Inside Burma


A court in Burma sentenced a young poet to six months in jail on Tuesday for defaming former president Thein Sein, making him one of the first political activists sentenced since Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi took power in April.

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Around 40 residents staged a protest on Monday calling for the shutdown of a gold-mining operation near Uru Creek in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township.

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Over 50 villagers who were trapped in clashes between government troops and the KIA in Mansi Township, Bhamo District, Kachin State arrived back Mai Khaung refugee camp.

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Nationalist Buddhist monks from Ma Ba Tha are holding large-scale religious conversion ceremonies in Muslim enclaves, drawing criticism from local residents.

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The Kachin Independence Organisation has vowed to boycott the cornerstone of the new government’s peace plan if fighting between the Tatmadaw and the ethnic armed groups is not resolved first.

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Dr Naing Aung and Moe Thee Zun, the former chairmen of the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front (ABSDF), both former citizens of Myanmar, have been denied entry visas to visit the country.

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A man who allegedly made a fraudulent Facebook account under the name of Nay Myo Wai, the chairperson of the Peace and Diversity Party, was arrested after he posted remarks about the commander-in-chief of defence services and government officials on Monday. He is being investigated under Section 66(d) of the Telecommunication Law, reports say.

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Leaders of the New Mon State Party (NMSP) met with the chief minister and officials of the Mon State Government on Thursday [May 19] at state government office in Moulmein, the capital of Mon State.

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A House of Representatives MP from the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), Kyaukme constituency, said that six out of eight charred remains found in Kyaukme, northern Shan State, after clashes between Shan State Progressive Party (SSPP) and government troops,were believed to be local civilians.

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Local authorities and community leaders have completed a headcount of those living in the Muslim quarter of the Arakan State capital Sittwe, finding little to indicate, as was claimed, that the neighborhood’s population had swelled in recent years.

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Nay Lin Soe, a protester who had been marching from Rangoon to the controversial Letpadaung copper mine in Sagaing Division, was arrested with a companion outside Mandalay on Monday.

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The family of a young woman shot dead by the Burma Army during the 1988 Uprising has at last been able to put her soul to rest. Win Maw Oo’s Buddhist funerary rites were performed 28 years after her death—because the young woman’s dying wish for democracy to come to Burma was considered fulfilled.

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As part of its policy development intended to contribute to the peace process political negotiations, the Ethnic National Affairs Center (ENAC) held a meeting with Karen political and civil organizations to discuss about the drafted ethnic affair policies.

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The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA) issued a joint statement on May 21 urging the NLD government to end the conflicts between the Myanmar Defence Services and ethnic armed groups through political channels.

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A village official in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township was gunned down in her home by unknown assailants on Sunday.

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A preparation committee for the so-called 21st-century Panglong conference has contacted ethnic armed groups that did not sign October’s nationwide ceasefire agreement, said Hla Maung Shwe, the committee secretary.

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Permission will soon be granted to interview Major Aung Phyo Myint, the Burma Army commander who many consider a key suspect in the murder of two Kachin teachers in northern Shan State in 2015.

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Kachin representatives determined to track down the murderers of two young teachers are to go to court to demand the right to put direct questions to the commander and soldiers of a Tatmadaw unit stationed near the crime scene.

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A court in Irrawaddy Division’s Kangyidaunt Township on Thursday accepted a lawsuit filed against ultra-nationalist politician Nay Myo Wai for allegedly defaming the president, army chief and state counselor on social media.

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Leaders of the eight ethnic armed organisations (EAOs) who signed the nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) are holding a five-day political capacity building workshop at the Inya Lake Hotel in Rangoon from 18 to 22 May.

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