On The Border

The Shan Herald Agency for News reported on November 11 that one of the topics discussed by the United Wa State Army and the Myanmar government’s Union Peace-making Work Committee when they met in Mongla was the reopening of a Thai-Myanmar border checkpoint that has been closed since 2002. (more…)

The Thai prosecutor’s office has given the Thai police a time extension to fix flaws in their report on the Koh Tao murder case, in which two Myanmar workers have been accused of murdering two British tourists, according to U Aung Myo Thant, lawyer with the Myanmar Embassy’s special team. (more…)

Representatives from the alliance of ethnic armed groups known as the United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC) traveled to Naypyidaw over the weekend to meet with Burmese officials ahead of major regional summits in the capital this week. (more…)

Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid reportedly urged Myanmar President U Thein Sein during a meeting in Beijing November 9 to encourage refugees who have fled to Bangladesh to return to Myanmar as quickly as possible. (more…)

The Koh Tao murder suspects claim they are innocent and want to be released, according to migrant worker rights activist Andy Hall, who has just visited them. (more…)

A member of the Myanmar embassy’s special team assisting the two Myanmar suspects in the Koh Tao beach murder case says he is on the blacklist of the Myanmar Immigration Department and plans to file a complaint to President U Thein Sein. (more…)

A lawyer representing two Myanmar men charged with the murder of two British tourists in Thailand said on Monday that their families have asked Thai authorities to investigate allegations of torture. (more…)

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Wednesday challenged critics of a police investigation into the murder of two British tourists saying new DNA tests can be done as concern grows that two men arrested over the killings might have been framed. (more…)

Thailand’s premier said on October 29 that police will allow two Myanmar men accused of killing a pair of British tourists on a Thai island to have another DNA test, as questions mount over the murder probe. (more…)

A large number of legal migrant workers in Thailand who are about to complete four-year employment contracts are opting to go through a fresh nationality verification process alongside illegal migrants to extend their employment, even though the practice could cost them their social security benefits, reports the Bangkok Post. (more…)

At least two armed speedboats, which will be used to patrol Myanmar’s western border with Bangladesh, have arrived in the border town of Maungdaw according to a defense official, reports Narinjara News. (more…)

Tun Tun Hteik, the father of Win Zaw Htun, one of two Burmese suspects in the Koh Tao murder case, told The Irrawaddy on Friday of threats made against his son by Thai police that led to his confession. (more…)

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand has submitted a report to the Thai government after meeting with Thai police, prosecution witnesses and the two suspects in the Koh Tao murder case and that report will offer a help to the suspects facing trial, U Win Maung, the Myanmar Ambassador to Thailand, told Mizzima October 22.   (more…)

Hundreds of Burmese migrant workers on Wednesday marched in the streets of Bangkok demanding legal action against a company that allegedly cheated them. (more…)

Thailand’s border trade with Burma is expected to flourish over the next couple of years, driven mainly by the planned development of a special economic zone (SEZ) in Tak’s Mae Sot district. (more…)

Ongoing fighting in southeastern Burma between the government and Karen rebels is linked to a planned hydropower dam nearby on the Salween River, according to an environmental watchdog. (more…)

A group of children peers through a barbed-wire fence at the trucks barreling down Thailand’s Highway 105. Huddled in one of the thousands of bamboo huts that spread underneath the sheer mountains in northeastern Thailand’s Tak province, the children watch as security forces stop and search an aid vehicle at the entrance of Mae La refugee camp. Just eight kilometers from the Thai-Myanmar border, the camp is home to 44,000 refugees, most of them ethnic Karens, who escaped the decades-long civil war in Myanmar’s Karen state. (more…)

Attacks on army units by unknown assailants have raised tensions in Mon and Kayin states, say military and local sources. A series of clashes has led to restrictions on the number of people travelling to the border town of Myawaddy, they say. (more…)

Burma’s Border Guard Force (BGF) has detained five of its troops who are suspected of involvement in the killing of a Karen National Union (KNU) soldier, whose dead, handcuffed body was found in the Moei River in the Karen State border town of Myawaddy on Sept 21. (more…)

An order from the Burma Army banning Karen armed groups from wearing uniforms and carrying weapons has received a negative response from the militant groups. (more…)

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