s President opposing the planned hydropower project to be built over the May Kha River and Ngaw Chan Kha Creek in Kachin State’s Chipwi and Tsawlaw townships.

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