On The Border


A team formed by the Burmese government to investigate the Koh Tao case has announced that it is confident the two Burmese nationals accused of the double murder are innocent of the crime. (more…)

Thailand and Myanmar plan to have a joint trade committee meeting next month in an attempt to boost two-way trade and investment, according to the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Two Burmese migrants accused of a high-profile double murder in Thailand appealed once again to Burma’s leading lady on Thursday as they prepare for an expedited hearing. (more…)

The Myanmar embassy’s special team responsible for the two Myanmar suspects in the Koh Tao beach murders has expressed surprise at the Thai court abruptly bringing forward the planned hearing of the case by two months. (more…)

The trial of two Burmese migrant workers accused of killing a pair of British travelers on Thailand’s Koh Tao island began on Monday in Koh Samui, where the suspects were officially informed of the charges brought against them.

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About 53,000 people left Bangladesh and Myanmar on treacherous smuggling boats bound for Thailand and Malaysia this year, about 540 of them dying on the journey, the UN refugee agency said November 5. (more…)

Thailand and Myanmar will sign a pact in January aimed at reviving the multi-billion dollar Dawei industrial zone in Myanmar, a Thai minister said on Thursday. (more…)

Two Myanmar migrant workers were indicted Thursday for the killings of two British tourists on a resort island in a case that has raised concerns about tourist safety and Thai police conduct. (more…)

Ethnic armed group representatives have confirmed official peace talks will take place before Christmas, the first such discussions since the Burma army attacked a Kachin Independence Organization (KIO) base near Laiza last month. (more…)

The two Myanmar migrant workers accused of the murder of two British tourists on Thailand’s Koh Tao island have written a letter appealing for witnesses in support of their defense. (more…)

Amyotha Hluttaw Speaker U Khin Aung Myint has offered to act as personal guarantor in the case of the two Myanmar men accused of murder in Thailand.

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Bangladesh has outlined proposals to intern thousands of undocumented Rohingya before repatriation to Myanmar, which they fled because of targeted violence and systematic discrimination, an official Foreign Ministry document obtained by Al Jazeera America reveals. (more…)

A court on the Thai island of Koh Samui on Wednesday rejected a bail request by two Burmese migrant workers who are accused murdering a pair of British tourists, a NGO member working on the case said. (more…)

The planned seventh meeting between the Myanmar government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee and the Nationwide Ceasefire Coordination Team, who represent the armed ethnic-minority groups will be postponed as a response to the recent killing of the 23 cadets at a Kachin Independence Army training facility, NCCT leader Nai Han Thar told Mizzima on November 25. (more…)

Thai activists have poured scorn on a plan to put low-risk Thai prisoners to work on fishing trawlers in a bid to ease overcrowding in jails, according to the Bangkok Post. (more…)

Burmese civil society groups on Sunday urged ethnic peace negotiators to implement transitional justice as the country inches closer to a nationwide ceasefire agreement. (more…)

Thai police have requested the court to extend the remand of two Burmese migrant workers accused of murdering a pair of British tourists, as they continue to search for enough evidence to start a trial, an official at the Burma Embassy in Thailand has said. (more…)

The smuggling of Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar is so lucrative that Thai fishermen are converting their boats to carry humans, police and officials in southern Thailand said. (more…)

The Thai army has asked Burma’s ethnic armed groups to inform authorities of any ceasefire meetings held in Thailand so that the Thai army can observe the discussions, according to ethnic representatives. (more…)

The Shan State government says the Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs should handle a border dispute concerning three villages now occupied by Chinese citizens but said to be located on Myanmar sovereign soil. (more…)

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