Inside Burma

Preparations are underway to begin the survey of vacant land in January 2015 to set up seven new satellite towns in the Yangon region to resettle illegal squatters, U Toe Aung, deputy head of the Urban Development and Land Management Department of Yangon City Development Committee told Mizzima on November 18. (more…)

There are still 75 political prisoners still held in prisons and another 121 awaiting trial for political activities in Myanmar, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) in a report released on November 17. (more…)

Myanmar’s army launched a new offensive Wednesday against ethnic Kachin rebels in the steep hills around their headquarters on the Chinese border, killing over 20 people in a mortar attack and skirmishes that lasted the whole day, rebel officials said. (more…)

Some 200 local farmers in Pegu Division marched through the streets of Nattalin in protest on Monday, denouncing what they say is a misappropriation of their land by the local Settlement and Land Records Department. (more…)

The Rakhine State Parliament is going to discuss how to allocate an extra K19 billion (US$19 million) that the Union Government has granted them for the financial year of 2014 to 2015, Narinjara News reports November 13. (more…)

Prominent activists and ethnic leaders in Burma have criticized US President Barack Obama for neglecting the complexities of national reconciliation and peace. (more…)

More than a month has elapsed since the 6th Union Peacemaking Work Committee-Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team or UPWC-NCCT negotiations, yet no follow-up meeting has been called so far, reports the Shan Herald Agency for News. (more…)

President Obama will face questions on politics and education when he meets Southeast Asian young leaders at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Yangon University on November 14, youth who have been invited to participate told Mizzima on November 11. (more…)

The Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) has said that nearly 45 percent of the total complaints it has received this year stem from land disputes, the highest proportion of such complaints since the commission was founded three years ago. (more…)

The pastel-painted vocational school hacked out of the bamboo jungle is a long way from the international salons where Myanmar’s symbol of resistance, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, is now an established figure. (more…)

Kanbalu Township, Myanmar – Since the conviction of her husband two months ago, Gam stays close to her modest wooden house in Myay Mun village, paralysed by fear and worried about her future. (more…)

On November 12 Myanmar welcomes its biggest gathering of global leaders since the start of reforms which have seen it shed pariah status despite deepening worries over the direction of its transition from decades of junta rule. (more…)

The first time President Barack Obama visited Myanmar, two years ago, the Southeast Asian country’s leaders were trying to broker a nationwide cease-fire with ethnic rebel groups amid unprecedented hope that real change was afoot. (more…)

Rakhine State Minister for Transport and Construction U Hla Han told Mizzima on November 10 that the state government’s announcement of a plan for development programmes in Rakhine State has been postponed for now. (more…)

About 200 Shan people alleged to have been forcibly recruited into the Kachin Independence Army still need to be freed, according to U Sai Tun Yin chairman of the Northern Burma Committee of the Shan Nationalities Affairs based in Kachin State, reports Phophtaw News Association. (more…)

Burmese police said they have put security measures in place and are searching for four Rohingya Muslim “terrorists,” who authorities claim are hiding in Mon or Pegu states. (more…)

Earlier this summer, uniformed immigration workers descended on a squalid refugee camp in one of the remotest parts of Burma, a township called Myebon that is best accessible by boat. (more…)

More than 200 locals staged a demonstration in front of the local courthouse against the rulings of a judge in Pantanaw Township, Irrawaddy Division, last week. (more…)

A “permanent” residency system of sorts will be introduced in Burma in the next month, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Immigration and Population. (more…)

An investigation into the killing of journalist Aung Kyaw Naing while in military custody will continue this week, with the findings to be submitted to the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) after the inquiry is deemed complete, according to a commission member. (more…)

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