Burmese women’s rights activists have raised concerns over human rights abuses and the slowdown of Burma’s peace program to The Elders, a group of internationally renowned former world leaders and rights advocates. (more…)

Human rights advocates and some lawmakers say the United States is sending the wrong signal by opening the door for broader engagement with Burma’s widely criticized military just weeks after President Barack Obama assured opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi that closer ties weren’t going to happen soon. (more…)

The Elders, a worldwide group of elderly statesmen and influential people, are making a visit to Thailand and Myanmar intent on promoting democracy and peace. (more…)

Myanmar government needs to work harder on preparation to join the Open Government Partnership, an international organisation seeking to increase civic participation, fight corruption and improve transparency in governance worldwide, political analysts told Mizzima on December 10. (more…)

Governments must focus on saving lives rather than keeping foreigners out at a time when more people than ever are embarking on risky sea crossings in search of asylum or a better life, the United Nations’ refugee agency said on Wednesday. (more…)

When foreign dignitaries visit Myanmar, still known as Burma in much of the West, they don’t walk the rural hills over which the central government and assorted ethnic groups, such as the Karen, fought for decades. Like Wallay village, which required an extended boat ride through territory that could aptly be described as “rustic” to reach.


The Norwegian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to the Myanmar authorities objecting to the destruction of squatter huts on the bank of the Ayeyarwady River ahead of King Harald V and Queen Sonja’s visit to Mandalay.


France is committed to providing 100 million euro (US$123.8million) in aid for Myanmar’s rural development, environmental conservation, health, culture and education, according to Mrs Annick Girardin, France’s Minister of State for Development and Francophony. (more…)

Burma was singled out this week as one of four countries that may still be manufacturing landmines. (more…)

UK MPs have called on the British government to reassess their relations with Myanmar, concerned about continued fighting in the ethnic states, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, and the effective block on constitutional change. (more…)

Norway’s image in the eyes of many Burmese has long been that of a partner of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the world most prominent political prisoner under military rule. Norway was associated with promoting peace in Burma and other troubled countries for the past 20 years. (more…)

Myanmar will be a major recipient of a combined Asian Development Bank and Australian government aid package to promote private sector development in the Greater Mekong Subregion countries, according to an ADB Yangon office press release on December 4. (more…)

The nominee to become the next commander of US forces in the Pacific says the time isn’t right to expand nascent military ties with Burma as the Southeast Asian nation remains “firmly under military control.” (more…)

Low incomes, poverty and economic vulnerability continue to keep Myanmar on the world list of Least Developed Countries, said the United Nations Development Programme’s Igor Bosc on December 1. (more…)

Myanmar is rich in young talent and the development of human resources is the key to a prosperous future, according to King Harald of Norway, speaking to students, staff and the press at Yangon University on an official visit to the country December 2. (more…)

The Australian government has announced a five-year plan to strengthen immigration and border control in Burma.


British ambassador Andrew Patrick is to raise concerns with government officials over a Tatmadaw artillery assault on a Kachin Independence Army military academy near Laiza that the KIA said left 23 trainees dead.


The United Nations voiced their alarm on November 24 at an upsurge of fighting in Myanmar’s northern state of Kachin, as shelling was reported near civilian areas and rebels said clashes could spread. (more…)

The European Union (EU) and its partners have pledged more than US$300 million a year to Burma under a strategic cooperation programme from 2014 to 2016, together with loans from EU financial institutions. (more…)

As President Obama headed to Burma this month for his second visit to the country, he granted an exclusive interview to the Irrawaddy Journal & Magazine. His choice was an appropriate recognition of a news outlet that has been reporting fairly and courageously on Burma, also known as Myanmar, for more than two decades. But anyone who imagined this journalistic coup might induce the Irrawaddy to temper its clear-eyed assessments of U.S. policy hasn’t been paying attention. (more…)

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