Inside Burma

A local journalist who was reporting in Mon State on the recent fighting between the Burma Army and Karen rebels was killed while in custody of government soldiers, according to the Interim Myanmar Press Council. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will begin issuing electronic visas for tourists at six additional locations, a ministry official told The Irrawaddy on Friday. (more…)

Two Burmese women activists and an advocacy group will accept awards from the N-Peace Network alongside other Asian peace activists at a ceremony in Bangkok on Friday evening. (more…)

Lawyers in Myanmar are well accustomed to paying out a stream of bribes to clerks and judges as part of a widely acknowledged culture of graft. But when word spread last year about a judge’s wife demanding $150,000 for a favorable decision, even the most jaded lawyers took notice. (more…)

The United National Democratic Organization claims it will expose and put cases of human rights violations during the time of the military junta on the record. (more…)

Senior clergy have launched a crackdown on mendicants who masquerade as monks to solicit money and food from passers-by, as well as abbots who send novices across the city to collect alms in popular tourist areas. (more…)

The United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) ethnic alliance has expressed its doubts over the Burmese military’s commitment to the peace process. (more…)

Some European countries have challenged the Myanmar authorities to prove the claim that Rohingya do not exist in Myanmar by providing strong evidence, according to Rakhine State Chief Minister U Maung Maung Ohn. (more…)

Myanmar’s Minister of Information U Ye Htut told media at the Myanmar Journalist Network office on October 21 that he will call on President U Thein Sein to consider the case of the jailed media personnel from the now-defunct Bi Moon Te Nay journal. (more…)

An alliance of Karen women’s organisations gave their support to plans for four Karen armed groups to reunite under the Kawthoolei Armed Forces or KAF banner, according to a statement released October 19 and reported by Kachin News Group. (more…)

A Shan rights group alleges that government soldiers committed human rights abuses during a recent military offensive against the forces of the Shan State Progressive Party-Shan State Army in Ke See Township in Central Shan State. (more…)

The Directorate of Investment and Companies Registration will announce the auction winners of two government-owned heritage buildings in Rangoon by the end of this year, Aung Naing Oo, the director general of DICA, told The Irrawaddy this week. (more…)

Top-ranking Karen rebels are gearing up for an assembly in southeastern Burma this week, where a fractured leadership will discuss their future role in the nation’s main ethnic coalition and the possibility of uniting Karen rebels under a single military alliance.

UNICEF has launched “Birth Registration Week” in Myanmar from October 20-24 to highlight the need for families to make sure they obtain birth certificates for their newborns.

The Burmese government’s Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC)—the body in charge of negotiating with Burma’s armed ethnic groups—has suggested setting up a joint liaison body with the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) to prevent further hostilities in Shan State in the wake of renewed clashes between the Shan armed group and government forces.

An official from Burma’s Motion Picture and Video Censor Board, a body under the Ministry of Information, defended the government’s decision to reintroduce censorship for direct-to-video films, claiming the old rules are necessary because many recent movies have portrayed behaviour that runs counter to Burmese culture.

The main opposition in Myanmar, also known as Burma, says it welcomes the announcement of general elections for late next year.

The Myanmar Journalists Network (MJN) met with Information Minister Ye Htut on Tuesday to discuss their concerns about the rising number of legal actions lodged by the Burmese government against media employees.

Paintings of various styles, themes and colours form a patchwork-like carpet on the floor of Melissa Carlson’s flat in Mid-Levels. For all their differences, the works have one thing in common – all had been censored or banned from public display in Myanmar. (more…)

The parents of the two suspects in the Koh Tao murder case will get their Thai visas today and will fly to Thailand tomorrow, U Tin Htoo Aung, chairman of the Rakhine National Network told Mizzima on October 21. (more…)

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