Inside Burma


The case of an ethnic Kachin girl’s alleged rape by a Burmese Army soldier in northern Shan State has gone before a civilian court in a rare instance of civilian judicial reckoning for a member of Burma’s powerful military. (more…)

Burmese civil society groups on Thursday published a damning review of the performance of the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC), saying that it had not successfully investigated “any case submitted to it” since it was formed by President Thein Sein in 2011. (more…)

On September 27th, the Upper Chindwin Youth Network (Youth Network) will stage a demonstration calling for a 24-hour supply of electricity in the Sagaing Region town of Kalaymyo. (more…)

The Open Myanmar Initiative (OMI), a non-profit organisation that advocates the right to information and monitors parliamentary activities, said the Burmese public has a “weak knowledge and understanding of their country’s legislative process”. (more…)

People across Myanmar recognised International Peace Day on September 21, including President U Thein Sein who mentioned the slogan of the day, ‘The Right of Peoples to Peace’ in a statement released in the state-owned press. (more…)

The government’s efforts to build low-cost housing for them in Yangon have been self-defeating, urban planning experts say. The projects have merely driven up the cost of land and pushed rents beyond the reach of many families who had been driven to the city’s periphery where rents had been cheaper till the government announced a string of low-cost housing projects that have merely driven up the cost of land. (more…)

The chairman of the Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO) says he remains concerned about the fate of three of his soldiers, who he claims were captured by the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) about one month ago. (more…)

A mob of about 100 people damaged a house, shop and mosque on Saturday in Myit Chay, a small town near the popular tourism destination of Bagan, after rumors spread that a Muslim man had beaten his Buddhist maid in the latest case of communal violence to hit Burma. (more…)

Phyu Hnin Htwe, a 23-year-old university student from central Mandalay Division, was a welcome guest in the Hsete village, which she regularly visited to help the 10th grade students of poor local families with their studies. (more…)

Burma gave citizenship on Monday to 209 Muslims displaced by sectarian violence, after the first phase of a project aimed at determining the status of about a million Rohingya whose claims to nationality have been rejected in the past. (more…)

When Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Myanmar in November 2012, the country’s leadership unveiled an ambitious reform agenda that promised to set the country on what Obama called a “remarkable journey” towards democracy. (more…)

Student activist, Saw Thet Thun was arrested twice – in 1991 and 1999 – spending nearly 20 years in prison, he was released in 2007. (more…)

Nearly six months after international aid workers fled Myanmar’s Rakhine State when Buddhist mobs attacked their offices and accused them of aid bias, international humanitarian aid services remain restricted, despite the needs of hundreds of thousands of people. (more…)

University teachers have accused the Ministry of Education of transferring them from Yangon to regional universities because of their involvement in union activities. (more…)

Two competing groups of political parties plan to draft a proposed framework for political dialogue for peace talks planned for next year. (more…)

Nine policemen were injured as they tried to free officials held hostage by dozens of angry workers demanding wages and compensation after their factory was closed, authorities said on September 18. (more…)

Buddhist monks will continue to involve themselves in politics and co-operate with political organisations and democracy activists, said Sayadaw U Sandar Thiri, of the organising committee for an event held in Thingang kuun Township, Yangon on September 18, to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the protest led by Buddhist monks that has become known as Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution. (more…)

An ethnic Karen rebel group has responded in kind to an order by the Burmese Army not to wear uniforms or carry firearms in certain government-controlled territory. (more…)

Dr. Paul Cheung, who serves as the chair of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) committee advising Burma’s government on the recent census, believes that civil society and rights groups are to blame for the numerous controversies that arose during Burma’s census process, the first such census in over three decades. (more…)

The United Nationalities Alliance (UNA) and the National League Democracy (NLD) will hold a peace conference to establish a national political framework from September 17-18. (more…)

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