Inside Burma


Over the past six months, several alleged child rapists have avoided jail time by compensating victims in Tenasserim Division’s Dawei Township, according to women’s rights advocates.

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Thirteen Arakanese youths charged under suspicion of having connection with the rebel Arakan Army (AA) have each been sentenced to three years imprisonment with labour.

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The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) in Rangoon’s Tamwe Township is launching a programme to clear up the mesh of power lines and electrical wires that dangle from power poles across the streets and pavements of the former Burmese capital.

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In an effort to resettle and reintegrate internally displaced communities, the Karen National Union’s local officials are using funding from Japan’s Nippon Foundation to build low-cost housing for displaced people forced from their homes during armed conflict.

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Migrant student passing the university matriculation examination dropped to 22 % this year causing concerns to migrant teachers on the bias in the current system.

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More than half a million people in Myanmar work under slave-like conditions, said the annual Global Slavery Index released last week by the Walk Free Foundation, a rights group based in Perth, Australia.

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Members of parliament have called for the cessation of mining projects in Paung Township, Mon State, in proposals submitted to the Pyithu Hluttaw, or national House of Representatives, and the Mon State Hluttaw.

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Burma Army and Burma Border Guard Force (BGF) troops are obstructing villagers transporting food in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, according to local residents.

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Rakhine State immigration officials have given out more than 1000 new national verification cards or “green cards” to stateless Muslims as part of a citizenship verification pilot in the conflict-ridden state.

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Workers from a plywood factory in Sagaing Region, students and their supporters yesterday boycotted the second trial since they were arrested on May 18.

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Members of the National League for Democracy will be electing a new addition to the party’s regional executive committee in Mandalay today to replace U Htin Kyaw, who has since become the country’s president. Regional party president U Tin Tun Oo said, “There’s only one vacancy in the regional executive, the position of the former president. Now party headquarters has been informed about the vacant position.”

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Leaders of Shan and Kachin ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) agreed to follow the basic principles of the 1947 Panglong Agreement at a meeting held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 7 to 8 June.

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Lieutenant General Pang Fa, the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) Chairman, has said that the SSPP/SSA is willing to facilitate negotiations between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Shan people in northern Shan State.

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Military personnel of the Mon National Liberation Army (MNLA), the armed wing of the New Mon State Party (NMSP), began taxing residents of some villages in Kyaikmayaw Township, Mon State, earlier this month.

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Just after North Korean operatives remotely detonated bombs they had hidden in the ceiling of the Martyrs’ Mausoleum in Rangoon, Sun Oo received a long-distance phone call.

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Members of Myanmar’s film community say they are disappointed but not surprised by an official decision to block a feature screening at a human rights-themed film festival in Yangon.

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Floods triggered by continuous heavy rainfall have destroyed thousands of acres of farmland in Pegu Division this week.

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Preparatory Subcommittee-2 for the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) is set to meet a delegation for political negotiation (DPN) from the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) in Chiang Mai, Thailand the third week of June state media reported on 15 June.

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The Chin National Front Chairman, Pu Zing Cung, said that comprehensive political dialogue and national peace will not happen until all ethnic armed organisations (EIOs) are included in the ceasefire.

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The Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) on 13 June urged Myanmar authorities, including the President, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, to conduct an investigation into the January 2015 murder of two female Kachin teachers.

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