Inside Burma

The Mon State parliament says it will allow the Mon language to be posted on government signage for the first time, in an informal but potentially symbolic agreement viewed as helping to preserve the ethnic minority group’s linguistic identity. (more…)

Two members of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) were slain by unknown assailants on Wednesday while attempting to intervene in a robbery in Tenasserim Division, according to local Karen sources. (more…)

Rangoon municipality officials said they are working on a plan to turn the city’s markets into multi-storey buildings. They hope the plan would create more space in the markets, so that street vendors can be moved indoors and off the city’s busy pavements. (more…)

The opening ceremony of the 2nd Yangon Public Forum will be held today on December 12 at the Diamond Jubilee Hall on the Yangon University campus. Peace, development, human rights and democracy reform process will all be discussed at the forum. (more…)

Journalists as well as political and human right activists are still facing suppression in Myanmar, risking the country criticisms from international community, said the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). (more…)

Myanmar’s government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia’s last untamed waterways, needed to meet economic goals and energy demands as the country opens its doors to the outside world. (more…)

Police in Rangoon’s Bahan Township said they apprehended a New Zealand national and two Burmese men on Wednesday night and charged them with insulting religion because the bar they were working in had distributed a promotional flyer showing a Buddha wearing headphones. (more…)

The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) said it has decided to cancel its monthly meetings with local Burma Army commanders in the Kachin State capital Myitkyina, as the government and army have made no effort to properly explain its deadly surprise attack on a KIA training school last month. (more…)

Rangoon’s historic municipal elections will see women constitute just over 10 percent of the 293 candidates competing in a poll that will be held on Dec. 27, for the first time in more than five decades. (more…)

The Mandalay Divisional Court has rejected the appeal of former Religious Affairs Minister Hsan Hsint, who was sentenced in October to 13 years in prison on charges of corruption and sedition, according to his lawyer. (more…)

Salt producers in Irrawaddy Division who fail to repay government regeneration loans granted after Cyclone Nargis could face jail as early as January of next year, an official said. (more…)

The World Bank approved a US$100 million (K100 billion) credit from the International Development Association to improve the management and development of the Ayeyarwady River Basin and national water resources in Myanmar, said a press release on December 10. (more…)

Thousands of refugees at displacement camps in northern Kachin State are facing food shortages after the state government stopped aid deliveries to the camps, said an NGO spokesman on Tuesday. (more…)

The 12 ethnic armed groups of the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) officially announced that they planned to form their own so-called Federal Union Army, an initiative they said that would bolster defense cooperation and help with the creation of a single federal army for Burma in the future. (more…)

The Action Committee for Democracy Development (ACDD) has released a report claiming that provisions in Burma’s Ward and Village Tract Administrative Laws are undemocratic, with the committee calling for amendments to provisions of the Constitution that pertain to local governance. (more…)

Myanmar’s military has jailed an officer for two years for signing a petition supporting a constitutional amendment to reduce the army’s role in politics, the officer’s wife said Monday. (more…)

Burma’s government should investigate the military’s alleged killing of a 14-year-old girl whose father is being prosecuted for making “false charges” after filing a complaint about the attack, rights groups said Saturday. (more…)

Eight people arrested in Rakhine State for their refusal to be registered as “Bengali” during Myanmar’s nationwide population census were sentenced December 2 to two years in prison, according to Daw Wai Wai Nu, director of the Women Peace Network Arakan. (more…)

U Aye Ne Win, a grandson of the late dictator General Ne Win, said on December 7 that peace could not be established in Myanmar because ethnic armed groups have not fulfilled their promises. (more…)

Columnist and National League for Democracy member Htin Lin Oo has been subjected to a lawsuit for contravening the Burmese Penal Code’s statutes on religious offence, after a speech last month provoked outrage from Buddhist groups. (more…)

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