Inside Burma

Input from Chin nationals from across Myanmar will be canvassed to update the Chin Special Division Act of 1948, according to Salai Cei Beik Thong, programme director of the Orchid Foundation. (more…)

The wife of a local journalist said that he has been detained by the Burma Army while reporting in Mon State on the  recent fighting between government forces and Karen rebels. She alleged that he has been custody of the army for several weeks and called for his immediate release. (more…)

Activists met with Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission on Tuesday to submit research on negative impacts of the Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ), a currently stalled mega industrial and transport project jointly developed by the governments of Burma and Thailand. (more…)

An unregistered minority-focused newspaper was ordered to shut down in northwestern Burma’s Chin State last week, the second such forced closure within a month. (more…)

Confusion has emerged over the ownership structure of popular free-to-air channel MRTV-4. The network’s private investors have failed to clarify comments from a senior Ministry of Information official who insisted it has been wholly private since its establishment in 2006. (more…)

Cramped courts hidden down back alleys with half-trained staff – that was the picture of the nation’s judiciary that emerged from a frank exchange of views in Nay Pyi Taw recently. (more…)

Civil society representatives met last week in Yangon to discuss a range of issues central to the transition to democracy, and to the country’s future. These included legal reform, human rights, the voluntary NGO registration law, media law and the national education bill. A common theme in the discussion was the government’s failure to listen to the public’s views when considering laws meant to advance the transition. (more…)

Human rights activists in Myanmar have criticized President U Thein Sein’s request to block submission of a human rights report by the European Union to the United Nations General Assembly during his participation in the 10th Asia-Europe Meeting in Milan, Italy. (more…)

Three Karen women’s rights groups have urged various Karen rebel groups to overcome their differences and unify militarily and politically in order to better represent the interests of the Karen people in southeastern Burma. (more…)

A landmine exploded outside a school in Kachin State on Saturday, injuring three people including two young students. No casualties have been reported. (more…)

Government troops have agreed to retreat from some areas near the upper Salween River, during an emergency meeting with ethnic Shan rebels on Saturday. (more…)

The October 16 trial of activist Htin Kyaw has been postponed until October 20 because he was too weak to attend Kyauktada Township Court following an 11-day hunger strike at Insein Prison, said his lawyer Robert San Aung. (more…)

Civil society groups will meet today to discuss a planned code of conduct for election observers, representatives said. (more…)

Police in Yangon Region approved almost 90 percent of the more than 300 applications to protest submitted so far this year, officials say. (more…)

U Bein Bridge, the world’s longest teak bridge, that sits on Taungthaman Lake near Mandalay will undergo significant restoration work in November, U Soe Win,secretary of the Committee to Maintain U Bein Bridge told Mizzima on October 16. (more…)

An overwhelming 98 percent of farmers in two villages in western Kachin State’s Hukaung Valley have voted against the Yuzana Company’s continued presence in the ecologically sensitive area during a community referendum held on October 8, reports the Kachin News Group. (more…)

The “document” found on a Myanmar domestic flight, reported in several media outlets as related to terrorist organisation ‘Islamic State’ was “freely available on the internet”, Police Lieutenant Colonel Myint Oo, of the Mandalay Police, who is working on the case, told Mizzima on October 15. (more…)

Fighting erupted for the second time this month between the Burma Army and an allied force of ethnic armed groups in northern Shan State this week, according to an officer of one rebel group. (more…)

Deputy Minister of Culture Than Shwe said this week that the ministry has no independent plan to protect the ethnic Taron – often referred to as the “pygmy” people of Kachin state’s Putao – who are on the verge of extinction. (more…)

A former minister of religious affairs in Myanmar was sentenced to 13 years in prison on Friday on charges of misappropriation of state funds and sedition, his lawyer said. (more…)

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