Inside Burma


Clashes between the Tatmadaw and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army – Kyaw Htet (DKBA-KH) in Karen State have resulted in the displacement of about 4,000 people since early September, state media reported on 21 September.

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Burma Army officers tried to convince displaced ethnic Karen on Thursday to return to their villages, despite continuous daily fighting in Karen State’s Mae Tha Waw area, The Irrawaddy has learned.
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Representatives from the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission (MNHRC) have defended their response to what has become a high-profile case of abuse against two under-aged domestic workers in Rangoon.

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Rakhine state government officials are moving to demolish more than 3,000 allegedly illegal buildings, including a dozen mosques and more than 30 other religious buildings, in the Maungdaw District, RFA’s Myanmar Service has learned.

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The Burma Army continuously attacked Kachin Independence Army (KIA) outposts in Kachin State with heavy weapons from 13 to 18 September.

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The consensus is overwhelming. Kachin locals want the Myitsone megadam to be scrapped, the commission tasked with reviewing the currently suspended project heard this weekend.

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After a series of deadly sinkings involving unlicenced vessels, authorities in Rakhine State are cracking down, informing helmsmen they must register or face hefty fines.

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Following a rare verdict last week holding Tatmadaw soldiers accountable for civilian deaths, the Kachin Baptist Convention is preparing a letter to urge a similar mea culpa in a separate case.

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Scars on their arms, fingers, neck, face and feet illustrate how two teenaged girls were tortured for five years while being forced into domestic servitude in a downtown Rangoon household in Kyauktada Township.

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Deadly clashes are continuing to flare in Hpapun township, Kayin State, three weeks after fighting first broke out. Negotiations between armed factions last week appear to have failed to staunch the fighting.

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Further buttressing complaints about the Rakhine State Advisory Commission, 11 political parties put out a joint statement calling for the disbanding of the “illegitimate” new body.

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The Framework for Political Dialogue (FPD) was reviewed at the National Reconciliation and Peace Centre in Yangon Saturday as part of ongoing efforts to organise national-level political dialogues this year, state media reported on 18 September.

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Thousands of ethnic Tai Leng, also known as Red Shan, marched the streets of Homalin in Sagaing Division on Saturday demanding a self-administered Tai Leng state.

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Buddhist monks and activists on Sunday commemorated the ninth anniversary of the Saffron Revolution.

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A military court has handed down sentences of five years with hard labour to seven Burmese army servicemen found guilty of murdering local villagers in northern Shan State’s Lashio Township earlier this year.

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Former UN general secretary and chair of the Arakan State Advisory Commission Kofi Annan conducted a closed-door meeting in Rangoon earlier this month with members of the Arakanese Buddhist and Muslim communities, The Irrawaddy has learned.

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U Phyo Min Thein has used a function marking the International Day of Democracy to make a renewed call for charter reform, telling an audience Thursday that constitutional change was needed in order for Myanmar to be a “genuine” democracy.

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Thousands of villagers relocated ahead of renewed clashes in Kayin State are in need of food supplies, local sources say, after renewed skirmishes this week forced hundreds more from their homes.

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More than 50 Kachin civil society organisations will submit a letter tomorrow demanding that a commission evaluating hydropower projects on the Ayeyarwady River recommend cancelling the Myitsone dam in Kachin State.

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A proposal rejecting the legitimacy of the Rakhine State Advisory Commission and its activities was approved by the Rakhine State legislature yesterday during a hluttaw session, in a vote of questionable practical significance.

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