Inside Burma


Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday criticized the actions of the Burmese police force during the crackdown on a student protest in Letpadan a day earlier, during which dozens of protestors were beaten and detained by riot police. (more…)

Burma’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday that those who were behind violent clashes at a protest site in Letpadan, Pegu Division, will be identified and punished, as 127 students and other civilians remain in detention awaiting either trial or exoneration. (more…)

Plain clothes police officers are closely monitoring university students protesting the National Education Bill in Moulmein, Mon State, reports Burma News International on March 10.
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The Karen Women’s Organization has successfully completed a lobbying trip to the UK, during which they had the chance to state their dismay at British government training of the Myanmar army, according to a press release issued on March 11. (more…)

The leading committee for compiling the human rights report on Myanmar held their second meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nay Pyi Taw on March 9, reports Myawady on March 10.
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Representatives of the Restoration Council of Shan State / Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) were detained by police whilst returning to Taunggyi, Shan State from a peace process workshop in Pa-An Town, Karen State.
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The leaders of the Kachin Independence Organisation and Kachin Independence Army (KIO-KIA) are still mulling whether to meet President Then Sein and Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing on March 12 or 13 in Nay Pyi Taw before the 7th nationwide ceasefire talk starts in Yangon on March 16. (more…)

President Thein Sein has ordered the creation of a commission of inquiry into the violent dispersal of a student protest held in downtown Rangoon last week, according to state-run media.
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An ethnic organization has accused the Burma Army of perpetrating human rights abuses in northern Shan State, where fighting over the last several weeks has flared between the government and ethnic Kokang rebels.
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The Burma Army lost eight soldiers and 51 were injured in recent days during attempts to conquer strategic hill top positions in Kokang Special Region in northern Shan State from ethnic Kokang rebels, state media reported on Tuesday.
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A Burmese court has sentenced 15 men to death for stabbing and killing a man outside a busy restaurant in the commercial capital Rangoon, a court official said on Monday, an attack that caused public outrage and led to 23 arrests.
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A prominent ethnic Chinese businessman with family ties to the leader of the Kokang rebel group fighting government troops in northern Myanmar’s Shan state has died while in custody of local authorities, prompting speculation he was tortured to death, reports Radio Free Asia on March 9.
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Six people have been found alive the day after being buried by a collapsed mound of earth at a jade mine in northern Kachin State on Friday, though an unknown number of people are still missing. (more…)

The Rangoon government on Sunday defended its deployment of plainclothes men to assist in a recent crackdown on protesters, according to a prominent activist group, claiming that the move was within the law.
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Leaders of the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society (88GPOS) have denounced the government’s justification for using civilian volunteers in last week’s crackdown on students and activists in front of City Hall, during a meeting between the civil society group leaders and Rangoon Division government officials on Sunday.
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Parliament has announced that the national referendum on amending the 2008 constitution will take place in May. The bill proposing the referendum was submitted to parliament in November 2014 and was passed this February.
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Burma’s government and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) will hold a meeting in Naypyidaw this month, nearly four months after the rebel armed group asked to meet to discuss the killing of 23 cadets in a Laiza shelling on Nov. 19.
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Bilateral meetings have been held over the weekend in both China and Burma aimed at reducing tensions over the ongoing Kokang conflict, state media reported on Monday.
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The Mon Women of Prowess Organization, also known as MiCaoBu, is currently providing mobile medical care and free medical treatment to local people through its traveling clinic.
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A sense of jubilation on Tuesday morning gradually gave way to fear and anger by the afternoon, as police violently dispersed a weeklong student protest based in a Letpadan monastery.
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