Inside Burma


The badly beaten bodies of two young women were found dead in their bedroom on Tuesday morning in a remote village in Kutkai Township near the border town of Muse in northern Shan State. (more…)

A Muslim doctor from Rakhine State wrongly imprisoned for inciting violence in 2012 has been released following the intervention of a US lawmaker. (more…)

President’s spokesman and Information Minister U Ye Htut claims the Kachin Independence Army intentionally disturbed the peace process by arresting three policemen escorting a Kachin State minister, and sparking fighting in Hpakant Township, while the government is making efforts to reach a nationwide ceasefire. (more…)

Renowned political activist Min Ko Naing has questioned the Burmese media’s neutrality in a speech at the Nobel-Myanmar Literary Festival. (more…)

A spokesman for President Thein Sein has said he will raise with the Religious Affairs Ministry an inflammatory speech delivered by U Wirathu, a prominent member of the Association for the Protection of Race and Religion, in which he referred to a United Nations envoy as a “whore”. (more…)

Rangoon’s Dagon Township Court on Tuesday laid an additional charge on seven people who participated in a protest against the fatal police shooting of a farmer in central Burma. (more…)

Police bullets killed a local resident who died in a protest that turned violent last month, the Myanmar National Human Rights Commission has announced. Daw Khin Win, 57, was shot dead and nine Chinese workers and 11 villagers wounded in clashes that broke out as local villagers pursued their long-running protest against the Letpadaung copper mine project. (more…)

Yangon Region High Court has rejected an application to sue the Myanmar Investment Commission, Yangon’s chief minister and private investors over a controversial hotel project on Strand Road linked to global hotel chain Kempinski. (more…)

Heavy clashes between Myanmar government military forces and Kachin Independence Army fighters have left a thousand civilians stranded in need of help, according to civil society groups. (more…)

Hpakant township was the scene for two evening bomb attacks as explosions were added to the clashes between the between government troops and Kachin Independence Army fighters on January 15 had reportedly intensified, forcing hundreds to flee their homes. (more…)

More than 40 mendicant clergy, including imposters masquerading as Buddhist monks, have been detained following a crackdown by religious authorities against fraudsters profiting from public veneration for monks. (more…)

A drive-by bombing at a police station in Hpakant Township injured four civilians on Thursday in the latest violence to hit troubled Kachin State in northern Burma. (more…)

About 1,000 farmers, students, labourers, Buddhist monks and community leaders gathered in Mandalay on Friday to call for better protection of land rights, democratic reforms and abolishment of Burma’s military-drafted Constitution. (more…)

Hundreds of villagers fled their homes in Kachin state on January 15, an activist said, as fresh clashes erupted between rebels and government troops after a local politician was briefly taken hostage. (more…)

Burma’s National Human Rights Commission has said that the recent killing of a farmer at the Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division was the result of mistakes made by the police when they tried to suppress a protest against the project. (more…)

Many local Shan nationals in Myanmar’s northern Shan State do not have national registration cards although Chinese citizens there are holding such cards, according to the Shan National League for Democracy (SNLD). (more…)

Htin Lin Oo, former information officer of the National League for Democracy (NLD), formally apologised to over thirty monks at a police station in central Burma on Thursday. (more…)

The Kachin Independence Army has reported a brief exchange of gunfire between the Myanmar army and its forces near Muse in northern Shan State. (more…)

Two more protesters opposed to the Letpadaung copper mine have been charged with offences that could see them jailed for up to five years, a lawyer said January 13. (more…)

Residents of Salingyi have denounced claims published by state-owned daily newspapers on January 12 that local farmers were thankful when the Myanmar Wanbao Mining Copper Co Ltd, which operates the controversial Letpadaungtaung copper mine project, harvested the crops of local farmers free of charge. (more…)

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